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Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA)

Butler University’s Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA) program is offered each spring for Butler University students. Led by a Butler professor who serves as the Faculty Resident Director, approximately 20 students spend the semester traveling and taking courses in a region of the world. The Faculty Resident Director provides academic and student life advising and facilitates organized, guided tours to various locations and sites of interest.  The GALA location changes every year to offer a unique experience to each group.

*No foreign language background is required!

GALA Europe - Spring 2019

GALA Europe 2019

Program Overview

The Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA) study abroad program provides up to 20 students the opportunity to spend an entire semester traveling while taking Butler core and elective classes. Taught by Butler professors, the courses blend lectures, discussions, site-based activities, written assignments and exams.  The location changes each year.

*No foreign language background is required!


Rome, Italy 
Vienna, Austria
Prague, Czech Republic
Berlin, Germany
Stockholm, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark


January 19 - April 19, 2019


14-15 total credits
NW262-PH "Physical World" (5cr.)
GHS207 "Global Women" (3cr.)
PCA "Art Across Borders" (3 cr.)
SW "Determinants of Well Being" (3 cr.)

GALA is typically for students of sophomore standing, though juniors and seniors may be accepted into the program. All classes are taught by Butler professors, the location-based courses offered will blend lectures, discussions, and site-based activities, written assignments, and exams. 

The courses that are taught on GALA count towards the Butler Core, though each course is cross-listed as an elective course (for those of you who have already taken some or most of your Core). Each course will be taught by itself for 2 - 3 weeks at a time. A Butler professor is flown to one location to teach their course and, once completed, the location changes and the next professor teaches their course.

The Faculty Resident Director will offer one Global and Historical Studies (GHS) course, throughout the semester. This is the only study abroad program where students can take care of both GHS requirements. The other courses offered are dependent on the location and the professors who volunteers to teach them.

All students should consult with their academic advisor about how these courses will fit into their academic plan here at Butler.




  • Vatican Museum
  • Vatican Gardens and St. Peter
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Coliseum


  • Galileo Museum
  • Ufizi museum
  • Acadamia


  • Leaning Tower


  • San Mark’s Cathedral



  • Freud Museum
  • Medical Museum
  • Steven Cathedral
  • Café Central
  • Mozart houses
  • Opera House

Czech Republic


  • Historical sites



  • Ravensbruck
  • Holocaust Memorial sites
  • Immigration memorials
  • Women’s Museum



  • Nordiskamuseet and Skansen



  • Religious sites




  • Hans Christian Andersen sites
  • Tivoli Gardens
  • Freetown
  • Amalienborg and Christianborg


  • Kronberg Castle


Hotels & Hostels

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for this program a student must have completed at least two semesters of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.  Students from all colleges are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply?

Click "Apply Now" in the CGE's online application system on the GALA Europe program page. Here is a link to your step-by-step instructions on how to apply to study abroad. You will be submitting:

  • Personal Statement: Articulate your academic and personal reasons for selecting the Butler GALA Program and what you hope to accomplish while abroad (300-500 Words)
  • Describe what you believe will be your greatest personal challenge and your greatest personal asset in terms of how well you will adapt to another cultural, linguistic, academic and/or group settings (300-500 Words)
  • (2) Recommendations  - The online application system will generate an email to your recommenders directly, once you provide their email address. Please contact recommenders prior to sending the system's recommendation request, so they are aware.
    • 1 from a faculty member from whom you have taken college course work.
    • 1 from a faculty member or anyone who can comment on your suitability for this program (i.e., employer, internship/volunteer job supervisor, or someone on campus with whom you have had close contact who is not a friend)
  • Current Butler Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

All pieces of the application are due by the deadline, April 20, 2018 September 15, 2018.

If selected, you will submit a $500 non-refundable deposit for the program.

Costs (estimate)

Includes: International airfare, housing, activities, transportation to the program cities & insurance.

Not included: Personal expenses and tuition. You will be charged Butler University tuition for your semester abroad & get 100% of all financial aid. 

For More Information

Jill McKinney, Director of Study Abroad, 317-940-8473
Calie Florek, Study Abroad Advisor, 317-940-8312

Past GALA Programs

Spring 2018 - Caribbean

GALA Caribbean on a Beach in Curacao


Spring 2017 - Mediterranean

GALA Mediterranean Spring 2017 Mt Olympus  GALA Mediterranean Spring 2017 Taylor Soto at Trevi Fountain


Spring 2016 - South Africa

GALA South Africa Spring 2016 Robben Island  GALA South Africa Spring 2016 Table Mountain


Spring 2015 - Europe

GALA Europe Spring 2015 Vatican  GALA Europe Spring 2015 Aran Islands


Spring 2014 - Latin America

GALA Latin America Spring 2014 Group  GALA Latin America Spring 2014 Peru


Spring 2013 - Europe

GALA Europe Spring 2013 Eiffel Tower  GALA Europe Spring 2013 Cathedral