Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler)

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The Institute For Study Abroad at Butler University (also known as IFSA-Butler) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit organization, and currently co-sponsors programs that provide college and university students all over North America the opportunity to study abroad at 90 colleges in 16 countries.[1] The Institute For Study Abroad has long been considered "one of two dominant placement bureaus linking American students with appropriate courses in foreign institutions."[2] The other dominant institution in this industry, Arcadia University (formerly known as Beaver University), formed a partnership with IFSA-Butler in 2005, known as The Alliance for Global Education.[3]


In 1999, IFSA-Butler was the first organization to create a program in Cuba after the revolution, in partnership with Universidad de Habana.[4]

Inspired by the Lincoln Commission's call to send 1M American students overseas by 2017, IFSA-Butler aligned with Arcadia University to form the Alliance for Global Education in 2005.[5][6]

In 2008, founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. David Gray was awarded the title of "Officer of the Order of the British Empire" (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.[7]


  1. ^ "IFSA Butler Program Locations". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Hershey, Robert (2 August 1998). "COLLEGE & MONEY; Students Abroad Find A Wealth of Choices, And Even Bargains". New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Who We Are". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Cressey, William (2004). Guide To Studying Abroad. New York, NY: Princeton Review Publishing. p. 265. ISBN 0-375-76371-6. 
  5. ^ "Global Competence & National Needs: One Million Americans Studying Abroad". COMMISSION ON THE Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program. Retrieved November 2005. 
  6. ^ "Who We Are". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "History of IFSA Butler". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

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