|Health and Safety Abroad|
Keeping students healthy and safe is a top priority for IFSA-Butler. Our publications, predeparture newsletters and orientations abroad include extensive information about staying healthy and maintaining safety while studying abroad. Our health and safety guidelines are country-specific and take into account the worldwide political, climatic and cultural conditions that may affect a student's study abroad experience.
Family members or advisors who need to report a true student emergency abroad should contact the Butler University Police Department at 317-940-9396. The police will alert the IFSA-Butler staff member on duty. Students abroad should contact the IFSA-Butler resident office abroad in the event of an emergency.
Emergency and Crisis ResponseIFSA-Butler is recognized as the leader in the education abroad field for emergency response and crisis management. With years of experience, IFSA-Butler has comprehensive emergency plans in place for all program locations, as well as trained and experienced staff in the U.S. and abroad who are prepared to handle any emergency situation that may arise.
A crisis management expert in the field, IFSA-Butler's Senior Vice President Joanna Holvey Bowles has frequently presented on the topic of emergency/crisis response at regional and national conferences, and she recently co-authored a publication addressing "Mental Health Issues Affecting Education Abroad Participants." The publication is available for download by NAFSA members on the NAFSA website.