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Global Research Practicum
The Katz Global Research Practicum (GRP) is a three-credit course that provides graduate students with a business-focused study abroad experience. Offered in the spring term, the Katz GRP consists of a series of country-specific workshops, followed by an international trip held over Spring Break. Deliverables from the practicum may include a team research project and an individual cultural report.
United Kingdom and Belgium - London and Brussels
Focus: Global Markets and Sociopolitical Risks
Faculty lead: Paul Harper
China - Beijing and Shanghai
Focus: Conducting Business in China
Faculty Lead: Jennifer Shang
Argentina - Buenos Aires
Focus: Conducting Business in Latin America
Faculty lead: Jo Olson
Who Should Go?
Open to all MBA students, the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School GRP is an opportunity for students to interact with one another, with Europe, Asia, or South America as their backdrop.
Students are responsible for paying three credits of tuition and the trip package, which includes international and domestic airfare, ground transfer, hotel, some meals, and company and cultural visits. The GRP class typically meets three times before the trip and once afterwards. Attending the classes is mandatory. Please contact Bill McShane, Program Manager, at 412-383-8835 or email@example.com.
For more information, including pricing, dates, and program information, please visit the Pitt Study Abroad Katz GRP Page.
GRP Trip History
2016 - Argentina (Buenos Aires), Germany (Munich) and the Czech Republic (Prague), and South Korea (Seoul) and Taipei (Taiwan)
2015 - Brazil (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), China (Beijing and Shanghai), Germany (Munich and Augsburg), and Russia and Bulgaria (Moscow and Sofia)
2014 - India (Bangalore and New Delhi), Israel (Tel Aviv), and Germany (Cologne)/Netherlands (Rotterdam)
2013 - Chile (Santiago and Valparaíso); India (Bangalore and New Delhi); and Russia (Moscow and Samara)
2012- Germany (Munich) and Switzerland (Zurich); Russia (Moscow and Samara)
2011- Spain (Barcelona) and Italy (Milan); United Kingdom (London and Dublin); Chile (Santiago)
2010- Portugal (Lisbon) and Spain (Madrid)
2009- Germany (Munich) and Czech Republic (Prague); Chile (Santiago)
Global Research Practicum
Global Issues Workshops
The Global Issue Workshop course is an enhanced global Experienced-Based Learning opportunity. A select number of MBA students will have the opportunity to culminate their project research during this weeklong experience at the destination city in a team interacting with Pitt alumni, local business people, and other experts.
It is preferred that interested students have prior overseas experience and/or EBL coursework.
Eight students will be selected for each opportunity and will be required to attend several classes prior to the overseas travel. Course deliverables will include a white paper delivered to the company, presented at the destination prior to departure.
Travel arrangements and logistics will be arranged by Katz. For more information, including pricing, dates, and program information, please contact Bill McShane, Experience-Based Learning Program Manager.
Shanghai, China: (March 6-10, plus travel before/after)
Focusing on expanding credit card usage across Asia
Faculty advisor: Andrew Washburn
Havana, Cuba: (May 1-5, plus travel before/after)
Focusing on preparing Cuban businesses for the lifting of U.S. trade restrictions
Faculty advisor: Bud Smith
Global Issue Workshops
Study abroad is often associated with the undergraduate student experience. For an MBA student, it’s often a challenge to fit in all core and electives courses, let alone give up a semester to study business internationally. To bridge the gap, the Katz School works with universities in Europe to provide MBA students with immersive and academically rigorous experiences in global business. Katz has partnerships with European Business School (EBS) in Germany and the Kedge School in France, and those partnerships make study abroad possible at the MBA level.
Interested students should contact their career advisor and Bill McShane, EBL Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and upcoming deadlines.
EBS is one of the leading business schools in Germany, ranked No. 51 in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015. Students can study at EBS for one semester or a three-week summer program. Classes are offered in English. The EBS campus is located in Oestrich-Winkel, a small town on the Rhine River about one hour from Frankfurt.
Kedge Business School
At Kedge Business School, MBA students can study at Euromed Management for a semester. Classes are offered in English. Kedge was ranked No. 30 among business schools in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015.
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