Quick Info

  • China, Germany, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Italy
  • 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 6, 2017 - May 20, 2017
  • : Summer 2017: $4,700 In-State / $4,900 Out-of-State
  • : Friday, December 9 2016
  • : 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.


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. 

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 Dent

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


Germany: Automobiles and Manufacturing

Faculty Member: Dr. Lawrence Feick

Dr. Feick is the Senior Director of International Programs, Director of the University Center for International Studies and acting Co-Director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he is a Professor of Business Administration in the Katz Graduate School of Business.  A member of the Katz faculty since 1982, Dr. Feick  teaches marketing management and international marketing.  His research has focused on consumer information search, international marketing, word-of-mouth influence, and the analysis of categorical data.  Dr. Feick has been published in numerous journals and has been a visiting professor at many international universities, including the University of Augsburg.

Program Assistant: Bradley Miner

Brad is the Pitt Business International Programs Coordinator. You can read more about Brad here.


Vietnam: Development 

Faculty Member: Dr. Brian Hogan

Dr. Hogan is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration.

Program Assistant: Moriah Mock

Moriah is the Pitt Business International Programs Manager, and she's led students abroad in China, Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica. You can read more about Moriah here.


Italy: Textile and Fashion

Faculty Members: Dr. Jack Patzer

Dr. Patzer is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Bioengineering. He strongly advocates that every student who can possibly do so should have a study abroad experience as an undergraduate. He has twice led the Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil summer program with the able assistance of Dr Duquin. He has traveled to Italy many times, most recently a two-week self-guided biking tour from Lucca to Florence to Pisa and back to Lucca skirting the Italian Appenines. 

Program Assistant: Dr. Mary Duquin

Dr. Duquin taught in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 to 2013 in the Department of Health and Physical Activity where she taught courses in personal health, stress management and the social and cultural aspects of health. She previously helped to lead two student trips to Brazil. She has traveled to Italy many times and more recently completed a two week self guided biking tour in Italy through Lucca, Florence and Pisa.


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 6, 2017* May 20, 2017

*You must be in Pittsburgh for the program orientation on May 5, 2017. 

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 here.



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



Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bradley Miner

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered my 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 bradley.miner@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.

Walk-In Advising Hours:
By Appointment Only
Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

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


Walk-In Advising Hours:
Dr. Kristine Lalley

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

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