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Our Story and Mission

The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) was founded in 1988 on the campus of Butler University as a provider of study abroad programming for U.S. undergraduates. IFSA operates independently as a non-profit organization and maintains a close connection with Butler University. We are committed to providing the best study abroad programs with integrated academic guidance and individualized support to ensure student success.

IFSA creates global learning environments designed to foster the development of critical perspectives, knowledge and skills essential for students to thrive in the future.

Through a meaningful and lifelong impact on students, our programs cultivate informed, engaged individuals who leverage their global experiences to enrich their lives and the world.


The IFSA Difference

Future-focused approach

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them. Your study abroad experience is going to have a lasting impact. We will help you direct it toward what you most want to accomplish.

Inclusive excellence

Our programs and practices are inclusive. They reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support all learners.

World-class academics

We are committed to delivering the very best study abroad programs and academic experience, both inside and outside the classroom. You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.

Unparalleled support

From start to finish, we will guide you throughout the process. With IFSA, you have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Real-world learning

Education comes in many formats, and IFSA will help you round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering. Our vast network of professionals around the globe is ready to support you.

Engaged citizenship

You will be more than a tourist in a foreign country. By taking advantage of our broad network, you will be able to engage in the community, build competencies by communicating across cultures, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.

Meet Our Team

With more than 125 years of combined experience in the industry, our field team is well- equipped to help you choose the most beneficial study abroad program so you can achieve your unique goals. Meet the IFSA family – we are committed to your success.

Career Opportunities

Are you passionate about the benefits of international education? Are you an advocate for student success? If so, we’d love for you to join our team of dedicated professionals and educators.

Get more information on the Careers page.


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6201 Corporate Dr., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46278

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In Case of Emergency


Contact your IFSA resident staff or local authorities.


Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST:

Contact the IFSA Office at 800.858.0229 or 317.940.9336.
Ask for a Health and Safety team member.

After hours, weekends and holidays:

Contact the Butler University Police Department at 317.940.9999.
The officer on duty will contact the appropriate IFSA personnel.