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Plus3 Program
Augsburg, Germany; Beijing, China; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vina del Mar, Chile
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Pitt applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel
Language Prerequisite: No prerequisite Number of Credits: 3
Internship/Research?: No Open to Non-Pitt Students: No
Language of Instruction: English Program Length: 2 weeks
Courses of Study: Accounting, Business, Business Information Systems, Engineering, Finance, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management Certificate Program: International Business, International Engineering Studies, Latin American Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.50 (for engineering students only), 2.75
Program Description:

plus3

overview

Plus3 is a two-week, three-credit study abroad experience designed for freshmen business and engineering students. It allows students to travel to one of four countries, where they will tour local and multi-national companies, attend lectures, and interact with students from the host university. Each location will vary in terms of academic themes and cultural activities.


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Chile: Location Information | On-Site Faculty and Staff

China: Location Information | On-Site Faculty and Staff

Germany: Location Information | On-Site Faculty and Staff

Vietnam: Location Information | On-Site Faculty and Staff

Academics | Program Dates | Prices | Airfare | Housing Information | Program Requirements | Pittsburgh-Based Staff | Contact Information


Viña del Mar / Valparaiso, Chile

During the two weeks spent in Chile, students will be immersed in a variety of dynamic educational and cultural activities. One of the main objectives of the program is for students to conduct research about a foreign company that is unlike those found in the U.S.; they will have the opportunity to visit and examine a wide variety of businesses. In the past, a few of the conglomerates have included: Codelco, Ventanas, Centauro, Gerdau Aza, Vina Indomita, and Lan Airlines. Students will also be exposed to an array of cultural activities including: an authentic Chilean Barbeque, a chance to see a Chilean Resort and Spa, the chance to learn Chilean dance techniques such a reggaeton and salsa, and the opportunity to go horseback riding. In the past students have visited sites in Chile such as Isla Negra and Santiago.

 

Faculty and Program Assistant

olsonDr. Josephine (Jo) Olson- Faculty Director- Jo Olsen is a Professor of Business Administration and Director of the International Business Center.  She is also an Associate of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Global Studies Center.  She teaches courses in international economics, managerial economics and doing business in Latin America.  She has led multiple trips to Chile for the Plus 3 and for MBAs, and she has also led study trips to France, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. She speaks mediocre Spanish and is conducting research on Chile’s pension system and on Latin American growth with Professor Werner Kristjanpoller who arranges the Plus 3 program in Chile.


jsJacqueline Saslawski is the Managing Director of the International Business Center. A native German, she has travelled on Faculty Development Programs to Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. She also taught Doing Business in Germany and Doing Business in Europe as part of the International Internship Programs in 2012 and 2013. She speaks German, English, French, Hebrew, some Italian and by the time the Plus3 goes to Chile also some Spanish! Jacqueline Saslawski is very excited to be part of the Plus3 Chile team.


 

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Beijing, People's Republic Of China

During the two weeks spent at Tsinghua University in China, students will be immersed in a variety of dynamic educational and cultural activities. One particular aspect of the China program is that students get to reside at a University giving them a chance to communicate with foreign peers of the same age. Being that a main objective of the trip is for students to perform research on a foreign company to see how it is compares and differs from a U.S. company, they will have the opportunity to visit and research a wide variety of businesses. In the past, a few of the conglomerates have included: Hanwang, Lenovo, Taikong Panel, Capital Biotech Company, and Tsinghua Solar. Students will also be exposed to an array of cultural activities such as: sightseeing in Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Fragrant Hill and Wanfujing Street. Additionally, students may have the chance to scale The Great Wall, visit the Beijing Zoo, as well as visit the Summer Palace.

Faculty and Program Assistant

Dr. Di Gao - Faculty Director - Dr. Gao is an Associate Professor and William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and is the leader of the Gao Research Group. Dr. Gao has led multiple trips to China with the Plus3 program.

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Sterling - Program Assistant - Vanessa Sterling is the Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Office and Program Coordinator for Pitt MAP. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Vanessa is currently a doctoral candidate in the History department, completing a dissertation on the politics of ethnicity in Northeast China. During her graduate career, she lived in Beijing for three years, doing research and working as an English teacher, editor and Canadian visa officer. She has also studied Japanese and French and can limp along in Italian. Given her travel experience, she is happy to advise all on where the best coffee shops are in Beijing, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Cape Town, Fes, Kobe, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome and Venice.

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Augsburg, Germany

During the two weeks spent in Germany, students will be immersed in a variety of dynamic educational and cultural activities. Being that a main objective of the program is for students to perform research on a company that is unlike those found in the U.S., they will have the opportunity to visit and research a wide variety of businesses. In the past a few of the conglomerates included Audi, Eurocopter, Donauworth, Riegele, and Fujitsu Technical Solutions; this variety of companies gave students the chance to expand their understanding of the global market. Students will also be exposed to an array of cultural activities such as: dinner at authentic Bavarian Restaurant, visit to the 'Deutsches' Museum, as well as a concentration camp in Dachau. The two-week program will not be limited to Augsburg alone; students may also travel to destinations such as Munich, Berlin, Neuschwanstein, and Nuremburg.

Faculty and Program Assistant

Dr. Lawrence Feick - Faculty Director - Lawrence Feick is the Senior Director of International Programs, Director of the University Center for International Studies and acting Co-Director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he is a Professor of Business Administration in the Katz Graduate School of Business.  A member of the Katz faculty since 1982, Dr. Feick  teaches marketing management and international marketing.  His research has focused on consumer information search, international marketing, word-of-mouth influence, and the analysis of categorical data.  Dr. Feick has been published in numerous journals and has been a visiting professor at many international universities, including the University of Augsburg.

jamieJamie Moyes - Program Assistant - Jamie is a Career Development Specialist in the College of Business Administration.  Her undergraduate degree is in business and she just finished her Master’s, focusing on student affairs.  Jamie traveled to Germany her senior year of high school and is excited to visit the country again!


