Quick Info

  • China, Germany, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • : May 5 - May 19, 2018
  • : Summer 2018: $4,700 In-State / $4,900 Out-of-State
  • : Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Business and Engineering Students Only, Pitt Business Students: complete "Managing Complex Environments" in the fall or spring semester, Swanson School of Engineering Students: complete ENGR 0011 and 0012 (or 0711 and 0715)


You will receive three credits for Plus3. If you are a Pitt Business student, Plus3 fulfills one of the two foreign culture requirements and a social sciences requirement. If you are a Swanson School of Engineering student, Plus3 could fulfill a technical elective in Engineering, but you must check with your department advisors for confirmation.

Plus3 is a 3-part program:

  • Pre-Departure Orientations and Workshops – Four cohort meetings with your faculty leader and program assistant in the spring term will help to prepare you for your time abroad.
  • Field Study – Company visits and lectures comprise the academic portion of your two weeks in-country.
  • Post-Program Project – You will complete a project (details determined by the faculty member) that acts as a summary for your experience.


Students interested in the Germany location are encouraged (but not required) to take some langauge courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Two recommended courses 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

Each site has a designated faculty member and program assistant that will lead workshops, oversee academics and logistics, and travel with you in-country. The facutly members and program assistants in 2018 are:

China: Smart Phones

Faculty Member: Dr. Lei Li

Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering. His research interests are on surface, interface and nanotechnology. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Li has worked in information storage industry for nine years. Dr. Li grew up and got his BS and MS degree in China.  In recent years, he has traveled to China many times and visited different cities, including Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, Lijiang and Hangzhou.

Program Assistant: Jordan Ball

Jordan is a First-Year Engineering Programs Advisor for the Swanson School of Engineering.


Germany: Automobiles and Manufacturing

Faculty Member: Dr. Lawrence Feick

Lawrence Feick is Vice Provost for Special Projects at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2007 – 15 he served as the Senior Director of International Programs and the Director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Professor of Business Administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been a faculty member since1982. At Katz, he served as Associate Dean from 1989-1996 and Interim Dean during the 2005 – 06 academic year. From 1999 through 2005 he served as the director of the University's International Business Center (a federally funded CIBER). Previously, Dr. Feick served on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Ph.D.

Professor Feick teaches in the areas of marketing management and international marketing; and does research in the areas of consumer information search, international marketing, word-of-mouth influence, and the analysis of categorical data and has published articles in Journal of Consumer Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Marketing Science, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Bulletin, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Dr. Feick has served as a consultant to a number of profit and non-profit firms, including Eastman Kodak, General Motors, and Newsweek. He has done extensive executive teaching, including programs for Samsung Electronics, Audi, and Cheil Communications, and has developed a train-the-trainers program on the use of simulations and games and case studies in teaching marketing concepts. He is the coauthor of Country Manager, an international marketing simulation game. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg (Germany), Czech Management Center (Czech Republic), International Management Center (Hungary), Comenius University (Slovak Republic), Universidad Santa Maria (Ecuador), and the University of Montevideo (Uruguay) where he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist.


Program Assistant: Arielle Schweber

Arielle is the Pitt Business International Programs Manager. You can read more about Arielle here.


Vietnam: Development 

Faculty Member: Dr. Audrey J. Murrell

Dr. Murrell is the Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration. You can read more about Dr. Murrell here.

Faculty Member: Bryan Schultz

Bryan is the Pitt Business Director of International Programs. You can read more about Bryan here.

Program Assistant: Hillary Koller

Hillary is the Pitt Business Internationship Manager. You can read more about Hillary here.


Italy: Textile and Fashion

Faculty Members: Dr. Karen M. Bursic

Dr. Bursic is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Industrial Engineering.  She was instrumental in developing the International Requirement for IE, a first of its kind, which aims to have every graduate have a study abroad experience during their undergraduate career.   She has over 30 years of experience in industry and academia with a research focus on Engineering Education and numerous publications in this area.  She has traveled to both Germany and Turkey to enhance her understanding of international education.   Dr. Bursic teaches courses in engineering economics and engineering management as well as engineering analysis and computing in the First Year Engineering program. 

Program Assistant:  Frank Bursic holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has had a highly successful career in business and executive management, project management, technical & leadership training, sales & marketing, business development, contract negotiations, and engineering design and services.  He currently owns and operates InRoads International LLC, a company that provides unique strategic business development expertise and market intelligence to the commercial nuclear power market.  Mr. Bursic has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of industries and technologies and has travelled extensively in both Europe and Asia. 


Costa Rica: Coffee

Faculty Members: Dr. Ryan Teeter 

Dr. Teeter is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting Information Systems at Pitt Business. For more information on Dr. Teeter, please visit his bio.

Program Assistant: Laura Carroll

Laura is an Academic Advisor in Pitt Business who has professional and personal interests in diversity and inclusion.  She is excited about traveling to Costa Rica, learning more about the culture, and sharing this experience with students. 



Lodging in each location is unique, but you will be housed in shared bedrooms in a centralized hotel that provides daily breakfast. Please note that if you participate in Plus3: Costa Rica, you will stay in local homestays for part of the program.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,700 $4,900
Depart for Host Country Depart from Host Country
May 5, 2018* May 19, 2018

*You must be in Pittsburgh for the program orientation on May 4, 2018. 

Swanson School of Engineering students can apply for a $1,000 scholarship through the following website. 

Pitt Business students can apply for the Pitt Business International Scholarships herePlease note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline. 

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!



Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Plus3 fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Lodging for orientation in Pittsburgh and time abroad
  • Tuition for three credits
  • Round-trip international airfare*
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions
  • Most meals
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • International Health Insurance

*Students who choose a return destination other than Pittsburgh will be charged the flight fee difference.

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

  • Study Abroad Fee ($300)
  • Additional spending money (~$300-$500)

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.

Special Information

  • If you don't have a passport or need to renew yours, get started right away. Applications will not be accepted without a passport that is valid at least six months past the program end date.
    • You can apply at the Allegheny County of Dept. of Court Records
      City County Building
      414 Grant Street
      Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4pm, Wednesdays until 7pm. 
      Application: www.us-passport-service-guide.com
    • ​​Check out our helpful Passport Guide for more information.


  • This program involves a lot of walking, so bring some sneakers!


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

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.

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg