Quick Info

  • Shanghai, China
  • Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : 23 February 2018 - 10 June 2018
  • : Spring 2018: $13,709 in-state, $20,310 out-of-state
  • : Sunday, 8 October 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only


Courses on GBI: Shanghai are 3 credits, except full semester language classes, which are 9 credits. You can take 12-18 credits. 

The following are examples of offered courses, and all are pending final approval. Courses may be subject to change or cancelation.

Looking to complete the Certificate in International Business? Take the following courses to fulfill nearly all 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.

CPIB Track

  • BUSORG 1655 - International Dimensions of Organization Behavior
  • BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers

Major Elective (choose 1)

  • BUSFIN 1341 - International Finance
  • BUSMKT 1461 - International Marketing
  • BUSHRM 1670 - Global Workforce Management 
  • BUSSCM 1730: Managing Global Supply Chains 

CBA Elective

  • BUS 1910 -  International Internship For Credit 

Arts & Sciences Elective

  • Seek approval from your academic advisor for one of the offered Arts and Sciences courses


3 credit course for students who elect to have a part-time internship for credit. Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

This course fulfills a finance major elective for Pitt Business students. 

This course will examine the structure and principal operations of the international financial economy. It will examine operations and their impact in terms of trade, the trading of financial assets and capital movements. It will also assess risk management techniques used by governments, corporations and other entities operating internationally and the global regulatory challenges posed by these developments. The course covers topics such as the historical development of money and capital markets, the role of major central banks, the maintenance of price stability, the control of interest rates, the management of monetary policy and the management of global systemic risk.

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.

 This course fulfills a core requirement for the Certificate in International Business and the global management major. This course also fulfills the human resources major elective.

Provides an introduction to organizational behavior in a global context. Emphasis is on applying core organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, and group processes, as well as more contemporary topics such as cultural diversity and expatriation, to workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Develops an understanding of culture and cross-cultural differences and an awareness of the key skills needed to interact effectively in cross-cultural settings.

Fulfills an HR major elective and a global management major required course for Pitt Business students.

This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labor market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for international assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how labor markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia compare in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment of the course will focus on the individual and organizational factors that promote successful expatriate assignments and globally-oriented careers.

Fulfills a marketing major elective, a supply chain major required course, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management required course, a core requirement for the global management major, a Certificate in International Business elective, and an elective for the Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Course description coming soon!

Fulfills a requirement for 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 5-week language course is 3 credits.

This course is designed for elementary Chinese language learners who haven’t learned Chinese before. By taking this course, students will be able to use simple expressions to communicate with native speakers in daily life. And they will grasp the pronunciation of Chinese, skillfully use Pinyin, and understand the basic grammar and structures in Chinese in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students use the language in real life situations.

This is an introduction course of Chinese cinema since the end of the Cultural Revolution. It covers three major Chinese-language cinemas, Mainland Chinese cinema, Hong Kong cinema and Taiwan cinema. This course is a look at contemporary Chinese cinema as a visual art and to illustrate the ways in which it has been shaped by Chinese cultural, social and political traditions over the past three decades. Emphasizing on both film context and film texts, this course invites students to a broad cinematic analysis. In order to achieve such goals and inspire critical thinking, thirteen filmmakers and movies in diverse style and subject are carefully selected to cover a range of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic and political issues.

This course introduces students to contemporary Chinese literature produced after 1949, and particularly after the Cultural (1966-1976), by selecting literary works that are not widely taught outside China and that depict and directly affect life in China today.  China has made some of the most dramatic changes in its history during the last thirty years, and the literary works created after 1976 are equally meaningful and certainly rival, if not surpass, many works produced during the Republic. Through the magnifying lens of contemporary literature, the course closely examines the cultural, social and environmental concerns of this remarkably transformative period.

