Quick Info

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : 22 May 2019 - 6 July 2019
  • : 2019: $8,799 In-State/ $8,999 Out-of-State
  • : 20 January 2019
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only


GBI Sydney: Sports Business was built to provide you with exposure and experience to the world of sports marketing and management.

On this program, you will complete 6 credits in total, including a guaranteed three-credit sports business internship and one additional three-credit course (see list below). Interested in courses outside the sports business track? Consider applying for our Sydney summer program here

You must have completed your sophomore year by the time of your participation in the program. 

 Coursework may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.  

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that! 

The following courses fulfill requirements within Pitt Business:

This program fulfills both foreign culture requirements.

Fulfills an elective in the Human Resources Management major

More information coming soon!  

Fulfills an elective in the Marketing Major, prerequisite course is BUSMKT 1040 - Introduction to Marketing 

This course will provide a framework for understanding how various marketing strategies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated in sports context.  Sports have been one of the major economic activities of our modern society, and knowledge of the role marketing plays in its operation has emerged as a valuable asset to all the parties involved (e.g., firms, governments, consumers, and players). 
The course is organized into two themes; 1) sports as product and 2) sports as medium.  The first theme focuses on the applications of marketing theories and principles to promote sports and sport related products.  It puts the students in the shoes of a marketing manager of a sports related business.  The second theme, on the other hand, considers sports as one of the vehicles to promote a product or service.  It covers how non-sport related businesses can benefit from utilizing sports as a part of their marketing communication program. 
Another area that will be discussed throughout the course is the role of ethics in sports marketing.  What we sell in both sports as product and sports as medium is the positive values that sports represent.  Therefore, sports often serve as a platform to promote the core values of our society and introduce positive change.  This unique nature of sports marketing provides us with an opportunity to integrate the business aspects of sports and ethical perspectives in its marketing.  Issues such as gambling, Title IX, performance enhancing drugs, and social responsibilities of sports organizations will be discussed in length whenever it is relevant to the course material.  

Three credit course for sports business internship. Please note that internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. .


Experiential Learning

Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year 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.

The sports business program give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a variety of options in Sydney's diverse sports scene. 

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 Arielle Schweber 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.

Summer 2018: Dr. G.G Hegde - Professor Hegde is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and taught Operations Management during Summer 2018. Learn more about Dr. Hegde here.



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

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! 

title="Summer 2019"

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$8,799 $8,999
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Saturday, July 6, 2019


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

Scholarships are available for SBA members that are enrolled as Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students.  Members that are not Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students can participate in the program but are not eligible for the automatic scholarship.

 Pitt Business students who are active members, as determined by SBA, may receive a $250 scholarship, and SBA business students who are "All Star" members for 6 or more months may receive a $500 scholarship. If you attend every meeting (speaker and non-speaker) during your active membership, you will be eligible for an additional $250. SBA members are also eligible for other study abroad scholarships. Acceptance of any SBA or study abroad scholarships on this program is an agreement to maintain active membership status in SBA until graduation.

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!

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 6 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 ($300)
  • Visa Fee (~$125)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1,800-$2,200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($1,500-$3,000)
  • 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.

Special Information

You must have completed your sophomore year by the time of your participation in the program.

The GBI Sydney Sports Business program is a partnership between Pitt Business and the Pitt Sports Business Association and priority acceptance to this program will be given to SBA active members.

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.