Plus3 Business

Plus3 is students' first chance to study abroad at Pitt. This two-week, three-credit interdisciplinary experience includes group travel with Pitt students, a Pitt faculty member, and a Pitt Program Assistant to one of seven locations. Students will be provided with a firsthand glimpse of globalization through industry-specific company tours, Q&A sessions with executives, academic lectures, and cultural visits.  


Tentative locations for Plus3 2022 are: 

  • Costa Rica:  Coffee and Bananas
  • Cyprus:  Global Industries
  • Ecuador:  Chocolate and Flowers
  • Germany:  Automobiles and Manufacturing
  • Korea:  Smart Systems
  • The Netherlands:  Concept to Consumer
  • Puerto Rico (USA):  Tourism

When completing an application for Plus3, students will be asked to note their "top 3" locations. 


Information Sessions

Interested Pitt Business first-year students are encouraged to register for an in-person or virtual hour-long information session to learn more about the program. We’ll discuss the program timeline in more detail, offer helpful tips/suggestions for answering the short-answer questions on the application, and more. 
 
In-person (limited capacity):
Thursday, October 14th, 11:00 AM, Sennott 2500
 
Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00 PM, Sennott 2200 
 
Virtual:
Friday, October 22nd, 12:00 PM, Zoom

 

Tentative Locations at a Glance

 

Costa Rica: Coffee and Bananas

The second-most sought-after commodity in the world, coffee, moves through a complex global web on its way to consumption. This location gives students an in-depth look at both large-scale and small-scale coffee growing, processing, and exportation. Background on Costa Rica’s history and politics will give provide a knowledge base for company visits that will explore engineering practices, environmental impacts, and international marketing. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow a deeper dive into business and engineering practices and to better understand the interdependencies in the global market.

  • Who: Pitt Business students, Swanson School of Engineering students
  • Past company visits included Cafe Britt, Cafe Rey, Life Monteverde, and Institutio Nacional del Cafe
  • Past cultural activities included a trip to Monteverde (cloud forests and coffee plantations), Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls, and activities with local Costa Rican students
  • Locations: San Jose, Monteverde, various areas neighboring San Jose

 

Cyprus: The Crossroad of Global Industries on a Mediterranean Island

Cyprus is an island nation that sits at the crossroads of three continents and combines traditional industries like energy and shipping with emerging technologies associated with Industry 4.0 such blockchain and cybersecurity. Cyprus’ 12,000+ years of cultural heritage will support students' understanding of the country’s role in the region for multinational corporations. Among many interesting facts, Cyprus is proud to be #1 in ship management globally, a hub for offshore gas and oil development, and a leader in online gaming. Students on this Plus3 experience will gain a better understanding of the complexities and interdependencies of supply chain management in the global market.

 

  • Who: Business and Engineering students
  • Company visits may include: IT/Gaming (Wargaming, Logicom, Block.co), Shipping (MSC Ship Management, Petronav Ship Management, Celestyal Cruises, Royal Caribbean), Energy (Exxon Mobil, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Haliburton, Cyprus Hydrocarbons), Heavy Industry (Portland Cement, Petronlina and VTTi, Government Desalination and Power Plants), and others
  • Cultural activities may include: Tours of the capital city Nicosia and costal cities Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphas. Visits to Ancient Kourion, the Tomb of the Kings, Aphrodite’s Rock, Ayia Napa Sea Caves and Marina, Medieval Kourion Castle, the Limassol Marina, and the Blue Flagged Beaches of Cyprus.
  • Locations: This program will be based in Nicosia (with excursions to surrounding areas).

 

Ecuador: Chocolate and Flowers

Ecuador is a major player in both the chocolate and flower global markets, and this equatorial nation provides the best firsthand experience on the global supply chain of two of the most unique commodities in the world. Through this program, students will gain background on Ecuador’s cultural and economic history that will provide valuable context as we visit companies, explore the chocolate and flower markets, and learn about sustainable agriculture and business. Students will taste, smell and witness first-hand many aspects of the chocolate and floral supply chains. 

