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Global Business Institute


Earn a Certificate in Global Business

This program is ideal for business students!

Imagine being in the heart of one of the world’s economic centers learning about Asian-Pacific trade 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. See if this program is right for you, chat with an Admissions Advisor at 800.793.0334 today!

January 16, 2019
thru April 20, 2019
Program Fee: $17,595
Application Deadline October 25, 2018

The Sydney Experience

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Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Sydney with our My Global City events: go on a food crawl through Newtown to find eclectic flavors, visit The Rocks and explore this historical site, or take in the stunning views of the coastline on a walk from Bondi to Coogee.

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Live like a Sydneysider and stay in a homestay, or opt to live in shared apartments.

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Required curriculum: four Business Courses or three Business Courses plus an Internship, and one elective in the humanities (a prior course may be applied toward the certificate).

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During your internship you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume!

Learn More

One of the most unique opportunities here is the ability to work with students across the globe through CAPA's Globally Networked Learning system. I am working with a girl in Florence on a short movie script covering tropes from both Italian and Australian films. At the same time I'm doing a collaborative project with CAPA students from Florence and Dublin on how multiculturalism affects the environment around us. This not only integrates us with our immediate community, but other CAPA global cities as well.

Matthew Benczkowski, Molecular Biology Major

University of Pittsburgh

Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEach Global Business Institute course is worth 3 credits. To receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business, you must complete a total of 12-15 credits.
  • HousingYou can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.
  • ActivitiesSocial events include an arrival reception, a neighborhood walk, a four-hour buffet cruise around the Sydney Harbour, a mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony. In addition to these activities, you will choose from one of the three social packages offered each semester. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • InternshipParticipate in an internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits and gain valuable skills.
  • My Global CityAs part of the Sydney Welcome Week, the start of your program includes a coastal walk from the famous Bondi Beach to Coogee, an evening visit to the Sydney Observatory to view the starry night sky, trivia at a local city pub to learn all about the neighborhood and the nation, and an Aboriginal Cultural Workshop at the harborside suburb of Barrangaroo. Throughout the rest of your program, self-guided events will be offered each week.
  • ExcursionA full-day excursion to the dazzling Blue Mountains, which includes a visit to Featherdale National Park, where you can get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas, and an incredible dinner and overnight stay at the Taronga Zoo.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportWe maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
  • InsuranceAs a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportOur team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.


Advertising and Promotions  

This course introduces students to the basic elements of marketing communications, including advertising, direct marketing communications, sales promotions, public relations and publicity, and personal selling. The concept of integrated marketing communication is introduced as an organizational tool and as a philosophy for campaign planning.



Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Sydney  

This course traces Sydney's development from early Indigenous connections to Sydney as tribal country, the establishment of a colonial outpost of the British Empire, through to the thriving multi-cultural metropolis it is today. The course examines how the forces of colonization, migration, economic modernization, and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Australian Cinema - Representation and Identity  

This course examines the rich history of Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. The course attempts to appreciate the historical context of Australian cinema from modes of production to distribution -- and investigates the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Australian Government and Politics in the Pacific Rim Context  

This course examines the government and politics of Australia and Australian engagement in Asia by surveying similarities with and differences from the North American democratic model and by examining Australia's substantial and abiding interests in the Asian region. By the end of the course, students are aware of the magnitude of the influence that the Asia Pacific region has had on Australian foreign policy.



Australian History: Aboriginal History to Colonization  

Using contemporary issues in Australia - race, immigration, popular culture, gender, politics, foreign policy, and the environment - the course explains the historical origins of issues and provides critical analysis. This course looks back into Australia's past, asking and answering a series of questions to explain contemporary attitudes and events as part of an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.



Australian, Asian and Pacific Literatures  

This course covers a wealth of literature from the Australian, Asian, and South Pacific region, from Australia's earliest colonial outback and horsemen stories to the city-focused cosmopolitanism of the 1980s, to the aboriginal literature of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, the contemporary Torres Strait and Polynesian literatures; reformulations of place that respond to both contemporary and traditional understandings of islands, archipelagoes, and identity.



Global Internship Workshop - Sydney 3 Credits  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.



Global Workforce Management  

This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world.  As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labor market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for global assignments.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Indigenous People and Modernity  

This course explores the implications of modernity for Indigenous peoples of the planet, in particular the impact of colonization, the contribution of rights frameworks in enhancing the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, and approaches to development for non-urban Indigenous communities using Aboriginal Australia, the oldest living culture on the planet, as the case study. Students undertake their own research into the condition of Native Americans and compare the two case studies.



Intercultural Communication: Theories, Practice and Factors  

This course is designed to increase awareness and appreciation for the complexity of intercultural communication skills in everyday situations. It offers a critical perspective on current theory and research in intercultural communication. The course also explores applied perspectives, particularly on cross-cultural communication in workplace interactions.



International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior  

Students will study how theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of the international workplace. This course will focus on the international application of core management theories and strategies, and will be based on interdisciplinary research, from fields including psychology, sociology, economics, political science and anthropology.



  • Globally Networked Learning
International Economics  

This course provides an understanding of the key economic issues in the global business environment and an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics and finance. The business environment is dynamic in nature.  The course coverage is therefore updated periodically to include current real world evidence as well as recent academic and empirical findings.



  • Globally Networked Learning
International Finance  

This module provides an understanding of finance in the international context.  In a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest and conduct business operations internationally. The course exposes the students to the opportunities and risks associated with international finance.



  • Globally Networked Learning
International Marketing  

This course will help you develop an understanding of the scope and challenges of marketing in the international context. The course examines how the global dimensions technology, research, capital investment and production impact marketing, distribution and communication networks.  The breadth of this course will provide insights into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Managing Global Supply Chains  

The focus of this course will be on key issues within operations that are of relevance in a firm's ability to remain competitive in a global economy.  Examples of companies collaborating across the globe will be used in the teaching and learning of Supply Chain Management. We focus mainly on the operational and tactical aspects of managing the network of multiple facilities, but we will also investigate their strategic implications.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Race and Ethnicity Australia and the US  

This course examines and compares race and ethnicity in Australia and the U.S. Similarities and differences in racial/ethnic historic and current conditions, causes, consequences, and policies in the two countries will be identified. By the end of the course, students will have greater understanding of the role of race and ethnicity in determining group and individual opportunities, restrictions, and life experiences. Students will become aware of the continuing importance of cultural and political factors in the salience of race/ethnicity in the two societies. Solutions for racial problems will also be emphasized.



Writing the Global City - Sydney  

This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of travelling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, students also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives.



  • Globally Networked Learning

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