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IFSA-Butler Announces First Generation Scholarship Winners

IFSA-Butler is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural First Generation scholarship. The First Generation Scholars program awards scholarship money to IFSA-Butler participants who are first generation college students. This year's recipients are:

Liliana Lazarin, Texas Tech University
Emily Buss, University of Wisconsin Madison

Contratulations to Liliana and Emily!

IFSA-Butler Remembers Mike Owens


From IFSA-Butler President Mark Scheid:

We regret to inform our students, colleagues and university partners that IFSA-Butler Program Advisor Michael Owens unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, April 7. Mike joined our team in January 2011 and has been a valued member of the IFSA-Butler family.

Mike graduated from Wabash College, where he majored in rhetoric and minored in Spanish and art. During his junior year Mike had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain. While abroad he traveled frequently, visiting Portugal, France and Italy. Mike often mentioned his time abroad and recalled fond memories of immersing himself in the language and culture of Spain.

Mike began his professional career in higher education at his alma mater, Wabash College, as an admissions counselor. It was during this time at Wabash that he realized his calling: Working with students, combined with his past study abroad experiences, created his passion for international higher education.

Mike thoroughly enjoyed helping students through the application process and was gifted in matching students' personalities and goals with the best overseas opportunities available. Students would often write to Mike extending their gratitude for his personable assistance before departure, or to tell him about their exciting times while overseas.

Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with and always made himself available to help others. His unique sense of humor was always on display and was best exemplified when he would entertain his fellow program advisors by quietly singing Prince's "Purple Rain" while working at his desk.

He will be greatly missed both at IFSA-Butler and in the education abroad community. We extend our deepest condolences to his parents and two sisters, as well as to all his friends, colleagues and students.

Click here to visit Mike's tribute page. Visit IFSA-Butler's Facebook fan page to leave condolences.

NEW! Fall Option at University of the Arts London

IFSA-Butler is delighted to announce a new fall option at University of the Arts London. As of fall 2012, we are offering the new Free Elective Semester Programme, a 15 week semester at Central Saint Martins. Designed for U.S. students, the style of teaching follows the U.S. model.

Participants will focus on one core subject (Studio Art, Fashion Design or Graphic Design), in addition to taking two mandatory modules and two elective modules. All students will earn 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours. There is an optional trip to Barcelona during week 11 of the semester.

University of the Arts is one of the best fine arts and communication universities in Europe. The university has six separate colleges and is located in the heart of London.

Application Deadlines Extended

IFSA-Butler has extended the application deadlines for several summer and semester 2/academic year 2012 programs:

April 30

Fall semester and academic year

England fall semester and academic year programs
City University
King's College London
Lancaster University
London School of Economics and Political Science
Queen Mary, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
SOAS, University of London
St. Peter's College, University of Oxford
University College London
University of the Arts, London
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of East Anglia
University of Essex
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Nottingham
University of Sussex
University of York

Northern Ireland fall semester and academic year programs
Queen's University Belfast
Teacher Education at Stranmillis University College
University of Ulster

Republic of Ireland fall semester and academic year programs
Burren College of Art
University College Cork
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth
Trinity College Dublin
University of Limerick

Fall semester and academic year programs

United Arab Emirates
American University of Sharjah fall semester and academic year

Fall semester and academic year

Santiago Ranks High for Students

A study by QS World University ranks Santiago, Chile as the 3rd best city for students in Latin America. The ranking was based on Santiago's plentiful universities, Chile's stable and growing economy, and the city's great reputation among potential employers.

Read more about this ranking.

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