Center For Global Education

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I study abroad?

Who can help me decide whether study abroad is for me?

Where do I begin my search for a study abroad program?

What is the difference between an exchange program and a study abroad program?

What is ISEP?

When can I study abroad?

When should I apply to study abroad?

Can I use my financial aid while abroad?

Can I fulfill my GHS requirement by studying abroad?

How do I get credit for my courses abroad?

Where should I have my overseas transcript sent?

How long does it take to obtain a passport?

 


Why should I study abroad?

There are many reasons to study abroad. Most past participants have said that studying abroad helped them focus their academic and career goals, taught them about living and working with people of different cultures, and even taught them more about themselves. Study abroad provides an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and gain new skills. Studying abroad also enhances your preparation for living in a culturally diverse social environment and working in a global marketplace.

Who can help me decide whether study abroad is for me?

  • The study abroad advisor, an experienced professional in the field of international education.
  • Faculty members, many of whom have extensive international experience and advised other students on reasons to take some of your courses in a foreign environment.
  • Study abroad program/university representatives, who can point out the particular features of what they offer.
  • Butler students who have returned from study abroad

Where do I begin my search for a study abroad program?

The first place to begin searching for study abroad opportunities is Butler's list of Approved Programs for Overseas Study. Butler's approved list of overseas study opportunities offers a wide variety of options. All programs on the list meet Butler's high standards for academic excellence. The programs fall into two broad categories: study abroad and exchanges. After meeting with your academic advisor and completing the Goals Assessment Worksheet, you can begin researching the programs' websites to determine which program might best fit your needs.

What is the difference between an exchange program and a study abroad program?

Exchanges provide an opportunity for a limited number of Butler students to enjoy an independent, full-immersion experience by attending selected partner universities abroad while students from those universities attend Butler, on a one-for-one basis. Some of these exchanges have been developed by Butler; others are available through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). The approved study abroad programs are administered by respected professional organizations or other colleges and universities. All provide a wide range of student services and give careful attention to safety and security issues. These programs represent a broad range of geographic regions. Educational opportunities may be classroom based or experiential, including internships or service learning.

What is ISEP?

The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a worldwide network for international education, consisting of over 250 member institutions. Through ISEP, you have access to over 100 study sites in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific for a full academic year, or a semester. Through ISEP, you can study in English or in a foreign language. It is best to research ISEP's extensive list of exchange opportunities through their website at www.isep.org to get detailed information about each member institution's structure and course offerings.

When can I study abroad?

Students can study abroad during the sophomore, junior or senior year for a semester or for the entire academic year. There may be some residency requirements that seniors need to fulfill, so all seniors should check with their academic advisors for details. There are also hundreds of opportunities for summer study abroad that can be researched on-line at www.studyabroad.com or www.iiepassport.org.

When should I apply to study abroad?

Every program has its own deadline. You should check with the study abroad program, or the Center for Global Education for exchange programs, to determine when your application is due.

Can I use my financial aid while abroad?

Yes, but there are restrictions on the type of aid you can use while abroad. Regardless of the type of program you choose, you will continue to pay Butler tuition for the semester you are abroad. If you choose to study on a study abroad program, then 50% of your Butler financial aid will apply toward the cost of tuition. If you select a reciprocal exchange program through Butler or ISEP, then 100% of your Butler financial aid will apply toward the cost of tuition. Your federal, state, and outside scholarships/grants/loans will continue to apply as allowed.

Can I fulfill my GHS requirement by studying abroad?

Students who study abroad during the academic year or summer period and successfully complete a minimum of 9 credit hours while abroad are eligible to waive one semester of the GHS requirement.

How do I get credit for my courses abroad?

First, you must participate on a program that is approved by Butler University. Second, you will need to complete the study abroad pre-departure paperwork by obtaining signatures from various offices on campus, including your academic advisor who will help you get your coursework pre-approved. Once you submit this form to the Center for Global Education, a copy will go to Registration and Records to be reviewed again once your overseas transcript arrives upon completion of the program. Registration and Records, along with the Center for Global Education, will evaluate your overseas transcript and post the credit to your Butler transcript. Students must pass courses with a grade of 'C-' or better in order to receive credit. Students may also take a Pass/Fail course, but it cannot fulfill core or major requirements.

Where should I have my overseas transcript sent?

An official unopened transcript should be sent directly to the Center for Global Education, Butler University, Jordan Hall 212, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

How long does it take to obtain a passport?

Ordinarily, you should receive your passport within 6 weeks. For detailed information regarding application procedures, commonly asked questions or emergency situations regarding passports, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/

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