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Possible Ash Cloud in Iceland

News reports are predicting that a volcano in Iceland may erupt in the coming weeks. An eruption could cause a volcanic ash cloud to disrupt European airspace, as happened in spring 2010 due to a volcano in Iceland.

IFSA-Butler will monitor this situation and keep students and parents informed.

For more information, we recommend the following news sites:

BBC.co.uk
CNN.com

 

 
June 12 Earthquake Hits Christchurch

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake, followed by a 6.0 tremor, hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday. The quake caused several injuries and damages to buildings, bridges and roads. The University of Canterbury in Christchurch has closed the university so that officials can assess damage to buildings.

The campus closure and any damages to buildings will not affect IFSA-Butler students, as we evacuated our semester 1 2011 Canterbury students following the powerful earthquake that hit the city in February. We also cancelled our program at Canterbury for semester 2 2011, which will begin in July, as a result of earthquake damage throughout the city and at the university.

For more information, we recommend the following websites:

New Zealand Civil Defence
TVNZ
GeoNet

 
Academic Strikes in Chile

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Some universities and some individual faculties at universities are beginning to return to normal operations. In addition, our Chile resident directors continue to work with universities to ensure that our students receive full academic credit for their work. Because these strikes are occurring at the end of the semester, some universities have agreed to allow IFSA-Butler students to forego final exams and to receive a grade on the work completed thusfar. IFSA-Butler program courses are operating on a normal schedule.

Monday, June 13, 2011
The academic strikes have spread to some universities in Santiago, including Universidad de Chile. These strikes will affect about 10 IFSA-Butler Santiago students, so our Santiago staff are advising students to stay in contact with professors as much as possible and to concentrate on work already assigned in their Universidad de Chile classes. These strikes do not affect IFSA-Butler program courses.

Our staff in Chile have advised students in both Santiago and Valparaíso to avoid these strikes and demonstrations, as it is illegal in Chile for foreigners to participate in protest activities.

Friday, June 10, 2011
IFSA-Butler has received information regarding the current student-led strikes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad de Valparaíso (UV) and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM) in Chile.

Our Valparaíso office continues to work closely with our university contacts to meet the academic and support needs of our students. During the student sit-ins, all IFSA-Butler program courses have been taught without interruption. Although university classes have been cancelled, we have advised students to stay in contact with their instructors so that they can keep up with readings and course requirements, as well as be updated on the status of their courses.

IFSA-Butler will work with our students in Chile to ensure that they are able to complete their courses and earn academic credit for their program as scheduled. In addition, our staff in Valparaíso have been in frequent communication with our affiliated universities for the latest updates on the strikes. Though this situation is out of IFSA-Butler's official control, we are working as closely as possible with these universities to ensure our students' academic and personal success.

Sit-ins and student strikes occur abroad much more frequently than they do in the United States. For more information about academic strikes abroad, click here.

 

 
Academic Strikes Continue n Chile

Friday, July 8, 2011
The academic strikes continue at universities in both Santiago and Valparaíso. Our semester 2 program is beginning as scheduled, but the start of some classes may be delayed. Our resident offices will keep all arriving students informed about course disruptions.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Some universities and some individual faculties at universities are beginning to return to normal operations. In addition, our Chile resident directors continue to work with universities to ensure that our students receive full academic credit for their work. Because these strikes are occurring at the end of the semester, some universities have agreed to allow IFSA-Butler students to forego final exams and to receive a grade on the work completed thusfar. IFSA-Butler program courses are operating on a normal schedule.

Monday, June 13, 2011
The academic strikes have spread to some universities in Santiago, including Universidad de Chile. These strikes will affect about 10 IFSA-Butler Santiago students, so our Santiago staff are advising students to stay in contact with professors as much as possible and to concentrate on work already assigned in their Universidad de Chile classes. These strikes do not affect IFSA-Butler program courses.

Our staff in Chile have advised students in both Santiago and Valparaíso to avoid these strikes and demonstrations, as it is illegal in Chile for foreigners to participate in protest activities.

Friday, June 10, 2011
IFSA-Butler has received information regarding the current student-led strikes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad de Valparaíso (UV) and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM) in Chile.

Our Valparaíso office continues to work closely with our university contacts to meet the academic and support needs of our students. During the student sit-ins, all IFSA-Butler program courses have been taught without interruption. Although university classes have been cancelled, we have advised students to stay in contact with their instructors so that they can keep up with readings and course requirements, as well as be updated on the status of their courses.

IFSA-Butler will work with our students in Chile to ensure that they are able to complete their courses and earn academic credit for their program as scheduled. In addition, our staff in Valparaíso have been in frequent communication with our affiliated universities for the latest updates on the strikes. Though this situation is out of IFSA-Butler's official control, we are working as closely as possible with these universities to ensure our students' academic and personal success.

Sit-ins and student strikes occur abroad much more frequently than they do in the United States. For more information about academic strikes abroad, click here.

 

 
Volcano in Chile

June 9, 2011
According to news reports, all flights to and from Buenos Aires have been cancelled due to the ash cloud. We do not anticipate that this closure will affect our students, as they are not scheduled to arrive or leave from Argentina until later in July.

June 8, 2011
IFSA-Butler students in Chile are all safe and accounted for following the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. Puyehue-Cordon Caulle is located 620 miles south of Santiago near Chile's border with Argentina.

A large, widespread ash cloud has spread across parts of Chile and Argentina as a result of the volcano and may cause flight delays. Most IFSA-Butler students currently in Chile and Argentina will be returning home within the next month, and our semester 2 programs for both countries will begin in late July.

For more information, we recommend the following news articles:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43301500/ns/world_news-americas/

http://www.bbc.co.uk

 
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