  • Who: Pitt Business (Oakland campus) students, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown Business students
  • Site visits may include: A rose farm, a cacao agroforest, a coastal cacao plantation, a chocolate processing factory and packing center, and the Guayaquil shipping port.
  • Cultural activities may include: A tour of Colonial Quito, visit a hummingbird reserve, Amazonian-style pottery making, walk in lush cloud forests at 8000 feet, tour coast of Ecuador, and stay at an Amazonian Rain Forest Field Station.
  • Locations: Quito, the Andes Amazon Field School

 

Germany: Automobiles and Manufacturing

Known for quality and precision, the automobile industry in Germany is a case study in German culture, business practices, and exportation. Based in Augsburg, students will explore Germany’s historical and political background during lecture sessions and use this knowledge as context for company visits while exploring everything from car manufacturing to global marketing departments. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will provide a deeper understanding of business and engineering practices and better grasp the interdependencies of the global market.

  • Who: Pitt Business students, Swanson School of Engineering students
  • Past company visits have included Audi, Eurocopter, Donauworth, Riegele, and Fujitsu Technical Solutions
  • Past cultural activities have included dinner at an authentic Bavarian Restaurant, a visit to the 'Deutsches' Museum, and a concentration camp in Dachau.
  • Locations: Augsburg and more

 

Korea: Smart Systems

Smart systems are what’s driving technology to be even more efficient. Digital devices working together as smart systems can sense, act upon, and communicate about a situation. They can recognize patterns, make predictions, and support human decision-making. Students will benefit from seeing how South Korea is not only manufacturing this technology but also how they are implementing into their daily life. Students will understand how this is being marketed and from a business perspective will understand how that is helping to drive the Korean economy. We will travel to the following cities: Seoul, Gyeongju, Ulsan and Busan.   

  • Who: Pitt Business students, Swanson School of Engineering students
  • Potential company visits include Oracle, Woori Investment and Securities, KPMG, Samsung Mobile, Riot Games, Hyundai, BASF, Air Busan, Korea Technology and Finance Company and Korea Southern Power Company. 
  • Potential university visits include Seoul National University or Yonsei University or Busan University of Foreign Studies
  • Cultural visits may include in Seoul the Royal Palace visit, Seoul Tower and traditional market, DMZ tour and Han River Cruise, and cultural visits in Gyeongju.

 

The Netherlands: Concept to Consumer! Aviation, Fabrication, Flood Control, Floriculture, and Food

Explore how products and services advance from an idea to reality in some of the Netherlands' critical industries.  These industries are the foundation of the economic infrastructure, which is vital to the Netherlands' overall economic stability and global collaboration. The Netherlands has, for centuries, dealt with flooding and high waters by developing innovative water management techniques and technologies. The ability to control flooding significantly impacts the viability of a number of industries. Students will investigate how aviation, from fabrication of product to flight, is surviving and innovating in the current and difficult climate. Studies will take students to a university which has been involved in the Netherlands' key global commerce. The program will examine how their ability to innovate and collaborate with industry partners to advance concepts/ideas to fabrication and to ultimately support their customers. This will bring us full circle in understanding how engineering and business collaborate to better drive innovation and ultimately satisfy the end user.   
Q & A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow the class to dig deeper into business and engineering practices, and better understand their interdependancies in the global market.  From the manufacturing to the design practices, these visits provide a first hand look at managing innovation and the necessary interfaces such as the supply chain, of these global industries.    
  • Who: Business and Engineering students
  • Locations: Amsterdam (with excursions to surrounding areas) and include an array of cultural and professional visits.   

 

Puerto Rico (USA): Tourism

The travel and tourism field has remained resilient despite natural disasters, political instability, pandemics, and more. This program explores the tourism industry from multiple lenses. How does tourism economically impact a city or community? What are the health-related impacts of residents and citizens? And what are the social and environmental/sustainability impacts of the industry in Puerto Rico (and how can we, as global citizens, potentially generate positive change in the field)? 
  • Who: Pitt Business students, Swanson School of Engineering students, Pitt Nursing students
  • This program will include an array of cultural and professional visits
  • Locations: San Juan (with excursions to surrounding areas)
 
 

Student Blogs + More Information

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

 

Where You'll Live: 

Lodging in each location is unique, but you will be housed in shared bedrooms in a centralized hotel or apartment. On each Plus3 location at least one meal a day will be covered by the program fee (generally breakfast or lunch, depending on location).

