Select a Program & Meet with an SAO Advisor
Once you have narrowed the search to three or fewer programs you can meet with an Advisor if you find a need. To make an appointment, please visit the Make An Appointment page of our website. If you are only seeking general information about study abroad or need help in the program selection process, you may visit the Study Abroad office Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 5:00pm for walk-in advising with our Resource Area Coordinator.
Obtain Special Approval (if necessary)
If your QPA is below 2.75 (2.5 for Engineers), or if you are planning to spend your final term abroad, you will need to get permission from the Dean of your school. These forms are available through Studio Abroad as you apply for your programs should you require them. Be sure to make a copy for the SAO and retain the original.
Submit the Program Application
Every program will have a different application process, different supporting documentation, and different deadlines. The SAO sets its own deadline by which it expects all students to apply (visit the Deadlines page for a current list). The SAO internal deadline is generally earlier than most program deadlines. This allows a student to complete the Acceptance Stage in a timely manner. You will begin your applications through Studio Abroad. When you click to apply to a program, you will be directed to a list of materials and questionnaires that you will need to complete in order to confirm your application submission. Please note , if you are applying to a Pitt-Recognized Program, Institution or Pitt-Exchange Program, you will begin your application through Studio Abroad, but will also need to work directly with your program provider to apply . Specifics on the different types of application procedures are just below.
Generally, there are three different ways to apply to a study abroad program. These are:
- Panther Programs: Complete the application through Studio Abroad by clicking the Apply Now button on your chosen program's page. This will require students to log in using their Pitt user-name and password. From there you will be able to access the required application materials. The application can be completed online, however, some supporting documents must be submitted directly to the Study Abroad Office. The supporting materials should be returned to the Panther Programs Advisor by the due date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Pitt-Recognized Programs or Institutions (online or paper application): You will begin your Pitt-Recognized Program application through Studio Abroad by clicking the Apply Now button on the program that you choose. You will be immediately directed to a list of materials that you must gather to confirm your application. These will include a transcript, judicial clearance, and completed Essentials meeting. You must also apply to the program of your choice by visiting that provider's website or completing their paper application. As part of the application process, the SAO will require that you submit your application confirmation page or a copy of the application itself. After you submit your application or confirmation pages/emails to the SAO, an advisor will check the box as submitted.
- Exchange Programs: Submit Exchange Program applications to the appropriate Advisor. Visit the Exchange Programs page to determine which advisor manages each Exchange Program. Make an appointment or contact the advisor for application specifics.
Apply for Scholarships
For information on scholarship availability and eligibility, please visit Finances.
Determine Visa Requirements
Many countries require students to obtain a visa prior to entry. If after doing research, you need a visa, you should begin gathering the necessary material for the visa application as soon as possible. As the SAO is not a consular agent (i.e. the SAO cannot obtain visas on behalf of students), you must be prepared to obtain a visa on your own by communicating with your respective programs and consulates.