Global Supply Networks & Manufacturing Culture in Latin America- Uruguay

This program is not running summer 2021.  Check back Fall 2021 for information about summer 2022. 

In the past, students have spent two and a half weeks gaining 3 credits in the cosmopolitan city of Montevideo learning about the Latin American global supply chain and engineering manufacturing.The course is conducted in English and includes lectures, field visits to companies, and group projects with students from the Universidad de Montevideo and other international students from around the world.


What You'll Accomplish: 

You will gain:

  • Theoretical understanding of the supply chain process in Latin America
  • Understanding of global, national and environmental issues of business/engineering companies in Uruguay
  • Practical skills in creating an industry and firm analysis of companies in Uruguay
  • Cross-cultural skills by living and studying in Uruguay

The University of Montevideo is a private university located in the capital city Montevideo in Uruguay. The university has approximately 3,000 students. This summer program is offered to international students around the world and conducted in English. It not only highlights the global supply chain focusing on Latin America, but also allows you to gain perspective from international students from around the world. 
Uruguay is a country in South America, bordering Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north. With a population of 1.3 million, the capital city of Montevideo is the cultural center of the country. The city is situated on the northern banks of Rio de la Plata, and Montevideo is the southernmost capital city in all of the Americas. Home to tango dancing, the world's longest Carnival, and candombe (a form of Afro-Latin music), Montevideo boasts a rich cultural tradition. The city is often cited as offering the highest quality of life in Latin America. 

Where You'll Live: 

Students will be staying in a hotel in Montevideo. 

You can expect the following:

  • Double rooms with a shared bathroom
  • Rooms include: Fridge, Microwave, small stove top
  • Heat and Air conditioning 
  • Sheets, blankets, towels, and washcloths
  • Breakfast included each day 
  • Wifi
  • Fitness Center
  • Additional amenities include a computer station, a terrace, and laundry facilities.
What You'll Study: 

The program is designed specifically for Engineering or Pitt Business students. The course is focused upon international supply chain management in Latin America.  
This program at Unv. of Montevideo includes students from around the globe and students from Uruguay. The program includes lectures on supply chain management, field trips to four companies and three sightseeing activities and a case study project. There is a final exam. 
This program is a 3 credit program.  You will not receive a letter grade for this program but will receive academic credit as long as you receive a C or higher in each course. 
If you are an Pitt Business student, please contact your academic advisor how the course can count for requirements. 
Below are how the course counted for requirements in Summer 2020,  how it will count for 2021 will be updated soon

  • Advanced Engineering/ Science/Technical Elective

Chemical Engineering:

  • Professional Elective 

Civil/Environmental Engineering:

  • ENGR Electives for CE majors/ Env. Program Electives for ENVE majors

Electrical and Computer engineering:

  • Technical/Open Elective

Industrial Engineering:

  • IE Technical Elective

Mechanical Engineering:

  • Mech E Technical Elective

Materials Science: Please contact Dr. Nettleship to confirm how the course counts
Engineering Science: Please contact Dr. Smolinski to confirm how the course counts

BUS Global Supply Networks & Manufacturing Culture in Latin America (BUSSCM1725)

This 3-credit course will fulfill a Global Supply Chain major elective or the Global Supply Chain Project elective course for the Supply Chain Management Certificate.

ENGR Global Supply Networks & Manufacturing Culture in Latin America- Uruguay (ENGR1228)

 The course is focused upon international supply chain management in Latin America.  This is a 3 credit program. 
You will not receive a letter grade for this program but will receive academic credit as long as you receive a C or higher in each course.  Each department has decided how the program will count for the 2018 summer program. Please note that departments will re-evaluate for summer 2019 and this website will be updated. 

We partner with the University of Montevideo. Once you have been accepted into the program, feel free to contact Lucía Curone with any questions you might have. You can find her information on the Universidad de Montevideo website.
Read more about the program here!

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian.  After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad.  For fun I enjoy my two kiddos, yoga and fitness, international films, and travel (of course). Come talk with me about studying abroad! |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall -   |  


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Arielle Schweber

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 or 412-383-7489.


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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Lucía Curone

Lucía Curone has a BA and a MA in Communication Studies. In August 2015, she was appointed Coordinator of International Students at the Universidad de Montevideo. In this role she works closely with International Offices of UM partner universities. Her work includes support for exchange students in their application process, the course selection and the pre-arrival information. She assists international students upon arrival and she supervises the Buddy Program at the University. 
Her email is:

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Engineering students - Tution plus fees TBD TBD
Business students Tution plus fees TBD TBD
Study Abroad Fee TBD TBD
ENGR studentsTotal Billed by Pitt TBD TBD
BUS students Total Billed by Pitt TBD TBD

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Program Fees paid to the Univeristy of Montevideo- students pay for housing, excursions and airport transfers (this is paid directly to the University of Montevideo, information will be provided in your acceptance email).  TBD
Airfare TBD
Personal Expenses and Meals TBD

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

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

Total Estimated Cost of Program- Business
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)
Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.
What's Included: 

This program is unique in that it is a part of a university exchange.  Pitt students are charged tuition and fees for the summer for 3 credits and fees due to the fact that the program is a part of an exchange agreement with the University of Montevideo. 
As a part of the program costs, the following were included in the program:

  • Tuition for 3 Pitt credits
  • Airport transfers (in-country) 
  • Health insurance
  • company visits and culture excursions as a part of the program

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.
Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the study abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.
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. 

When You'll Go: 

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

What Else You Need to Know: 

Interested in learning more about the program through your fellow students' eyes? Review the blogs of students that attended the program:  |