Quick Info

  • Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Korea, Vietnam
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Engineering
  • : May 4 - May 18, 2019
  • : $4,800 In-State / $5,000 Out-of-State
  • : 9 December 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA, Clear Judicial Record, Plus3 students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus prior to departure, Business Students Only, Pitt Business Students: complete "Managing Complex Environments" in the fall or spring semester


You will receive three acacdemic-credits for Plus3. For College of Buiness Administration students, Plus3 fulfills one of the two foreign culture requirements and a social sciences requirement. 

Plus3 is a 3-part program that occurs during the spring term with international travel the first two-weeks in May.

  • Pre-Departure Orientations and Workshops – Three-five cohort meetings with your faculty leader and program assistant in the spring term will help to prepare you for your time abroad.
  • Field Study – Company visits, guest lectures lectures, and a reflection blog comprise the academic portion of your two weeks in-country.
  • Post-Program Project – You will complete a project (details determined by the faculty member) that acts as a summary for your experience.

Students interested in the Germany location are encouraged (but not required) to take some langauge courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Two recommended courses are:

  • GER 0101 – Beginning German 1 (3 credits)
    • Elementary German 101 meets three times a week, and while class periods will focus on speaking and listening, you will do the writing, reading, and most of the grammar practice at home. Students are expected to study regularly on their own to keep up with the material. In this course you will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide.
  • GER 0001 – Elementary German 1 (Intensive) (5 credits)
    • ​This Elementary German course meets five times a week and is the next best thing to studying abroad. You will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide.

Experiential Learning

China: "During my time abroad in China, I learned so much more than I thought I could in just two weeks. Listening to business professionals speak about supply chain management, marketing smartphones in China, big data aggregation, and logistics was fascinating and helped deepen my understanding of such valuable concepts.” - Haley McArthur, Plus3 China 2018

Costa Rica: "During my two weeks in Costa Rica, I gained in-depth exposure to Costa Rica’s coffee supply chain, interacted with the Costa Rican people and learned about their unique way of life, and gained an appreciation for a country different from my own, all in just a few brief but fulfilling weeks.”  - Phil Missan, Plus3 Costa Rica 2018

Germany: "We learned so much more in these immersive two weeks than we could have done in a semester long class. On our site visits of SGL, BMW, KUKA, Continental and Hörauf & Kohler, we were exposed to the inner workings and behind the scenes operations of almost every aspect of the automotive supply chain.”  - Gemma Skidmore, Plus3 Germany, 2018

Italy: "The Plus3 program placed me far outside my comfort zone, exposed me to a new continent, country, and culture, and showed me real life examples of both business and engineering. While the food, sights, and people were all beautiful, the trip was challenging in ways that helped me to grow both personally and academically.”  - Shelby Smith, Plus3 Italy 2018

Vietnam: "Along with new experiences, I gained valuable skills from Plus3 that will help me in my future business endeavors. Through traveling to a country on the other side of the world I learned adaptability first-hand. Every day I had to be able to adapt to the group’s plans and be ready for any situation.” - Kate McAssey, Plus3 Vietnam 2018

Want to learn more?  Check out the Pitt Plus3 Blog for past participant experiences: 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Each site has a designated faculty member and program assistant that will lead workshops, oversee academics and logistics, and travel with you in-country. The facutly member and program assistants for 2019 are:

Faculty Member: Dr. Grant R. Martsolf

Dr. Martsolf is a professor in the School of Nursing and a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is a health services researcher and public policy expert. His research  and teaching focuses on a wide variety of healthcare policy issues. He has many years working in international healthcare settings particularly in Haiti and Iraq. For more information on Dr. Martsolf, please visit his bio.

Program Assistant: Bradley Miner

Brad is the Pitt Business International Programs Coordinator and Plus3 Program Manager. You can read more about Brad here.

Faculty Member: Dr. Lei Li

Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering. His research interests are on surface, interface and nanotechnology. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Li has worked in information storage industry for nine years. Dr. Li grew up and got his BS and MS degree in China.  In recent years, he has traveled to China many times and visited different cities, including Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, Lijiang and Hangzhou.


Program Assistant: Program Assistant information coming soon!


Faculty Members: Dr. Ryan Teeter 

Dr. Teeter is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting Information Systems at Pitt Business. For more information on Dr. Teeter, please visit his bio.


Program Assistant: Brandi Gongaware

Brandi is the Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator for Pitt Business. In addition to her full-time role, Brandi is also earning her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management here at Pitt through the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In her free time, Brandi enjoys traveling and volunteering. Recently, she was able to combine both of these passions through two separate immersive volunteering programs to Guatemala and more recently, Costa Rica!

