Quick Info

  • Shanghai, China
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : 13 June 2018 - 4 August 2018
  • : 2018: $6549 In-State / $6749 Out-of-State
  • : Sunday, 28 January 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 allow you to study subjects related to your major in a Chinese context. Courses are 3 credits, and you'll take 6 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  a part-time internship for credit. Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

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.

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.

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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!

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. 

Pricing And Dates

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 this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6549 $6749
Arrive in Shanghai Depart Shanghai
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Saturday, August 4, 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 6 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 doing 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.