About Butler

International Programs

picture3MBA students must develop the skills needed to compete in today's global marketplace.  In response, the Butler MBA has infused opportunities for students to develop international knowledge and experience into the curriculum. 

In order to graduate, students must fulfill a global requirement which can be satisfied by either taking specific internationally-focused courses or participating in an MBA Study Trip.  A concentration in International Business is offered to students who wish to sharpen these skills even further. 

MBA Study Trips

A variety of international study trips are available to MBA students.  The trips usually last one week and include interactions with onsite businesses and business leaders. Past study trips have included travel to France, Spain, Chile, and China.  The College of Business has developed exchange relationships with foreign institutions such as Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV) in Chile that results in regular study/travel opportunities for MBA students. 

Business in China

Butler MBA students had the opportunity to experience global business firsthand by visiting the Coca-Cola Company and Wal-mart operations in Tianjin, China.  Students also spent time in Beijing and visited the U.S. Embassy, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Business in Brazil

In the Applied International Business course, MBA students help U.S. companies determine what opportunities they have for doing business with Brazilian companies and consumers.

Within the context of an international consulting project, the Applied International Business course gives students the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and experience in the field of international business. Students are challenged to develop a comprehensive evaluation of the international business opportunities within a foreign country for a U.S. client company. The course includes a one week study trip to premier emerging markets. Through this experience, MBA students develop substantive international business knowledge and experience.

Helping Central Indiana Companies


During the study trip to Chile, we visited the Codelco Copper Mine. The executive leadership educated us on the copper mining industry and we were given an up-close and personal tour of copper production hot off the molds. The experience broadened my understanding of Chile as it relates to international business opportunities for the U.S. and also provided me with a new appreciation for the beauty of the environment and its people. The opportunity to adjust to unfamiliar spaces where others do not speak your native language is exhilarating and is a breeding ground for personal growth.
Dawn Orr
Sales Consultant, PSS World Medical, Inc.

The study trip to Chile was a unique opportunity to blend my MBA education with real world businesses, particularly in an environment that was new to me. The hosts from PUCV and the Butler faculty packed in as much experiential education in a week in Chile as possible. Hardly a moment was lost, and there was just enough downtime for us to go out on our own for personal experiences. It truly was the trip of a lifetime.
Zach Jones
Project Manager, Shiel Sexton Company

During the study trip to China, I was able to engage in experiential-based activities with a number of Chinese businesses, American companies doing business in China, international business experts at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and business professors at Nankai University. Because of my experience in China, I am exploring a possible career in international business consulting.
Adam Townsend
Full-Time MBA Student

I benefited from the opportunity to travel to China and make observations, interact with others, and learn directly from our Chinese friends. Business and personal interactions with the Chinese and all other actors in the global market will continue to increase at an exponential rate, making this type of interaction and knowledge invaluable.
Chris Naylor
Indiana Securities Commissioner