Plus3 Business

Plus3 is your first chance to study abroad at Pitt. This two-week, three-credit interdisciplinary experience is a partnership between the the College of Business Administration, the Swanson School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's Division of Business and Enterprise. Your travels to one of eight countries will give you a firsthand glimpse of globalization through industry-specific company tours, Q&A sessions with executives, and academic lectures that provide cultural and political perspective.


You will explore globalization through one of the following locations/industries:

  • Argentina - Healthcare Management
  • China – Smartphones
  • Costa Rica – Coffee and Bananas
  • Ecuador - Chocolate and Flowers
  • Germany – Automobiles and Manufacturing
  • Italy – Food, Fashion and Fabrication
  • Korea - Smart Systems
  • Vietnam – Globalization and Development

Programs at a Glance

Argentina: Healthcare Management

This program will provide you with first-hand knowledge of the impacts of globalization on healthcare in a middle-income country. You will focus first on understanding major themes in global healthcare, such as global burden of disease, determinants of health, food security, and health and economic inequality. Background on Argentina's history and politics with provide you with a foundation to use during your site visits within the healthcare industry and Q&A sessions with industry stakeholders. By the end of this you will have an understanding of the mechanisms of delivering, financing, and managing healthcare in Argentina. 

  • Site visits may include: Universidad Austral, Hospital Universitario Austral, a healthcare related NGO, a pharmaceutical factory, primary health centres, and both public and private hospitals
  • Cultural activities may include: Hop-on hop-off tour of Buenos Aires, La Boca neighborhood, a tango lesson, street art tour, a visit to the Recoleta Cemetary, a visit to an Estancia, Plaza de Mayo, the ESMA museum, the MALBA museum, the Evita Museum, and volunteering at a primary health center. 
  • Locations will include: Buenos Aires, Pilar, and Tigre

 

China: Smartphones

Smartphones have not only transformed the professional and personal spheres, but their design, production, and distribution is a fascinating case study in globalization. Background on China’s history and politics will give you a foundation to use during company visits, which highlight everything from cell phone manufacturing to global marketing departments as you travel from Beijing to Hong Kong. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow you to dig deeper into business and engineering practices, and better understand the interdependencies of the global market.

  • Company visits included Secco, Phicomm, China Telecom, Intel, and PCH International
  • Cultural activities have included The Great Wall of China, a Chinese acrobatics show, and a sightseeing cruise tour in Hong Kong
  • Locations will include Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an

 

Costa Rica: Coffee and Bananas

The second-most sought-after commodity in the world, coffee moves through a complex global web on its way to consumption. Your trip to Costa Rica will give you a firsthand look at both large-scale and small-scale coffee growing, processing, and exportation. Background on Costa Rica’s history and politics will give you a base to use in company visits exploring engineering practices and environmental impacts as well as international marketing. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow you to dig deeper into business and engineering practices and to better understand the interdependencies in the global market.

  • Company visits included Cafe Britt, Cafe Rey, Life Monteverde, and Institutio Nacional del Cafe
  • Cultural activities included a trip to Monteverde (cloud forests and coffee plantations), Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls, and activities with local Costa Rican students
  • Locations will include San Jose, Monteverde, various areas neighboring San Jose

 

Ecuador: Chocolate and Flowers

Ecuador is a major player in both the chocolate and flower global markets, and this equatorial nation provides the best firsthand experience on the global supply chain of two unique commodities in the World. Through this course and program, you will gain background on Ecuador’s cultural and economic history that will provide valuable context as we visit companies, explore the chocolate and flower markets, and learn about sustainable agriculture and business. You will have the opportunity to taste, smell and witness first-hand many aspects of the chocolate and floral supply chains. During company visits, corporate executives and representatives give you to dig deeper look into their business practices to better understand the interdependencies in the global flower and chocolate value chain.

