Cultivating a Global Mindset

Brennan’s internationalization programs help students build skills to thrive in a globally connected world. Students have the opportunity to navigate across borders and cultures as they study to become ethically and globally-minded business leaders.

With an internationalization grant from Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Brennan will offer undergraduate business students the chance to increase their knowledge of the Latin American business environment through curricular and experiential learning opportunities.

Brennan, in collaboration with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile, has developed a three-part program that will include a new course, “Doing Business in Latin America,” a student exchange agreement, and a career development component involving professional mentorship by our Executives in Residence, who will advise students interested in internships and permanent job opportunities with Chicago-based companies doing business in Latin America.

The study abroad component of this program will bring undergraduate business students from Brennan to Valparaíso, Chile for a semester abroad, and Chilean students to Dominican University for a semester. In addition to the exchange program with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Brennan will also be partnering with Universidad ICESI in Colombia to offer an educational study abroad program.

Studying abroad gives Brennan students the opportunity to expand their global perspective and broaden their cross-cultural awareness, better preparing them to enter a global business environment.

This summer, ten MBA students and three faculty members traveled to Valparaíso, Chile for an immersive one-week trip to study the Chilean business environment. The group participated in many unique activities, including a visit to a Codelco copper mine and a meeting with the commercial officer at the U.S. embassy.

A common thread runs through Brennan’s international programs. They challenge students to build cross-cultural relationships, consider alternate perspectives on how to do business, and reflect and learn from a new cultural experience.