Quick Info

  • Shanghai, China
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : June 12, 2019 - August 11, 2019
  • : In-State: $6,799/Out -of-State: $6,999
  • : Sunday, 20 January 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only


Courses on GBI: Shanghai allow you to study subjects related to your major in a Chinese context. Courses are 3 credits, and you'll take 9 credits. Students must take a language course, internship, and can choose their third course from the below list. 

The following are examples of offered courses, and all are pending final approval. Courses may be subject to change or cancelation.

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

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

  • Seek approval from your academic advisor for one of the offered Arts and Sciences courses


3 credit course for  a part-time internship for credit. Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

Students will engage in a conversation-style course that is designed to improve their basic Mandarin skills. There will also be ample opportunity to practice conversational skills on campus and in the university neighborhood.

This course is intended for students who are interested in economics from a global perspective. It
first introduces the emergence of international commerce in history and the establishment of modern capitalism. Theories of international trade and finance are included, and the emphasis is
on the analyses of examples, cases, and latest events around the world. The course applies analytical tools including comparative advantage, global competition and technological change,
balance of payments, and trade deficits. Finally, a special enquiry into the rise of the Chinese economy and its relations with the rest of the world is also provided..


This course introduces you to the concepts and skills you need to create and critique effective marketing. Businesspeople in all areas need a solid understanding of marketing to succeed. What is marketing? Simply put - Effective marketing satisfies consumer needs and creates consumer value while allowing the firm to achieve its objectives. Furthermore, international marketing practitioners and researchers confront a significant opportunity and challenge: the rise of the Chinese economy, corporations and consumers. In response, this course is intended to cover the essentials of international marketing with a special focus on China. Discussion will include decisions related to product, price, promotion, and place (i.e. the marketing mix) to profitably meet the needs of the target market.

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.

Additional A&S courses are offered including HIST 1423: China Then, China Now; ARTSC 1403: Politics and Governance; and ARTSC 1403: The Chinese Economy. 

Experiential Learning

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: Shanghai are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time. Students will apply for an internship visa with the help of CET after arrival in Shanghai, and internship placements will last approximately 8 weeks. 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. Internships in Shanghai are not available for PRC nationals due to Chinese residency regulations. Internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student.

Check out the Pitt Business International Scholarship opportunities for students participating in internships, and get in touch with Hillary Koller, the Internship Manager, to learn more.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

You won't have Pitt faculty on the ground with you for this program.  However, CET Academic Programs, the partner organization we work with on this program will provide academic, intern, and emergency support for you! In addition, CET Academic programs has a full-time staff on site in Shanghai. Academic staff ensure that you and your classes are a good fit. They direct the curriculum, manage the faculty, and monitor courses. Programming staff help you get the most out of the program. They handle housing, excursions, and day-to-day logistics, and are trained in emergency prevention and management.

Courses will be taught by local faculty members identified by our partner in China, CET Academic Programs. Chinese studies faculty teach your electives. They typically hold, or are working towards, a PhD in their field, and have experience either teaching or researching in the United States.Chinese language instructors are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from the host university. Most instructors have graduate degrees in Chinese or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and experience teaching US students.


Students will be staying in on-campus dorms at Donghua University in central Shanghai.  The dorms are double occupancy with en-suite Western style bathrooms, air conditioning, and 24 hour controlled building access.  Classes will be held on the same campus which is conveniently located close to a major subway stop.  

Pricing And Dates

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 this program will be on: February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6799 $6999
Arrive in Shanghai Depart Shanghai
12 June 2019 11 August 2019




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

Pitt Business students can apply for scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarships is the same as the program application deadline. 

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!



Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for 9 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Shanghai
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • Excursion to the Chinese countryside
  • Health Insurance

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 ($190 - $240)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,300-$2,000)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($2,000-$3,500 semester)
  • Airport Transfers ($30-$50)
  • Local Cell Phone ($50)

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

  • Shanghai is a major center for international trade and commerce in China and so Shanghainese are very accustomed to dealing with foreigners. It is still challenging and Chinese language skills are extremely helpful
  • While a working knowledge of Chinese is helpful, there is no language requirement for the internship program.  The companies are looking for native English speakers for their internships.
  • Courses (with the exception of language courses) are taught in English
    Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities
  • It will be hot and humid. The beginning of the program takes place during Shanghai's rainy season.
  • *Internships are unfortunately not available for PRC nationals due to Chinese residency regulations.*

For students doing an internship:

Students with a Criminal Record: Please note that there could be complications to your visa process. It is VERY important that you bring this to the attention of your program manager as soon as possible.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for 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 internship 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 hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.