Faculty Member: Dr. Lawrence Feick

Lawrence Feick is Vice Provost for Special Projects at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2007 – 15 he served as the Senior Director of International Programs and the Director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Professor of Business Administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been a faculty member since1982. At Katz, he served as Associate Dean from 1989-1996 and Interim Dean during the 2005 – 06 academic year. From 1999 through 2005 he served as the director of the University's International Business Center (a federally funded CIBER). Previously, Dr. Feick served on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Ph.D.

Professor Feick teaches in the areas of marketing management and international marketing; and does research in the areas of consumer information search, international marketing, word-of-mouth influence, and the analysis of categorical data and has published articles in Journal of Consumer Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Marketing Science, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Bulletin, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Dr. Feick has served as a consultant to a number of profit and non-profit firms, including Eastman Kodak, General Motors, and Newsweek. He has done extensive executive teaching, including programs for Samsung Electronics, Audi, and Cheil Communications, and has developed a train-the-trainers program on the use of simulations and games and case studies in teaching marketing concepts. He is the coauthor of Country Manager, an international marketing simulation game. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg (Germany), Czech Management Center (Czech Republic), International Management Center (Hungary), Comenius University (Slovak Republic), Universidad Santa Maria (Ecuador), and the University of Montevideo (Uruguay) where he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist.


Program Assistant: Arielle Schweber

Arielle is the Pitt Business International Programs Manager. You may read more about Arielle here.

Faculty Members: Dr. Karen M. Bursic

Dr. Bursic is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Industrial Engineering.  She was instrumental in developing the International Requirement for IE, a first of its kind, which aims to have every graduate have a study abroad experience during their undergraduate career.   She has over 30 years of experience in industry and academia with a research focus on Engineering Education and numerous publications in this area.  She has traveled to both Germany and Turkey to enhance her understanding of international education.   Dr. Bursic teaches courses in engineering economics and engineering management as well as engineering analysis and computing in the First Year Engineering program. 

Program Assistant:  Frank Bursic

Frank Bursic holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has had a highly successful career in business and executive management, project management, technical & leadership training, sales & marketing, business development, contract negotiations, and engineering design and services.  He currently owns and operates InRoads International LLC, a company that provides unique strategic business development expertise and market intelligence to the commercial nuclear power market.  Mr. Bursic has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of industries and technologies and has travelled extensively in both Europe and Asia. 

Faculty Member: Dr. Minhee Yun is an associate professor of the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Minhee Yun leads research group “Nanoeletronic Device Laboratory (NEDL) and his research focus is in device fabrication and biomedical sensor development using nanostructured materials including 1-D and 2-D materials. 

Program Assistant: Program Assistant information coming soon!

Faculty Member: Professor Meade Johnson

Meade is a professor in marketing and executive in residence at Pitt Business. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in communications. She has held account management positions at several advertising agencies in Pittsburgh including: Marstellar, MARC Advertising, Blattner Brunner, and GBL Advertising. Meade has worked on a broad range of client businesses including consumer, business-to-business, and retail, providing such services as project management, marketing communications plan development, and strategic planning. In addition, she has a proven track record of leadership and has spearheaded the delivery of creative, media, and research services by agency teams to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Her client experience includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Philips Respironics, Pittsburgh Public Schools, UPMC, PPG, and The New York Philharmonic. Meade is currently working as a marketing consultant and is a past president of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Board.


Program Assistant: Hillary Koller

Hillary is the Pitt Business Internship Manager. You may read more about Hillary here





Lodging in each location is unique, but you will be housed in shared bedrooms in a centralized hotel or apartment. Please note that if you participate in or Plus3 Costa Rica, you will stay in local homestays for part of the program. On each Plus3 location at least one meal a day will be covered by the program fee (generally breakfast or lunch, depending on location).

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,800 $5,000
Depart for Host Country Depart from Host Country
May 4, 2019* May 18, 2019

*You must be in Pittsburgh for the program orientation on May 3, 2019. 

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 Plus3 fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Lodging for orientation in Pittsburgh and time abroad
  • Tuition for three credits
  • Round-trip international airfare*
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions
  • Most meals
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • International Health Insurance

*Students who choose a return destination other than Pittsburgh will be charged the flight fee difference.

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

  • Study Abroad Fee ($300)
  • Additional spending money (~$300-$500)

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

  • If you don't have a passport or need to renew yours, get started right away. Applications will not be accepted without a passport that is valid at least six months past the program end date.
    • 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
    • ​​Check out our helpful Passport Guide for more information.


  • This program involves a lot of walking, so bring some sneakers!


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bradley Miner

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered a passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.