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. The MBA student will select a research question and 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.

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2015 Global Research Practicum Locations

Information sessions for the global research practicum's have been held. View a pdf of the slides from the presentation.

Brazil

Students enrolled in the course will travel to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro over Spring Break from March 7-15, 2015. The Brazil GRP is an opportunity to learn more about Latin America's largest economy, which offers tremendous growth opportunities thanks to Brazil's rich natural resources and biodiversity. Led by faculty member Jo Olson, this GRP will have an emerging economies focus. View the program flyer

China

Students enrolled in the course will travel to Beijing and Shanghai after the end of the spring term, from April 26 - May 5, 2015. The China GRP is an opportunity to learn about the world's second-largest economy, which is developing into its next economic phase, thanks to government support of the aerospace, telecommunications, energy, and information technology markets. Led by faculty member Jen Shang, this GRP will have an emerging markets focus. View the program flyer

Germany

Students enrolled in the course will travel to Munich and Augsburg over Spring Break from March 7 - 14. The Germany GRP is an opportunity to learn more about the European Union's strongest economy, which is distinguished both for its manufacturing and logistics expertise, as well as its economic model of small and medium-sized businesses, known as the Mittelstand. Led by faculty member Bob Atkin, this GRP will have an operations and manufacturing focus. View the program flyer.

Russia and Bulgaria

Students enrolled in the course will travel to Moscow, Russia, and Sofia, Bulgaria from May 12 - 25. The Russia/Bulgaria GRP will introduce students to the global business of natural gas and other energy resources through visits to four interconnected locations: Washington County, Pa., Washington, D.C., Moscow, Russia, and Sofia, Bulgaria. For more information, please contact Susan Hicks, program manager of Russian and East European Studies at smhicks@pitt.edu or 412-648-7403.


Video of 2013 Chile Graduate Research Practicum (GRP)

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

  • 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)