 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

During the two weeks spent in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam students will be immersed in a variety of dynamic educational and cultural activities. One of the main objectives of the trip is for students to conduct research about a foreign company that is unlike those found in the U.S.; students will have the opportunity to visit and examine a wide variety of businesses. In the past, a few of the site visits have included: The U.S. Consulate, People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Glass Egg Digital Media, Phu My Hung Corporation and Ascenx Technologies. Students will also be exposed to an array of cultural activities such as: an authentic Vietnamese dinner, lessons in the Vietnamese language and culture, and cooking lessons at a local restaurant. Additionally, students have the opportunity to sight-see around much of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as travel to the Mekong Delta.

Faculty and Program Assistant

Dr. David Berman - Faculty Director - Dr. Berman is coordinator of the Social Studies Education Program in Teacher Education in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Dr. Berman has extensive knowledge of Vietnam and served as a visiting scholar at the University of Ho Chi Minh City in 1992. Dr. Berman developed and continues to lead the Plus3 program in Vietnam.

 


kijowskiMike Kijowski is an Academic and Career Advisor with the College of Business Administration.  He is constantly looking for new ways to integrate the two areas and develop a plan for success with his students.  He has had the fortunate opportunity to travel with student groups in the past and is excited to add Vietnam to his list of “places visited and experienced.”

 

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academics

Plus3 is a three-credit program. For CBA students, Plus3 fulfills one of the two foreign culture requirements and a social sciences requirement. In most cases, Plus3 will fulfill a technical elective in Engineering - students should check with their department advisors.

The academic portion of Plus3 is comprised of 3 parts:

  • Pre-Departure Orientations and Workshops - Students will meet with their faculty leader and cohort four times during the spring term. Lectures and projects will prepare students to go abroad.
  • Field Study - While in-country, students will visit a variety of companies and attend lectures.
  • Post-Program Project - Students will complete a project that acts as a summary for their experience. The exact nature of the project as well as due date will be set by the faculty member in each location.

Please click here for the course syllabus: Plus3 Syllabus.pdf

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dates

 2 May 2014 - Pre-Departure Orientation

 3 May 2014 - Students depart for host country from Pittsburgh

 17 May 2014 - Students arrive back to United States

 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 


prices

Augsburg, Germany

Pricing for Plus3 is as follows, for both CBA and SSOE students:

  • In-State: $4600
  • Out-of State: $4800

Program price includes: lodging for orientation in Pittsburgh and time abroad, tuition for three credits, airfare (see details below), transportation in-country, excursions, most meals.

The program price does not include the Study Abroad Fee ($300) or additional spending money (approx. $300-$500).  Please note that this is only an estimate and the money required while abroad will depend on lifestyle, souvenirs, etc.

Both CBA and SSOE offer $500 scholarships to students from their respective schools based on GPA. CBA students with a 3.25 and SSOE students with a 3.0 will automatically receive the $500 award.

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airfare

Airfare is included in the program price. Airfare will be booked from Pittsburgh to the host country and back to Pittsburgh.  All students must leave with the group from Pittsburgh however students can return to a different airport at an additional cost.   

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housing

Students participating in Plus3 2014 will be housed in hotels in their respective cities. All hotels will include breakfast. More details will be given by the faculty leader and program assistant.

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requirements

Plus3 is open to CBA and ENGR students only. Application requirements are as follows:

  • 2.75 GPA for CBA / 2.50 GPA for ENGR
  • CBA Students:  complete "Managing Complex Environments" in the fall or spring semester
  • SSoE Students:  complete ENGR 0011 and 0012 (or 0711 and 0715)
 
 

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testimonials

"Though I had been abroad before, my experiences were nothing like what I encountered during Plus3 in Vietnam. Plus3 accomplishes its goal of teaching about business and engineering in a unique environment, but the most valuable part of the trip is the experience of another culture that cannot be learned any other way but through firsthand experience."- Eric Weston (Vietnam, Summer '12)

"Through my experience, I gained an international perspective; I learned how similar all of humanity really is. I learned that people all over the world can work together despite differences to achieve a common goal."- Alex Vallejo (Vietnam, Summer '12)

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staff

 

Dr. Kristine Lalley became the first Director of International Engineering Initiatives in August of 2007. In this role she collaborates with many faculty members in the Swanson School of Engineering to create new opportunities for engineering students to have an international education experience, which includes study abroad, international co-ops and internships, international service-learning opportunities, and international research experiences. Kristine has been working exclusively with engineering students since 1999, and enjoys supporting their unique and challenging educational goals. 

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Bryan Schultz is the International Programs Advisor for the Swanson School of Engineering.  His portfolio of responsibilities includes advising engineering students about study abroad, international internship, international service-learning, and international research opportunities.  Bryan received the prestigious Colorado Trust Fellowship to complete a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and graduated with a BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College.  In his free time Bryan enjoys long backing trips, painting, going to concerts, and exploring new places - especially those overseas.

 

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Contact Information


CBA International Programs Student Walk-in Advising Hours (2600 Sennott Sqaure)
M: 11-5
Tu: 11-5
W: 9-1
Th: 9-1
F: 9-1

Bryan Schultz

Director of International Programs
College of Business Administration
brs115@pitt.edu


Moriah Mock
Graduate Student Assistant
College of Business Administration
saocba@pitt.edu


Engineering Student Peer Advising Walk-in hours:
Monday and Tuesday 11-5 
Wednesday 9-5

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran
Associate Director, International Engineering Initiatives
Swanson School of Engineering
dmhardy@pitt.edu


 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 01/30/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.