Plus3 is your first chance to study abroad at Pitt. This two-week, three-credit interdisciplinary experience is a partnership between the College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering. Your travels to one of six 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:
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.
Student Blogs + More Information
Want to learn more? Check out the Pitt Plus3 Blog page for past participant experiences.
The Andes Amazon Field School is located at the Iyarina lodge in the Napo region of Ecuador. Iyarina is located on the South bank of the Napo River, 100 miles east of Quito, and 10 miles from the town of Tena. At approximately 1965 feet above sea level the area is characterized by small Quichua communities clustered along the river bank. The forest surrounding these communities is among the most bio-diverse in the world with a high number of endemic species of flora and fauna. Iyarina is located directly on the waterfront surrounded by a 1380 acre rainforest reserve.
In addition to the Andes Amazon Field School, participants will be traveling to both the cities of Quito and Guayaquil.
Students will be housed in shared, furnished apartments within the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. These area is close to major attractions of the city and near many shops, banks, restaurants, and more. Each apartment will be equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, internet connection (wireless included), and safety box and weekly cleaning services. Additionally, each apartment has a kitchen, living space, and shared bathroom.
The program will also travel to The Andes Amazon Field School. At the Field School, students will have spacious rooms that look out on the river and forest. Double or triple occupancy. Bathrooms in room with abundant hot water. High quality mattresses for a good rest. Sleep to the sound of frogs, the river, and heavy rain on the roof. Wake to the sound of birds.
You will receive three academic credits for Plus3. UPJ Business students should check with your department advisors for confirmation on what Plus3 could fulfill towards your degree.
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.
Important: UPJ Business students are required to have successfully taken Introduction to Business (001) during either the fall or spring term prior to the program.
Each Plus3 site has a designated faculty member and program assistant that will lead workshops, oversee academics and logistics, and travel with you in-country. The facutly member and program assistants for 2020 are:
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!
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 email@example.com or 412-383-5476.
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.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$300||$300|
|Total Billed by Pitt||$5,100||$5,300|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Additional Spending Money||~$300-$500|
- Lodging for orientation in Pittsburgh and time abroad
- Tuition for three credits
- Round-trip international airfare*
- In-country transportation
- 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)**
*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. Visit our budgeting page for more information.
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.
Depart for Host Country: May 2*
Depart from Host Country: May 16
*You must be in Pittsburgh for the program orientation on May 1.
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.
- Check out our helpful Passport Guide for more information.