Global Learning Program

Explore IFSA's Global Learning Program

International students enrolled at U.S. institutions who are seeking an academic solution for the upcoming fall semester are invited to consider IFSA’s Global Learning Program.

Students in any location can select from ten IFSA-taught courses plus a wide range of online courses offered through our partnership with the University of Arizona. Students may enroll in any combination of courses.

Locations

In the following IFSA locations, we have the capability of on-site student support and engagement. Specific sites may also allow for delivery of in-person blended learning as the pandemic and local restrictions allow:

For students who are not at our sites, prefer more stringent social distancing, or where we do not hit a minimum threshold for in-person delivery, we will offer virtual, synchronous sections of the same courses that combine students across the region, ensuring scheduling works for them in their time zones.

  • Worldwide

IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTE: When selecting a program for the application, you should first choose “Online” for the country, then “Fall 2020” for the term. You will then see the various location options from which to choose.

Academics

IFSA Courses

The following semester-length courses explore current issues in a variety of areas, provide experiential learning opportunities, and allow for personal reflection during a dynamic and stressful time. All classes are 3 U.S. credits. These courses were originally offered in specific locations, but content will be adapted for the Global Learning Program; please disregard any references to specific sites in the linked syllabi:

IFSA courses will be delivered in a blended learning format, combining in-person class where feasible with online course content. This delivery mode mitigates the academic risk of pandemic-related disruption, allowing us to switch smoothly to a synchronous, virtual format depending on the local situation. For students who do not live near our site, prefer more stringent social distancing, or where we do not hit a minimum threshold for in-person delivery, we will offer virtual, synchronous sections of the same courses that combine students across the region, ensuring scheduling works for them in their time zones.

We will continue to deliver Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context virtually to preserve the unique qualities of the course, which is designed to foster discussion and exploration between students living in different local cultures. For fall semester, the course will be structured as an exploration of U.S. culture compared to each student’s home culture and contrasted with the experience of students of other nationalities.

Students taking IFSA courses will receive a Butler University transcript upon completion of the semester.

University of Arizona Courses

Students can also select from a wide range of classes offered in a semester-length format, or two, seven-week sessions during the semester. The majority of classes are 3 U.S. semester credits. Instruction is fully online, taught asynchronously with students globally and in the U.S. We recommend no more than two courses per UA session.

Hundreds of courses are available across a wide range of disciplines for fall. Courses are available in business, STEM disciplines, and social sciences among others. Download the current list of available courses here. This list may change as new courses are added or as sections fill.

Students taking UA courses will receive a transcript from the University of Arizona upon completion of the semester.

Academic Enrichment and Student Engagement

IFSA staff will provide the types of academic enrichment and student engagement opportunities that are typical of our programs. In line with the global nature of this program and the types of adaptations we are implementing above, we will offer the following:

  • IFSA’s mentorship approach, which includes student-directed goal-setting, staff support to pursue personal goals, as well as individualized academic and personal guidance as needed
  • A suite of timely and topical virtual events in three main areas: IFSA’s You Belong Here initiative to advance Inclusive Excellence; career readiness; and critical topics of global and personal relevance
  • Local in-person activities for those enrolled at IFSA sites, where feasible, designed to engage students with diversity within their home country as well as immigrant and international communities

Housing

Since students engaged in the Global Learning Program are joining from their home culture, we do not require that they choose IFSA housing. Students might opt to live at home, with a family member, or independently. Housing is available in most locations, and IFSA will assist students who require it. Below is a list of estimated housing fees by location.

Location Housing type Housing fees starting at:
Argentina – Buenos Aires Homestay $3,500
Australia – Sydney Apartment $6,500
China – Shanghai Students should arrange independent housing
Costa Rica – Heredia Homestay $2,850
Czech Republic – Prague Apartment $2,600
England – London Apartment $4,850
India – Pune Homestay

Local hotel

$2,250

$4,000

Ireland – Dublin Apartment $5,350
Italy – Rome Apartment $4,100
Mexico – Mérida Homestay $2,700
Peru – Lima Homestay $2,200
Spain – Barcelona Apartment $4,100
Sri Lanka – Kandy Homestay $2,250

 

Dates & Fees

Application deadline: August 5
Fall semester dates: August 24 – December 17 for UA + IFSA classes or UA classes only

September 12 – December 12 for IFSA classes only 

Program fee: $11,275
Housing fee: Varies by location. Students may choose to live independently.

 

Eligibility

The IFSA Global Learning Program is open to international students currently enrolled at U.S. institutions. In-person options require students to have the legal right to reside in the country where they will study. The worldwide option is available to students in any location. Students who would like to take University of Arizona courses will be asked for evidence of language proficiency, and we will work with you and your campus to make that verification process as simple as possible.

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IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTE: When selecting a program for the application, you should first choose “Online” for the country, then “Fall 2020” for the term. You will then see the various location options from which to choose.