Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Fall, Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Communication, Economics, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Film Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre Arts, Urban Studies
  • : Spring 2018: 10 January 2018 - 21 April 2018; - Fall 2017: 6 September 2017 - 16 December 2017
  • : Spring 2018: $18.099 in-state, $23,538 out-of-state / Fall 2017: $18,099 in-state, $23,405 out-of-state
  • : Spring 2018: October 8, 2017 / Fall 2018: March 25, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only, Open to Non-Pitt Students

Academics

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

Please note: courses may be subject to change or cancelation.

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 1430 - Marketing Communications in Britain
  • 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

  • PS1311 - West European Government and Politics
    • Note: This course can also be used to satisfy a Social Science general education requirement.

The course is designed to introduce students both to canonical literary texts from Johnson to Conan Doyle and to contemporary representations of multi-cultural London.  In the first half of the course we visit the places where famous literary projects were first conceived.  In the second half of the course the class will be visited by an author or director working in contemporary London.

This course takes its students on a historical tour of the capital with great writers and film-makers as our guides.  We start with a boat trip from Westminster to Tower Bridge: a view of the city from the river on which it was built.  Our first stop back on land is Samuel Johnson and the world of eighteenth century literary London.  We look at some of the variety of Johnson’s writing and also visit the house in which he wrote his dictionary and the pub (The Cheshire Cheese) where he entertained his friends.  We then move onto the Romantic poets and read poems about London by Blake, Wordsworth and Keats before visiting the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum.  We then pass into the nineteenth century world of detective fiction and some of the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  The second half of the course focuses on contemporary London and questions of class, race and culture. We read Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and Zadie Smith’s NW and watch a series of films which show the changing face of London over the last fifty years. 

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 marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.

This course will examine and evaluate the knowledge and skills required to create and implement integrated advertising and public relations activities. This course analyses the main forms of advertising and public relations techniques used by organizations to communicate with the various stakeholders of a business. It seeks to develop the theoretical constructs of the discipline and to develop analytical skills and managerial competencies that are needed to plan and control an integrated program of communications within an organization. Topics include consumer motivation and appeal, media structures and effectiveness, target audiences, print and broadcast production, budgeting and promotion mix planning. Students are required to design, cost and implement their own advertising campaign and to project the likely success rates of their efforts.

 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!

This course will address the principal ethical issues facing print and broadcast journalism. It will consider the practical dilemmas reporters and editors have to deal with and relate them to a moral framework. The focus will be on the real time arguments that arise almost daily in media coverage of matters of public controversy: crime, war, privacy and the like. The course objectives are to learn how to evaluate the performance of the media and to help students develop their own ethical philosophy. Problems of regulation and codes of practice will also be examined. Students will be able to take advantage of London's global importance as a media hub and the distinctive media culture of the UK through a program of case studies, visits and guest lectures by practitioners.

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.

Fulfills the music/art general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

The 1990s and 2000s saw the British film industry undergo a number of dramatic changes. From an all-time low at the end of 1980s, during the early 1990s British cinema entered a period of confidence and success that was mirrored by a major structural and financial reorganization. The course will chart the development of British film during the period 1994-2010 through the critical study of key films, and will examine the way that these films both emerge from and transform the earlier British cinema tradition. Readings will focus on the critical reception of the films and the manner in which they have been absorbed into the canon. There will also be particular focus on the political and social context of the films.

Fulfills the literature general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

For a portrayal of the variety and depth of human emotions, Shakespeare has never been equaled. In this course, a selection of plays will be studied in depth, with equal focus on the genres of comedy, history and tragedy. Through visits to Shakespearean plays in performance, to the Globe theatre workshop, and through guest speakers, the plays will be examined not only textually but also as living plays that tell us as much about modern identity as the development of the early modern identity. Students will examine the notion of Shakespeare as 'timeless' to understand how vitally he moves from the concerns of his day to ours.  This course requires an addition $70 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

Fulfills the literature general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course addresses the development of the modern detective novel, British and American, from the late 19th century into the 21st.  Detective and crime fiction is one of the most popular forms of narrative, appealing to writers and readers with widely diverse interests and ideologies.  It can offer intense action, intellectual challenge, access to criminal underworlds, political and social critique, and exploration of the psyche.  The focus in this version of the course will be on cities (London and Los Angeles) as sites of criminal imagination, and on detectives as explorers of the city’s hidden connections.  Whether or not they bring about “justice” will be an open question.  Our approach will be broadly historical, from the British amateur sleuths of Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, through the American “hard-boiled” private eye, to the contemporary “police procedural” in television and film as well as fiction. 

