Quick Info

  • Chile, Ireland/United Kingdom, Singapore
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : March 8, 2019 - March 17, 2019
  • : Varies
  • : October 22
  • : In Good Academic Standing


Selected students will be enrolled in:

BIND 27xx - Global Research Practicum South America
BIND 27xx - Global Research Practicum Europe
BIND 27xx  - Global Research Practicum Asia

Course Description:

This course is tied closely to field study abroad, providing a hands-on experience in a foreign culture. Deliverables from the practicum include a team research project and a professional portfolio designed to capture the international experience. The course includes a trip over Spring Break to various businesses in the host country. 

Students develop a research question in areas of managerial specialization and draw evidence from the field study to support their project report. While abroad, students visit a number of selected organizations and/or companies, and explore current business practices/issues. 

During the Spring Professional Development week, students will be required to attend a module preparing them for the class. This module is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2019.

During the spring semester, the group meets for two, 3-hour class sessions on Friday evenings prior to the trip. Portions of these classes will focus on developing the research project. Selected outside speakers may also join the class to share their experiences and perspectives on business and culture. Following the trip, the group meets for two additional Friday evening sessions where final projects are presented in both written and oral forms. During the week of April 15, a final professional development module (elevator pitch) will allow you to unpack your global EBL experience.

This course counts toward the Global Management Certificate. More information on this and other Katz certificates can be found in the Academic and Career Advising Section of StudentNet OR by contacting your academic advisor.

Applications will open Monday, October 1.

Download sample application questions here.

GRP Europe and GRP South America classes currently scheduled as follows.*

  • Class 1 - Friday, January 11, 2019: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Class 2 - Friday, March 1, 2019: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM*
  • Class 3 - Friday, March 29, 2019: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM
  • Class 4 - Friday, April 5, 2019: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM

*Please note, GRP Asia will follow the same schedule, except Class 2 will now occur on February 15, 2019: 6:20 PM - 9:20 PM. Please further note that GRP Europe Class 2 will now occur on February 22, 2019: 6:20PM - 9:20PM.

Schedule subject to slight adjustment. Location of classes will be provided prior to the start of the Spring semester.

Experiential Learning

Download sample application questions here.

Missed the information session? Download the Powerpoint slides here.

Students are also required to attend a mandatory workshop to be held Saturday, January 5. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with a framework to unpack and articulate the competencies gained during your global EBL experience. Following completion of module and GRP course, you should be able to clearly discuss what you learned and how it connects to your professional goals. During the week of April 15, a final professional development module (elevator pitch) will allow you to unpack your global EBL experience.

Students who have not had the opportunity to take the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA) may be asked to do so prior to this workshop.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor of Business Administration

Josephine (Jo) Olson teaches courses in managerial economics and international economics, and she has conducted graduate and undergraduate study tours to Europe and Latin America. She has led seven Plus 3 study abroad trips to Chile for the College of Business Administration as well as one prior GRP. She has also traveled to Chile for conferences and published a number of journal articles on Chile's pension plan.

She is an associate of the Center for Latin American Studies, the European Union Center, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Asian Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center. From 2006 to 2014, she was Director of the International Business Center, and she now serves on its Advisory Board. She previously served as Director of MBA Programs and later as Associate Dean of Katz. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, she was on the faculty of Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. Her first international experience was working for a joint venture in Mexico between her junior and senior year in college. In 1991, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the International Management Center in Budapest, Hungary. She was visiting professor of economics at the Czechoslovak Management Center in 1992. In 1993-94, she was a visiting professor at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and in 1994-95, she was Academic Dean and Interim CEO of the Czech Management Center. She has also taught short courses in Brazil, the Czech Republic and Ecuador.  Jo's research interests include topics in international economics and a study of career paths and income determinants of MBAs. She has done educational consulting in Australia and Peru. She currently serves on the District Export Council of Western Pennsylvania.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Elise Boyas began her professional career with Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) where she progressed to the position of senior auditor before moving on to several industry positions. Elise joined the Katz faculty in 2009.  Prior to joining Katz, she was on the faculty at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Walsh University in Ohio, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is a certified public accountant (inactive) and a certified management accountant.

