Welcome to Butler University!
The Office of
International Student Services (OISS) is very excited that you will
be joining us this Fall! Butler is going to push you to
excel. The classes and coursework are rigorous and will test
your knowledge every day. It is very important that if you need
help you seek it out. Your professors are an invaluable resource
for you. It can be extremely beneficial to you if you
find yourself struggling in a particular class to solicit the
advice of your professors, and it is very common for
students to do so. Other helpful academic resources on campus
are the Learning Resource Center, the Writer's Studio and the
Speaker's Lab. We encourage you to use the resources available to
you as you transition from your country's academic format
to that of the United States.
Academics are very important, but equally important is your
participation in student
life. Being active and getting involved in campus events will
make your cultural adjustment much easier. You will find a wide
variety of student organizations, community service organizations,
internationally motivated clubs, volunteer opportunities, and more
on Butler's campus.
Chat with a current Butler student about
Navigating the International Student Services website:
Butler international students should frequent this site for
orientation and immigration information, ideas on how to get
involved on and off campus, as well as practical advice for
international students. Below you will find a brief description of
where to find your answers within the International Student
Begin by reading through the 'New Student'
information. You will find guidelines on what you should do before
you arrive and after you arrive. You will find useful information
regarding orientation, airport pick up, as well as a chance to read
about the Diversity Ambassadors.
The 'Immigration' section will have information
on how to apply for an F-1 student visa, how to change your status
to F-1 within the U.S., how to maintain your visa status, and more.
This section is the most important!
'Employment' allows you to understand under
what circumstances you are able to work on your F-1 visa.
'Life at Butler' begins with getting you
settled on campus and in the U.S. You will find information on how
to get a cell phone, driver's license, and social security card. A
very important subsection is 'health'. This will have links
to your health insurance website, the health center on campus
as well as the counseling center. 'Life at Butler' will also give
you tips and links on how to get involved on campus through student
organizations and volunteering, as well as through sports and
fitness. Finally, this section will address topics such as culture
shock and the American academic environment, under 'getting
'Programs and Events' will connect you to
Clowes Memorial Hall, the performing arts venue on campus that
has performances in the genres of music, dance and
theater! This section will also outline the programming for
International Student Services and the Diversity Center throughout
the academic year.
'Beyond Butler' will highlight the city of
Indianapolis and Butler surrounding communities. Hopefully you will
find fun and exciting things to do off-campus through the links
posted under this section.
Many of your questions will be answered on this site. We
encourage you to read through the entire site in order for you to
be aware of how the site will benefit you throughout your academic
career here at Butler.
If you have further questions, you may contact Bobbie
Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobbie Gibson, Assistant Director, Efroymson
Efroymson Diversity Center Atherton Union, Room 004
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6570