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Becoming #BulldogsAbroad

Butler University’s Pre-Orientation Study Abroad Program For Incoming First-Year Students 

Start your first year at Butler with a trip to London and Paris!

Embark on a 10-day program to London and Paris before your Butler classes even start! This unique opportunity, available for up to 12 incoming first year students, is offered in cooperation with our institutional partner, IFSA-Butler. An exciting travel itinerary has been designed to combine tourism with several visits to overseas schools to introduce you to some of the many study abroad opportunities available to you during your time at Butler. Throughout the program, you will also learn about study abroad policies at Butler and how to work with your academic advisor to build study abroad into your four years at Butler. You will grow your confidence and capacity to travel overseas, as well as create strong friends with fellow first years before beginning your semester at Butler.

*We will have updated information for our 2019 program at the end of the Spring 2019 semester!*


Pre-Orientation Program's Tour of Oxford - 2017    Pre-Orientation Study Abroad Program Eiffel Tower   


First Photo: The 2017 "Becoming #BulldogsAbroad" group on their tour in Oxford.

Second Photo: The 2016 "Becoming #BulldogsAbroad" group in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


2019 Program Dates TBD!

Here is a tentative itinerary, based on previous programs. The following details are subject to change.



Day 1                       Move into your Butler housing

Day 2                      Depart from Indianapolis International Airport for London


Day 3                      Arrive in London, orientation session, British Tea, & welcome meal


Day 4                      Tour University of Westminster & go on a guided walking tour of Historical
                                            London (see sites like: Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace,
                                            Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, & more!)

Day 5                      See Oxford University, then go on The Making of Harry Potter tour

Day 6                      Visit the Tower of London, the Globe Theatre, & the Tate Modern


Day 7                      Tour City University, enjoy the British Museum, & see the theater
                                            production, Women in Black


Day 8                      Travel by train through the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) to Paris. Enjoy a hop
                                            on/hop off bus tour & finish off the evening with a group dinner


Day 9                      Continue to tour Paris (see sites like: Arc de Triomph, Notre Dame, Montmarte,
                                            Sacre Coeur, Musée de l'Armée, & more!) & enjoy a farewell dinner


Day 10                    Tour the Eiffel Tower & delve into the Louvre  


Day 11                     Return to Indianapolis in time for Orientation to begin


Taylor and Tatum in London 2017
Taylor and Tatum with the Tower Bridge in London in the background.

For me personally, this experience ignited a fire I didn’t know really existed. I had traveled previously with my family to various places but this was one of the first times I really got to explore on my own and take charge of my time in a foreign city. It was this experience that gave me the confidence to apply for study abroad with little to no fear about how I would get around or interact with the community I would potentially live in.

- Tatum Turner, Becoming #BulldogsAbroad Program 2017



Maddie Pre-Orientation Program London Paris
Maddie at Platform 9 3/4 in London.

This program gave me the confidence to come back from the trip and face starting college with ease! Every day, every minute, was filled with amazing opportunities and adventures. This opportunity gave me the independence I needed and made living away from home so much easier.

- Maddie Paraskos, Pre-Orientation Program 2016 


The cost of this program is approximately $3,950. This will be added to your Butler Student Account for payment with the Fall 2019 student account charges. This fee includes: international airfare, housing, activities, some meals, transport to Paris, and the study abroad fee.

How to Apply

To secure your spot in the program, you will be asked to complete this online application (it will be open at the end of the Spring 2019 semester). This application includes the following:

  • A Becoming #BulldogsAbroad questionnaire, which asks you to input basic information about you
  • A clear, scanned copy of your passport
  • A personal statement (maximum 250 words) explaining why you want to participate in this program


Application Instructions: Click Apply Now on the program page and “I do not have login credentials to this site.” to create an account. Please make sure to input your full name into the application as it appears on your passport, including your date of birth. Put Other into the Institution Name section. Before electronically signing off on application pieces, you’ll have to complete a Signature Verification Form


**Spots are limited and the program is first-come, first-serve. We can only take 12 students.**


Have questions about the online application process? Check out our Step-By-Step Online Application Instructions. If you have any trouble, please email Study Abroad Advisor Calie Florek.

Contact Information

Please contact Director of Study Abroad Jill McKinney or Study Abroad Advisor Calie Florek with questions or for more information.