University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School MBA Program

Global Research Practicum

You can't experience the world from a desk.

The University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School Global Research Practicum (GRP) takes you abroad and immerses you in international business experiences. Typically held over Spring Break or in May, the three-credit course features a weeklong trip to foreign countries. The Katz GRP enlarges the MBA student's understanding of global commerce — through site visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with top executives and government officials, and cultural visits. The Katz GRP also has a research component in which students will select a research question and then conduct field research while overseas.

The Katz GRP helps you to bolster your international résumé, make new friends, and earn three credits toward your MBA degree.


Video of Chile Graduate Research Practicum

Who Should Go?

Open to part-time and full-time 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 encouraged to sign up for multiple GRP trips. Read a story about the experiences of students who signed up for multiple GRP trips. 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 meets up to three times before the trip and once afterwards. Attending the classes is mandatory. For all questions, please contact Patricia Sabolsky, director of special international programs, at 412-383-8835 or psabolsky@katz.pitt.edu.

GRP Trip History

  • 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)