Study abroad is an increasingly important and attractive component of a well-rounded education. As such, the University encourages all students to consider the option to study abroad as a significant enhancement to their undergraduate education. Students who travel and study in another country can complement their major or minor coursework or simply deepen their appreciation of another culture. Study abroad provides students a chance to explore first-hand the language, history, and people of another land and, in the process, gain a competitive edge in the employment marketplace.
Along with branch offices in the School of Engineering, the College of General Studies, and the College of Business Administration, the Study Abroad Office assists students who are interested in exploring the study abroad options available: University-sponsored Panther Programs, Exchange Programs, and various third-party Pitt-Recognized programs (see appended explanation of each program type). Panther Programs account for 55% of the students who study abroad each year followed by Pitt-Recognized Programs (40%) and Exchange Programs (5%). The office maintains a resource center and a staff of experienced advisors to help students in choosing a program which suits their needs and interests.
The Study Abroad Office is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). In addition to visiting our office, students should consider pursuing an Area Studies Certificate.