What You'll Study: 

 

Plus3 Academics

Plus3 is a 3-part program that occurs during the spring term with international travel the first two-weeks in May. Business students receive three credits for the completion of a Plus3 program.

  • Pre-Departure Classes – Approximately four or five cohort meetings with your faculty leader and program assistant in the spring term will help to prepare you for your time abroad. These sessions are mandatory for all participants.
  • 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. 

 

Optional language classes at Pitt prior to departure

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.
Plus 3 Program in Ecuador (BUSSPP0047)

This program provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts and tools acquired in BUSSPP 0020 abroad. Students work in teams on research projects, and business environment and practices abroad are compared to those in the U.S. The program abroad includes visits, lectures, and cultural excursions during a two-week study period in Ecuador under the guidance of a faculty member.

Plus 3 Program in Costa Rica   (BUSSPP0037)

This program provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts and tools acquired in BUSSPP 0020. Students work in teams with engineering students on research projects. Business environment and practices abroad are compared to those in the U.S. The program abroad includes company visits, lectures, and cultural excursions during a two-week study period in Costa Rica under the guidance of a faculty member.

Plus 3 Program in Germany (BUSSPP0036)

This program provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts and tools acquired in BUSSPP 0020. Students work in teams with engineering students on research projects. Business environment and practices abroad are compared to those in the U.S. The program abroad includes company visits, lectures, and cultural excursions during a two-week study period in Germany under the guidance of a faculty member.

Experiential Learning Description: 

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

Each location has a designated faculty member and program assistant that will lead workshops, oversee academics and logistics, and travel with you in-country. The faculty and program assistants for Plus3 2022 programs will be announced in fall 2022. 

 
 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Rick Moslen

I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed international programming, advised & taught international students, and helped others strengthen their cultural competancies for over seven years. My international interests began as an undergrad, and since then I’ve explored over 26 countries and have experienced everything from presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, to studying traditional dance music in Peru, to getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), to hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).

Feel free to contact me at rickmoslen@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-5476.

 

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¡Hola a todxs! I am an International Programs Manager for Pitt Business and a Western PA native. As an undergraduate students, I had my first experience abroad when my college choir toured the southern region of Spain, and I’ve been hooked ever since. One year after that, I spent a semester at la Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain; which are among the best months of my life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Westminster College and a master’s degree in Higher Education from Penn State (I know, I know). I’m looking forward to helping undergraduate students pursue global education opportunities to further develop their personal, academic, and professional goals.

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Items Billed by Pitt

Program Fee & Tuition $5,000 $5,200
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $5,300 $5,500

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Additional Spending Money ~$100-$500 (depending on location and your own spending habits)
 
 
What's Included: 
  • 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

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)

 

Scholarships

Pitt Business students can apply for a Pitt Business International Scholarship. More information is available here. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline. 

When You'll Go: 

Dates for Plus3 2022 are May 6-20. Students will be required to report to the University of Pittsburgh on the 6th (designated time, based on location, will be determined in spring 2022). 

What Else You Need to Know: 

Application requirements 

  • First year, first semester students enroleld full-time in Pitt Business 
  • Students must complete 24 credits earned at Pitt before the program start date 
  • Students must have a clean judicial record
  • Minimum of a 2.75 GPA at the end of the first semester

 

Passports
Students must have applied for a passport or already hold a valid passport by the application deadline. A valid passport means that it will not expire within 6 months after the program (by November 20). If a student has a new or renewal passport processing, they must upload documentation that they've expedited that process and are waiting for a new passport to arrive.

  • Students can apply at the Allegheny County of Dept. of Court Records or at your local post office (check your post office's website for more details).
    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.

 

Disciplinary Record

  • One or more disciplinary violations on a student's record will trigger an additional review.  
  • Students with any drugs and alcohol-related violations will not be eligible to participate in Plus3. 
  • Students under active disciplinary sanction at the time of application and/or during the program are not eligible to study abroad.