Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Finance, Marketing, Communication, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), European Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies
  • : May 16, 2018 - June 30, 2018
  • : $8,999 - In-State / $9,199 - Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

You should have no trouble finding Pitt in London courses that meet your requirements – just a take a look for yourself below.  Each course is worth three credits; you can take six credits during Summer Term 1 or Summer Term 2 or 12 credits if you participate in both.  Doing an internship?  Remember that counts as one class.  New courses may be added.  Coursework may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.  

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

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:
 
Historical Change:  HIST 1123, PS 1311
Literature:  ENGLIT 0580, ENGLIT 0625

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.
 

Pitt Business:

Social Science: ECON 0500, HIST 1123, PS 1311, URBNST 1410
Literature: ENGLIT 0580
Markteting Electives: BUSMKT 1461

This program satisfies both foreign culture requirements.

The Learning through Internships Program is an educational experience that gives students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace and social environment of the host culture, to expand professional skills and earn academic credit. The Focus Seminars and Regional Identities lectures and activities which make up an important part of the program are designed to provide theory and practice around societal themes which inform and enrich the internship experience. Students enrolling in GST 303 will earn 3 semester credits and intern 15-20 hours per week.

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 standardisation versus customisation 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.

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.

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.

The course looks at the impact of the city on the craft of creative writing. It explores how various subjects like the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity or particular districts function in London narratives, and examines the role of memory and experience in literary psychogeographic accounts of the metropolis. The course will provide a theoretical and practical platform to enable participants to develop an understanding of London, and utilize the city as a character in their creative writing. Students will explore the urban landscapes and ‘write the city’ for themselves.

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.

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.

In this performance-based theatre course, students will engage in acting techniques that utilize mind/body awareness as well as analyzing acting clues from the First Folio (the first printed collection of plays published in 1623). Using vocal and physical exercises, students will perform hands-on practical activities to playfully engage with their acting partners and the text, immediately putting into practice these clues in a similar style as Shakespeare’s company working at the Globe Theater of the 16th century.  In addition to textual analysis, students will engage in physical theatre techniques such as those used by Meyerhold, Lecoq and Boal to engage in story, character and to physicalize the given circumstances of the text. Topics covered in this class include: breathing and phrasing on the line, punctuation, capitalization, rhythm & meter, line endings, rhetoric, antithesis, and caesura. Students will work on one monologue and two scenes, both in verse and in prose, as well as attend performances and events at the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.

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.

Experiential Learning

More than 75 percent of Pitt-in-London students complete an internship, and with good reason.  Whether your post-graduation plans include entering the workforce, going to graduate school, or pursuing a different path, professional work experience always stands out on a resume.

Internships in 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. 

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

On-Site Faculty And Staff

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.

Dennis Schebetta will serve as the faculty member for Pitt in London Summer 1.

Dennis Schebetta is an actor, director, and writer in film and theater. He holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He continued his professional training as an actor in New York City with William Esper, master teacher of the Meisner technique, in the two-year studio intensive program.  He has also studied physical theater with Sergei Ostrenko (Biomechanics, Grotowski), Synetic Theater and studied Shakespeare techniques in New York City with John Basil, Dakin Matthews, Kate Wilson, Miriam Silverman and Jesse Berger. 

As a theatre director, he has directed productions off-off Broadway at theatres such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, 29th Street Rep, and Brass Tacks Theatre. He is currently developing the ensemble-based play SOLDIER SONG, which uses music, movement and text to explore the struggles of veterans. As a film director and award-winning writer, his short film MY DATE WITH ADAM, which he wrote and directed, premiered in the 2013 Three Rivers Film Festival and has been an official selection of several international film festivals, most recently winning Best Short Comedy in the High Desert International Film Festival and screening in New Filmmakers LA, New Filmmakers NYC, Boston Sci-Fi, Phoenix International Film Festival and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival.  His numerous plays have been produced and performed across the country, as well as internationally in Perth, Morocco and Kopavagor, Iceland.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Dennis is Head of the MFA Performance Pedagogy program, where he teaches and advises the MFA candidates who are studying and teaching performance-based classes. He is also affiliated with the University Center for International Studies and recently received a Hewlett grant and a Bowman grant to travel to Italy and to the UK to study physical theater and Shakespeare. His core graduate seminar for the MFA program is "Techniques in Performance Pedagogy" where graduate students research, create and practice performance-based teaching theories and exercises (ranging from Stanislavsky-based practitioners such as Meisner, Adler and Hagan to Lecoq, Chekhov, and Grotowski). He teaches Introduction to Performance, Acting I (fundamentals of acting), Acting II (character, ensemble), Acting III (Shakespeare and heightened text) and has taught advanced Meisner courses.

 

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; no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 45- to 60-minute commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door).  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 Brice for more information. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$ 8,999 $ 9,199
Arrive in London Depart London
May 16, 2018 June 30, 2018

 

 

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

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Pitt in London fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 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:

  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Visa Fee (Interns only, $450)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1000-$1200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($1500-$3000)
  • 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

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!