To begin searching for programs, you can access the program database by clicking here or by selecting the Programs tab at the top right of our website. From there you can begin searching for programs by country, city, term, language, etc. There are three different categories of programs offered at Pitt: Panther Programs, Exchange Programs, Pitt-Recognized Programs and Institutions.
Panther Programs are programs that have been developed by faculty from various departments and schools within the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt students are most often accompanied by the Pitt faculty member who developed the program and will teach one (or more) of their regularly taught courses abroad. All Panther Programs offer Pitt classes for Pitt credit and in most cases grades will directly impact a student's GPA.
The following programs are two-way agreements held between the University of Pittsburgh and Universities around the world. If you choose to participate in an exchange program, you are responsible for paying your normal Pitt tuition and fees directly to the University. You must pay housing costs directly to the overseas institution at which you will be studying. You spend in most cases between one semester and the full academic year abroad. Unless the university is in an English-speaking country, you are required to have a strong working knowledge of the host country's language.
Pitt-Recognized Study Abroad Programs
The University has identified a group of non-Pitt programs that will be the only recognized University of Pittsburgh partner programs. If you choose to participate in one of the non-Pitt programs listed below, you will maintain registration at the University of Pittsburgh, you will complete a Study Abroad contract, and you will be eligible to use the University of Pittsburgh to process your University scholarships as well as Federal or state financial aid on the program.
Should you find a program that is not listed on the search pages of our website, you may still choose to directly enroll in that program. If you directly enroll into a program that is not recognized by the University, you will no longer maintain a registration at the University of Pittsburgh during the semester or summer that you are abroad. Thus, we strongly encourage you to discuss your plans with your academic advisor (s) prior to enrolling. Further, during the term of your program, you will not be eligible to use the University of Pittsburgh to process Federal or State financial aid, nor will you have access to University of Pittsburgh tuition scholarships. You may still apply for other national or regional scholarship competitions. Likewise, you may contact your provider directly to discuss the processing of Federal or state aid. In addition, because you will not be registered at the University of Pittsburgh, you will not complete a Study Abroad contract. Upon your return, you will need to process your transcript from your study abroad program as transfer credit after you have petitioned your school and spoken with your academic advisor and/or Dean. As a matter of good practice, to facilitate the process of returning transfer credit, save any syllabi and coursework completed during your direct enroll program.