Quick Info

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Fall, Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : Spring 2017: 28 February 2017 - 17 June 2017
  • : Spring 2017: $14,499 In-State / $19,805 Out-of-State
  • : Spring 2017: September 30 / Fall 2017: March 3
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

Most courses on GBI: Buenos Aries are 3 credits, and you can take 12-18 credits.

Please note: courses listed below may be subject to change or cancellation.

Looking to complete the Certificate in International Business? Take the following courses to fulfill nearly all of the CPIB requirements! Course descriptions are listed in the general course list below. Please note that you will still need to meet the language requirement to receive the certificate.

CPIB Track

  • BUSORG 1655 - International Dimensions of Organization Behavior
  • ECON 500 - International Economics
    • Please note that ECON 500 is an approved equivalent for BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers

Students will then choose one course from each of the following categories:

Major Elective (choose 1)

  • BUSFIN 1341 - International Finance
  • BUSMKT 1461 - International Marketing
  • BUSHRM 1670 - Global Workforce Management
  • BUSSCM 1730: Managing Global Supply Chains

CBA Elective

  • BUS 1910 -  International Internship For Credit 

Arts & Sciences Elective

  • Check with your academic advisor to determine which of the below listed courses fulfills an Arts & Sciences elective for you.

If you want to live in another country, you should speak the language!  We recommend you take a Spanish language course while on the program.  Levels offered are: SPAN 0001, SPAN 0002, SPAN 0003, SPAN 0004, SPAN 0020  - Conversation.

If you've taken Spanish in high school but not since coming to Pitt, get in touch with Hillary to determine which level of Spanish you should take. 

3 credit course for students who elect to have a part-time internship for credit. Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

This course fulfills a finance major elective for Pitt Business students. 

This course will examine the structure and principal operations of the international financial economy. It will examine operations and their impact in terms of trade, the trading of financial assets and capital movements. It will also assess risk management techniques used by governments, corporations and other entities operating internationally and the global regulatory challenges posed by these developments. The course covers topics such as the historical development of money and capital markets, the role of major central banks, the maintenance of price stability, the control of interest rates, the management of monetary policy and the management of global systemic risk.

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.

This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardization versus customization dilemma.

 This course fulfills a core requirement for the Certificate in International Business and the global management major. This course also fulfills the human resources major elective.

Provides an introduction to organizational behavior in a global context. Emphasis is on applying core organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, and group processes, as well as more contemporary topics such as cultural diversity and expatriation, to workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Develops an understanding of culture and cross-cultural differences and an awareness of the key skills needed to interact effectively in cross-cultural settings.

Fulfills an HR major elective and a global management major required course for Pitt Business students.

This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labor market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for international assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how labor markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia compare in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment of the course will focus on the individual and organizational factors that promote successful expatriate assignments and globally-oriented careers.

Fulfills a marketing major elective, a supply chain major required course, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management required course, a core requirement for the global management major, a Certificate in International Business elective, and an elective for the Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Course description coming soon!

Please note that students seeking to fulfill the requirement for 'BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers' for CPIB or the global management major will be enrolled in ECON 500, which is an approved equivalent for BUSECON 1508 when taken through GBI.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students, an economics minor elective, and an economics major elective.

The objective of this course is to examine theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students will look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern day explanations of preferential trading arrangements will be explored and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade will be examined.

This class will examine the ways in which racial and ethnic differences have been visualized in the United States and Argentina. Students will study how Hollywood has created films that analyze issues of race and ethnicity in a multicultural United States and, in a comparative perspective, examine how independent filmmakers have portrayed ethnic relations in Argentina’s social and economic reality of the 21st century.

This course approaches sociology from a Latin American standpoint. It deals with some of the main, and classical, sociological concepts and theories, to later explore them in the Latin American context. The class provides students with theoretical tools to analyze society and social process. It will develop, and encourage, critical and reflective thinking about contemporary social life and social structures in general, and in Latin America in particular. In this course students will not only be introduced to some of the principal theories, concepts, and ideas in sociology, but they will also explore them from a Latin American point of view and by focusing on Latin American social processes.

Course description coming soon!  This course fulfills: LIT.

Course description coming soon!  This course fulfills: MA, HS. 

Course description coming soon! 

 

Internships

Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher. Internship placements are in Spanish, and students must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish. 

An international internship is your opportunity to create a stand-out resume, and you will be challenged to apply your coursework to the work world, acquire cultural competence, and create professional connections that can last a lifetime.  Not only will your LinkedIn profile get a boost, but your marketability to future employers will too.

Internships in GBI: Buenos Aires are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time.  In addition to workplace experience, you will also meet with peers and faculty for internship seminars to help you get the most out of the experience.  Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail.

You can sign up for an internship regardless of your major as a part of the application process.  Internships in BA are primarily with NGOs, and keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, remember that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait.

Check out the Pitt Business International Scholarship opportunities for students participating in internships, and get in touch with Hillary Koller, the GBI: Buenos Aires program manager, to learn more. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, GBI: Buenos Aires’ partner, has a full-time support staff ready to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.

In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Buenos Aires as well!

Doug Harding is a Professor of Business Administration and will be teaching ECON 0500: Introduction to International Economics and BUSORG 1655: International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior in Buenos Aires in spring 2017.  Professor Harding brings 35 years of managing international business development activities for various multinational industrial manufacturing companies, including a new corporate venture within PPG Industries. Having traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Douglas brings a deep intuitive understanding of business interactions in diverse culture settings, and has been able to bridge the culture gap to lead new business activities in many international industrial markets.

Being from Caracas, Venezuela, Professor Harding is fluent in Spanish and holds an MBA from Syracuse University and an MA in Economics from Georgia State University. Professor Harding is currently an Adjunct Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration where he teaches undergraduate business courses such as Strategic Management, International Economics, Introduction to Management, and Introduction to Business as well as a Cross-Cultural Dimensions course at the MBA level. Professor Harding was also a senior mentor for an MBA Field Consulting project for the Katz School of Business. Learn more about Professor Harding here!

 

Housing

Part of the experience is to live like a local.  GBI Buenos Aires offers you the opportunity to experience Argentine family life first hand through homestays with local families, carefully selected for you by CAPA. Homestays allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, and include daily breakfast and dinner. 

Regardless of where you live, prepare for up to an hour commute to both the CAPA Center at the Universidad Austral and your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to know the city like the back of your hand.

Additional housing options may be available during fall and spring semesters. Email Hillary Koller for more information.

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$14,499 $19,805
Arrive in Buenos Aires Depart Buenos Aires
Tues, Feb 28, 2017 Sat, June 17, 2017

 

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager. 

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!

CAPA offers a wide variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships, and Pitt students are now eligible to apply! Be sure to visit their website at http://www.capa.org/scholarships, and explore the options. Pitt students are eligible to apply for all scholarship opportunities listed on this page. Be sure to note that although you apply for the CAPA scholarships on the CAPA website, you still apply for the Global Business Institute Programs through abroad.pitt.edu.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your GBI: Buenos Aires fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Buenos Aires
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • Transportation pass
  • Excursion to an Argentine cattle ranch and a tango show and lessons
  • Health Insurance
  • Access to Universidad Austral facilities, including library, computing labs, and dining room

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Pitt Study Abroad Fee ($400)
  • Visa Fee (Interns only, $450)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,000-$1,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($3,000-$5,000 semester)
  • Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)

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.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.

Walk-In Advising Hours: