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Welcome to the Global Business Institute (GBI), your opportunity to study and practice business. GBI prepares you for the business world through coursework that advances your degree, offers out-of-the-classroom experiences that create cultural competence, and internship opportunities that provide you with transferable workplace skills.
A global center of finance, London offers an unparalleled setting for studying international business practices and issues. A Pitt Business accounting faculty member will teach your business course, which will focus on the the ways in which global companies are tackling real-work business issues. Learn the Underground as you commute from your flat in a London neighborhood to your part-time internship for credit or take advantage of the other course offerings, which are taught by British faculty from world-renowned institutions throughout the city.
The GBI London: International Business Issues program is a partnership between Pitt Business and the University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association (UPAA), and priority acceptance into this program is given to active UPAA members; however, all Pitt Business students are welcome to apply. Learn more about UPAA here! Scholarships are also provided to active UPAA members, for more information visit the additional Information tab.
Want to learn more? Check out the Pitt Business To the World student blog and this video.
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- your application of business knowledge in a global environment
- global competency skills through coursework, internship opportunities and cultural experiences.
- transferrable skills towards your professional and personal development by participating in an internship.
If your first thoughts of London are the Royal Family and Downton Abbey, prepare to be blown away by what else London has to offer. English history and culture are juxtaposed against streets filled with black cabs and lined with ethnic restaurants from Algerian to Indian to Vietnamese. The birthplace of the English language is now home to speakers of more than 30 languages – and that doesn't count the variety of English accents you will hear. Skyscrapers tower over 17th-century buildings while Big Ben overlooks the River Thames.
Study abroad through GBI London and you find yourself constantly surprised by what you discover in one of the world’s most diverse global cities.
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. While flats are as varied as the city itself and no two are alike, all of them are located in safe neighborhoods and secure buildings. Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 45- to 60-minute commute to the CAPA Center. We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.
You can expect the following:
- Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom, single bed or bunk bed)
- Bedding, but need to bring your own towels
- Shared bathroom
- Shared kitchen
- Internet access (for general browsing, but not meant for heavy downloading or streaming)
- Coin operated laundry
- It is not typical for UK residences to have air conditioning or dryers
Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
You will receive your address, roommate information, and neighborhood description about 2 weeks before your departure for London.
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change. Contact your program manager with any questions.
If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option. Email your Pitt program manager for more information.
On this program, you will complete 6 credits in total, including the mandatory course and one additional three-credit course (see list below) or a three-credit internship.Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found below:
You must have completed BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting and BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting with a grade of “B” or better to participate in the program.
If you are at the end of your freshman year, you will enroll in BUSACC 1250 Survey of International Accounting Issues and the IASB and one other three-credit course.
If you are at the end of your sophomore year, you will enroll in BUSACC 1250 Survey of International Accounting Issues and the IASB and one other three-credit course or a three-credit internship.
This course will explore human knowledge of the solar system and of the night sky, as well as the growth of astronomy as a science. The development of astronomy in England has been influenced by many factors and represents a rich microcosm of the evolution of astronomy in the western world. British contributions to astronomy will be used to exemplify the progress and achievements of this field of science.
Throughout history astronomy has been intertwined with both time-keeping and navigation and we will explore these connections in and around London. The passage of time is manifested through the motions of the sun which we will investigate when we visit sundials throughout London. More elaborate structures, like Stonehenge (which we will discuss and visit), can be used to mark the passage of time on greater scales. The importance of astronomy to time-keeping also made it invaluable to navigation. When we visit the National Maritime Museum we will examine and discuss the instruments in their Astronomical and Navigational Collection to elucidate the link between astronomy and navigation. This link between the two areas meant that the interests of astronomers intersected with the interests of the government which led to the development of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich which we will also visit and explore. Lastly, when we visit Westminster Abbey we will see that the importance of the work of astronomers was so valued that the scientists themselves were esteemed.
This is a part-time internship (20 hours per week). In addition, you will attend weekly discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment, develop personal and professional skills, and learn to contextualize your internship experience socially and culturally. You will receive 3 credits for this course.
