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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 - Spring 2019

More information will be coming soon!

Application deadlines will likely be in early April 2018. 

GALA Caribbean - Spring 2018


Butler's Spring 2018 GALA study abroad program will be in the Caribbean.

Countries you will study in include: Dominican Republic | Cuba | Curaçao | Yucatán


GALA Caribbean



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). This is the only study abroad program where students can fulfill both GHS requirements.

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

  • Slavery and Freedom in the Colonial Caribbean (SW or HST305)
    Taught in the Yucatán and Cuba by Dr. Antwain Hunter (History)
  • GALA Special Topics: Literary Studies in Situ – Cuba in Translation (TI or EN321)
    Taught in Cuba by Dr. Ania Spyra (English)
  • Sports, Empire, and Identity (SW262 or AN346)
    Taught in Curacao and the Dominican Republic by Dr. Elise Edwards (Anthropology)
  • Postcolonial Studies: The Caribbean (GHS202 or GWS201)
    Taught in the Dominican Republic by Dr. Irune del Rio Gabiola (Modern Languages)
  • Art on Location (PCA or HST205 or AN280)
    Taught throughout the program by Dr. Ageeth Sluis, program director (History)


You will pay your regular tuition to Butler University and will be able to apply 100% of your financial aid to this program (100% Butler institutional aid [i.e., Butler scholarships] and 100% state and federal aid) to your tuition costs. Additional costs include major travel segments, room and board, and health insurance.

Where Will I Live?

In a mixture of hotels, hostels, B&Bs, and more, depending on the location.

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 Do I Apply?

Paper applications can be obtained from the CGE (JH138). You can also download the GALA Caribbean application here. This extended application for the GALA Caribbean program is due on September 21, 2017 to the CGE.

Typical application requirements are:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • (2) Faculty Recommendations
  • Current Butler Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

If selected, you will put down $500 non-refundable deposit for the program.

For More Information

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

Past GALA Programs

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