Quick Info

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Global Management, Economics, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Political Science, Urban Studies
  • : 23 May 2018 - 7 July 2018
  • : 2018 TBD/ 2017 - $8799 In-State/ $8999 Out-of-State
  • : 28 January 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

The courses offered in Sydney allow you to study the subjects you need within an Australian context.  Each course on GBI: Sydney is worth 3 credits, and you will take 6 credits.  Doing an internship?  Remember that it counts as one class.  Coursework may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.  

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that! 

The following courses fulfill requirements within Pitt Business:

Music/Art: ENGFLM 1391 - Australian Cinema

Social Science: ECON 0500 - Introduction to International Economics, URBNST 1414 - Analyzing and Exploring the Global City, Sydney (Note: Students must follow Pitt Business guidelines regarding the social science requirement across departments).

BUSQOM 1070 fulfills a business core requirement. 

This program fulfills both foreign culture requirements.

Fulfills a core requirement for Pitt Business students.

Provides foundations for managing operations technology—manufacturing and service. The management of operations of the conversion process will be discussed. The field is centered on the fundamental problem of any manager—taking inputs (raw materials) and transforming them efficiently and effectively into products resulting in a satisfied customer. Topics include: bottleneck and capacity analysis, and capacity expansion issues; decoupling the workstations—buffers versus internal and external variability; economies of scale in material handling and distribution—EOQ, MRP; reorder point computations; distribution and logistics management; scheduling of products, workforce, and other resources; and GT, JIT, CIM, and FMS. 

Provides conceptual foundations and training in key communication skills essential for a business professional's effectiveness. Develops skills in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, and communication in teams as applied in business settings. 

Three credit course for students who elect to have an international business internship. Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

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 course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of traveling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, we will also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives, noting particularly the literary techniques and strategies that various writers have used to express their experiences and observations. The class sessions will be divided almost equally between the reading and critical evaluation of selected texts and a written response to the stimuli. Half of our weekly time will be devoted to the examination of a text dealing with various authors’ experiences of Australia. These texts will provide us with a forum for discussing each author’s relationship to and the literary expression of place. The other half of our class time will function as a writer’s workshop in response to the set texts: each student will present his/her own work orally (accompanied by photocopies) to the group for reactions, critique, and suggestions for revision.

This course examines contemporary Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. The course thus has two interrelated points of inquiry. First, we will attempt to appreciate the context of Australian cinema – from modes of production to distribution. Second, the course will investigate the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition. We will look at Australian genre cinema, the 70s Renaissance and recent transformations in the Australian film industry. The course will focus specifically on the theme of national identity and the growing debates around what constitutes a national cinema. Indeed, a question to be explored is the extent to which Australian films have reflected or determined Australian values. Comparisons with appropriate U.S. values and films are encouraged.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course is designed to encourage students to engage in a critical analysis of the development of modern cities, in particular Sydney. It will trace Sydney's development from a "colonial outpost" into the "thriving metropolis" it is today. The course will examine how the forces of colonization, migration, modernization and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants. Students will gain insights into the changing dynamics and identities of its inhabitants, and will also look at the forces which have shaped Sydney's relationship with the rest of the world. The course is organized thematically, with each theme examining different aspects of the city. It begins with an introduction to the city, then a discussion of Sydney as a colonial city, moving into an analysis of its identities, impact of migration and finally its commerce, cityscape and urban future. The course ultimately intends to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and will help them develop informed interpretations of Sydney while they are here.

Experiential Learning

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

More than 75% of students who study abroad on GBI Sydney 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 overall marketability to future employers will, too.

Internships in GBI: Sydney 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: Sydney program manager, to learn more. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, GBI: Sydney’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 Sydney as well.

Dr. G.G Hegde - Professor Hegde is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and will be teaching Operations Management during Summer 2018. Learn more about Dr. Hegde here.

Housing

Living in Sydney means living an outdoor lifestyle, and our GBI: Sydney apartments allow you to do just that.  Students live in modern, shared apartments in the Ultimo neighborhood, which allows quick access to numerous parks and the Sydney Harbour.

Spend your time in Sydney living with students from the US and across the globe at the Urbanest Central Sydney, an apartment community designed with students in mind.  Groups of 6-8 students will share an apartment, with two students sharing a bedroom and bathroom.  Modern furniture and an equipped kitchen makes the Urbanest a comfortable place to stay.  Remember that meals aren't included. As a student community, the Urbanest provides a 24/7 front-desk staff, community events, and a convenient location in the city.  Laundry facilities are available and are pay-per-load.

Prepare for up to an hour commute to your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to take in the morning sun while reading the newspaper on the train each morning like a local.  We’ve got your commute covered with "My Multi 1" Pass for Sydney Trains, which also gives you access to the NightRide buses that run from 12am to 4am.

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
TBD TBD
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Saturday, July 7, 2018

 

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: Sydney fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Sydney
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Transit Pass
  • Excursions to Blue Mountains and Australia Walkabout Park
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the ACU 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 ($300)
  • Visa Fee (~$125)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,800-$2,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($1,500-$3,000)
  • 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.

Bradley Miner

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered a passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.