This is an introductory course on contemporary Chinese politics, government and international relations for international students. This course examines China from a variety of perspectives to enlighten our understanding of China today. All through the course, we will try to tackle the following questions: To what extent did the communist and revolutionary legacy affect reform-era politics and policy in China? Can China still be characterized as a communist state, or is it something else? Why has China been able to achieve such significant economic growth in the past three decades? Will economic liberalization inevitably lead China onto a political path predicted by modernization theory? On the international arena, is China really an emerging superpower or is it a developing country facing significant internal challenges that preclude its continued rise? What is the impact of a rising China on world order?

Today, the world is an urban place – more than half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities. It is especially important to understand urban development in developing countries, where the great bulk of urban growth is now taking place. This course examines China’s urbanization in the past six decades, including its processes, forces and problems. Since the second half of the 20th century, China has undergone unprecedented urban transformation that in turn is changing the landscape of this most populous country. This course introduces students to the recent literature on the immense urban transformation and offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, social-spatial restructuring and urban problems.

Experiential Learning

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 overall marketability to future employers will, too.

Internships in GBI: Shanghai are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time. Students will apply for an internship visa with the help of CAPA after arrival in Shanghai, and internship placements will last approximately 6 weeks. 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.

Check out the Pitt Business International Scholarship opportunities for students participating in internships, and get in touch with Hillary Koller, the Internship Manager, to learn more.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, GBI: Shanghai'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. 



During your time in Shanghai, you’ll live and study at East China Normal University (ECNU), a world-renowned research university founded in 1951 that offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. 

The program is housed at ECNU’s downtown campus, known as a “Garden University” for its beautiful campus scenes with gardens, canals, bridges, and lots of open space. In the Putuo District, the campus is centrally located, so you’ll enjoy walking to the many shops and restaurants in the area or you can opt to spend time at Zhongshan Park –a beautiful place to relax and watch the locals. Additionally, two metro lines serve the campus so you can easily access the rest of the city. CAPA will provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for travel within the metro area. 

While at ECNU, you’ll have access to a variety of facilities and clubs for a nominal fee, including a gymnasium, badminton hall, table tennis hall, basketball hall, and swimming pool. 

You’ll live in double rooms, with two desks, Internet access, and air conditioning. There are communal bathrooms on every floor, and kitchens, common rooms, and laundry facilities in all buildings. 

The Language Partner Program: If learning Mandarin is a priority for you, you can opt to live with a Chinese roommate. What a great way to improve your Mandarin skills! Additional fee applies, and this option is only available in the Spring and Fall. Contact Hillary Koller for more information. 

Pricing And Dates

Save the date! If you are accepted into the spring 2018 program, you'll be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure session on Sunday, October 15

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  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.

The Pre-Departure Bash for SPRING program will be on: Oct 15, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 on the 1st floor David Lawrence Hall.

The Pre-Departure Bash for FALL program will be on: April 8, 2018, Time: TDB: Room TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$13,709 $20,310
Arrive in Shanghai Depart Shanghai
Fri, February 9, 2018 Sat, May 26, 2018


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Business students can apply for over $360,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page 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. 

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!

CAPA offers a wide variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships, and Pitt students are now eligible to apply! Be sure to visit their website at http://www.capa.org/scholarships, and explore the options. Pitt students are eligible to apply for all scholarship opportunities listed on this page. Be sure to note that although you apply for the CAPA scholarships on the CAPA website, you still apply for the Global Business Institute Programs through abroad.pitt.edu.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Shanghai
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • A pre-paid public transportation pass
  • Excursions to Beijing and Hangzhou, and Suzhou
  • Health Insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Pitt Study Abroad Fee ($400)
  • Visa Fee ($190 - $240)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,300-$2,000)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($2,000-$3,500 semester)
  • Airport Transfers ($30-$50)
  • Local Cell Phone ($50)

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.

Special Information

For students applying for an internship:

Students with a Criminal Record: Please note that there could be complications to your visa process. It is VERY important that you bring this to the attention of your program manager as soon as possible.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.