Quick Info

  • multi-city
  • Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Global Studies, Political Science, Russian and East European Studies, Social Work, Sociology, West European Studies
  • : January 2018 - April 2018
  • : $17,999 IS and $23,999 OS (A $2,000 tuition scholarship will be offered to each of the top fifteen applicants)
  • : October 8, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:
This program fulfills the 3 international foreign culture requirements and the Non-Western requirement.  
SOC 1319 can fulfill the SS or HC

Final course numbers will be available by mid-September.

This special topics course is a multicultural and interdisciplinary exploration of race and ethnicity in Greece, Czech Republic, and Ireland, with comparisons to the U.S. and other countries. We will examine key themes in race and ethnicity, including conceptualization of race, identity, racism and discrimination, stigmatization, residential segregation, politics and representation, family structures, state and interpersonal violence, intersectionality, economic and education disparities, criminal justice, Black Lives Matter, and other strategies of empowerment and resistance. We will analyze readings, discuss and present ideas in class, have guest speakers and field trips, and complete written analyses.

This course is a multicultural and interdisciplinary exploration of gender and sexual orientation in Greece, Czech Republic, and Ireland, with comparisons to the U.S. and other countries. We will examine key themes in gender and sexual orientation, including identity politics, the politics of representation, family structures, stigmatization, state and interpersonal violence, intersectionality and intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, queerness, and strategies of empowerment and resistance. We will analyze readings, discuss and present ideas in class, have guest speakers and field trips, and complete written analyses.

Large-scale international migration has emerged as a highly influential factor in regional and international politics, economics and society in recent years within Europe and the Mediterranean regions. This course will begin by addressing identity, political and social issues of societies of the Mediterranean. Then we will delve into immigration causes and patterns in the Mediterranean region, social consequences
such as effects on nationalism within the greater European context and political responses such as citizenship laws and regulations. We will also take a look at the overall economic impact on various parties (the European Union, Greece as representative of typical Southern European countries, immigrant countries of origin, etc.). 

The course aims to introduce students with historical and contemporary issues of multiculturalism in Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective. In recent years, the territorial frontiers towards the outside and the internal political frontiers between the community and its member states have been changed significantly. Throughout the course, we will analyze how the controversial process of Europeanization is trying to guarantee the coexistence of different ethnic, religious and political forms across national borders based on the principle of cultural diversity and cosmopolitan tolerance. One of the main goals is to rethink Europe as an idea, a project, and a reality. European integration will be analyzed as a highly complex, controversial, dynamic and open process future-oriented. .

Students will be placed in a community (non-profit) organization where you will work throughout the weeks. To mediate and develop upon these experiences students will also attend service-learning class. This class will contextualize the service learning placement in relation to broader educational, sociological and policy issues such as inequality and segregation in contemporary Ireland.

Experiential Learning

You will participate in a structured service-learning course and placement in Dublin, that ties in the academic themes and coursework you have learned in the previous two sites.  Give back to your host community in an experience that combines meaningful service learning placement with academic reflection in a structured environment. You’ll gain invaluable skills and knowledge while contributing to the quality of life in Dublin’s marginalized communities.  This experience is comprised of three elements: group classes, service-learning work placement, and faculty supervisory meetings.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Ralph Bangs, PhD

Summer 2017, Adjunct Faculty, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh
Fall 2017, Study Abroad Faculty Leader, Sydney, Australia
Spring 2018, Study Abroad Faculty Leader, Greece/Prague/Dublin
University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

-Formerly Associate Director, Center on Race and Social Problems
-Book: Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality, Springer Press, 2014, edited with Dean Davis
-2016 recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
-In 2000 recognized as “Best Researcher” by In Pittsburgh newspaper
-In 1997 received the Racial Justice Award by the YWCA of Pittsburgh for my Black-White Benchmarks reports


Students will stay in shared accommodations.  Due to the traveling nature of this program, students will be housed in a combination of hostels and apartments.

Pricing And Dates

Spring 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$17,999 $23,999
Arrive in Athens Depart Dublin
early January 2018 end of April 2018

Please note, there is a week of spring break while in Prague.

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


“All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be: Oct 15, 2017 from 2:30-5:00. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!”

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 15 credits
  • Shared accommodations in each location
  • Roundtrip transfer from Athens - Paros Island
  • Flight from Prague - Dublin
  • Class related activities
  • Cultural activities in each location
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Structured service-learning placement 
  • International travel health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Adminsitrative Fee ($400)
  • Multi-city roundtrip international airfare USA - Athens, Greece and return from Dublin, Ireland - USA
  • Meals and incidentals
  • Passport and visa fees (if necessary)
  • Independent travel
  • Updates to routine vaccinations prior to departure
  • FBI and State Child Clearance Fees

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • This program is going to run for the first time this spring, and to celebrate its kick-off, we have decided to offer a $2,000 tuition scholarship to each of the top fifteen applicants. If accepted to the program, the scholarship will be credited to your Pitt e-account, which will be applied towards your study abroad program tuition.
  • You are required to obtain clearances to work with children as part of the application process.  If you fail the required State and FBI clearances, you are not permitted to participate in this program.
  • All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash on October 15th, 2017 from 2.30-5.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.