IFSA Application Process
STEP 1: Investigate Programs
Use the Program Finder to explore the more than 100 IFSA study abroad program options. For guidance selecting the best program for you, call 1-800-858-0229 or schedule a 15-minute consultation with our Engagement Specialist.
STEP 2: Apply to Study Abroad with a Specific Program
When you find the right program, select Apply Now. You will create an account in the Student Portal, following the instructions to provide additional information as requested. Based on the program you choose, you will have a dedicated Program Advisor to help you through the application process. The Application Wizard will populate with items that you can get started on right away.
STEP 3: Complete Application Items
Be sure to complete all of the application items no later than your program’s deadline. Your home university may have internal deadlines as well, so be sure to check with the study abroad office.
Every application will require the following:
- An official transcript for all college and university work you have completed to date
- A passport valid for 6 months after your program end date
- Program approval from your home university
- Additional items based on the program you choose
- **Some programs may require an academic recommendation from a professor.
STEP 4: Submit Your Application
Once all application items in the portal are complete, your Program Advisor will process your application and let you know about how long an admissions decision will take.
STEP 5: Confirm Your Spot
Once you are accepted, you will have 10 days to confirm your participation. To secure your place, you will log in to the Student Portal to sign your Student Acceptance Agreement, submit a $500 program deposit (in most cases) and complete a few other forms.
Eligibility To Study Abroad
You must meet the following criteria to apply to study abroad through IFSA:
- Your home university must be in the U.S. or Canada.
- You must be an undergraduate student in good academic and disciplinary standing at a two-year or four-year college (approval from your home school may be required). IFSA also accepts recent graduates or students seeking graduate degrees.
- You must meet the requirements of the host institution such as GPA minimums and language requirements.
- We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, color, national origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
- We reserve the right to reject applicants on the basis of academic, disciplinary, conduct and other considerations. If you are concerned that you might not be accepted on the basis of one of these considerations, please contact us. We are happy to discuss your options.
- We do not have programs for graduate students, nor can we accept your application if you have already earned a bachelor’s degree, even if you plan to pursue additional undergraduate credits.
- Most of our affiliated universities require that students be juniors by the time they begin their study abroad experience. Some programs, particularly summer options, will accept second-semester sophomores.
- Each university overseas sets minimum GPA and other requirements for admission. Students must meet these requirements in order to be accepted by the university; however, a GPA higher than the minimum does not guarantee acceptance.
- Applicants should be in good academic and conduct standing at their home institutions prior to studying abroad. Students currently on academic probation or probation resulting from a conduct violation may apply for an IFSA program; however, the probationary period must be over and sanctions set forth by the home institution must be complete before the student begins the selected study abroad program. IFSA-Butler reserves the right to reject an applicant on the basis of academic, disciplinary, conduct and other considerations.