Please note that this course does NOT fulfill the literature general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course will look at some key theories of popular culture, and include case studies of selected examples from the British Isles since 1945. Popular culture versus subcultures will be examined. The main aim will be to enable students to think independently about this topic. The course will include study visits to galleries, museums and other sites as an important learning experience. This course aims to draw in the students' previous educational and life experiences of culture and history, including oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures and social and religious movements. It will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities and cross-influences.

Writing A Play: The Art and Craft of Making Theatre will introduce the student to the variety of skills required to write a stage play. Beginning with a range of stimuli from their experience of London—people, places, events and ideas—students will develop their ideas into fully-fledged one-act plays. Focusing on a toolbox approach, and carefully considering the various elements of dialogue, characterization, structure and themes, the course will culminate in the presentation of a reading of each writer’s play at CAPA’s studio facility: The Street. Each play will be read by a group of professional actors. This course requires an addition $40 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

Fulfills the music/art general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

The course provides insight into artistic development and art movements since 1900, and provides the tools and techniques with which to analyze contemporary art. The course will examine the many different works of art that have been produced during the last century across Europe, and also examines some of the most controversial contemporary British art in the light of global developments. All the major art movements will be examined in relation to advances in technology, historical events and sociological changes. The course offers a unique opportunity to study the art works in London galleries and museums in guided and reflective visits.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students.

An understanding of the history of the UK is vital to make sense of current events; from the loss of Empire, to wars, through immigration, Britain's history is a fascinating, and richly complex subject to study in country. This course examines how Britain has responded to political, economic, social and cultural forces during the 20th Century and how it is developing in the 21st Century. Topics analyzed and discussed will include: changing perceptions about the role of the state; the decline of empire; the effect of two world wars; economic strategies; multiculturalism, and gender. Using interdisciplinary examinations of social, economic and political history, the course will evaluate how the lives of ordinary British people have changed during the past century.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

Where and what is Europe? Who are the Europeans? What is Europe's future? "Europe" has been a cultural idea that European elites have struggled to impose on the chaotic diversity of their continent. How has the concept "European" been defined historically, and in relation to whom? This interdisciplinary course addresses these fundamental questions of politics, geography and identity by tracing the history of "Europe" as a political concept and the cultural, political and economic factors that have shaped modern European countries. Such issues have been brought into close focus by the implications of European integration, destabilising assumptions about the territorial extent of Europe and the scales at which government, sovereignty and citizenship should operate. This course outlines the contemporary structures of the European Union and also investigates the various processes that have made Europe such a distinctive, dynamic and highly varied region. It also examines the historical roots of current tensions between - and within - the nation-states of Europe, such as ethnic nationalism, the legacy of imperialism and the politics of remembrance, and demonstrates how they continue to shape European politics today.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

The course presents a socio-cultural approach to contemporary issues of children's development. The aim is to demonstrate the importance of understanding people in relation to their social world. Students will develop an understanding of life in the UK and explore how it shapes children's development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, the role of play and the origins of disturbing behaviour will be examined.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

In the early twenty-first century, the religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity of British society remains highly relevant, controversial, and often politically-charged. This course examines how this complex diversity shapes and defines our understanding of modern Britain, through a specific focus on Muslim communities in London's East End and the nature of their interactions with wider society. Students analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain's global relationships, have influenced political policies and social attitudes toward multiculturalism and Muslim groups in particular. Emphasis is placed on an analysis of intercultural relations and how they have shaped the political landscape, ideas about the meaning of "Britishness", and citizenship debates. Theories of the ways in which cultural "subjects" are constructed, contested, and negotiated are examined in relation to the racial ideologies that characterized British imperialism and continue to shape post-colonial society. Main topics include: the politics of immigration and race relations; varieties of experience among ethnic groups; religion and politics; Islamic artistic and cultural forms; representations of Muslim communities within British culture and the media; the construction and expression of ethnic identities, violence and racial oppression, and the consequences of Islamic fundamentalism. Students will also engage directly with Islamic neighborhoods, religious sites, and cultural institutions throughout London, contributing to a fuller understanding of the significance of Muslim societies within the contemporary urban environment.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

