Global Business Institute: Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Summer

Welcome to the Global Business Institute (GBI), your opportunity to study and practice business at one of five international campuses. GBI prepares you for the business world through coursework that advances your degree, offers out-of-the-classroom experiences that create cultural competence, and internship opportunities that provide you with transferable workplace skills.

A global center of business in Latin America, Buenos Aires offers an unparalleled setting for studying business. Along with Pitt faculty, your lecturers will be faculty from the world-renowned Universidad Austral, and will provide you with the opportunity to meet and study with other international students. Academic courses on GBI Buenos Aires are instructed in English, with a few optional courses instructed in Spanish. Internships are available in English and Spanish, depending on your language level and professional goals.The CAPA Buenos Aires Center, housed in the Universidad Austral, located in the downtown Barrio Norte neighborhood, will host your classes and serve as home base for the program.  

Learn more about the GBI experience for Pitt Business students by viewing the Pitt Business To the World student blog and this video:

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Fulfill major elective course(s) and general elective course requirements
  • Develop your global competency skills through coursework, internship opportunities and cultural experiences
  • Gain transferrable skills towards your professional and personal development by participating in an internship


Explore the vibrant culture of this energetic port city, the gateway to Argentina and home to people from all over the world, from Europe to Latin America. Learn to tango like the locals, appreciate Latin American art at the MALBA, cheer on the soccer team, and navigate the cobblestone pedestrian streets in search of the perfect cafe. 
Discover what the city has to offer, from each unique neighborhood to the thriving business culture on GBI Buenos Aires.

Where You'll Live: 

Part of the experience is to live like a local.  GBI Buenos Aires offers you the opportunity to experience Argentine family life first hand through homestays with local families, carefully selected for you by CAPA. Homestays allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, and include daily breakfast and dinner. 
You can expect your housing to include:

  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • single occupancy room with shared bathroom (some exceptions)
  • linens (except towels)
  • wifi
  • access to study space 
  • laundry and towels are not included

Regardless of where you live, prepare for up to an hour commute to both the CAPA Center at the Universidad Austral and your internship (door-to-door).  Commuting is part of working life in a large metropolitan area, and it gives you an opportunity to know the city like the back of your hand.
Most students are housed in the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods. 

What You'll Study: 

Most courses on GBI: Buenos Aires are 3 credits, and you will take 6 credits. Please note that courses are taught by faculty from Universidad Austral, unless otherwise noted, and courses are subject to change.
Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found below: 
Looking to complete the Certificate in International Business? Take the following courses to fulfill some 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 

  • BUSECON 1508 - Key Issues in International Economics for Managers  

CBA Elective 

  • BUS 1910 -  International Internship For Credit  

Arts & Sciences Elective 

  • URBNST 1416


Business International Internship (BUS1910)

This is a part-time internship (20 hours per week). In addition, you will attend weekly discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment, develop personal and professional skills, and learn to contextualize your internship experience socially and culturally. You will receive 3 credits for this course.
Please note internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. 

Key Issues in International Economics for Managers (BUSECN1508)

Fulfills a requirement for the CPIB/ Global Management major. 
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.

Literature of the Americas (in Spanish) (SPAN1400)

In this course, we'll explore some of the many literary forms writers invented to suit modern life in the hemisphere Europeans first called the New World. We will read the works of three poets (Whitman, Stein, Cesaire) and three fiction writers (McKay, Borges, Lispector). All of our writers conceived new styles and rhythms they believed emerged from and responded to a unique set of American conditions. These conditions included great possibilities - democracy, liberty, rights - and terrible abuses - slavery, colonialism, racism. To confront realities of this kind, these writers revitalized language, updated sound and sense, and reconceived literature's relationship to other human activities in original and powerful ways. As we read their sometimes weird, sometimes difficult poems and stories, we will ask how writers respond through formal experimentation to the urgent political and social questions life in the Americas raises. This course will be taught in Spanish.

Spanish language courses are offered on the Pitt in Buenos Aires/GBI Buenos Aires program. You will work directly with CAPA Buenos Aires to complete a language evaluation prior to depature on the program to determine your appropriate placement level.
Spanish courses offered include:
SPAN 0101 - Elementary Spanish 1
SPAN 0102 - Elementary Spanish 2
SPAN 0103 - Intermediate Spanish 3
SPAN 0104 - Intermediate Spanish 4
SPAN 0120 - Conversation 

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Buenos Aires (URBNST1416)

Cities around the world are striving to be global. Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in Latin America and dominates Argentina's economic, political, social and cultural processes, exerting great influence over national and regional development. This course examines the emergence of this elegant, cosmopolitan city as Argentina's gateway to the world, the impact of rapid population growth and the influx of trans-national organizations into the city. Students will gain insights into the ways in which globalization has affected the city and its inhabitants; analyze the changing nature of Buenos Aires' relationship with the rest of the world; and examine the major urban challenges facing the city today. The course also aims to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and to develop informed interpretations of their experience, as well as enhancing their understanding of recent Argentine history, culture and society. Topics will include the legacy of Spanish colonization, transition to democracy and recent impacts of Argentina's debt crisis on the city as well as Buenos Aires' significance as a cultural hub. 

Experiential Learning Description: 

Please note that internships are available with corporate and non-profit organizations. Internships are available in Spanish and English for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. For Spanish-language internship placements, students must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish. Placements are also available in English. 
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 marketability to future employers will too.
Internships in GBI: Buenos Aires 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.  The internship placement process includes a meeting with the CAPA Buenos Aires staff to help clarify your professional goals for the internship experience. 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, remember 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..

The Global Business Institute is a partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad.  
The CAPA Buenos Aires Center is located in the Universidad Austral, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood. The CAPA Center has full-time support staff to assist you with anything you need during your program regarding academics, internships, housing, cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, Director of 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 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


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Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $$2,343 $2,343
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $7,299 $7,499

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,500
Personal Expenses $1,000
Local Cell Phone $100

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

$9,899 $10,099

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

What's Included: 

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

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Buenos Aires
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • Access to volunteer opportunities
  • Transportation pass
  • Excursion to an Argentine cattle ranch and a tango show and lessons
  • Health Insurance
  • Access to Universidad Austral facilities, including library, computing labs, and dining room

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)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,000-$1,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($3,000-$5,000 semester)
  • 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.

When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!

What Else You Need to Know: 

All students are required to attend the mandatory Agreement Meeting.  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.Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad Scholarship page

Pitt Business students may also apply for additional scholarship through the Pitt Business International Scholarships, 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.