Please note internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student.
This financial accounting elective focuses on exposing students to the international accounting standards setting process and the study of the application of international accounting issues in business. Learning will take place through a mix of classroom time as well as experience based learning opportunities, with each weekly class focused on an accounting issue and a related site visit experience with a company working on the accounting issue. Participation requires a good understanding of the accounting process and an interest in the global business environment.
Prerequisites: completion of BUSACC 0030 Financial Accounting and BUSACC 0040 Managerial Accounting with a grade of 'B' or better.
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 standardization versus customization dilemma.
The 1990s and 2000s saw the British film industry undergo a number of dramatic changes. From an all-time low at the end of 1980s, during the early 1990s British cinema entered a period of confidence and success that was mirrored by a major structural and financial reorganization. The course will chart the development of British film during the period 1994-2010 through the critical study of key films, and will examine the way that these films both emerge from and transform the earlier British cinema tradition. Readings will focus on the critical reception of the films and the manner in which they have been absorbed into the canon. There will also be particular focus on the political and social context of the films.
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.
This course will introduce creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine how various subjects such as the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real) function in London narratives; develop an understanding of the role of memory and experience in literary psycho-geographical accounts of the metropolis; utilize their observations of London to practice creative writing; and investigate the potential of place within the narrative of various genres.
This course investigates the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play are examined, with an emphasis on the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development.
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the modern development of one of the world's most significant global cities in comparative context. It examines London's changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.
- Begin your visa application process as soon as you receive the detailed instructions and guidance from CAPA
- Follow the instructions carefully, checking for mistakes
- Respond promptly to any requests for follow-up or additional information related to your visa application
- Check to ensure that your returned passport has the appropriate visa stamp prior to departing the U.S.
Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad.
The CAPA London Center is housed in 2 connected Victorian townhouses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and their staff will be there to assist with any questions or challenges through out the program.
Hola, hallo, hi! I'm Steph Spirk, and I am an International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I am a yinzer, very proud to call Pittsburgh my home, yet my love for cultural exchange has always led me to new places, even ones I never thought I'd go to before. I was a Pitt student myself, becoming an expert on study abroad by participating in three programs: Global Service Learning in Bolivia, the International Internship Program in Madrid, and an exchange program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I speak fluent Spanish and German at an advanced level. In my free time you'll find me practicing yoga in the square, hiking through the many parks, painting, and capturing the beauty of Pittsburgh and beyond through the lens of my camera.
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Heidi Bartholomew joined the faculty of the Katz School in 2010. Previously, Heidi held various executive and financial management positions with large, multi-national corporations. Most recently, Heidi served as the Vice President and Controller for FedEx Ground, a division of Fortune 100 Company FedEx Corporation. During her tenure in financial management, Heidi was responsible for leading corporate functions such as SEC reporting, SOX compliance, merger and acquisition accounting, technical accounting research and corporate consolidations.
Heidi’s primary teaching focus is Advanced Financial Accounting where she draws heavily on relating her own work experiences in industry to students.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$300||$300|
|Total Billed by Pitt||$9,299||$9,499|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Airfare||$1,000 - $1,200|
|Personal Expenses and Meals||$1500 - $3,000|
|Local Cell Phone||$100|
|Visa (interns and non-US citizens)||$500|
Total Estimated Program Cost
Total Estimated Cost of Program
|$11,399 - $13,099||$11,599 - $13,299|
As a part of your GBI London: International Accounting Issues fee, the following are included in the program:
- Tuition for 6 credits
- 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
- International health Insurance
- Membership to the University of London at Imperial College Student Union
For summer 2022, program start date is May 19, 2022 and program end date is July 2, 2022.
All students are required to attend the mandatory Agreement Meeting. 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 program. Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application.
Active members of UPAA are eligible for a $500 scholarship. The Pitt Business International Programs office will verify that you are currently a member in good standing with UPAA prior to the program application deadline.