How To Apply
Butler University welcomes exchange students from partner
universities in other countries to spend one or two semesters on
our campus. If your home university is one of Butler's student
exchange partners (see the list on the side) or is a member of the
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), you may be eligible
to participate in an exchange.
Student exchange programs provide a very cost-effective way for
you to have a high-quality overseas educational experience. With a
little careful planning - which we and your home university will
help you to do - you can expect to spend a semester to two at
Butler and still make normal progress toward completing your
university degree at home.
Typically, exchange students pay tuition and mandatory fees at
their home institution and receive instruction at the host
university abroad. The costs of accommodation and meals sometimes
are paid to the home university and sometimes are paid to the host
university; be sure to check the details of the agreement between
Butler and your home institution. Butler University strongly
encourages all incoming exchange students to live on campus so you
can be fully integrated into campus life.
Whom to Contact at Butler University
Jill McKinney M.A., M.S.Ed., Associate Director Center for
Phone: (317) 940-8473
FAX: (317) 940-3232
Dr. Monte Broaded, Director Center for Global Education
Phone: (317) 940-8312
FAX: (317) 940-3232
Jerome Dueweke, Senior Assistant Director & Coordinator of
Phone: (888) 940-8100
FAX: (317) 940-8150
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How to Apply
Typically, you must apply to your home university to be selected
as an exchange program participant. You should visit your
International Office as soon as possible to learn more about the
opportunity and to begin the application process.
Once your home university has selected you to participate in the
program, you will also need to complete a Butler University
application for admission as an exchange student. Application for
Exchange Student Admission (PDF).
Your application to Butler must also include:
- Evidence of English proficiency if you are not a native speaker
of English (you can find a list of
acceptable measures of proficiency)
- A transcript of your work at your home university;
- Documentation to show that you have sufficient financial
resources to meet your educational and living expenses for your
intended period of study at Butler (for exchange students, this is
one or two semesters). Financial documentation must include both:
- An original and signed affidavit of support or letter of
sponsorship from the person(s) assuming responsibility for the
applicant's fees associated with a Butler education; and
- A sponsor's original or official bank statement or other proof
of sufficient funds or official scholarship notification letter
from a governmental or private sponsoring agency
- Copy of your valid, signed passport
Certificates of Eligibility (I-20 for F-1 student visas and
DS-2019 for J-1 student visas) cannot be issued without complete
and official financial documentation.
Butler's application deadlines for in-coming exchange students
are June 1 for fall semester (which begins in late August), and
November 1 for spring semester (which begins in early January).
Housing and Estimated Expenses
As long as application deadlines are met, Butler will insure
that incoming exchange students have a space in an on-campus
residence hall. Many students live in Residential College (ResCo)
and are required to purchase a meal plan.
In-coming exchange students who are 21 years of age or older are
asked to live in Butler's new Apartment Village. Each apartment has
four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and
lounge room. Because they are self-catering, students in the
Apartment Village are not required to purchase a meal plan.
The office of student accounts has information about current rates for each
housing option, look under Tuition and Payment for the academic
year you are coming.
(Note for ISEP participants and students from Lingnan
University: our exchange agreements cover placement in a double
room in Residential College. If you wish to live in the Apartment
Village, you will need to pay the difference in cost.)
You will also be responsible for paying for your international
travel, health insurance, books and other personal expenses. For
the 2012-2013 academic year, we estimate that exchange
students will need approximately $6,800 per semester for such
expenses as room and board, books, medical insurance and personal
All J-1 and F-1 undergraduate students are required to enroll in
the Butler University-sponsored health insurance plan provided
through United Healthcare regardless of the number of academic
credits in which one is enrolled. Travel/health insurance
from other study abroad agencies will not meet our
The Butler-sponsored plan has been negotiated to provide basic
health care with maximum financial benefit to students who seek
routine care at our on-campus student health clinic. It covers
major medical treatment received in most, if not all, Indianapolis
hospitals. Plan coverage extends while students are traveling
worldwide with the exception of one's home country.
International students have three coverage options:
- Annual year coverage
- Fall semester only
- Spring semester and summer terms only
See the benefit plan details and frequently asked questions at
Look under "My Benefits and Plan Information."
Courses of Study and Pre-registration
Once you are admitted as an exchange student, Butler's Center
for Global Education will help you register for your classes. You
will need to communicate with the Center's Associate Director, Ms.
Jill McKinney, about your academic interests and course
As an exchange student, you are required by the U.S. government
to carry a full-time academic load of at least 12 credits (usually
this would be four three-credit courses or "units of study"). Most
Butler students take five or six courses per semester for a total
of 15-18 credits. Your home university may have its own
requirements for how many courses you are expected to take, so be
sure to check with the international office there.
When planning for your courses at Butler, it will be important
for you to provide us with several alternative selections.
Flexibility on your part is necessary for a number of reasons: two
courses you are interested in may be scheduled at exactly the same
time, so you cannot take both; some courses may require background
knowledge that you do not possess; some courses may be in such high
demand that no spaces are available, or their seating capacity may
be limited because of technology requirements; and so on. Please be
aware that the earlier you begin the process of selecting courses,
the more choices you will have.
You can find information about courses of study at Butler
on-line by using the Course Search. Your
university's International Office should also have copies of the
printed Butler University Bulletin for your reference.
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