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Valparaíso program update

Updated Wednesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. EST
IFSA-Butler has officially rescheduled the Valparaíso program start date for March 12. Below are some additional details about the new arrival date and our Valparaíso program.

1. If you are taking the group flight and you booked your domestic ticket through Advantage Travel, Advantage will also change your domestic ticket to arrive in Miami on March 11. Advantage will e-mail you with your updated domestic ticket details.

2. If you are taking the group flight but booked your domestic ticket on your own, contact your airline or travel agent to rebook your domestic flight. Be sure to book a flight that arrives in Miami at least two hours before the departure of the group flight (11:45 p.m.). Please e-mail your updated domestic travel plans to Donnetta Spears.

3. If you are traveling independently and are still in the U.S., contact your travel agent or airline to rebook your flight to Santiago. Please do not plan to arrive earlier than March 10 or later than March 12. E-mail your updated travel plans to Donnetta Spears.

4. If you are already in Chile, you may move into your host family's home on or after Saturday, March 6. Please contact our Valparaíso resident director, Viviana Vasquez, so that she can help you make arrangements to meet up with your host family

5. Orientation will now take place March 12-14. Obviously the originally planned sessions and activities will be consolidated, but our orientation will still cover essential academic, cultural and safety topics.

6. The Valparaíso universities have agreed to allow IFSA-Butler students to register for classes on March 15.


Santiago update
Updated Monday, March 1, 11 a.m. EST
IFSA-Butler wishes to reassure families and advisors that all students in Santiago are fine following Saturday's earthquake. Our Santiago Resident Director, Isabel Yevenes, has been directly in touch with all students and their host families, and she reports that all students are calm and aware of all safety precautions

Below are some facts about safety, infrastructure and our program as they relate to the earthquake:

1. All students in Santiago are safe with their host families at this time, and our Santiago office is instructing students to remain at home with their host families because of the aftershocks. All host families report that they have plenty of food and supplies.

Earthquake in Chile

Santiago program statement

Valparaíso program update

Updated Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. EST
All IFSA-Butler students in Buenos Aires and Mendoza have been contacted by staff and are fine. The earthquake that hit Chile could also be felt in Argentina.

Updated Saturday, February 27, 9:15 a.m. EST

All IFSA-Butler students in Santiago have been accounted for and are safe with their host families.

Updated Saturday, February 27, 8:45 a.m. EST

IFSA-Butler is monitoring the situation in Chile, where a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit this morning at 3:34 a.m. local time (1:34 a.m. EST). The earthquake was centered near Concepcion, about 7 hours south of Santiago.

As of 9 a.m. EST Saturday, IFSA-Butler has managed to reach about half of the students currently studying in Santiago. These students were with their host families and reported that they were fine. Our staff in the U.S. and in Santiago are working continually to reach the other students, as well as to contact all parents of students currently in Santiago.

Statement Regarding March 11 Earthquake in Chile
Updated Thursday, March 11, 3 p.m. EST

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the situation in Chile, where another earthquake and two strong aftershocks occurred this morning. The earthquakes were centered near Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, about 90 miles from Santiago and Valparaíso.

As of 3 pm. EST Thursday, IFSA-Butler's resident directors in Santiago and Valparaíso reported that there appears to be little damage in either city. They have contacted the students currently in Chile and have confirmed that all are fine.

Our Valparaíso program, which was already rescheduled due to the February 27 earthquake, is slated to begin tomorrow, March 12. The group flight is currently scheduled to depart on time this evening. We will be sure to notify students of any changes to the flight schedule.



The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) address concerns about the H1N1 virus, both in the U.S. and abroad. Contact IFSA-Butler if you have additional questions or concerns.

What are your offices doing to help students in case they contract the virus after they arrive abroad?
Will vaccinations for H1N1 available be available in my host country?
Am I more at risk for H1N1 abroad than I am in the U.S.?
Will you close programs because of H1N1?
Are any of your program countries forcing arriving American students into quarantine because of H1N1?
What if I catch H1N1 just before departure and I have to stay home?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I receive a refund on fees or travel costs?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I still get credit?
What can I do to avoid catching H1N1 when I'm abroad?
What do I do if I'm abroad and I get symptoms of H1N1?

What if my roommate or someone in my host family catches H1N1?
Where can I ask more questions about H1N1 and my program?

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