Does this international study course count toward my MBA degree?
Yes! This 3-credit summer international study course (GRBU-691 Special Topics) will fulfill MGMT-531 Strategic Sustainability & Models (1.5 credits) and MGMT-533 Global Business (1.5 credits), both of which are required for your MBA degree.
When will the course meet?
The course will meet in a hybrid format-a mix of online and on-campus class sessions-across the entire 12-week summer term. The course also includes a mandatory 7-day trip to Dublin in July.
How much will the course cost?
The trip will cost just over $5,500. This covers the 3 credits of tuition, airfare, lodging, cultural activities, and some meals (breakfast daily and occasional lunches and dinners). Note: the 25% tuition award does not apply to this course, but this course will count toward the 6 credit minimum enrollment to receive the 25% award on your other summer courses.
How is the course structured?
Leading up to the trip to Dublin, you will work in student teams to research and develop a solution to a business problem posed by a Dublin-based partner organization working in the sustainability, technology or energy sectors. You will then visit the partner organization in Dublin, at which time you will provide your final written solution and presentation.
What is the itinerary for the trip to Dublin?
The mandatory 7-day course trip to Dublin is in mid-July. The exact schedule will vary, but the itinerary includes company visits and group cultural outings such as a Dublin city walking tour, visits to the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, and the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and a day trip to a popular site outside of Dublin, such as Northern Ireland, Howth, or Wicklow Mountains. We will keep you fairly busy, but there will also be some free time to explore Dublin on your own!
What will the accommodations be like in Dublin?
We will stay at Duquesne University's St. Michael's House, a beautiful newly-renovated 1860s mansion. The rooms are mostly doubles (two students to a room), with a few triples (three students to a room). Four full bathrooms and one half-bath are shared. A photo gallery is available here.
How many students can participate in the course?
We can accommodate a maximum of 16 students, and we need at least 10 students to run the course.
Can I extend my stay in Dublin?
The group airfare rate that is included in the price of this study trip requires us to all travel together—leaving and returning to Pittsburgh on the same flight.
Can I bring a guest?
No. Since this trip is a course requirement, it is only open to students enrolled in the course. However, if you extend your stay, you are of course welcome to have a guest(s) join you for those extra days.
Will I be able to miss my other classes during the week we are in Dublin?
We will coordinate with the faculty teaching your other summer courses to ensure your excused absence. You will, of course, be responsible for catching up on any readings or assignments you miss during the week abroad.