The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs began in 1926. As committees completed their rooms, they turned their attention to creating study abroad scholarships. The Nationality Rooms have awarded scholarships for summer study abroad annually since 1948. The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.
It is the farsightedness and generosity of the Nationality Rooms committees and their friends which have raised more than $2,000,000 to provide these important intercultural exchange opportunities.
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Application Requirements Include:
1. Online Application. Please complete and submit through online application. Application includes personal and academic information, proposed budget, and two essays.
2. Two letters of Recommendation. One from a faculty member and a second from a faculty/other. Please complete and submit through the online application.
3. Transcripts: Submit in January, after Fall grades are added, undergraduates should print out a transcript from the Registrar. Submit a copy of the transcript to each application submitted (submitted via hardcopy to 1209 Cathedral of Learning).
4. Awardee Obligation Signature Form. Please print from online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning.
5. Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Page. Please obtain approval for the proposed program from the Study Abroad Office. Please print the form from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning.
6. Other Scholarships Notice. Complete and submit through online application.
Timelines and Deadlines
Initial application becomes available : July, 2012
Information Sessions Begin: October 2, 2012
Last Information Session: January 22, 2012
Completed Applications Due:
- Undergraduates: Thursday, January 31, 2013
- NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE.
All applicants will be notified via email a week after application submission regarding the finalists results.
- Current full-time University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who will have between 60-90 credits by April 2013, i.e., be a sophomore or junior.
- Be a United States citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
- 3.0 QPA minimum for undergraduates; for graduate students, maintain satisfactory QPA.
- All applicants must have been enrolled full-time on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to the study abroad and must be physically on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the summer study.
- Students may apply for two scholarships but can win only one. Previous awardees are not eligible.
- Shipboard education programs are not eligible in that they do not provide five weeks immersion in one culture
Presentations begin in October. They will be given once a week until January 22, 2013 except during the University breaks. Sign up for a session by emailing Cristina Lagnese at firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the session is to explain the application process, review the application and that the course of study a student is proposing fits within the parameters of the scholarship program. Students are strongly encouraged to start the application process early.
October Sessions, 10:00 - 11:00am at CL1228: 10/2, 10/10, 10/17, 10/31
November Sessions, 1:30 - 2:30 pm at CL 1228: 11/6, 11/13, 11/19, 11/26
December Sessions, 10:00 - 11:00am at CL 1228: 12/3, 12/11, 12/19
January Sessions, 1:30- 2:30pm at CL 1228: 1/2, 1/10, 1/14, 1/22
Applicants shall select a credit-worthy study abroad program relevant to their career goals that is a minimum of 5 weeks. Applicants participating in a study program must provide a copy of a course description that gives the dates the course will be conducted as an attachment to their Nationality Room Academic Credit Signature Page.Acceptable programs can be searched on the Study Abroad Office website at abroad.pitt.edu, under the "Programs" header.
Approval for course credit acceptance must be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. A SAO representative must sign the Credit Signature Page.
Finalists for each award will be selected during the seven-day period following the submission deadline. Finalists will be notified via email. Interviews with selection panels begin during the first week of February.
Selection and Notification
Selection panels meet in the month of February. After each panel meets, finalists for that award are notified of the decision. Applicants must appear for this interview at the scheduled day and time, as each panel meets only once. No telephone interviews will be conducted.
It is the responsibility of each awardee to make an appointment in early March with the Nationality Rooms Program Director to discuss study/travel plans. All scholarship winners must attend a Saturday orientation session (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., date to be announced). Awardees must complete the Study Abroad Agreement and Course Approval/Signature Document and submit a copy of these completed forms to the Nationality Rooms Program office. There is a Study Abroad fee that will be charged to your PittPay account (see the Study Abroad Office website for more information on this fee). The award check will be held until the contract is completed. Students must pick up the award check in person.