Build Your Experience

It’s All About You, Your Goals, and Your Future

We know it’s absolutely essential for you to be able to apply your global experience to your personal and professional future. You’ll find that there are so many ways you can make the most of a study abroad program – with opportunities like global internships, directed research, cultural immersion and lots more. We can help you design a program that focuses on what’s important to you now while positioning you for an amazing future.

As you build your journey abroad, we will help you create an experience where you can:

Achieve Your Goals

What do you want to accomplish through your study abroad experience? Your IFSA advisor will work with you before you go abroad to create a customized learning plan based on what you want to get out of your experience.

Find The Right Courses

Our in-house curriculum integration team can help you find important courses while studying abroad. Thermodynamics? Shakespearian Literature? Business Ethics? We are prepared to make sure you stay on track for your degree.

Gain Real-world Experience

Studying abroad offers you unique experiences that will set you apart in your job search. You can maximize your experience abroad by combining classroom work with an internship, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or even volunteering.

  • Study Abroad Internships

    Take advantage of our network of connections around the world to build your resume through an internship. You’ll gain practical work experience and even earn academic credit. An internship abroad will immerse you in the professional culture of another country, establish an international network of colleagues, and show that you can navigate a multicultural business world.

    View programs with internship opportunities.

  • Directed Research Abroad

    You have the unique opportunity to conduct individualized research with faculty experts in your host country on a wide range of topics. You’ll sharpen your skills in project management, critical and creative thinking, and written and oral communication while you dig deeper into your area of study.

    View programs with directed research opportunities.

  • Student Teaching

    As a future educator, you are going to find an increasingly diverse student population. Demonstrate your ability to work with students from different cultures by adding a student teaching component to your curriculum abroad.

    View programs with student teaching opportunities.

  • Community-based Learning

    You can engage with your host country and learn more about your host country by participating in community-based learning. These programs vary in content and time obligation, but all carry academic credit.

    View programs with community-based learning components.

  • Volunteering

    Volunteer experiences abroad show that you are willing and able to use your skills to contribute in a new environment, and they offer a meaningful way to engage with your host community. Our on-site staff can help identify volunteer opportunities that align with your passions and future plans. A note: If you are interested in volunteering, be sure to mention it to your program advisor during the application process since some countries limit U.S. student volunteering.

  • Cultural Immersion

    Our exclusive IFSA Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course facilitates immersion and cultural understanding by integrating you as a part of the local community. The C&C course provides a platform to go out and “find your people” abroad and use that as a cultural lens.

We Are Ready to Support You

IFSA encourages all students to consider study abroad and aims to provide services and resources to enhance their experiences in their study abroad location. As accommodations can vary by location, we help students identify the best environment and assist in coordination of their individual needs. We also endeavor to educate students to consider the following during the early stages of the decision-making process:

  • Access to mental, physical, or emotional health care and resources
  • Academic accommodations for learning differences
  • LGBTQ+ considerations (cultural considerations, support groups, housing)
  • Availability of medications (allergy shots, ADHD medications, hormone injections)
  • Dietary considerations (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, Kosher, Halal)
  • Mobility access (physical disabilities, wheelchairs or scooters, walking distances)

To discuss program options related to find the best program location for you, please reach out to either the program advisor for the country you are interested in or the IFSA Health and Safety team at

How It Works

Here are some ways we’ll make your experience as smooth and enriching as possible.

Getting There

Whether you are going overseas for the first time or a seasoned traveler, we’ve got your back. Once you select a program, you’ll have a dedicated program advisor to help throughout the pre-arrival process. We will guide you step-by-step through the application and preparation, including:

  • Completing your application items
  • Providing resources like packing lists, credit transfers, enrollment guides and more
  • Planning for health-related needs
  • Getting your passport
  • Applying for your Visa
  • Booking your flight

Living Abroad

You’ve arrived! Now, your host country is your classroom. Our expert, in-country resident staff will support you as you navigate a new culture and immerse yourself in a way that includes far more than just studying abroad.

You can live like a local student in guaranteed housing.

We maintain a fully staffed office in each of the countries where we have programs. They will help you adjust to the academic and cultural differences of your host community.

Returning Home

It’s hard to think about coming home before you even go abroad. Reverse culture shock really exists, though, so we help smooth your transition back to U.S. culture through onsite programming and our alumni community. And we will handle the academic side of things, translating your overseas credit into U.S. credit and ensuring that you and your home university receive your Butler University transcript at no additional charge.

Join Other IFSA Alumni

Did you love your time abroad? Share your experiences and connect with our Alumni community!

Become an Ambassador

Our Ambassadors serve as our advocates on campus. They promote study abroad and IFSA programs, and they get paid for it! What could be better? Check out the Ambassador role here.