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Imagine being in the heart of one of Latin America's largest economic centers learning about the finance industry and the culture of a global city’s work environment, both in the classroom and at your internship site.
The Global Business Institute is a certificate program, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration (an AACSB accredited institution), offering you business-focused courses and an internship placement where you can personalize your experience to best fit your interests. A Certificate of Study in Global Business and a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Note: Previous academic experience in business is required. Chat with an admissions advisor today at 800.793.0334 to find out if this program is right for you.
CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!
Each Global Business Institute course is worth 3 credits. To receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business, you must complete a total of 15 credits.
You will live in a homestay in a residential area within commuting distance to the CAPA center, where you will have your own room and two meals each day.
A local transit pass is included for the length of the program.
Experience a full-day excursion to an estancia, an Argentine cattle ranch, where you will learn about the ranching traditions of the gauchos, watch a showcase of traditional music and dancing, and enjoy an asado, a classic Argentine barbecue. Social events include an arrival reception, mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony.
Earn 3 or 6 credits with an optional part-time internship placement. You can choose to complete an internship placement that is in English or Spanish. You must have completed at least four semesters of Spanish to participate in a Spanish-language placement.
CAPA-led activities each term include a tour of Buenos Aires’ famous street murals and a visit to the Immigration Museum, housed in the building where countless people stayed after leaving their homelands and loved ones in search of a better life. Mate on Tuesday is a weekly informal gathering where students can enjoy a favorite local beverage. Other activities vary by semester and reflect what is on at the time.
The CAPA Buenos Aires team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.
As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
This course will introduce the impact of globalization on Buenos Aires. Students will explore the establishment of Buenos Aires as Argentina’s gateway to the world, the impact of rapid population growth, and the influx of transnational organizations into the city; investigate major urban challenges facing the city today as a result; contextualize and develop informed interpretations of their personal experiences in Buenos Aires; and enhance their understanding of local history, politics, and society.
BSAS URBS 3345
This course, taught in Spanish, will explore a broad range of art practices throughout the Americas as well as several major modern architectural projects in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Students will examine cases in which artworks and artistic networks offered a means of challenging or subverting repressive policies. Material will also focus on tensions of indigenous vs. cosmopolitan, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor, and the international dialogues that have informed the production and reception of art and architecture in the region.
BSAS ARTH 3310
This course considers artistic developments in Latin America, from early twentieth-century avant-garde movements to recent contemporary projects. With the understanding that the modern construct of Latin America encompasses an area of tremendous ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity, we will survey a broad range of art practices throughout the Americas as well as major modern architectural projects in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Particular attention will be paid to cases in which artists and architects worked in the service of governmental regimes, as in Mexican muralism in the 1920s and the construction of Brasilia, a new national capital for Brazil, in the 1950s. We will also examine those cases in which artworks and artistic networks offered a means of challenging or subverting repressive policies. Beyond politics, this course focuses on the tensions of indigenous vs. cosmopolitan, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor, and the international dialogues that have informed the production and reception of art and architecture in the region. Group and individual visits to museums are integral aspects of this course, so that we may consider the contributions of artists from Latin America to global modern and contemporary art. This course will be taught in Spanish.
BSAS SPAN 3310
This class will explore the ways in which racial and ethnic differences have been visualized in the United States and Argentina, both considered to be “countries of immigrants”. Students will investigate Hollywood films that analyze issues of race and ethnicity and, comparatively, examine how independent filmmakers have portrayed ethnic relations in Argentina’s social and economic reality of the 21st century. Students will study the role of film in “naturalizing” patterns of oppression, and critiquing and challenging notions of diversity.
BSAS FILM 3301
The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.
BSAS INTP 3347
This course will introduce supply chain management, and investigate key issues within the operations of a business that are relevant to a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Students will develop an understanding of the operational and tactical aspects of managing a network of multiple facilities in the supply chain; investigate their strategic implications; consider factors such as legal, ethical, operational, venture risk, and reliability, as well as specialized topics in managing global supply chains.
BSAS BUSN 3380
This course will provide an integrative framework for understanding the challenges associated with effective workforce management on a global scale. Students will compare international labor markets in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law; and analyze high-profile news events from both developed and emerging economies that illustrate the cultural and regulatory complexities that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, and industrial relations.
BSAS BUSN 3378
This course will investigate key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will analyze current real world evidence as well as recent academic and empirical findings in order to acquire an understanding of the impact that developments in economics, politics, and finance have on global businesses; and explore such topics as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment, the global monetary system, and competing in a global marketplace.
BSAS BUSN 3374
This course will explore the scope and challenges of marketing in the international context. Students will examine the ways in which the global dimensions of technology, research, capital investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; acquire an understanding of how companies develop strategic, competitive plans that allow them to survive and succeed in global markets; and discuss further regional insights into key issues surrounding international marketing.
BSAS BUSN 3372
This course, taught in Spanish, will explore certain literary forms that writers invented to suit modern life in the Americas. Students will read the works of three poets (Whitman, Stein, Césaire) and three fiction writers (McKay, Borges, Lispector), all of whom conceived new styles and rhythms they believed emerged from and responded to a unique set of American conditions including democracy, liberty, rights, slavery, colonialism, and racism. Students will investigate how writers respond to urgent political and social questions that life in the Americas raises.
BSAS LITR 3312
In this course, we'll explore some of the many literary forms writers invented to suit modern life in the hemisphere Europeans first called the New World. We will read the works of three poets (Whitman, Stein, Cesaire) and three fiction writers (McKay, Borges, Lispector). All of our writers conceived new styles and rhythms they believed emerged from and responded to a unique set of American conditions. These conditions included great possibilities - democracy, liberty, rights - and terrible abuses - slavery, colonialism, racism. To confront realities of this kind, these writers revitalized language, updated sound and sense, and reconceived literature's relationship to other human activities in original and powerful ways. As we read their sometimes weird, sometimes difficult poems and stories, we will ask how writers respond through formal experimentation to the urgent political and social questions life in the Americas raises. This course will be taught in Spanish.
BSAS SPAN 3312
This course will introduce students to a sociology and ethnography of Latin America. Students will explore the nature of Latin American modernities and identities, dynamics of Latin American societies and cultures, and social processes. Students will discuss peripheral modernity, hybridization, and issues of identity; analyze a selection of case studies before considering politics of identity, utopias, and imaginaries; and study of some of the most important social problems, conflicts, and social movements in contemporary Latin America.
BSAS SOCY 3322
This introductory course is designed for students who have no real functional ability in Spanish. Students will develop competence in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain insight into Spanish-speaking cultures across the world; and have opportunities to practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.
BSAS SPAN 2211
This course, taught in Spanish, is designed for students who have completed Spanish I or its equivalent. Students will develop competence in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain insight into Spanish-speaking cultures across the world; and practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. By the end of the course, students will be able to sustain concrete exchanges on predictable topics, discuss information related to family, daily activity, immediate needs, and personal preferences.
BSAS SPAN 2222
This course, taught in Spanish, is designed for students who have completed Spanish II or its equivalent. Students will improve competence in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain insight into Spanish-speaking cultures across the world; and practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. By the end of the course, students will be able to narrate and describe situations using connecting discourse of paragraph length, and sustain social interactions requiring a basic exchange of information.
BSAS SPAN 2233
This course, taught in Spanish, is designed for students who have completed Spanish III or its equivalent. Students will continue to improve competence in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; expand knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures across the world; and practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. By the end of the course, students will have solidified their ability to express themselves when talking about everyday life, and produce sentence-level language ranging from discrete sentences to paragraphs using different time frames.
BSAS SPAN 2244