  • Site visits may include: A rose farm, a cacao agroforest, a coastal cacao plantation, a chocolate processing factory and packing center, and the Guayaquil shipping port.
  • Cultural activities may include: A tour of Colonial Quito, visit a hummingbird reserve, Amazonian-style pottery making, walk in lush cloud forests at 8000 feet, tour coast of Ecuador, and stay at an Amazonian Rain Forest Field Station.
  • Locations will include Quito, Guayaquil, and The Andes Amazon Field School.

 

Germany: Automobiles and Manufacturing

Known for quality and precision, the automobile industry in Germany is a case study in German culture, business practices, and exportation. You will explore Germany’s historical and political background during lecture sessions and use this knowledge as context for company visits while exploring everything from car manufacturing to global marketing departments. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow you to dig deeper into business and engineering practices, and better understand the interdependencies of the global market. In addition to Augsburg, past participants have also traveled to other German destinations such as Munich, Berlin, Neuschwanstein, and Nuremburg.

  • Company visits have included Audi, Eurocopter, Donauworth, Riegele, and Fujitsu Technical Solutions
  • Cultural activities have included dinner at an authentic Bavarian Restaurant, a visit to the 'Deutsches' Museum, and a concentration camp in Dachau.
  • Locations will include Augsburg

 

Italy: Food, Fashion and Fabrication

Academic content includes site visits to highlight Italy's history and reputation as one of the world's leading countries in the high fashion and luxury brand markets. Lectures focus on Italy's historical background providing context for the company visits where you will learn about the business and engineering practices that highlight the nation's reputation as the top producer of high-end textiles and fashion. From the manufacturing to the design practices, these visits provide a firsthand look at the supply chain of these industries. 

  • Site visits have included Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory, Sartorial Cavour Tailoring Company, and Lineapelle Leather Company
  • Cultural activities have included a visit to the Uffizi gallery, a meet and greet with local students, and a historic walking tour of Milan
  • Locations will include Milan and several surrounding cities

 

Korea: Smart Systems

Smart systems are what’s driving technology to be even more efficient. Digital devices working together as smart systems can sense, act upon, and communicate about a situation. They can recognize patterns, make predictions, and support human decision-making. Students will benefit from seeing how South Korea is not only manufacturing this technology but also how they are implementing into their daily life. Students will understand how this is being marketed and from a business perspective will understand how that is helping to drive the Korean economy. We will travel to the following cities: Seoul, Gyeongju, Ulsan and Busan.  

The proposed company visits include: 

  • Oracle, Woori Investment and Securities, KPMG, Samsung Mobile, Riot Games, Hyundai, BASF, Air Busan, Korea Technology and Finance Company and Korea Southern Power Company. 
  • There are two proposed university visits (Seoul National University or Yonsei University or Busan University of Foreign Studies). 
  • Cultural visits are included and include in Seoul the Royal Palace visit, Seoul Tower and traditional market, DMZ tour and Han River Cruise, and cultural visits in Gyeongju.

 

Vietnam: Globalization and Development

Vietnam’s developing economy is highlighted against its deep history that both shape this Asian country’s present. Lectures will focus on Vietnam’s historical and political background to provide context for company visits where you will learn about business and engineering practices. From entrepreneurship to exportation practices, these visits will give you a firsthand look at development occurring in Asia. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow you to dig deeper into the challenges facing international firms and to better understand the interdependencies between engineering and business management. While you will be based in Ho Chi Minh City, past groups have traveled to various parts of Vietnam, including the Mekong Delta.

  • Site visits have included the U.S. Consulate, II-VI Incorporated, Glass Egg Digital Media, Phu My Hung Corporation, and Tan Cang-Cat Lai Terminal
  • Cultural activities have included an authentic Vietnamese dinner, lessons in Vietnamese language and culture, cooking lessons at a local restaurant, and tour of the Củ Chi Tunnels
  • Locations will include Ho Chi Minh City
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Student Blogs + More Information

Want to learn more?  Check out the Pitt Plus3 Blog for past participant experiences: 

 

 

 

Where You'll Live

Lodging in each location is unique, but you will be housed in shared bedrooms in a centralized hotel or apartment. Please note that if you participate in or Plus3 Costa Rica, you will stay in local homestays for part of the program. On each Plus3 location at least one meal a day will be covered by the program fee (generally breakfast or lunch, depending on location).

