Quick Info

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies
  • : 9 March 2019 - 16 March 2019
  • : Program price - $4000, Program price after scholarship - $2000 (see scholarship information below)
  • : Sunday, 4 November 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus


Students will earn three credits for the program through 'BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations'. The academic course will take place during the spring semester on Mondays and Wedesdays 11:00am -12:15pm and will be taught by Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell,. Students will complete their project after returning from the in-country portion of the program.

For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics, and the Projects in Global Management Capstone for Global Management majors.

Environmental Studies and Environmental Science students should work directly with thier academic advisors to determine the requirements this course fulfills. 

This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:

  • SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
  • Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
  • SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
  • Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
  • SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
  • SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.

Upon completion of the course, students will have accomplished the following:

  1. Developed an understanding of the concept of servant leadership and how it explains the inextricable link between ethics and effective leadership.
  2. Studied the key characteristics of servant leadership and how they related to and impact both personal and business success.
  3. Enhanced one's project management skills by working as part of a team on a servant leadership project.
  4. Develop critical leadership skills such as conflict resolution, negotiations and high impact communication.
  5. Applied course concepts to a relevant example in the service learning project, in which the teams work on a specific external project related to leadership, social responsibility, and ethics in business.
  6. Applied course concepts using a case analysis, business plan, and/or presentation to a client.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell will teach BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations, which will take place during the spring term.

A member of Pitt Business International Programs will travel with the group to serve as additional support and to help facilitate logistics. 

Amizade, the program's in-country partner, employs a local Site Director who will act as the main contact throughout the program.


Students will stay in a hotel in San Jose, which is tentatively the Hotel San Jorge.

More information about housing in Catano is coming soon!


Pricing And Dates

Program Fee  
$4000 See scholarhship info below
Arrive in Puerto Rico Depart Puerto Rico
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019

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: Oct 19, 2018 from 6-8pm. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Scholarships are available for CPIE and PBSO 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.

  1. PBSO active members will receive a $2000 scholarship, bringing the Program Fee to $2000
  2. All PBSO members are also eligible for other scholarships listed on abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships, but additional scholarships are not guaranteed. 
  3. If one of the above-mentioned scholarships is accepted the student will agree to maintain active membership status in the PBSO until graduation.

CPLE students participating in this program will receive an additional $1000 scholarship, bringing the program fee to $1000.

Environmental Science and Environmental Studies students will also recieve a $2000 scholarship, bringing the Program Fee to $2000.


Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition
  • Round-trip flights from Pittsburgh-Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico-Pittsburgh
  • Housing
  • Cultural and project-related site visits
  • Transportation to and from all cultural and project-related site visits
  • Most meals
  • International health insurance

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

  • Some meals (~$100-$300)
  • Additional spending money

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

This program is only open to active Pitt Business Student Organization (PBSO) members.


Acceptance into to the Global Service Learning program is based on both individual application materials, as well as a group application. Each group must submit one group application to Hillary via email, and all individual team members must also complete their individual applications by the deadline.

Groups should be 6-8 team members in size and may be made up of members from one student organization or members from multiple student organizations.

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.