MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. Programs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Australia Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following IFSA-Butler students who have made great academic and personal achievements during and after their study abroad experiences! For more details on some of our students' amazing experiences, visit the IFSA-Butler blogs. You can also view additional semester 1 2015 Australia student achievements by clicking here.

Thinking about an internship in Australia? Click here to download a PDF newsletter about our Australia students' amazing internship experiences!

devon - sydney summer 2013Devon Burton
University of Wollongong
Devon was part of a theatre production through the University of Wollongong. As a stage manager, Devon was in charge of rehearsals, safety, keeping communication open between the entire production and running the shows, among many other responsibilities.

Ryan D'Souzaryan dsouza
Amherst College
University of Sydney
Ryan joined the USYD baseball club and will also be playing baseball for Sydney's major league team, the Ryde Hawks.

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Collin Erickson
Vanderbilt University
Monash University
Collin joined the Monash Blues, the Australian Rules football club at Monash University. Even though the season was half over, he was happily accepted because he had previously played for an AFL team in the United States. He was also a member of the Monash Boardriders club.

Mackenzie Haganmackenzie hagan
Arizona State University
University of New South Wales
MacKenzie has worked at the Centre for Marine BioInnovation within the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. There she investigated an environmental pollutant DCA in the Botany Sands Aquifer in Sydney. She also did commercial work with her supervisor's company, Micronovo, helping with DNA extractions. She participated in research of a project converting coal to methane from remaining coal deposits from old coal mines around Melbourne and Sydney. She even went to national seminars such as the Joint Academic Microbiology seminar in Sydney.


meghan jiminezMeghan Jimenez
Harvey Mudd College
University of Adelaide
Meghan joined the university water polo team and trained with the Tritons club for university games and ended up playing for their grade A women's team. She also appeard in their promotional video. In her spare time Meghan helped coach a high school water polo team.

Lindsay Laylandlindsay layland
University of Puget Sound
University of Sydney
Lindsay joined the Wesley College Rosebowl Soccer team and started in their games. She also joined the Wesley College Rosebowl Basketball team. She has participated in the Wesley College debate team and in the Wesley College Bible study.




Meghan McMillan
Gustavus Adolphus College
Murdoch University

Meghan was selected to participate in Study in Australia's Student Blogging Program. Meghan blogs about her adventures living in Australia and studying at Murdoch University. Read the blog.


alysha melnickAlysha Melnyk
Susquehanna University
James Cook University Cairns
Alyssa volunteered with the Young Animal Protection Society (YAPS), a no-kill shelter in Cairns.


Chloe Nash
Wesleyan University
James Cook University Townsville
Chloe was involved in a project involving sea turtle research along the Great Barrier Reef. The project was profiled in the national news in Australia, and Chloe's research paper was accepted into a scientific journal. Click here to read more.

GabrielaGabriela Nagel Nowalski
Emory University
University of Melbourne
Gabriela did volunteer work with the Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women's Coalition (VIRWC), which  represents immigrant refugee women's organizations across Victoria. The coalition provides representation, capacity building support and advice for a range of organizations whose priority is the development and support of refugee women.

Jacqueline Pass
Rice University
University of Adelaide

Jacqueline has been a volunteer assistant to a senior lecturer from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide with his research on wind farms. Jacqueline, who is a materials science major and has an interest in renewable energy, addressed the complaints of local residents of the town of Waterloo regarding noise from wind farms.

Rebekah Sewingrebekah sewing
Avila University
University of Queensland
Rebekah played rugby at the University of Queensland. The opportunity to play on the team allowed her to learn the difference in rules, meet many Australians and to embrace the social aspects of Australian sports Her team made it to the semi-finals!




gabe watson

Gabe Watson
Flinders University

Wabash College

Gabe joined the Flinders University Judo team this semester, and despite having never competed before, took part in the South Australian International International Open. Gabe (pictured at center below) came in an impressive second place in the under 81kg weight division and took first place in the open division. Congratulations Gabe!




erin wholeyErin Wholey
University of Technology, Sydney
Providence College
Erin overcame numerous challenges to immerse herself in Australia's culture and multiculturalism She even
performed a speech at the IFSA-Butler farewell dinner and offered to chat to incoming UTS students via skype.

Kristen Zozulin
University of Queensland

Case Western Reserve University

Kristen was a volunteer assistant to a Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland who was was conducting field work involving tagging antechinuses (a marsupial) at Springbrook National Park in Queensland. They were tagging the antechinus with microchips that can be later scanned for easy identification and population study. Kristen is a systems biology major and has been involved in biology/ecology research for a few years at her home university. Part of why she wanted to come to Australia was to become familiar with the wildlife and ecology research taking place at zoos, wildlife centers and animal reserves.

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