What You'll Study

 

You will receive three credits for Plus3. For Swanson School of Engineering students, Plus3 could fulfill a technical elective in Engineering, but you must check with your department advisors for confirmation.

Plus3 Academics

Plus3 is a 3-part program that occurs during the spring term with international travel the first two-weeks in May.

  • Pre-Departure Orientations and Workshops – Three-five 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, guest lectures lectures, and a reflection blog 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. 

 

Optional language classes at Pitt prior to departure

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.
Plus 3 Program in China (BUSSPP38)
Plus 3 Program in Vietnam (BUSSPP0041)
Plus 3 Program in Costa Rica (ENGR23)
Plus 3 Program in Germany    (ENGR26)
Plus 3 Program in Italy    (ENGR31)
Plus 3 Program in Argentina (NUR1140)
Experiential Learning Description

China: "During my time abroad in China, I learned so much more than I thought I could in just two weeks. Listening to business professionals speak about supply chain management, marketing smartphones in China, big data aggregation, and logistics was fascinating and helped deepen my understanding of such valuable concepts.” - Haley McArthur, Plus3 China 2018
 
Costa Rica: "During my two weeks in Costa Rica, I gained in-depth exposure to Costa Rica’s coffee supply chain, interacted with the Costa Rican people and learned about their unique way of life, and gained an appreciation for a country different from my own, all in just a few brief but fulfilling weeks.”  - Phil Missan, Plus3 Costa Rica 2018
 
Germany: "We learned so much more in these immersive two weeks than we could have done in a semester long class. On our site visits of SGL, BMW, KUKA, Continental and Hörauf & Kohler, we were exposed to the inner workings and behind the scenes operations of almost every aspect of the automotive supply chain.”  - Gemma Skidmore, Plus3 Germany, 2018
 
Italy: "The Plus3 program placed me far outside my comfort zone, exposed me to a new continent, country, and culture, and showed me real life examples of both business and engineering. While the food, sights, and people were all beautiful, the trip was challenging in ways that helped me to grow both personally and academically.”  - Shelby Smith, Plus3 Italy 2018
 
Vietnam: "Along with new experiences, I gained valuable skills from Plus3 that will help me in my future business endeavors. Through traveling to a country on the other side of the world I learned adaptability first-hand. Every day I had to be able to adapt to the group’s plans and be ready for any situation.” - Kate McAssey, Plus3 Vietnam 2018

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 faculty member and program assistants for 2020 are:

 

Argentina
Faculty Member: Dr. Grant R. Martsolf
Dr. Martsolf is a professor in the School of Nursing and a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is a health services researcher and public policy expert. His research  and teaching focuses on a wide variety of healthcare policy issues. He has many years working in international healthcare settings particularly in Haiti and Iraq. For more information on Dr. Martsolf, please visit his bio.
Program Assistant: Information coming soon!
 

China

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: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 

Costa Rica

Faculty Member: 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: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 

Ecuador

Faculty Member: Professor Skip Glenn 
Professor Skip Glenn has explored Ecuador as part of research and training done for El Museo de Ciencias Naturales in Quito and the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. His field experience has taken him from Loja Province in the south to Carchi Province in the north. Annually, he leads dozens of students to the natural and cultural riches of Ecuador found from the high Andes to the lowland rainforest. Having worked with the native Shuar and local scientists, he has a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of this great Andean nation.
Program Assistant: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 

Germany

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: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 

Italy
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
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. 

