Quick Info

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Summer
  • : Pitt Recognized
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : Summer 2018: ~ 02 July 2018 - 22 July 2018
  • : Summer 2018: ~1580 Euro
  • : March 3, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Academics

The course fulfills one foreign culture requirement for Pitt Business students and the Experiential Learning Requirement for the Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CPIE).


This 7 ECTS credit (3 Pitt credits) course covers three main topics: Entrepreneurship in Berlin, Innovation Management, and the Berlin Startup Safari, which is a workshop with local startups. The course also includes study visits to companies and political institutions as well as introductory German language lessons.

To learn more about the course schedule, see the course syllabus.

Students are also encouraged (but not required) to take some language courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Two recommended courses for the German language are:

  • GER 0101 – Beginning German 1 (3 credits)
    • Elementary German 101 meets three times a week, and while class periods will focus on speaking and listening, you will do the writing, reading, and most of the grammar practice at home. Students are expected to study regularly on their own to keep up with the material. In this course you will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide.
  • GER 0001 – Elementary German 1 (Intensive) (5 credits)
    • ​This Elementary German course meets five times a week and is the next best thing to studying abroad. You will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

BSEL International Office has a team of full-time staff available to help you during your stay in Berlin. Whether you have questions about academics or where to go for dinner, a staff member can help you through the process and the office posts weekly walk-in hours for your convenience.

Housing

Housing is included in the program and students will be placed into either the Student Village (student dorm type), which includes single rooms with breakfast (kitchenette available), or a Student Hostel, which provides shared rooms with breakfast.

On weekdays, lunch can be purchased in the BSEL student cafeteria for very reasonable prices.

Pricing And Dates


Program Fee
1580 Euro (approx. $1,750 USD)*
Arrive in Berlin Depart Berlin
Sunday, July 2, 2018 Saturday, July 22, 2018

 

*Five $2500-$4000 scholarships are now available through the Narasimhan Innovation Fund for Pitt Business students participating in the program. In order to receive the scholarship, students must complete the Pitt Business International Scholarships application.

 

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from BSEL on your acceptance.

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.

Business students can apply for over $150,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Finances’ tab at the top of this page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included?

  • Tuition for 7 ECTS credits (3 Pitt credits)
  • Application fee
  • Housing
  • International health, accident and liability insurance
  • Study visits
  • Most portions of the culture and leisure time program
    • The BSEL International Office team offers participants a wide variety of optional cultural and social events in Berlin and surrounding area about twice a week. This may include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites (Museum Island in Berlin, Palaces and Gardens in Potsdam), Berlin Wall Museum and Holocaust Museum, excursion to the Memorial Sachsenhausen, a boat trip, Beach Bar, and many other activities.

You will be responsible for: 

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (round trip to Germany ~$1,100-1,800.00)
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits ~$300-$500)

Special Information

Have questions? Reach out to Brad Miner, the Pitt Business International Programs Coordinator- bradminer@pitt.edu | 412-383-7136

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