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Butler University is located in Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the country.

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Special Information for International Students

Immigration Forms

If your course of study is more than 18 hours a week, you will need a student visa. Please visit the Department of State and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for the list of immigration forms that are needed.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Send in your enrollment deposit and enrollment form
    • A $300 enrollment deposit and enrollment form must be postmarked on or before May 1 to guarantee your place at Butler University. Payment should be made to the Office of Admission, along with the enrollment form. Deposits made prior to May 1 are refundable with written request until that date. After May 1, deposits are non-refundable.
    • It is necessary to submit your enrollment deposit before registering for classes.

What To Bring

You will be receiving additional info throughout the months leading up to the start of classes about what you can and cannot bring to campus. The Student Life and Residence Life web sites have a wealth of info available about making the adjustment to campus living and a list of items you will want to bring and other questions can be answered on the FAQ page.


The weather in Indianapolis can be quite varied. You will need things like a heavy winter coat or jacket, boots, gloves, hats, and raingear in addition to lighter gear, such as shorts and t-shirts. Although Butler's campus is small-few spots on campus are more than a 5-10 minute walk-you will be doing a fair amount of walking so make sure you bring comfortable shoes. Most of all, you should bring the clothes that you are going to be most comfortable in. There is no dress code that you must follow at Butler University.

Money and Travelers Checks

You should carry a combination of cash, preferably in U.S. dollars, and travelers checks when you travel to the United States. You want to ensure that you have enough money and travelers checks to get you through the first few weeks once you arrive, just in case you are not able to immediately open a bank account. One of the more trusted sources for U.S. travelers' checks is American Express.

You also want to familiarize yourself with the currency conversions. A great source to check the current rates is the Universal Currency Converter. You may wish to open a bank account before coming to the United States. Different banks and different countries have varying rules on transferring large sums of money in U.S. dollars, so you will want to ask your bank what kinds of restrictions and fees will be imposed on such transfers.