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University of St. Andrews Ranked Among World's Top 100
The University of St. Andrews has been named one of the 100 best in the world, according to a new survey published by the QS World University Rankings. The rankings examined the performance of over 700 universities worldwide.

The new ranking gives St. Andrews high marks for the reputation of its Arts & Humanities faculty, its track record in preparing high-quality graduates for the job market, and ability to attract the best international staff and students. The new table rates the university's research output as 'Very High', while its Arts & Humanities faculty is ranked 68th in the world.

St. Andrews is ranked particularly highly–14th in the world—for its ability to attract students and staff from overseas. Employers also rate the university 51st in the world for supplying well-qualified graduates, according to the opinions of over 16,000 employers worldwide.


Head of Peru Volunteer Organization Awarded Prestigious Medal

Alberta Ruiz, the head of Ciudad Saludable, a sustainable development organization where our Peru students volunteer, has just been announced as the winner of the RSA's Albert Medal for 2011. Ruiz founded Cuidad Saludable more than 20 years ago and now oversees projects throughout Peru.

The Albert Medal has been awarded for important changes in society since 1864. Previous recipients include Madame Curie (1910) and Louis Pasteur (1882). IFSA-Butler is honored to be able to match students with such a worthy and celebrated organization.

RSA is a prominent British organization that's committed to finding innovative, practical solutions to today's social challenges.

For more information:

PBS article about Alberta Ruiz

Cuidad Saludable Facebook page

Four Australian Cities Among World's Top 10

Four cities in Australia, all of which host IFSA-Butler programs, have made it to the top 10 list of the world's most liveable cities. Melbourne ranked number one, Sydney came in sixth, and Perth and Adelaide were tied for eighth place. The survey was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and considered factors such as political and social stability, crime rates and access to quality health care.

Apply now for Australia and see one of these great cities for yourself!


NEW! Teacher Education and Student Teaching in Ireland

IFSA-Butler is delighted to announce a new program that allows students to take education coursees and have practical classroom experience, including student teaching, in Northern Ireland. Teacher Education at Stranmillis University College allows students to take courses from up to four tracks (elementary, secondary, early childhood, and health and leisure education) and to spend about 25 percent of their semester working directly with students in local schools.

IFSA-Butler will assist students with the process of verifying that course selections meet degree program approval and state requirements for teacher education licensure. IFSA-Butler will also advise applicants about the process for obtaining a police clearance for Northern Ireland before departure.

This program is located in dynamic, student-friendly Belfast, Northern Ireland. For more information on this terrific new opportunity, click here.

Fall 2011 Blogs Are Up and Running!
Get the real deal on study abroad and IFSA-Butler programs by reading IFSA-Butler's blog pages. Students from nearly every one of our countries share their journeys from start to finish, in both video and text format. From academic differences to housing to their countless cultural adventures, our talented bloggers are sharing what it's really like!
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