Study Abroad Programs
- Steps to Study Abroad
- Information Sessions
- Study Abroad Events
- Where Can I Go?
- How to Apply to Study Abroad
- Study Abroad Pre-Departure
- Currently Abroad
- Returning to Campus
- Study Abroad FAQs
- Students with Disabilities
- Information for Parents
- Becoming #BulldogsAbroad
Study Abroad Pre-Departure
You've applied and been accepted to your study abroad program—now what?
Apply/Register with the CGE
If you applied for one of our Butler Exchanges, semester-long Faculty-Led programs (i.e. GALA and Semester in Spain), or our short-term Faculty-Led Programs (i.e. Leadership London, Butler in Asia Summer Internship, etc.), then you have already been registered with the CGE via your application! Please continue working on your post-decision signature documents, materials, and questionnaires.
If you have applied and been accepted to your semester-long ISEP Exchange or 3rd Party Provider (IFSA, SIT, IES Abroad, etc.) program, please start an "application" (profile, really) in our online application system for the program into which you have been placed/accepted.
If you have applied and been accepted to your summer 3rd Party Provider (IFSA, SIT, IES Abroad, etc.) program, please start an "application" (profile, really) for the 3rd Party Provider Summer Program.
Once you have completed the pre-decision materials in this "application" by the November 1 (for the following spring) or April 1 (for the following summer or fall), the CGE will move you into your post-decision phase where you can start to work on your post-decision signature documents, materials, and questionnaires, which will be due by November 10 (for the following spring) or April 10 (for the following summer or fall).
View our Application Instructions. Here are some important online application system links:
- Online Application System (Terra Dotta)
- Online Application System Program Search Function
- Step-By-Step Online Application Instructions (READ THIS!)
- Online Application System FAQs
Pick Up a Pre-Departure Packet
The Center for Global Education (CGE) will have the blue pre-departure packets available for our students going on Exchanges and 3rd Party Provider programs in mid- to late March for the following summer term and fall semester and in mid- to late October for the following spring semester. You cannot pick up the packets earlier than this. The CGE will announce the availability of the packets via our listserv, The Connection, and our social media.
With the implementation of our new online application system, our pre-departure packet is smaller than ever! These two vital forms are included and must be submitted to the CGE before you leave the country:
Course Approval Form: You will research the courses offered on your program, find equivalencies here at Butler University, and have these courses approved by the department chairs that courses would fall under.
Statement of Financial Responsibility: Butler University requires that all students going abroad meet with someone in the Office of Financial Aid to see how your financial aid package may be affected by studying abroad.
Attend Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
Each semester, the CGE hosts a MANDATORY pre-departure orientation (PDO) for students going on our Exchanges and 3rd Party Provider programs (Faculty-Led programs have their own program-specific PDOs). The CGE typically provides FREE pizza, great discussions on how to stay safe abroad and prepare for one of the best semesters of your college career, and an alumni panel full of wonderful Butler students who have been there, done that. PDO lasts for about 2.5 hours.
**There are NO makeup sessions and NO one-on-one appointments to go through PDO information.**
Our PDO will take place for all of our Summer 3rd Party Provider 2019 and Fall 2019 study abroad participants on Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30–8:00 PM in Pharmacy & Health Sciences Building, Room 156. Please click "Interested" or "Going" on our PDO Facebook event for reminders about the event.
Attend the Study Abroad Visa Workshop
NOT REQUIRED, but recommended.
Are you studying abroad soon and don't know what a consulate is, how to figure out which jurisdiction you're in, or where to even start applying for a visa? This workshop is for you! Study Abroad Advisor Calie Florek will give you all the basics about how to navigate this process and provide any insight that she can. *Reminder: The CGE is NOT a visa office. While we can direct you to resources and provide basic information about the process, we always recommend following any instructions provided by your consulate.*
Our visa workshop will take place for all of our Fall 2019 study abroad participants on Monday, April 15 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in Jordan Hall, room 236. Please click "Interested" or "Going" on our Study Abroad Visa Workshop Facebook event for reminders about the event.
Can't make the session? Be sure to check out our Passports & Visas webpage, ask Study Abroad Advisor Calie Florek for the visa workshop PowerPoint after the session, stop by the CGE (JH 133) for a FREE Student Visa handout, and/or work with your provider/review your BU Exchange Information Sheet for more details on your visa process.
- Submit your university's or 3rd Party Provider's required forms
- For students living in on-campus housing, you will register for the full year of on-campus housing via the lottery system and later complete an Intent to Vacate Notice for the Residence Life. This notice is NOT included in the pre-departure packet. You should contact the office of Residence Life so you are not charged housing fees during your semester abroad.
- Apply for or update your passport, if necessary (your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of your program)
- Inform your parents or guardians of the procedure to get a passport so they have proper travel documents, if necessary
- Make travel arrangements (like flight to/from your host country, airport transportation, etc.), if necessary
- See if you need a visa to study abroad in your host country
- Register with the U.S. State Department via their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Check out country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State's website and the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website (make sure your immunizations are up to date for your study abroad location)
- Make sure you're covered by health insurance when you are abroad (some countries require a certain amount of coverage to get a visa)
- Talk with your parents or guardians about filling out a Power of Attorney before departure. This grants another person the legal authority or permission to make decisions about your affairs while you are abroad. If interested, you can google for the form and fill it out in front of a notary.
- If you need to store items in the Indianapolis area while you are overseas, renting space through storagesquad.com might be helpful.