Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers.  Whether you want to know who can study abroad, how to pay your bill, or where you can get a passport, you'll find the answers you need here.

Don't see what you're looking for?  Stop by the office, give us a call at 412-648-7413, or send us an email to abroad@pitt.edu.

Do I have to know a foreign language to study abroad?

No, although certain programs do have language requirements.  Remember, too, that it is always helpful to know some of the host language.  

I do not meet the minimum GPA requirement – can I still go abroad?

Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.  Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

I have a disciplinary record on campus – can I still go abroad?

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis after meeting with the Study Abroad Disciplinary Committee.  Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

What are the different types of programs?

We have five different types of programs that we offer, and each one is a bit different.

Panther Programs: developed and run by Pitt Study Abroad in connection with Pitt faculty.  Grades factor into your GPA and you are billed by Pitt.

Study Away: Panther Programs that take place within the US or Canada

Partner Programs: overseas partners.  Like Panther Programs without Pitt Faculty.  Grades factor into your GPA and you are billed by Pitt.

Exchange Programs: one to one relationships with overseas partners.  Tuition is billed by Pitt, housing in on your own.  Grades do not factor into your GPA.

Pitt-Recognized Programs: approved programs from other organizations.  Pay your host organization directly.  Grades do not factor into your GPA.

More information is here.

I started an application – how do I access it?

Click “Login” in the menu bar above to be taken to your study abroad application.

I’m a Pitt Business student – can I study abroad?

Yes! In fact, many of our programs offer business courses approved by Pitt Business to count toward degree requirements, and also offer internship opportunities tailored for business students. Pitt Business houses an International Programs Office that provides advising and program management services for Pitt Business students.  Please stop by 2600 Sennott Square or contact their office at 412-383-7489 or saocba@pitt.edu.

I’m a Swanson School of Engineering student – can I study abroad?

Yes! In fact, many of our programs offer engineering courses approved by Pitt Engineering to count toward degree requirements for engineering students. Swanson houses an Engineering International Programs Office that offers advising and program management services for engineering students.  Please stop by 152 Benedum Hall or contact their office at 412-624-9823