One of the most effective ways of understanding a nation is by examining the images, values, symbols, and individuals by which a nation represents itself. This multidisciplinary course explores a variety of forms of national representations "ideals and icons" to investigate the ways in which modern Britain and British identities have been imagined, constructed, and experienced at home and internationally. This theme is examined through specific topics including: imperialism and its legacy; the development of consumer culture; immigration and racial politics; the monarchy and government, and varieties of political and cultural dissent. The course also gives students the opportunity to engage directly with the heritage industry and contemporary British culture, utilizing London's cityscape and its vast array of distinct neighborhoods, cultural venues, and historical sites as primary tools of analysis. Classes are arranged thematically, combining contextual lectures, film, seminar discussion, and weekly field studies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting the legacy of Britain's past upon the ways in which the contemporary nation and British identities are structured in the twenty-first century. Note: Students taking this course should not take "Analyzing and Exploring the Global City" (SOC 305) because of similar content and site visits.

This course builds students’ acting skills and styles. It provides the means through which students may develop or expand their acting abilities through practical work with a variety of scripts, focusing primarily on 20th-century English plays. This course requires an addition $70 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

Cities around the world are striving to be ‘global’. This course focuses on the development of one of the greatest of these global cities, London, from the nineteenth through to the twenty first century and investigates the nature and implications of its ‘globality’ for its built environment and social geography.  We will examine how the city has been transformed by the forces of industrialization, imperialism and globalization and consider the ways in which London and its inhabitants have been shaped by their relationships with the rest of the world.  Students will gain insight into London’s changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city’s imperial, post-imperial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.  The course is organized chronologically: themes include the Victorian metropolis of the nineteenth century; London as an imperial space; multicultural London; London as a commercial centre of global capitalism; future scenarios of urban change. The course will mix classroom work with experiential learning, and will be centered on field trips to sites such as the 2012 Olympic sites, Soho, Whitehall, South Kensington, Spitalfields and Docklands in London’s East End to give students the opportunity to experience its varied urban geographies first hand and interact with these sites in an informed and analytical way.  Note: Students taking this course should not take "Understanding Modern Britain" (SOC 1515) because of similar content and site visits.

Fulfills a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course analyzes women’s claims for citizenship throughout the twentieth century from a variety of European perspectives.  By 1945, the majority of women in Europe had been enfranchised, yet as women demanded the rights of citizenship, they frequently faced limitations upon their rights as citizens based on gender.  This course charts the ways in which women have adapted to and attempted to challenge the ideological, political and material conditions of citizenship in twentieth-century Europe.  Topics to be examined include:  citizenship and warfare, women and the welfare state, the feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, sexuality and reproductive rights, prostitution and labour movements, the effect of Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, the impact of Thatcher upon women in Britain, and the effects of multiculturalism upon citizenship.  Classes are arranged both chronologically and thematically, and will combine contextual lectures and student-led tutorials in order to facilitate discussion.  The course is organized around three key themes:  Women, Regulation and the State; Gender Discourses; and Citizenship and Female Activism.  Each of these themes is designed to allow students to engage with a wide array of historical and contemporary sources and debates.  We will incorporate a diverse range of source materials such as literature, personal narratives, film, and representations of women in art, fiction and the contemporary media.

 

 

Experiential Learning

Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

More than 75 percent of GBI: London students complete an internship, and with good reason. 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: London 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.  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, keep in mind 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: London program manager, to learn more. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, GBI: London’s 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 London as well!

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Executive Director of Pitt in London and the Pittsburgh London Film Center. Since 1985 he has divided his time between Pittsburgh and London and between literary criticism and film production. 

Online: www.colinmaccabe.com

Contact: maccabe@pitt.edu

Bio and photo coming soon!

CAPA, Pitt’s London partner, has a full-time support staff who are there 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.

 

Housing

Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner.  The overwhelming majority of students choose to live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city.  You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building.  The flats also come with an equipped kitchen; note meals are not included in the program fee.  Apartments are as varied as the city itself as no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, prepare for up to an hour-and-a-half commute to both the CAPA Center 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 and to read the newspaper on the Tube each morning like a local.  We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.

If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option. Email Hillary Koller for more information.

Pricing And Dates

Save the date! If you are accepted into the spring 2018 program, you'll be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure session on Sunday, October 15. Information about additional orientation sessions will follow.

 

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$18,099  $23,538
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, January 10, 2018 Sat, April 21, 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$18,099 $23,405
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, Sept. 6, 2017 Sat., Dec. 16, 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: London fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in London
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Tube Pass for Zones 1 and 2
  • Excursions to Stonehenge and Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the University of London at Imperial College Student Union

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

Walk-In Advising Hours:

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.