Quick Info

  • Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : March 2, 2018 - March 10/11, 2018
  • : Varies
  • : October 23
  • : In Good Academic Standing

Academics

Selected students will be enrolled in:

BIND 2701 - Global Research Practicum Latin America
BIND 2712 - Global Research Practicum Europe
BIND 2711  - Global Research Practicum Asia

Course Description:

This course is tied closely to field study abroad, providing a hands-on experience in a foreign culture. Requirements may include a team research project and an individual cultural report. The course includes a trip over Spring Break to various businesses in the host country. 

Students develop a research question in areas of managerial specialization and draw evidence from the field study to support their project report. While abroad, students visit a number of selected organizations and/or companies, and explore current business practices/issues. 

Prior to the beginning of the course (during Spring Professional Development week), students will be required to attend a module preparing them for the class. During the spring semester, the group meets for two, 3-hour class sessions on Friday evenings prior to the trip. Portions of these classes will focus on developing the research project. Selected outside speakers may also join the class to share their experiences and perspectives on business and culture. Following the trip, the group meets for two additional Friday evening sessions where final projects are presented in both written and oral forms.

Students will also be invited to participate in Katz’s Spring EBL Day activities.

Applications will open Monday, October 2.

Download sample application questions here.

Classes currently scheduled as follows:*

BIND 2701 - Global Research Practicum Latin America

  • Friday, January 12: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, February 23: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, March 30: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, April 6: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM

BIND 2712 - Global Research Practicum Europe

  • Friday, January 26: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, February 23: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, March 30: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Friday, April 6: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM

BIND 2711  - Global Research Practicum Asia

  • Friday, January 12: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, February 23: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, March 23: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, April 6: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please note, course schedule subject to slight adjustment.

Experiential Learning

Download sample application questions here.

Students are also required to attend a mandatory workshop to be held Saturday, January 6. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with a framework to unpack and articulate the competencies gained during your global EBL experience. Following completion of module and GRP course, you should be able to clearly discuss what you learned and how it connects to your professional goals. 

Students who have not had the opportunity to take the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA) or submit a Personal Brand Statement may be asked to do so prior to this workshop.

On-Site Faculty And Staff


Professor of Business Administration

Josephine (Jo) Olson teaches courses in managerial economics and international economics, and she has conducted graduate and undergraduate study tours to Europe and Latin America. She is an associate of the Center for Latin American Studies, the European Union Center, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Asian Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center. From 2006 to 2014, she was Director of the International Business Center, and she now serves on its Advisory Board. She previously served as Director of MBA Programs and later as Associate Dean of Katz. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, she was on the faculty of Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. Her first international experience was working for a joint venture in Mexico between her junior and senior year in college. In 1991, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the International Management Center in Budapest, Hungary. She was visiting professor of economics at the Czechoslovak Management Center in 1992. In 1993-94, she was a visiting professor at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and in 1994-95, she was Academic Dean and Interim CEO of the Czech Management Center. She has also taught short courses in Brazil, the Czech Republic and Ecuador.  Jo's research interests include topics in international economics and a study of career paths and income determinants of MBAs. She has done educational consulting in Australia and Peru. She currently serves on the District Export Council of Western Pennsylvania.


Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Faculty for the Kenneth R. Woodcock Leadership Fellows Program

Heidi Bartholomew joined the faculty of the Katz School in 2010. Previously, Heidi held various executive and financial management positions with large, multi-national corporations. Most recently, Heidi served as the Vice President and Controller for FedEx Ground, a division of Fortune 100 Company FedEx Corporation.  During her tenure in financial management, Heidi was responsible for leading corporate functions such as SEC reporting, SOX compliance, merger and acquisition accounting, technical accounting research and corporate consolidations.  Heidi’s primary teaching focus is Advanced Financial Accounting where she draws heavily on relating her own work experiences in industry to students.


Professor of Business Administration and Area Director

Business Analytics and Operations

Jennifer Shang was a research fellow at The Advanced Manufacturing Program in The IC2 Institute at Austin, Texas, and was a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow. In the MBA program, she teaches Statistics, Production Management and Process Improvement, and Simulation. In addition, she teaches the undergraduate Operations Management and Global Supply Chain Management, and courses at the EMBA, IEMBA, and PhD levels as well.

Shang's current research emphasizes three areas: (1) The design, planning, scheduling, and control of operational systems in manufacturing and service organizations. She develops theoretical and heuristic approaches to improve the productivity and quality of business process flows. (2) Design and evaluation of integrated information/operational systems. Given the importance of technology, she emphasizes the innovative use of information technology in the value chain management. (3) Multi-criteria decision making. She uses Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to measure the relative efficiency of operating units. She also applies Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process methods to make decisions in complicated environments.

Housing

You will be housed in a comfortable and centrally-located hotel throughout the course of the program.

Pricing And Dates

  Mexico United Kingdom Japan
Dates March 2 - March 10, 2018 March 2 - March 10, 2018 March 2 - March 11, 2018
Cost See Below See Below See Below
Application Deadline October 23 October 23 October 23

 

For 2017-2018, the program costs are as follows:

  • GRP Europe and GRP Latin America
    • Katz Professional Students and “Other” Pitt Graduate School Students, includes 3 credits: $5999
    • Katz Full-time students, above semester tuition: $2999
  • GRP Asia
    • Katz Professional Students and “Other” Pitt Graduate School Students, includes 3 credits: $6399
    • Katz Full-time students, above semester tuition: $3399

A $500 deposit will be due upon acceptance into the program. More information on the deposit will be communicated to accepted students.

The program is open to all Katz MBA students and MS students in Accounting, MIS and Supply Chain.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • All academic-related trips and excursions
  • Airfare
  • Ground Transportation - including all bus and air transfers in country
  • Hotels - double occupancy (single rooms may be available for additional cost) 
  • Some Meals - breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners included

You will responsible for:

  • Most meals
  • Spending Money

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.

Special Information

Missed the Information Session? Download the presentation through the link here.

Applications will open Monday, October 2. 

Download sample application questions here.

Students will be notified of selection status by November 1. Students selected for participation are required to attend a Panther Program agreement meetings. 

Panther Program Agreement Meeting Schedule:

Must attend ONE

  • Friday, November 10 - 1:30PM - 3:30PM (Day Session)
    • ​Mervis Hall 114
  • Friday, November 10 - 5:30PM - 7:30PM (Evening Session)
    • ​Mervis Hall 114

If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew yours, get started right away. Passports must be 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. 
    Application: www.us-passport-service-guide.com

Special registration procedures apply.

  • Please be advised that Professional MBA students who exceed 9 credits will be charged the full-time MBA tuition rate.
  • If a Full time Katz student registers for the GRP in additional to their 15 or 18 credits, they will be charged the Professional rate for the particular GRP.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bill McShane

Walk-In Advising Hours:

I am the Experiential Based Learning Program Manager at the Katz Graduate School of Business. Part of my responsibilities includes expanding and enhancing international programing for graduate business students. Originally from South Central Pennsylvania, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during my undergrad in Philadelphia and taught English on a Fulbright grant to Hanover, Germany for a year following graduation. During my time as a grad student at Pitt, I interned in Brussels, Belgium at the US Mission to NATO. After working for four years in international education in Washington, DC, I am excited to be back in Pittsburgh working on study abroad programming.

Outside of the office, you can probably find me somewhere outdoors in the region running, biking, hiking or camping.

Contact me at wmcshane@katz.pitt.edu.