Quick Info

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology, Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Communication, East Asian Languages and Literature, History, History of Art and Architecture, Political Science, Psychology, Urban Studies
  • : Spring 2018: 17 January 2018 - 21 April 2018 - Fall 2018: 22 August 2018 - 23 November 2018
  • : Spring 2018: $16,799 in-state, $22,238 out-of-state/ Fall 2018: TBD
  • : Spring 2018: October 8, 2017 / Fall 2018: March 25, 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, Open to Non-Pitt Students


All courses on GBI: Sydney are 3 credits, and you can take 12-18 credits. Courses may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.  

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 or ECON 500 - International Economics
    • Please note that ECON 500 is an approved equivalent for 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

  • PS 1345 - Australian Government and Politics
    • Note: This course can also be used to satisfy a Social Science general education requirement.

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 requirement 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.

This course fulfills a marketing major elective requirement 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 standardisation versus customisation dilemma.

This course fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students. Course description coming soon.

 This course fulfills a core requirement for the Certificate in International Business and the global management major for Pitt Business students. 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.

This course fulfills a core requirement for the global management major and the human resources major elective.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!

This course will increase the understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds within Australia, including Aboriginal, and immigrant populations. The course will use theory and research in the area of intercultural communication, and will help you develop this knowledge in understanding and improving human interaction in both the study abroad environment and international contexts. It will develop effective intercultural communication skills for learning abroad in Australia, and focus on a study of the social, structural and historical dimensions of relations between and among racial, ethnic and gender groups in contemporary Australian society. This course is designed to increase student’s awareness and appreciation for the complexity of intercultural communication skills in everyday situations. It offers a critical perspective on current theory and research in intercultural communication. The primary objective of the course is to develop cultural relativist attitude.

Please note that students seeking to fulfill the requirement for 'BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers' for CPIB or the global management major will be enrolled in ECON 500, which is an approved equivalent for BUSECON 1508 when taken through GBI.

Fulfills a social science requirement for Pitt Business students, an economics minor elective, and an economics major elective.

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 course fulfills a music/art general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course examines contemporary Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. The course thus has two interrelated points of inquiry. First, we will attempt to appreciate the context of Australian cinema – from modes of production to distribution. Second, the course will investigate the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition. We will look at Australian genre cinema, the 70s Renaissance and recent transformations in the Australian film industry. The course will focus specifically on the theme of national identity and the growing debates around what constitutes a national cinema. Indeed, a question to be explored is the extent to which Australian films have reflected or determined Australian values. Comparisons with appropriate U.S. values and films are encouraged.

This course fulfills a literature general education requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course covers a wealth of literature from the Australian, Asian and South Pacific region, from Australia’s earliest colonial outback and horsemen stories to the city-focused cosmopolitanism of the 1980s, to the aboriginal literature of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, the contemporary Torres Strait and Polynesian literatures’ reformulations of place that respond to both contemporary and traditional understandings of islands, archipelagoes, and identity.

The course is divided into two ‘modules’, or sections. These modules broadly reflect the shift in theoretical and thematic emphases of literature from the nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century, to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In this way the course modules cover a full range of Australian and Asian texts from several centuries, and make explicit the key concerns of the changing time periods. Interweaved across both of these modules is discussion of the relevant political and social issues of the region and their representation in literature, from the past to the present. Students will examine the ways in which national and ethnic identity, gender, sexuality and class are depicted in the set texts.

The texts chosen for study are from a range of literary genres, allowing students to study the ways that literary ideas and depictions of the world are informed by parameters of genre. The genres represented here include: traditional poetic forms such as the ballad; short stories, both stand-alone and ‘themed’; contemporary experimental poetry; and the novel.   
Students will be encouraged to consider the issues of ‘now’, namely the anxieties shared by many nations and ethnicities in the Asia-Pacific region concerning the environment and globalization, as they are depicted in literature from across the region.

This course gives students experience in writing and completing assessments in a range of styles and genres, from the formal scholarly essay to exams and will even give students the opportunity to do a small amount of their own creative fiction writing.

This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of traveling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, we will also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives, noting particularly the literary techniques and strategies that various writers have used to express their experiences and observations. The class sessions will be divided almost equally between the reading and critical evaluation of selected texts and a written response to the stimuli. Half of our weekly time will be devoted to the examination of a text dealing with various authors’ experiences of Australia. These texts will provide us with a forum for discussing each author’s relationship to and the literary expression of place. The other half of our class time will function as a writer’s workshop in response to the set texts: each student will present his/her own work orally (accompanied by photocopies) to the group for reactions, critique, and suggestions for revision.

This course fulfills a social sciences requirement for Pitt Business students.

Using contemporary issues in Australia - race, immigration, culture, environment, politics and foreign policy - the course explains the historical origins of issues & provides critical analysis.

This course begins in 2010 and looks back into Australia’s past, asking and answering a series of questions to explain contemporary attitudes and events, as part of an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past. What aspects of our colonial history help explain Australia early in the twenty-first century? What aspects of twentieth-century history will guide Australia in the twenty-first century? What is black armband history? Why do Indigenous Australians remain a disadvantaged group in society? What is the history of class, race and ethnicity in Australian society? What type of immigrants should we encourage? Why have refugees become such an important issue? Why is gender parity and sexual liberation important? What is popular culture and how does it change? How do governments decide on foreign policy, overseas trade policy and foreign aid? What are our obligations and expectations in time of war? What is the place of nationalism in Australia? We ask these and other contemporary questions, and provide historical answers based on an Aboriginal history that dates back 60,000 years and a recent history beginning in 1788.

