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Student Strikes in Mexico

January 23, 2015

Administrators at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico have gone on strike, which has caused a shutdown of the entire university. At this time there is no indication of how long the strike will last, so IFSA-Butler is making alternate plans to ensure that our students will still be able to attend classes and earn full credit for the semester. Below are FAQs about this situation.

What classes are IFSA-Butler students currently taking?
IFSA-Butler students are still able to take the mandatory IFSA-Butler Spanish class and the Exploring Community & Culture program course, in combination with field visits to archaeological sites in the area. Students can also opt to take another IFSA-Butler program course, History of Mayan Culture and Civilization. Because these three courses are organized by IFSA-Butler and are not UADY courses, they are not affected by the strike.

What are the plans for students if the UADY strike goes on for a long time?
IFSA-Butler students may be able to enroll, for no additional cost, in one of two local private universities in order to maintain a full courseload and earn full credit while in Mexico.

Has the strike been violent?
There has been no violence or unrest associated with this strike.

Are strikes common at universities in Latin America?
Strikes by students, faculty or administration are common and accepted forms of protest in many countries around the world, including Latin America. Click here to read IFSA-Butler's FAQs about university strikes abroad.

Stabbing in Tel Aviv

January 21, 2015

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring this morning's stabbing incident that took place on a crowded public bus in southern Tel Aviv. It is reported that 13 people were stabbed by a lone assailant during rush hour, and that the suspect has been apprehended by the police. Occurrences like this are very rare in Tel Aviv. It is believed that this was a "lone wolf" attack, meaning that the suspect was working alone and not as a part of a militant group.

IFSA-Butler students are currently in Jerusalem participating in the IFSA-Butler and Hebrew University orientations, and all have been accounted for.

IFSA-Butler students in Jerusalem receive two orientations at the beginning of their study abroad experience: One conducted by IFSA-Butler staff in Tel Aviv and the other by Hebrew University staff in Jerusalem. During both of these orientations, several sessions are dedicated to personal safety and security while living in Jerusalem. Additionally, IFSA-Butler brings in a regional security specialist from Max Security Solutions, a security and intelligence company based out of Tel Aviv, to provide more in-depth information about the conflicts and current events in the region, places to avoid and how to travel and live safely in Israel.

For more information about this morning's incident, please see the following media outlets:

IFSA-Butler Statement on Ebola

November 5, 2014

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak that has gravely affected three countries in Western Africa. While IFSA-Butler does not have study abroad programs in this region, we are cognizant of potential for the virus to spread to other countries where IFSA-Butler students are currently studying or preparing to study for next semester. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), the current risk for contagion outside of Western Africa is minimal, even during airplane travel. We consider the CDC and WHO to be the authorities on the matter, and we check their websites daily for updates.

Explosion in Santiago, Chile

September 26, 2014

On September 25 at 1 a.m., a homemade bomb exploded in historical downtown Santiago. The man who allegedly built the device was killed as the bomb exploded while he was setting it up. The Chilean authorities have declared this an act of delinquency, based on various factors regarding that individual's behavior, and was not related to terror.

Th explosion happened in Barrio Yungay, in the western part of Santiago; IFSA-Butler students live in the southeastern part of the city.

Australia Raises Terrorism Threat Level

In response to the current situation in Syria and Iraq and recent arrests of suspected terrorists, Australia has raised its a National Terrorism Public Alert level from medium to high. IFSA-Butler's staff in Australia have alerted students to the possibility of increased security at airports and large events, as well as smaller measures such as sealed garbage cans in public. Our staff are also reinforcing a recommendation to avoid large demonstrations and political rallies.

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