 

Korea
Faculty Member: Dr. Minhee Yun is an associate professor of the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Minhee Yun leads research group “Nanoeletronic Device Laboratory (NEDL) and his research focus is in device fabrication and biomedical sensor development using nanostructured materials including 1-D and 2-D materials. 
Program Assistant: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 

Vietnam
Faculty Member: Professor Meade Johnson
Meade is a professor in marketing and executive in residence at Pitt Business. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in communications. She has held account management positions at several advertising agencies in Pittsburgh including: Marstellar, MARC Advertising, Blattner Brunner, and GBL Advertising. Meade has worked on a broad range of client businesses including consumer, business-to-business, and retail, providing such services as project management, marketing communications plan development, and strategic planning. In addition, she has a proven track record of leadership and has spearheaded the delivery of creative, media, and research services by agency teams to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Her client experience includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Philips Respironics, Pittsburgh Public Schools, UPMC, PPG, and The New York Philharmonic. Meade is currently working as a marketing consultant and is a past president of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Board.
Program Assistant: Program Assistant information coming soon!
 
 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Rick Moslen

Hola! I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed study abroad programming and advised & taught international students for almost seven years. My interest in all things international began as an undergrad and since then I’ve explored over 25 countries and have experienced things like presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, studying traditional dance music in Peru, getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa, and much more. In my free time I’m a musician and a DJ, a freelance writer, and a proud dog dad. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).

I’m excited to work with students to plan life-changing international experiences! Feel free to contact me at rickmoslen@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-5476.

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Grant R. Martsolf

Dr. Martsolf is a professor in the School of Nursing and a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is a health services researcher and public policy expert. His research  and teaching focuses on a wide variety of healthcare policy issues. He has many years working in international healthcare settings particularly in Haiti and Iraq. For more information on Dr. Martsolf, please visit his bio.

 

Dr. Lei Li

Dr. Lei 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.

 

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.

 

Professor Skip Glenn

Professor Skip Glenn is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He has explored Ecuador as part of research and training done for El Museo de Ciencias Naturales in Quito and the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. His field experience has taken him from Loja Province in the south to Carchi Province in the north. Having worked with the native Shuar and local scientists, he has a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of this great Andean nation.

Dr. Lawrence Feick

Dr. 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.
 

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 Germany, Turkey and Italy 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. 

 

Dr. Minhee Yun

Dr. Minhee Yun is an associate professor of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Minhee Yun leads research group “Nanoeletronic Device Laboratory (NEDL) and his research focus is in device fabrication and biomedical sensor development using nanostructured materials including 1-D and 2-D materials. 

Professor Meade Johnson

Meade is a professor in marketing and executive in residence at Pitt Business. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in communications. She has held account management positions at several advertising agencies in Pittsburgh including: Marstellar, MARC Advertising, Blattner Brunner, and GBL Advertising. Meade has worked on a broad range of client businesses including consumer, business-to-business, and retail, providing such services as project management, marketing communications plan development, and strategic planning. In addition, she has a proven track record of leadership and has spearheaded the delivery of creative, media, and research services by agency teams to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Her client experience includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Philips Respironics, Pittsburgh Public Schools, UPMC, PPG, and The New York Philharmonic. Meade is currently working as a marketing consultant and is a past president of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Board.

Items Billed by Pitt

Program Fee & Tuition $4,800 $5,000
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $5,100 $5,300

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Additional Spending Money ~$300-$500

 

What's Included
  • 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

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)**

Visit our budgeting page for more information.

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

**Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.

 

Scholarships

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. 

When You'll Go

Depart for Host Country: May 2*

Depart from Host Country: May 16

*You must be in Pittsburgh for the program orientation on May 1. 

 

What Else You Need to Know

Application requirements: 

  • First year, first semester students from Pitt Business  
  • Must have applied for a passport or already hold a valid passport by the application deadline. A valid passport means that it will not expire prior to the 6 month mark post program (see below for more details).
  • Must have a clean judicial record
  • Minimum of a 2.75 GPA at the end of the first semester

 
Passports
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.