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To The land of Maoris

New Zealand Travel Diary: Entry 1

When Che Guevara looked at the Incan ruins in Peru, he was angered by the brutality of Spanish conquerors who had annihilated a rich Incan civilization.…

Added by Puru Shah on June 26, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Haven't done this in QUITE a while...

... but I'm sure it's fine. Probs nobody is reading this anyway. :) Imma continue to just journal on my own and post picture on facebook (if you're bored and want to check out the last week and a half of my Argentine adventures!!!).

Que lindo!!!!

Added by Rachel Peterson on June 29, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Goin' to el Teatro!!!

So excited to go see my first OPERA!!!! And it's in Italian... in a mainly Spanish-speaking country! (At Teatro Colon en el lindo Buenos Aires!!!)

Some of us went to a rugby game in los suburbios yesterday, via train (it's fun to ride public transit!...). It's really gorgeous out there in the suburbs... lots more grass than here in the city. And so many ninos! (kids). There was one little 2-year-old playing by where I was sitting. He was adorable, and for some reason, he…

Added by Rachel Peterson on June 6, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments

visiting Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas!

This past weekend we visited Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas that goes back 5 thousands years!! Making it the third civilization in the world (after Mesopotamia and Egypt). Here we are at one of the main pyramids.

Have you seen the size of this corn?? Here it is called "choclo" and it is delicious! Better try it when you come. We had some before visiting the ruins.

The Sacred City of Caral is…


Added by Laura Balbuena on June 8, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Amazon Jungle!!!!!!! (Peru Program)

We are back from the Amazon jungle where we had an amazing time! Our year students get to go to the Amazon rainforest during their second semester in Peru. We stay in a lodge, an hour away by boat from the city of Iquitos, without electricity, cellphones or internet, just enjoying nature!

A picture of the group with Jhonny (yes, spelled like that), our very entertaining local guide in the…


Added by Laura Balbuena on May 26, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

IFSA-Butler student recounts Chile Earthquake

Hixon Spangenberg III, of Sandyston, a 2008 graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School, and currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont, left Feb. 21 to study abroad for five months at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Santiago, Chile.

The study abroad program was made possible through the Institute for Study Abroad — Butler…

Added by Art on April 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Days in Cuzco and Machu Picchu—the Trip of a Lifetime!

By Laura Balbuena, IFSA-Butler resident director in Peru

One of the highlights of IFSA-Butler’s program in Peru is the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. IFSA-Butler Peru Resident Director Laura Balbuena chronicles the spring 2010 trip below.

I’ve done 5 trips with IFSA-Butler students, but this semester I decided to change the trip by adding one more day. Now it is… Continue

Added by Art on April 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Almost a month until I leave!

So I haven't actually LEFT for Argentina yet, but I figure a couple blog posts before I go wouldn't hurt! I'm currently back in Oklahoma City living with my dad - have been now for a month. I go to school in Tulsa which is about 2 hours from here, so while I have the ability to drive up and see my friends I really want to put everything there on the back burner for a while until I get back.

I wish this month would go by faster! I've been doing my fair share of research about BA and… Continue

Added by Andrew Parker on January 18, 2010 at 3:56pm — No Comments

World-renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass at Egypt orientation!

IFSA-Butler is pleased to announce world-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass will present a private tour and lecture to Egypt program students during orientation in January 2010. Dr. Hawass currently serves as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and directs ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and in the Valley of the Kings. He has also made a number of major discoveries over the course of his career, including the Tombs of the… Continue

Added by Art on December 2, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Student Network "Things you should do after joining!"

Here's a brief list of the first things you should do when you join IFSA-Butler's community. Completing these steps will help you feel more connected with current students, alumni, advisors and staff members.

  1. If you have applied to one of our programs, you may add our IFSA-Butler Dashboard application to track your application process and help friends/family stay connected with your exciting adventure!…

Added by Art on November 9, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments


Italy! What a trip.

This outing was so different than all my others. Firstly because Italy is like...totally in its own world. And secondly because we didn't have to stay in any hostels! Hoorah!

Ellie and I spent two days with the lovely family she was a nanny for over the summer. In one house lives Paolo and Lorretta, and their kids Samueli, Alessio, and baby Aurora. Their house is part of this crazy web of like 4 houses/additions that Paolo's father lives in, along with… Continue

Added by Mary Doman on December 2, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

September 18


My first week in Edinburgh has been an amazing blur. I've gotten a chance the last few days to really get to know the city. My flat is on the Cowgate which is a street that is right in the center of the city--I couldn't have asked for a better location! I have a great view out of my window and I have 3 other roommates (one is from Ireland--but lives in Scotland--France and the other is from Connecticut).

There are so many cute, quirky stores, pubs and streets I feel… Continue

Added by Abbie Mitchell on September 18, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Cambridge spending habits vary from excessively extravagant to almost nothing.

The Cambridge student paper (Varsity) has published the story below on spending habits at Cambridge. The article compares the spending habits within: different colleges of Cambridge (with Fitzwilliam coming is as the place where students spend the least), different subject areas, by gender, etc . . . While some students get by on only 20 pounds per week, others are spending almost 400 pounds per week (and this does not include rent!).

To read the article, follow the link:…


Added by Kathleen Gordon on February 10, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

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