Elise’s role at Katz is centered on teaching and service and she has taught a wide variety of courses in financial and management accounting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Elise has received multiple teaching awards at Katz including receipt of the CBA Student Impact Award and the Part Time MBA and MAcc Outstanding Instructor Award. Elise’s research interests center on pedagogical issues

Professor of Business Administration and Area Director

Business Analytics and Operations

Jennifer Shang was a research fellow at The Advanced Manufacturing Program in The IC2 Institute at Austin, Texas, and was a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow. In the MBA program, she teaches Statistics, Production Management and Process Improvement, and Simulation. In addition, she teaches the undergraduate Operations Management and Global Supply Chain Management, and courses at the EMBA, IEMBA, and PhD levels as well. She has also led previous GRPs to China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Shang's current research emphasizes three areas: (1) The design, planning, scheduling, and control of operational systems in manufacturing and service organizations. She develops theoretical and heuristic approaches to improve the productivity and quality of business process flows. (2) Design and evaluation of integrated information/operational systems. Given the importance of technology, she emphasizes the innovative use of information technology in the value chain management. (3) Multi-criteria decision making. She uses Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to measure the relative efficiency of operating units. She also applies Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process methods to make decisions in complicated environments.


You will be housed in a comfortable and centrally-located hotel throughout the course of the program.

Pricing And Dates

  Chile Ireland/United Kingdom Singapore
Dates March 8 - March 17, 2019 March 8 - March 17, 2019 March 8 - March 17, 2019
Cost See Below See Below See Below
Application Deadline October 22 October 22 October 22



South America and Europe

  • $2,699 - Full-time students (above semester tuition)
  • $5,999 - Professional MBA/Part-time students (includes 3 credits of tuition)


  • $3,199 - Full-time students (above semester tuition)
  • $6,199 - Professional MBA/Part-time students (includes 3 credits of tuition)

A $500 deposit will be due upon acceptance into the program. More information on the deposit will be communicated to accepted students.

The program is open to all Katz MBA students and MS students in Accounting, MIS and Supply Chain. Graduate students from beyond Katz are also invited to apply/participate.

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • All academic-related trips and excursions
  • Airfare
  • Ground Transportation - including all bus and air transfers in country
  • Hotels - double occupancy
  • Some Meals - breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners included

You will responsible for:

  • Most meals
  • Spending Money

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.

Special Information

See below for Key Dates and Milestones for the Program:

  • October 1 - Applications Open
  • Information Sessions
    • Wednesday, October 3 - 5:00PM - 6:15PM (Evening Session)
      • Mervis 117
    • Thursday, October 4 - 11:00AM - 12:30PM (Day Session)
      • ​Mervis 117
    • Download the Information session Powerpoint slides here.
  • ​​November 5 - Students Notified of Selection Status
  • Panther Program Agreement Meeting Schedule (Must attend ONE):
    • Friday, November 9 - 1:30PM - 3:30PM (Day Session)
      • ​Mervis Hall 114
    • Friday, November 9 - 5:30PM - 7:30PM (Evening Session)
      • ​Mervis Hall 114
  • January 5, 2019 - GRP module
  • Week of April 15 - Final Professional Development Opportunity (Elevator Pitch)

If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew yours, get started right away. Passports must be valid at least six months past the program end date.

Valid Passport MUST be in hand/uploaded to your application by November 1.

  • You can apply at the Allegheny County of Dept. of Court Records
    City County Building
    414 Grant Street
    Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4pm, Wednesdays until 7pm. 
    Application: www.us-passport-service-guide.com

Special registration procedures apply. Selected students will be enrolled in the course by their academic advisor.

  • Please be advised that Professional MBA students who exceed 9 credits will be charged the full-time MBA tuition rate.
  • If a Full time Katz student registers for the GRP in additional to their 15 or 18 credits, they will be charged the Professional rate for the particular GRP.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bill McShane

Walk-In Advising Hours:

I am the Experiential Based Learning Program Manager at the Katz Graduate School of Business. Part of my responsibilities includes expanding and enhancing international programing for graduate business students. Originally from South Central Pennsylvania, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during my undergrad in Philadelphia and taught English on a Fulbright grant to Hanover, Germany for a year following graduation. During my time as a grad student at Pitt, I interned in Brussels, Belgium at the US Mission to NATO. After working for four years in international education in Washington, DC, I am excited to be back in Pittsburgh working on study abroad programming.

Outside of the office, you can probably find me somewhere outdoors in the region running, biking, hiking or camping.

Contact me at wmcshane@katz.pitt.edu.