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Political Unrest in Barcelona

September 25, 2017

In recent weeks, there has been an increasing political dispute betweenSpanish and local Catalan governments, which has led some peaceful political demonstrations in Barcelona. The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona started the new academic year and the IFSA-Butler Engage program in Barcelona is running as scheduled.

More information can be found here.

Earthquake in Mexico

September 19, 2017

An earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude occurred in Mexico today about 1 p.m. local approximately 35 miles south of Puebla and about 575 miles west of our program location in Mérida. All IFSA-Butler students are safe and accounted for in Mérida, and our Resident Director reported that there were not any tremors felts there.  

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IFSA-Butler Assists Those Effected by Hurricane Irma

September 15, 2017

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University expresses its support for our friends and colleagues in Cuba and around the world who were affected by Hurricane Irma. Our employees and host families in Cuba are safe and unharmed, and there has been no damage to the students’ housing, but many homes and buildings in the country are damaged, roads are blocked and vegetation is destroyed. Please join us in keeping those affected in your thoughts.

On behalf of our entire organization, IFSA-Butler made a donation to assist one of the communities where our students live and learn. If you are interested in supporting the relief effort, explore how you can help with one of the trusted organizations accepting donations.


Subway Explosion in London

September 15, 2017

Early this morning, there was an explosion on a subway train at the Parsons Green tube station in southwest London. Several injuries have been reported, however no IFSA-Butler students were impacted by the attack, which British authorities are calling a terror incident.

IFSA-Butler students in London are currently participating in our program orientation, during which our staff spends considerable time discussingsafety and security. Each student is given emergency contact information for our resident staff and our emergency assistance provider, who are available 24/7 in the event of a true emergency.

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Hurricane Irma Update

September 11, 2017

Havana has experienced extensive flooding in low-lying areas and the loss of electricity, which is expected to return later this week, as a result of Hurricane Irma. All IFSA-Butler host families remain safe and reported no damage or flooding to their homes, however they are clearing debris left as a result of the hurricane. In order to them the time and space to do so and to ensure that IFSA-Butler students would not be without electricity (and thus a shortage of food or water), students on our Cuba program will not leave Mérida to return to Havana until September 14 or 15. The additional time in Mérida will allow for any flood waters to recede and for power to return.  

The Universidad de La Habana is closed and classes are tentatively scheduled to begin next week. Once IFSA-Butler students return to Cuba, our staff will work with the university to get them back on track with their academic courses.

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