Quick Info

  • Kingston
  • Maymester
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Environmental Studies
  • : Tentative dates: April 30 - May 14, 2019
  • : In-State $4,600 | Out-of-State $4,800
  • : Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


This 3-credit program is a new program and the syllabus is being developed. The syllabus will be uploaded very soon.   The course can be counted as credit toward the Sustainability Certificate program. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. David Sanchez

David Sanchez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. He is also the Assistant Director for the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation where he oversees the Sustainability Education programs such as the Undergraduate Certificate, Master’s in Sustainable Engineering and John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellows program.  As an investigator Dr. Sanchez directs the Sustainable Design Labs where they look to enhance the sustainability of the natural and built environment on a local/regional scale. Current projects include converting Waste-to-Energy via bio-electrochemical systems, designing and deploying real-time sensors to identify uncertainty in water quality trends, and optimizing vertical agriculture/aquaculture systems. Dr. Sanchez is the recipient of several awards including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, IGERT Traineeship, Alfred P. Sloan Scholarship, Pittsburgh Business Time Energy Award, the Pitt Faculty Sustainability Award and, the Best Mentor Award for Pitt’s Excel program. He actively leads international engineering trips on behalf of the Swanson School of Engineering and is excited about our new Jamaica program.

Dr. Leonard Casson 

Leonard W. Casson, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, ENV SP is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Casson received B.E. and M.S. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and 1982, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.  Dr. Casson is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Pennsylvania. Dr. Casson is also a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in the specialty of Water Supply and Wastewater by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Recently, he was credentialed as an Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Dr. Casson’s research interests include the adsorption, fate, transport and transformation of chemicals, particles and environmental pathogens in unit operations and the natural environment. Previous research includes investigating the presence and viability of HIV and Ebola in wastewater systems. His ongoing research has focused on novel disinfection technologies, sustainability and resilience applied to water treatment/distribution systems and wastewater collection/treatment systems.


Students will be staying in hotels in Jamaica 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,600 $4,800
Arrive in Kingston Depart Kingston
Tentative- Wednesday, May 1 Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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

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.

Questions about Scholarships available? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.


Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for three Pitt academic credits
  • All accommodations
  • Daily breakfast, and some additional group meals
  • Local transportation in country
  • All site visits with all entrance fees included
  • On-site orientation
  • Mandatory health and accident insurance 

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

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (~$800-$1,000)
  • Meals (~$300)
  • Personal expenses (~$300-depends on personal spending habits)

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

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