This course fulfills a social sciences requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course examines the government and politics of Australia and Australian engagement in Asia. It will do so by surveying similarities with and differences from the North American democratic model and by examining Australia’s substantial and abiding interests in the Asian region. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the magnitude of the influence that the Asia Pacific region has had on Australian foreign policy. Comparisons with the United States of America will be encouraged.

This course fulfills a social sciences requirement for Pitt Business students.

This course is designed to encourage students to engage in a critical analysis of the development of modern cities, in particular Sydney. It will trace Sydney's development from a "colonial outpost" into the "thriving metropolis" it is today. The course will examine how the forces of colonization, migration, modernization and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants. Students will gain insights into the changing dynamics and identities of its inhabitants, and will also look at the forces which have shaped Sydney's relationship with the rest of the world. The course is organized thematically, with each theme examining different aspects of the city. It begins with an introduction to the city, then a discussion of Sydney as a colonial city, moving into an analysis of its identities, impact of migration and finally its commerce, cityscape and urban future. The course ultimately intends to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and will help them develop informed interpretations of Sydney while they are here.

This course examines how graphic novels use the comics medium to tell stories, convey information, and create meaning. Luckily for us, the graphic novel has proven to be an inventive genre in Australia, where it has blossomed and developed in fascinating ways, particularly during the past few decades. We will read a range of Australian authors and artists who work in this medium, considering these works in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. We will study various approaches to comics and graphic novels, developing and applying a critical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the medium. We will pay particular attention to how individual texts use the comics form, represent various genres, and demonstrate stylistic innovations.



Experiential Learning

Please note that internships are only available for second-semester sophomores or higher.

More than 75% of students who study abroad on GBI Sydney complete an internship, and with good reason. 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: Sydney are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time.  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 GBI: Sydney program manager, to learn more.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, GBI: Sydney’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.

In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Sydney as well.


 Hannah Johnson is an avid traveler and a veteran of Pitt Study Abroad programs, having taught for both the Pitt in London and Pitt in York programs previously. She will be traveling to Australia for the first time to teach for Pitt in Sydney during the spring term 2017, where she hopes to make some new discoveries alongside students and enjoy teaching and living in a new place. Johnson regularly offers courses on medieval saints’ lives, historical witchcraft accusations, and fairy lore; her previous research has investigated antisemitic rhetoric and historical episodes of scapegoating against Jews.

Fall 2018 - Dr. Ralph Bangs

 Since January 2015 Dr. Bangs has been full-time faculty at Pitt’s University Center for International Studies. He taught in Australia, Spain, Morocco, and China as well as at Pitt and CMU. Prior to 2015 he took Pitt students to Havana, London, and Paris for study abroad trips during Spring Break.

From 2002 to 2014 Dr. Bangs was associate director of the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) in Pitt’s School of Social Work. From 1987 to 2002 he was research associate at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at Pitt.

In 2011 Dr. Bangs was a Featured Expert at Minzu University in Beijing. Dr. Bangs spoke to faculty and students on America’s racial problems and their solutions.

The YWCA of Pittsburgh gave Dr. Bangs a Racial Justice Award in 1997 for his Black-White Benchmarks reports. Dr. Bangs was also recognized as “Best Researcher” by In Pittsburgh newspaper in March 2000. In December 2016 the Urban League of Pittsburgh gave Dr. Bangs an award for his race work in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bangs received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Policy Research and Analysis, his Masters of Public Administration from Ohio State University, and his BA from Cleveland State University in Political Science and Urban Affairs. His dissertation was on U.S. industrial policy.





Living in Sydney means living an outdoor lifestyle, and our GBI: Sydney apartments allow you to do just that.  Students live in modern, shared apartments in the Ultimo neighborhood, which allows quick access to numerous parks and the Sydney Harbour.

Spend your time in Sydney living with students from the US and across the globe at the Urbanest Central Sydney, an apartment community designed with students in mind.  Groups of 6-8 students will share an apartment, with two students sharing a bedroom and bathroom.  Modern furniture and an equipped kitchen makes the Urbanest a comfortable place to stay.  Remember that meals aren't included. As a student community, the Urbanest provides a 24/7 front-desk staff, community events, and a convenient location in the city.  Laundry facilities are available and are pay-per-load.

Prepare for up to an hour commute to your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to take in the morning sun while reading the newspaper on the train each morning like a local.  We’ve got your commute covered with "My Multi 1" Pass for Sydney Trains, which also gives you access to the NightRide buses that run from 12am to 4am.

Pricing And Dates

Save the date! If you are accepted into the fall 2018 program, you'll be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure session on Sunday, April 8

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: 10:00AM - 12:00PM: Room TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$16,799 $22,238
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney
Wed, Jan 17, 2018 Sat, April 21, 2018


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$16,799 $22,105
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017 Sat., Nov. 24, 2017 



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

Business students can apply for over $150,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Finances’ 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 GBI: Sydney fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Sydney
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Transit Pass
  • Excursions to Blue Mountains and Australia Walkabout Park
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the ACU Student Union

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 (~$125)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,800-$2,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($3,000-$5,000)
  • Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)

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.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Arielle Schweber

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.