Predeparture Services: College Study Abroad Programs, IFSA-Butler
Program advisor advice and toll-free contact
All of our program advisors have studied abroad and are eager to help students prepare for their own experiences. Each program advisor specializes in certain universities and is available to answer parent and study abroad advisor questions. Advisors for our Spanish-speaking programs are fluent speakers of Spanish. Our site includes a list of program advisors for English-speaking programs, our programs in Latin America and our Middle East programs.
Assistance with applications and paperwork
Our program advisors help students choose a university that will be a good academic and cultural match, and they assist with any required university paperwork. Rather than sending expensive mail and faxes to universities abroad, IFSA-Butler provides a convenient U.S. location for all application and housing materials.
These mailings include a welcome packet, newsletters, budget planners, Preparing to Study Abroad and Money Matters booklets, host university publications, course information and all required paperwork. In addition, we send a mailing with program information to parents.
Assistance with visa paperwork
Where permitted by a country’s embassy, IFSA-Butler supplies students with visa application instructions and materials. Our advisors are happy to assist students with the application procedures, although applying for and obtaining a visa from a foreign government is always the student’s responsibility.
Information about and preparation for housing
Advice on group or independent travel
Monthly payment option
IFSA-Butler gives parents and students the option of monthly payments through enrolling in TuitionPay. TuitionPay charges only a flat fee and no interest for participation.
Optional group flights for most programs
IFSA-Butler understands that students may be more comfortable starting their study abroad experience with a group, so we work closely with a travel agent to find convenient and affordable international flights. Our on-site offices offer airport reception and transportation to orientation for group flight travelers.