How to Study Abroad

Butler University offers over 200 study abroad programs in more than 60 countries to meet the diverse needs of students. You may choose to study for a semester, academic year, or summer term. All students who wish to study abroad must work with the Center for Global Education (CGE).

You may study abroad as early as the first semester of your sophomore year and as late as your senior year, if allowed by your College. The CGE provides study abroad advising and organizes pre-departure and re-entry sessions to help guide you through the study abroad process, and encourages you to begin considering study abroad as part of your academic planning in your first year at Butler.

Your first step to studying abroad is to attend a general Study Abroad Information Session. Here, you’ll learn all the basics of study abroad, like where you can go, how your aid can apply, how your courses come back to Butler, etc.

Attend a session at least one year prior to studying abroad. Sessions are held by the Center for Global Education (CGE) monthly, and a schedule can be found here.

Work together to determine the ideal semester or summer term in which to study abroad and identify classes that you will need to fulfill while studying abroad in order to stay on track with your academic plan at Butler.

Look over this List of Approved Programs and/or use our online application system’s search function. Begin researching programs that may be a good fit for your academic goals. You will also want to consider your geographical and cultural interests, in addition to your language ability if you want to study in a non-English speaking country. You can also talk with Study Abroad Peer Advocates to learn more about their experiences!

If it’s difficult to identify programs that would satisfy your academic and cultural interests, make an appointment with Associate Director for Study Abroad Calie Dickey. Review your program selections with your academic advisor to make sure that courses offered in these programs will complement your course of study at Butler.

Learn more on how to apply for study abroad programs on our How to Apply to Study Abroad webpage. There are program- and term-specific application instructions listed here.

Study abroad pre-departure includes getting coursework approved, talking to financial aid about how aid applies to time abroad, attending a mandatory in-person pre-departure orientation, completing a Canvas pre-departure course, etc.