Quick Info

  • Beijing and Shanghai, China
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Global Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • : Spring course; Program abroad. March 2- - Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • : $4300 for all Pitt students; this includes airfare
  • : Deadline extended on a rolling basis through 11/20/16
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


University of Pittsburgh Students

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. This is a course that takes place in the spring semester typically on Tuesday evenings.  

Here is a tenative syllabus, this could be subject to change. 

 Students have the option to do additional writing course-work so that they can apply the class toward a W requirement. 

Engineering students:

This 3 credit course typically fufills a technical elective credit pending your academic advisor’s approval (ENGR 1600 - Global Engineering Technology).  

Business students:

This experience (ENGR 1600 - Global Engineering Technology) can count as the following:
1.  A Marketing elective -OR- a Supply Chain Management elective (may apply it to either the Certificate in Supply Chain Management or the SCM major)


2.  One of two required foreign culture requirements.
The course is focused on understanding globalization and technology with a particular emphasis on China.

All other Majors- please check with your academic advisor. 

The course includes:

  • Preparation for the intensive, 10-day study tour of China.
  • Background readings and complete short writing assignments that link topics discussed in class to your particular field of study.
  • Guest speakers who provide the necessary background for the program and serve as the basis for comparative discussion and analysis. Topics will include: history and politics, economics, contemporary culture and demographics, and technology trends.
  • Documentation of the experience, primarily through an end-of-semester symposium upon return from China. You will complete individual posters addressing a theme from the conference and write a final paper on a topic of your choosing. 
  • Reflections of the study-tour and a better understanding of issues facing both the U.S. and China.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Rajgopal is a professor of Industrial Engineering and has been on the faculty at Pitt since 1986. He also serves as the graduate program director for the Industrial Engineering department. He is an advocate for study abroad and has led a number of study abroad programs. 

Tara Jones (TLJ18@pitt.edu) and Hailey Rogers (HRR14@pitt.edu) are the TAs for the course.  They can be reached via email to answer any of your questions. 

You can find a list of the information sessions via this link. http://ssoeinternationalprograms.eventbrite.com/


Double occupancy hotel lodging in 3-4 star hotels for the duration of the trip is included. 

Pricing And Dates

Pitt students In-State/Out of State Fee  
Thursday March 2- Sunday March 12, 2017  

Keep in mind that program dates may change.

Questions about scholarships? Check out our scholarship page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

For Pitt Students

As a part of the program costs, the following were included in the program:

  • Tuition for 3 Pitt credits
  • Airfare to and from China
  • Airport transfers (in-country) and all ground transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Most meals
  • Admission and participation to all events and excursion
  • Visa processing fee

Keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Some meals (~$300)
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits).

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.


Special Information

Check out the video of past program participants: http://youtu.be/M0hgTIxZ824.

Past INNOVATE stdudents want you to know…

"Overall, I really enjoyed the trip. I learned that China is a really interesting market to test if you have an idea, the resources and the time. Having a start-up in China now seems not as impossible as I once thought. I loved seeing both state owned and privately owned businesses and learning how they make business decisions differently. The historical landmarks were beautiful and I would love to go back to china before I leave this Earth. I feel that I have a better sense of business in China now. So, I feel that, at least for me, this course has accomplished its goal."

-Trenton Gilstrap  (Check out his blog!)

 "Leaving China definitely made me feel depressed.  Even though I was only there for a short time, I knew I was not close to being ready to leave.  I learned so much about the country in such a short amount of time and honestly was able to have the time of my life. "

- Sean Kurtz (Check out his blog!)

"The trip is coming to an end—we just had the closing dinner.  The Pitt graduate that spoke made me want to move here because of how easily she adjusted.  The trip flew by, and the slideshow of pictures made me realize how many places we all saw in such a small amount of time.  I also realized how close everyone got."

- Victoria Portier (Check out her blog!)

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Walk-In Advising Hours:
Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

Walk-In Advising Hours:
Moriah Lea Mock

I grew up in small-town Central PA and had the wild experience of taking my first plane ride on my way to a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange in Lima, Peru. That gap year, combined with my study abroad experience as a Pitt undergrad in Argentina, sealed my love of Latin America (and empanadas!). Now, as the Pitt Business International Programs Manager, I’m here to help you achieve your own study abroad goals. I proudly call both Pittsburgh and Philly home, and you can find me gardening, soaking in the sun, and eating my way through both cities when I’m not in the office.

Get in touch with me at moriahmock@pitt.edu or 412-383-7489! 


Walk-In Advising Hours:
By Appointment Only