Quick Info

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : Pittsburgh: July 15 – 27, 2018 - Dublin: July 28 – August 11, 2018
  • : Please see the "Pricing and Dates" section below.
  • : April 20, 2018
  • : Business Students Only


Students will complete the following required core courses: BUSSPP 0020: Managing in Complex Environments (MCE) and BUSSPP 0021: Honors + 1, to earn a total of 4-academic credits.

MCE Dublin is designed to allow participants to learn and apply the concepts, vocabulary, tools, techniques, and experiences germane to domestic and international business. A special focus on the impact of cultural, legal, and market forces on U.S. and Irish business will provide a more nuanced understanding of global business issues.

This includes how to assess, anticipate, and respond to incomplete, noisy, and often inconsistent information about competitive forces affecting the firm’s profitability. Some of those factors include (a) the firm’s resources, capabilities, and constraints; (b) the effects of law, regulation, culture, and ethics; (c) the claims of various stakeholder constituencies, (d) industry structure and competition, (e) firm-level governance, and (f) market forces.

This course is structured in a seminar style, with highly interactive engagement with the topics, the instructor, and the other students through conversation, reflection, and application of the concepts. You’ll learn how to use practical business tools such as how to acquire and use standard business and industry data. We’ll then examine business cases and through critical analysis see the connection between theory and practical application to real problems.

This program also fulfills one of the two foreign culture requirements.

While in Dublin, students will be able to access facilities and engage in classroom lectures at Griffith College, a private Irish college. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Faculty Member: Dr. Catherine Lada

Dr. Lada has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh since 2015. She teaches courses in general business, supply chain, ethics, strategy, and business communications.

Dr. Lada has more than 20 years of industry experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. Her nonprofit experience includes leading national branding campaigns as well as serving as the founding executive director of a foundation focused on development of young professionals and as the executive director of a foundation focused on equitable community and economic development. Dr. Lada also served in marketing, business development, and operational roles in the packaging industry as well as the temporary services industry.

The Alexandria Jaycees and the Virginia Jaycees both bestowed life memberships on Dr. Lada for her years of service helping Alexandria’s young professionals grow professionally and personally through service and education.

Dr. Lada received her doctorate from Robert Morris University in Information Systems and Communications, her Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and her BA from the University of Detroit Mercy in Economics. Her dissertation is on scaling social impact through business.



Program Assistant: Bradley Miner

Brad is the International Programs Coordinator at Pitt Business. You can read more about Brad here.



Students will be housed with fellow Pitt Business Honors students in shared- living, learning, and community-style apartments within the city of Dublin. Wireless internet is available, and each apartment has a kitchen and shared bathroom.

Please note, the Program Assistant, Brad Miner, International Programs Coordinator at Pitt Business, will be on site near the student housing in case of any issues or emergency.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$3,800 $4,000
Arrive in Pittsburgh Depart for Dublin
July 15, 2018 July 27, 2018
Arrive in Dublin Depart for home city destination
July 28, 2018 August 11, 2018*

* The original program cost is $7,800 In-State / $8,000 Out-of-State. Students that are accepted into the program will receive an automatic $4,000 scholarship, and be named a Woodcock Global Honors Fellow. The final effective price is therefore $3,800 In-State and $4,000 Out-of-State.

** Please note that students will depart the USA together as a group from the Pittsburgh International Airport and have a return flight to their home city destination. Students who choose a return destination other than Pittsburgh will be charged the flight fee difference.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Room and board while in Pittsburgh
  • Lodging while in Dublin
  • Round-trip international airfare*
  • Tuition for three credits + one honors credit
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions in Pittsburgh and Dublin
  • Most meals while in Dublin
  • Arrival reception and farewell ceremony
  • 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)

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

Participants must be of age 18 at the time of international travel (i.e., must be age 18 by Friday, July 27, 2018).

A valid passport or proof of passport application is required by the application deadline.


In order to participate in the Woodcock Global Honors Fellowship, students will need to Commit to Pitt by May 1, 2018.  This commitment date is due in order for the group to book airfare any complete necessary pre-program materials. To committ to Pitt, you must complete the Pitt Admissions Data and Enrollment Deposit Form and submit the $300 non-refundable Enrollment Fee.  

Please note this program is drug and alcohol free.  Any possession or consumption may result in immediate withdrawal from the program.


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bradley Miner

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered a passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.