Quick Info

  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : 03 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
  • : $5,000 In-State / $5,200 Out-of-State
  • : 20 January 2019
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus


BUSERV 1365 - Global Leadership Capstone (3 credits) and BUSERV 1370 - Global Leadership Field Practicum (3 credits)

The purpose of this program is to prepare you to become a leader and embark on your pathway of personal leadership development through academic and experiential learning. The leadership development concepts covered in this course will be applicable to you now and for the rest of your life, personally and professionally. You’ll be introduced to the history and theories of leadership. And while group-oriented outdoor activity is an ideal environment to put your leadership knowledge to the test, emphasis is placed on transferring your skills beyond an outdoor environment.

You will learn about leadership theory in detail through seminar-based sessions in Pittsburgh and at the Hanifl Centre. Through lectures, required readings, discussions, presentations, and small group work, you will learn about leadership qualities and competencies, leadership models and theories, decision-making models and theories, value and ethical decision-making models, among other topics.

You'll recieve 6 credits for the program - 3 lecture and 3 practicum. You will receive a letter grade for BUSERV 1365 and an S/NC for BUSERV 1370. This experience counts for one foreign culture requirement and a social science general education requirement for Pitt Business students. The program also counts as the functional elective for the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics. 


Experiential Learning

The field component of the course takes place on site at the Hanifl Centre and includes a 12-day trek in the Himalayas. During your time at the Hanifl Centre and on the trek, you will be encouraged to assume leadership roles and develop your personal leadership style through activities including Wilderness First Aid and CPR, outdoor living skills, Leave No Trace ethics and practices, expedition behavior, decision-making, communication, conflict management, and more.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Bryan Schultz

Bryan Schultz is the Director of International Programs at the University of Pittsburgh, College of Business Administration.  His portfolio of responsibilities include internationalizing the undergraduate business school through on campus and international academic, experiential, and research opportunities.  Bryan earned a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University (CO) where he was awarded the prestigious Colorado Trust Fellowship, a partnership between Regis University and the Colorado Trust to develop leaders in the Colorado nonprofit sector.

Bryan has extensive experience studying and practicing leadership through the outdoors.  In 1995 Bryan completed a 6 month intensive outdoor leadership training seminar in Colorado focused on leadership development through experiential learning.  Through this experience Bryan gained competence in backcountry telemark skiing, avalanche rescue, snow camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoneering, trekking and of course, the art of leadership.  In 1997 Bryan earned his Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.  Since then, Bryan has applied the leadership lessons learned from this seminar at work, when volunteering and while executing his latest backcountry adventure.  This past summer Bryan surpassed 450 nights in the backcountry while toiling uphill in the North Cascades National Park.    


Krishnan Kutty

“Kutty” joined the Hanifl Centre in 2009. He has trekked extensively across the Himalaya and is an accomplished mountaineer having summited numerous peaks in the Indian Himalaya. In 1994, he co-led an Indian-American expedition to Nanda Devi (east) where he reached an altitude of 23,000 ft. In June 2011, Kutty led a group of Woodstock staff on an expedition to Banderpunch peak (20800 ft.) where 17 members made it to the top. Kutty is passionate about experiential education in the outdoors and continues to design curriculum and treks for Woodstock students and staff.

He is actively involved in developing new courses and works closely with US Universities in designing and delivering their “Study Abroad” programmes. His vision for training Trekking Guides in rural areas led to the centre’s pioneering effort in courses being taught in Hindi. He is also responsible for initiating the partnership with Aerie Backcountry Medicine of Missoula, Montana to offer affordable courses in Wilderness First Aid & CPR in India. Before joining the Hanifl Centre, Kutty worked for 20 years with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), as their India Director. NOLS is a US based school acknowledged worldwide as the leader in wilderness education. Kutty has taught NOLS courses in Kenya, Chile, Alaska, Wyoming and the Indian Himalaya.

 Shantanu Pandit, Outbound Facilitator, Outdoor Educator, NOLS Instructor, Corporate Outdoor Programs, Risk Management

Shantanu Pandit 

Shantanu is an outdoor education consultant with the Hanifl Centre, and has extensive experience in developing and facilitating outdoor experiential learning programs for corporate trainings and study abroad programs. He is a NOLS certified instructor. Shantanu will accompany the group during the 12 day trek and will serve as the primary facilitator for the field component of the course. 


The Hanfil Center’s dormitory-style accommodations include most of the amenities that you are already used to, including computer labs, laundry service, access to telephones and WiFi, a 24/7 on-site staff, medical facilities, and more.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, too.  

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5000 $5200
Arrive in India Depart India
May 3 2019 May 31 2019


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

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: February 1Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Scholarships are available for Brackenridge Global LLC students that are enrolled as Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students.  Students that are not Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students can participate in the program but are not eligible for the automatic scholarship. Brackenridge Global LLC students will recieve an automatic scholarship of $500.

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 Leadership in the Himalayas fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • Health Insurance
  • Airport Transfers
  • On-Site Transportation
  • Excursions

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Round-Trip Airfare (~$1800)
  • Indian Visa (~$200)
  • Personal Expenses (~$500 - $1,000)

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

Gear Checklist - this provides information about what you should expect to bring to Inida, as well as what will be provided by the Hanifl Centre. Please review this in detail. 

Please note that this course requires 15 hours of classroom preparation during the spring 2019 semester, as well as required readings. The Pittsburgh-based class sessions will occur on the following Fridays from 6pm - 9pm in 2600 Sennott Square: February 22, March 22, April 5, April 19.

This is a physically demanding program, and participants must be prepared for physically exhaustive, multi-day outdoor activities such as trekking/backpacking and camping at elevations above 10,000ft. It is recommended that you have prior experience trekking/backpacking and sleeping outside for multiple nights.

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@business.pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.