Pitt on Location - CET Beijing

The University of Pittsburgh is excited to offer the Pitt on Location – CET Beijing program during spring 2021 for Pitt international students who are currently living in China. Our Chinese students will have the opportunity to connect with the Pitt community by learning alongside other Pitt students both in-person and virtually.

We would love to have all our international students with us here in Pittsburgh, but we realize it is difficult for some students to get here at this time. The Pitt on Location – CET Beijing program offers you the opportunity to immerse in Pitt community while taking classes that keep you on track for graduation. We still value you as a community member even when you are not physically present on campus, and we want you to continue to feel like you are a part of Pitt community. Throughout the term, you will receive care packages, direct connection via teleconference with advisors and individuals at the University, and connection to our local alumni where possible. You will have an advisor at the Study Abroad Office assigned to you for the entirety of the term for questions and assistance. 

Your semester starts off with a three-day orientation to help you get settled for the spring. Two days are dedicated to student introductions, cohort-building, and an overview of CET policies on academics, student conduct, and health and safety. The third day focuses on campus resources and student registration.

This program is offered to you in partnership with the CET, a US based international study abroad provider. CET Academic Programs has been developing and operating innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around the world.

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The city, located in northern China, is the nation's political, cultural and education center. There are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this city alone. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks and gardens while playing host to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies. 

Where You'll Live

CET will arrange for you to live in an on-campus international student dormitory which will include:

  • 2 students/room
  • A bed, dresser, and a table for each student
  • Wifi access, A/C, linens, basic furnishing
  • On-campus cafeteria and local eateries

Please note that these items are not included in your program fee:

  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone/internet fees, etc.)
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Transport to the program site
  • Medical expenses incurred
What You'll Study
  • As a full-time Pitt student, you must sign up for at least 12 credits each semester, but you can take up to 15 credits on this program. Each course offered at CET is worth 3 credits. 
  • Courses offered at CET are taught by local and international faculty and in English.
  • If you are in A&S, credit from CET will transfer to your University of Pittsburgh transcript as letter grade (LG) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). You will get to decide the grading base for your courses when you select your courses. If you are in the CBA, your CET credit will transfer to your Pitt transcript only as S/NC.
  • Once you sign up for the program, we will send you a course selection form to complete and confirm which courses you are interested in taking. You will want to discuss your academics with your Pitt academic advisor before selecting your courses. The Pitt Study Abroad will enroll you in courses that you select.
  • General Education Requirements: Pitt Study Abroad has compiled a list of courses that can be used to fulfill general education requirements within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of Business Administration.  Click here to access the list.  Students from other colleges and schools should contact their academic advisor.
  • If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please reach out to your respective advisor to discuss the courses and get approval.

Here is the list of courses for spring 2021. Please note that courses that do not meet the minimum number of students enrolled by December 15 will not be offered. Students are encouraged to have alternative courses selected from the list in the event of a course no longer being available. Click on the course title to see the course syllabus. 

BJ/BUSN 301 Cross-Cultural Business Management

BJ/BUSN 335 Business Ethics

BJ/BUSN 340 Marketing Management

BJ/COMM 250 Cross-Cultural Communication

BJ/COMM 280 Writing for Communication

BJ/COMM 320 Chinese and Western Cross-Cultural Concepts

BJ/EAST 352 The Making of Modern East Asia

BJ/ECON 150 Principles of Economics

BJ/ENGL 110 Academic Research and Writing for US Undergraduates

BJ/ENST 300 Environmental Issues and International Cooperation

BJ/FILM 260 Comparative Studies in US and Chinese Film

BJ/HIST 310 The United States in the Post-WW2 Era

BJ/HIST 363 Popular Culture and American History

BJ/INTR 360 US-China Relations

BJ/MUSC 140 Introduction to Modern Popular Music

BJ/PSYC 252 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Courses are taught by passionate instructors with experience studying or teaching (or both!) abroad. Faculty are selected and trained by the program’s academic director, and have instructed US university students for CET over multiple terms.

CET will have a full-time resident director and additional staff on-site to support you throughout the semester. From pre-program preparation to orientation, and on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help you study abroad.

Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss study abroad options.

 
 

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!

  • Log in to Pathways or use the Navigate app
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Global as the appointment type
  • Select General Study Abroad as the School/Unit
  • Select Study Abroad Program Specific Questions as the service
  • Select Study Abroad Virtual Advising as the Location
  • Select my name and find a time that works for you

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

 

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!

  • Log in to Handshake
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Business International Programs Advising as the Category
  • Select International Programs Advising - Pitt Business as the Appointment Type
  •  Select a day, find my name and find time that works best for you!

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees.

In addition, you will pay $3,000 for housing. CET will arrange for you to live in an on-campus international student dormitory which will include:

  • 2 students/room
  • A bed, dresser, and a table for each student
  • Wifi access, A/C, linens, basic furnishing
  • On-campus cafeteria and local eateries

Please note that these items are not included in your program fee:

  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone/internet fees, etc.)
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Transport to the program site
  • Medical expenses incurred

 

When You'll Go

Application Deadline:    December 6, 2020

Student Arrivals:           February 25, 2021

Program Orientation:   February 25 – 28, 2021

Classes Begin:             March 1, 2021

Exams Begin:              June 14, 2021

Program Ends:            June 19, 2021

What Else You Need to Know
  • This program is open only to Pitt Chinese students.
  • This program requires 2.75 GPA for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Freshman do not need to supply a GPA.
  • Please note it is your responsibility to be aware of any government-mandated policies when traveling to Beijing and that things can change regarding travel restrictions or quarantine requirements both when entering China from another country or traveling regionally within China.