|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.
At this time, IFSA-Butler will continue with current programs for fall/semester 2 2014, as well as the upcoming spring/semester 1 2015 term. We have extensive crisis plans in place should an Ebola outbreak occur in one of the 15 countries where we run study abroad programs. IFSA-Butler U.S. and resident staff members are trained in crisis management, and in the case of an emergency, they can be reached by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students on every program receive an emergency telephone number for the resident staff in their country upon arrival. Parents and university study abroad advisors can contact the IFSA-Butler U.S. office at 800-858-0229.
Additionally, all IFSA-Butler students are automatically enrolled in a comprehensive health insurance plan through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). Insurance coverage information can be found here. IFSA-Butler also has an extensive emergency evacuation plan and coverage through CISI in the rare case that a student would need to be medically evacuated out of a country, or should a program be suspended.
We encourage you to read the facts about Ebola and its transmission on the following websites: