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Welcome to the Global Business Institute (GBI), your opportunity to study and practice business at one of five international campuses. GBI prepares you for the business world through coursework that advances your degree, out-of-the-classroom experiences that create cultural competence, and internship opportunities that provide you with transferable workplace skills.
A center for marketing, supply chain, and finance, Sydney is a global hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Your lecturers will be renowned Australian business faculty members along with Pitt faculty based at the CAPA Sydney Program Center.
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As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
- fulfill major elective course(s) and general elective course requirements.
- develop your global competency skills through coursework, internship opportunities and cultural experiences.
- gain transferrable skills towards your professional and personal development by participating in an internship.
Sydney is known for its surfers and sunshine, but living in the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in the Land Down Under offers you so much more. Sydney is a key player in the Asia-Pacific supply chain, an epicenter of finance, and has a large natural resources industry. Additionally, brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, and design, the city has a firm reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world.
While Australia is no longer used as a colony for exiled British prisoners, one third of Sydney’s population is born overseas, creating a fascinating and constantly evolving cultural landscape.
Study abroad at GBI: Sydney and you find yourself learning (and doing) business the Aussie way.
Part of the experience is to live like a Sydneysider. You will live in shared apartments spread across the city. While apartments are as varied as the city itself and no two residence are alike, all of them are located in safe neighborhoods and secure buildings.
You can expect the following:
- Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom)
- Shared bathroom
- Shared kitchen
- Internet access
- Coin operated laundry
Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 60 to 90-minute commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door). Transit pass for travel on the busses/trains/light rails is included in the program fee.
You will receive your address, roommate information, and neighborhood description about 2 weeks before your departure for Sydney.
If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option. Email your Pitt program manager for more information.
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.
Most courses on GBI: Sydney are 3 credits, and you will take 6 credits.
Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found below:
Looking to complete the Certificate in International Business? Take the following courses to fulfill some of the CPIB requirements! Course descriptions are listed in the general course list below. Please note that you will still need to meet the language requirement to receive the certificate.
- BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers
- BUS 1910 - International Internship For Credit
Arts & Sciences Elective
- PS 1345 - Politics of Oceania
- Note: This course can also be used to satisfy a Social Science general education requirement.
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.
Fulfills a requirement for the CPIB/ Global Management major.
The objective of this course is to examine theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students will look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern day explanations of preferential trading arrangements will be explored and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade will be examined.
This course examines contemporary Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. The course thus has two interrelated points of inquiry. First, we will attempt to appreciate the context of Australian cinema – from modes of production to distribution. Second, the course will investigate the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition. We will look at Australian genre cinema, the 70s Renaissance and recent transformations in the Australian film industry. The course will focus specifically on the theme of national identity and the growing debates around what constitutes a national cinema. Indeed, a question to be explored is the extent to which Australian films have reflected or determined Australian values. Comparisons with appropriate U.S. values and films are encouraged.
This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of travelling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, we will also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives, noting particularly the literary techniques and strategies that various writers have used to express their experiences and observations. The class sessions will be divided almost equally between the reading and critical evaluation of selected texts and a written response to the stimuli. Half of our weekly time will be devoted to the examination of a text dealing with various authors’ experiences of Australia. These texts will provide us with a forum for discussing each author’s relationship to and the literary expression of place. The other half of our class time will function as a writer’s workshop in response to the set texts: each student will present his/her own work orally (accompanied by photocopies) to the group for reactions, critique, and suggestions for revision.
This course examines the government and politics of Australia and Australian engagement in Asia. It will do so by surveying similarities with and differences from the North American democratic model and by examining Australia’s substantial and abiding interests in the Asian region. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the magnitude of the influence that the Asia Pacific region has had on Australian foreign policy. Comparisons with the United States of America will be encouraged.
This course is designed to encourage students to engage in a critical analysis of the development of modern cities, in particular Sydney. It will trace Sydney's development from a "colonial outpost" into the "thriving metropolis" it is today. The course will examine how the forces of colonization, migration, modernization and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants. Students will gain insights into the changing dynamics and identities of its inhabitants, and will also look at the forces which have shaped Sydney's relationship with the rest of the world. The course is organized thematically, with each theme examining different aspects of the city. It begins with an introduction to the city, then a discussion of Sydney as a colonial city, moving into an analysis of its identities, impact of migration and finally its commerce, cityscape and urban future. The course ultimately intends to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and will help them develop informed interpretations of Sydney while they are here.
Please note that internships are available for students who have completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student
More than 75 percent of GBI: London students complete an internship, and with good reason. An international internship is your opportunity to create a stand-out resume, and you will be challenged to apply your coursework to the work world, acquire cultural competence, and create professional connections that can last a lifetime. Not only will your LinkedIn profile get a boost, but your marketability to future employers will too.
Internships in GBI: 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.
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.
CAPA, GBI: Sydney’s partner, has a full-time support staff ready 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.
The CAPA Sydney Center is hosted at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, in a beautiful centrally located heritage building.
In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Sydney as well.
Summer 2019 Faculty Member: TBD
I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed international programming, advised & taught international students, and helped others strengthen their cultural competancies for over seven years. My international interests began as an undergrad, and since then I’ve explored over 26 countries and have experienced everything from presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, to studying traditional dance music in Peru, to getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), to hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).
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Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$300||$300|
|Total Billed by Pitt$||$9,599||$9,799|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Personal Expenses||$1,500 - $3,000|
As a part of your GBI: Sydney fee, the following are included in the program:
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Orientation in Sydney
- Cultural Events and Activities
- An Unlimited Transit Pass
- Excursions to Blue Mountains and Australia Walkabout Park
- Health Insurance
- Membership to the ACU Student Union
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 programs! 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!
For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad page.
Pitt Business students may also apply for additional scholarships through the Pitt Business International Scholarships here, as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline.