IFSA-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. Through predeparture advising, orientation briefings, program and site evaluations, and vetting of our housing accommodations and host families, IFSA-Butler maintains student safety as a top priority.
Once students arrive to their IFSA-Butler program, they will receive an in-depth orientation that includes extensive information about health and safety in their program location. Many sessions are led by local experts and practitioners in the field, such as local police, U.S. embassy officials, doctors, and mental health professionals. Students are provided with an emergency number to contact resident staff, who are all thoroughly trained in emergency response. Throughout the rest of the semester, IFSA-Butler staff continue to provide important health, safety and security information, updates and instructions to students.
IFSA-Butler is proud to work with experienced and knowledgeable resident staff in each country we operate in. Our fulltime resident directors and support staff have a deep understanding of the host culture and its nuances, which helps IFSA-Butler students navigate not only the host university courses, but also the medical system, emergency services and insurance. Resident staff are trained in student affairs and emergency response, and they are available to assist students 24/7 in emergency situations.
For more information about the challenges of being an American in an overseas culture, see our section on anti-Americanism abroad.