Global Business Institute: Sydney Summer Sports


Welcome to the Global Business Institute (GBI), your opportunity to study and practice business at one of five international campuses. GBI prepares you for the business world through coursework that advances your degree, out-of-the-classroom experiences that create cultural competence, and internship opportunities that provide you with transferable workplace skills.

The GBI Sydney Sports Business program is a partnership between Pitt Business and the Pitt Sports Business Association. Learn more about SBA here! Priority acceptance to this program will be given to SBA active members. Scholarships are also provided to active SBA members, and please see the Additional Information section for details.

A center for marketing, supply chain, and finance, Sydney is a global hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Your lecturers will be renowned Australian business faculty members along with Pitt faculty based at the CAPA Sydney Program Center.

Want to learn more? Check out the Pitt Business To the World student blog and this video. 


What You'll Accomplish: 
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 
  • a deeper understanding of sports marketing and management industries on a global scale
  • your global competency skills through coursework, internship opportunities and cultural experiences. 
  • transferable skills towards your professional and personal development by participating in an internship. 

Sydney is known for its surfers and sunshine, but living in the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in the Land Down Under offers you so much more.  Sydney is a key player in the Asia-Pacific supply chain, an epicenter of finance, and has a large natural resources industry. Additionally, brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, and design, the city has a firm reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world.

While Australia is no longer used as a colony for exiled British prisoners, one third of Sydney’s population is born overseas, creating a fascinating and constantly evolving cultural landscape.

Study abroad at GBI: Sydney and you find yourself learning (and doing) business the Aussie way.

Where You'll Live: 

Part of the experience is to live like a Sydneysider. You will live in shared apartments spread across the city. While apartments are as varied as the city itself and no two residence are alike, all of them are located in safe neighborhoods and secure buildings. 


You can expect the following:

  • Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom)
  • Bedding
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shared kitchen 
  • Internet access
  • Coin operated laundry 

Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.


Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 60 to 90-minute commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door). Transit pass for travel on the busses/trains/light rails is included in the program fee.


You will receive your address, roommate information, and neighborhood description about 2 weeks before your departure for Sydney.


If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email your Pitt program manager for more information. 


We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.


What You'll Study: 

Most courses on GBI: Sydney are 3 credits, and you will take 6 credits, including a guaranteed three-credit sports business internship and one additional three-credit course (see list below). Interested in courses outside the sports business track? Consider applying for our GBI Sydney Summer program here.  
Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found below:

Business International Internship (BUS1910)

This is a part-time internship (20 hours per week). In addition, you will attend weekly discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment, develop personal and professional skills, and learn to contextualize your internship experience socially and culturally. You will receive 3 credits for this course.
Please note internships are available for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. 

Sports Management (BUSHRM1689)

This course provides undergraduate students with the critical understanding of the theories, concepts, knowledge and skills for mangers in commercialized and community based sports the Australian context. The course considers the ranges of challenges facing the 21st century sports manager including a complex sociocultural environment, competitive business markets, managing a range of key stakeholders, the future of sports management and strategic planning to meet future sporting organizations objectives. The course also evaluates how public policy, sport governance and legislative requirements impacts on the management of sporting organizations. Finally, the course examines the wider social utility of sport in Australia, such as its role in community and the forming of national identity, as an opportunity for social improvement and general community well-being.
*Fulfills an elective in the Human Resources Management major

Sports Marketing (BUSMKT1470)
Experiential Learning Description: 

More than 75% of students who study abroad on GBI Sydney complete an internship, and with good reason. An international internship is your opportunity to create a stand-out resume, and you will be challenged to apply your coursework to the work world, acquire cultural competence, and create professional connections that can last a lifetime.  Not only will your LinkedIn profile get a boost, but your overall marketability to future employers will, too.
The sports business program give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a variety of options in Sydney's diverse sports scene. 
Internships in GBI: Sydney are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time.  In addition to workplace experience, you will also meet with peers and faculty for internship seminars to help you get the most out of the experience.  Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail.
Completion of an internship on this program satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the Pitt Business Certificate Program in Sports Management. More information on that Certificate Program is available here
You can sign up for an internship regardless of your major as a part of the application process.  Keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, keep in mind that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait.
Please note that internships are available for students who have completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student.

Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad. 
CAPA, GBI: Sydney’s partner, has a full-time support staff ready to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you. 
The CAPA Sydney Center is hosted at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, in a beautiful centrally located heritage building.
In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Sydney as well.
Summer 2019 Faculty Member: TBD

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Rick Moslen

I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed international programming, advised & taught international students, and helped others strengthen their cultural competancies for over seven years. My international interests began as an undergrad, and since then I’ve explored over 26 countries and have experienced everything from presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, to studying traditional dance music in Peru, to getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), to hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).

Feel free to contact me at or 412-383-5476.


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Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,938 $5,138
Program Fee $4361 $4,361
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt$ $9,299 $9,499

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~$2,000
Visa ~$150
Personal Expenses $1,500 - $3,000


What's Included: 

As a part of your GBI: Sydney fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Sydney
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Transit Pass
  • Excursions to Blue Mountains and Australia Walkabout Park
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the ACU Student Union
What Else You Need to Know: 

Certificate Program in Sports Management

Certificate Program in Sports Management

Courses on this program may apply towards the Certificate Program in Sports Management offered by the College of Business Administration.

More information on that program and the required courses are available here

Agreement Meeting

All students are required to attend the mandatory Agreement Meeting.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application! 

Scholarship Information

For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad page 

Pitt Business students may also apply for additional scholarships through the Pitt Business International Scholarships here, as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline. 

SBA Membership

Active members of SBA are eligible for a $500 scholarship. The Pitt Business International Programs office will verify that you are currently a member in good standing with SBA prior to the program application deadline.  In addition, you are eligible to apply for additional study abroad scholarship opportunities available to Pitt Business students, which you can search for here: