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Pitt MAP 2014 (Pittsburgh, Paris, China)
Beijing, China; Paris, France; Pittsburgh, United States
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Language Prerequisite: No prerequisite
Number of Credits: Full term (12-15) Internship/Research?: None
Open to Non-Pitt Students: Yes Language of Instruction: English
Program Length: Semester Certificate Program: Asian Studies, European Union Studies, Global Studies
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
pitt MAP

Pitt MAP to France, Morocco and China
Experience theory in action

Pitt MAP is the cream of study abroad programs, and the Global Studies Center’s signature one-semester program to Paris, Meknes (Morocco) and Beijing.  It is the place where theoretical analysis collides with the real-world impact of globalization on human health and security.  Imagine your own hands-on research project on immigrant health disparities or human trafficking.  Pick your professor’s brains 24/7 (well, maybe not 24).  Then return home with plenty of data for a research paper. Pitt MAP is limited to 15 students.

Pitt MAP is a challenging program designed to expand a student’s mental boundaries and develop advanced research skills.  Courses are tailored to research interests in global health, human security, and globalization.  Foreign language study is also an option.  Students may take up to 18 credits, including a three-credit independent study option.

Early-August:  The Pitt MAP journey begins in Oakland for three weeks, with courses on globalization as well as a three-credit research methods course.  These classes equip students with the research methodology skills necessary to undertake social science and humanities research while in Paris, Meknes, and Beijing.

Mid-September:  Pitt MAP touches down in Paris where students are primed for courses and research on either global health or global security.  Included in the six-week Paris stay is a one-week trip to Morocco.  

Mid October:  Head to Beijing for trans-regional analysis and course work lasting five weeks.  Return to Pittsburgh late November.

Location Information | Academics | On-Site Faculty and Staff | Program Dates | Prices | Airfare | Housing Information | Program Requirements | Pittsburgh-Based Staff

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - "The Steel City," "The Capital of Bridges," "Home -"  Pittsburgh is known by many names.  Rated as one of the country's "most livable cities," many consider Pittsburgh to be in the middle of a transformative period, shifting from a steel town to a hotbed of technology, innovation, and research.  

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Paris, France - As the largest city in France and one of the most important population centers in Europe, Paris is both a political and cultural capital.  An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris was the largest city in Europe from the 12th to the 18th century.  Today, the city has one of the largest GDPs in the world and is a hub for scientific and cultural innovation. 

Paris' rich history has led to the development of a wide variety of museums, theatres, monuments, and architectural styles. However, the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe stand in stark contrast to the issues of health, migration, and human security that affect the city.  

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Meknes, Morocco: Overlooked by many tourists, Meknes is a bustling modern city of nearly a million in northern Morocco, about 80 miles inland from the capital of Rabat. Local hero Moulay Ismail made Meknes Morocco's hub at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries, and his mausoleum is one of the city's main attractions.

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Beijing, China: .The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. At the historical heart of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties; the Forbidden City hosts the Palace Museum, which contains imperial collections of Chinese art.  With the growth of the city in the wake of economic reforms, Beijing has evolved as the most important transport hub in the People's Republic of China, and within the larger East Asian region. Encircling the city are five ring roads, nine expressways and city express routes, eleven China National Highways, several railway routes, and an international airport.


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Students participating on the program will choose one of two tracks: Global Health or Human Security.  Required courses are bolded.  Details of the coursework for each track can be found in the tables below. Students, with permission, may have the option to conduct independent research while abroad.  Interested students should contact the program manager.

Global Health Track

Location Course Title Credits
Pittsburgh Research Methods 3
Pittsburgh Introduction to Global Studies -OR- Experience Globalization* 3
Paris Health and Migration 3
Paris / Beijing World Religions (optional - addition or substitute for another course)) 3
Paris / Beijing Comparative Modern Languages (optional - addition or substitute for another course) 3
Beijing Comparative Health Practices 3
  Total Credits 12-18

Human Security Track

Location Course Title Credits
Pittsburgh Research Methods 3
Pittsburgh Introduction to Global Studies -OR- Experiencing Globalization* 3
Paris  Human Securtity 3
Paris / Beijing World Religions (optional - addition or substitute for another course) 3
Paris / Beijing Comparative Modern Languages (optional - addition or substitute for another course) 3
Beijing Modern Trends in Chinese Politics and Society 3
  Total Credits 12-18

*Introduction to Global Studies is a pre-requisite for Experiencing Globalization unless special permission is granted by the faculty.
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Roger Rouse

Faculty Director: Roger Rouse.  Professor Rouse is a cultural anthropologist who has lived in several countries and traveled widely.  He currently teaches for the Global Studies Center at Pitt, where he draws on extensive experience offering courses on globalization, transnationalism, migration, and world history at major universities in the United States.  His research has long been concerned with the cultural politics of contemporary globalization and has been guided by work from a wide variety of academic fields.  For many years, he focused on the experiences of people involved in migration between Latin America and the United States and the ways they were affected by shifts in global capitalism.  More recently, he has been exploring how U.S. movies, marketing campaigns, and other media encourage people to engage the changing demands of living in a globalizing world.  This gives him a good excuse for watching lots of films and hanging out in lots of restaurants and cafés.


Program Assistant:  A Pitt graduate student with study abroad experience accompanies the Pitt MAP group for the entire semester.  This person, who is responsible for all travel and accommodation logistics and safety issues, acts as a sounding board for personal issues a student may face.

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Courses begin in Pittsburgh: Early August
Depart for Paris: Mid-Septembember
Depart for China: Mid-October
Return to Pittsburgh: Late November

Exact dates for the program will be announced soon! 

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Prices and inclusions below are tentative and subject to change.

Fall 2014
In-State Students: $16,500
Out-of-State Students: $21,562

Included: Tuition for 12-18 credits, housing, airfare to and from Pittsburgh International Airport, transportation in country, health insurance, excusion to Morrocco, excursion in China (TBD)

Additional Expenses: Transportation to and from Pittsburgh for group flights (varies), visas (~$200), textbooks (~$200), program deposit ($350, to be credited to your account), personal expenses and meals (~$4,000), in-country cell phne (~$100, depending on usage)

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Airfare included is round-trip from/to Pittsburgh International Airport on the program dates. Any post-program rescheduling for independent travel is the student's responsibility to arrange, confirm and the student will pay any costs incurred by such.

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In Pittsburgh, students will have the option to stay in University-provided housing or to reside in their own accomodations.  While abroad, students will stay in hotels or student residences in the heart of each city.  Exact housing information will be provided closer to dpearture.  

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Since the coursework will be rigorous and advanced, most students will be juniors or seniors. However, students who have completed 24 credits can study abroad.

  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Seniors can study abroad with permission.
  • Students MUST hold a valid passport at the time of application due to the complexity of visa requirements for this program.

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vanessaFluent in Mandarin Chinese, Vanessa Sterling is currently a doctoral candidate in the History department, completing a dissertation on the politics of ethnicity in Northeast China. During her graduate career, she lived in Beijing for three years, doing research and working as an English teacher, editor and Canadian visa officer. She has also studied Japanese and French and can limp along in Italian. Given her travel experience, she is happy to advise all on where the best coffee shops are in Beijing, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Cape Town, Fes, Kobe, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, and Venice. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, gardening, celebrity gossip and watching Pitt beat Duke in as many sports as possible. Contact Vanessa Sterling.

Nancy Condee is the Academic Director for Pitt MAP. She is a professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the University of Pittsburghs School of Arts and Sciences, and was recently named the inaugural director of Pitts Global Studies Center. Condee served previously as the director of Pitts Cultural Studies Program, from 1995 to 2006. She also teaches in Pitts Film Studies Program. Condee earned a PhD from Yale University in 1979, a masters degree from Brown University in 1973, and a bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1972, all in Russian studies. Contact Nancy Condee.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.