Welcome to the Pitt SAO blog! Whether you still need to be sold on study abroad, you're already planning your trip, or you're back home and want to make sure you get the most of your experience, there's something here for everyone! To submit a post to be published on our blog and social media platforms, click here.

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:49

Keeping Up With SAO

So your time abroad has come to an end. You might be sad that it’s over, or you may have been dying to get home and see your friends and family. Either way, you’re not likely to forget the times you had or the things you learned. But your abroad experience doesn’t have to end here! There are lots of ways for you to continue getting the most of your experience, even when you’re back in the US—and the Study Abroad Office can help. Here are just a few of the ways to continue benefitting from your trip even when it’s over:

 

  1. Follow @PittSAO on social media. This may seem like a silly suggestion, but it’s the easiest way to find out about events and promotions put on by the Study Abroad Office year-round. Examples include the annual International Week Photo Contest where you can win cash prizes, and more recently, a video
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:49

Selling Your International Experience

Studying abroad sets you apart from the crowd. Many graduate schools and potential employers seek candidates with international experience because they believe such students have the skills to succeed in a global world. It’s important to know how to best market the knowledge and skills you have gained from your study abroad experience. We encourage you to meet with CDPA to discuss how to do this best—but, for now, here are a few tips.

Capturing Study Abroad on a Professional Resume

You can include your study abroad experience under education or relevant experience. If your experience was heavily academic (large course load, research work, etc.), it may be best to include it under education. However, if you completed a

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:48

Savvy Souvenir Shopping

The experience of being abroad is amazing. But all too soon, you’ll be back at home and all you’ll have will be your memories. And what better way to remember your trip than by being surrounded by a bunch of cool stuff? It can be all too easy to spend way more than you intended on souvenirs. What with the obscenely overpriced tourist shops everywhere and the horrifying exchange rate in places like London, souvenir shopping can be mighty dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid spending your food money on stuff you won’t need or want once you get back:
 

  1. Avoid gift shops. At the end of every museum or local attraction, they’ll inevitably make you walk through a crowded store with tons of kitschy, overpriced stuff like mugs, t-shirts, and calendars. The bright lights
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:39

Pathetic in Prague: How Not to Handle International Injuries
Submitted by Casey Talay

Hello Pitt study abroad-ers! As much as I hate to be the one to rain on the Study Abroad parade, it is important for you to remember that when you’re living abroad, you’re still living—which includes all the frustrating, practical things it includes back home, such as feeding yourself, doing laundry, and being careful about sickness and injury. Not that I think this should discourage anyone from going abroad—not at all. I just want you to be more prepared for the realities of studying abroad than I was, so you’re not blindsided by anything. To that end, please enjoy this embarrassing story from when I went abroad for the first time, and use it as a lesson to help you be much better prepared than I was.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:28

Intern Spotlight: Meet Allie Roos!

Ciao Ragazzi! I’m Allie and I am thrilled to be interning this year at the Study Abroad Office. I’m originally from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes west of Philadelphia. I am a senior with a double major in Classical Language and History, as well as a minor in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

I’ve studied abroad twice during my time here at Pitt. In the summer of 2016, I went abroad with Pitt in Sicily where I spent four weeks traversing the Island and learning about the literary and material cultures of the Ancient Greek inhabitants. Our home base was in Syracuse, on the eastern side of the island. Walking to class every day, I passed by the gleaming baroque façade of the Duomo di Syracusa, a cathedral built on the