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Fall and Summer Deadlines Extended

IFSA-Butler has extended the summer and fall semester 2015 application deadline for select programs. The application deadline for the programs below is now April 1:

Griffith University
Macquarie University
University of Queensland
University of Technology, Sydney

University of Sussex Summer Program

IFSA-Butler Announces New President

heather web versionIFSA-Butler is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir as our next President and CEO, following the retirement of current President Dr. Mark Scheid.

A career international educator, Heather has led efforts to expand study abroad participation at three universities. She has participated in various national boards committed to enhancing quality and participation in international education. Currently, she serves on the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Education Abroad. She is an active contributor to national discussions on access and equity in education abroad, including numerous national and international presentations on the topic. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Study Abroad at Boston University, Heather leads a global staff of 200 in the US and at 16 sites worldwide, which enroll 2,500 students annually from BU and partner universities.

Prior to joining BU, she served as Director of Study Abroad at the University of Texas at Austin. During her tenure, the institution rose from seventh to second in the nation for the number of study abroad participants, with 2,800 students abroad. UT Austin received both NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and Diversity Abroad’s Excellence in Diversifying International Education (EDIE) Institutional Award in 2014 as a result of broad-based initiatives and partnerships that significantly improved participation rates among a variety of underrepresented groups. Under her leadership, UT Austin also implemented one of the first programs in the nation to pilot study abroad programming as a retention strategy.

Heather received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed research on the correlation between study abroad, retention, and degree completion. She also holds an MS and MA from Oregon State University and a BA from Pomona College.

IFSA-Butler Featured in Article on Academic Collaboration in Mexico

IFSA-Butler was featured in a recent Inside Higher Ed article on increasing academic collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico. In the article, IFSA-Butler Field Director Ali Janicek discussed a survey that outlined the policies of U.S. college and universities toward study in Mexico, as well as the benefits of choosing Mexico for study abroad.

IFSA-Butler offers great semester and summer study opportunities in the state of Yucatán in Mexico. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read the full article.

IFSA-Butler Part of Generation Study Abroad

IFSA-Butler has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)'s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focusing on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality and removing barriers to participation.

IFSA-Butler has long been a champion of increasing access to study abroad. Some of our iniatives to increase participation in study abroad include our comprehensive scholarships opportunities, our First Generation Scholars program and Fill the GAP, which allows students to save in advance for study on an IFSA-Butler program.

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Amazing New Opportunities in Barcelona

As part of IFSA-Butler's commitment to IIE's Generation Study Abroad, we're working to expand our selection of high quality, affordable study abroad opportunities, including some exciting changes to our Barcelona program.

The program now offers a wider variety of internship placements and a lower overall program fee. Participants will continue to benefit from a Spanish language class, IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program and the option to take an elective at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Program highlights include:

  • Internships in a wide range of areas (6 credits)
  • Spanish language class (any level, 3-6 credits)
  • Optional electives in a variety of subjects (taught in English or Spanish, 3 credits)
  • "Exploring Barcelona: Identity in a Multinational Society" - 1 credit, part of our Exploring Community & Culture program
  • Total number of credits: 13 (included) or 16 (supplemental fee)
  • Housing in a student apartment, residencia or host family
  • Excursions within and outside Barcelona
  • Assistance and support from IFSA-Butler's full-time resident director in Barcelona

The total program fee is $13,750, and the application deadline for fall 2015 is April 1. our Click here to learn more about this great program!

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