Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers.  Whether you want to know who can study abroad, how to pay your bill, or where you can get a passport, you'll find the answers you need here.

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When do I need to start planning my trip?

We recommend that you begin planning your study abroad experience no later than one full academic term prior to your anticipated departure.  Ideally, you will begin planning to study abroad during your first year.  The earlier you start, the easier it is to find courses to fit your academic plans. You can best prepare by researching our programs to find the right choice for you, talking to our peer advisors and program managers and meeting with your academic advisors.

Which is the best semester to study abroad? When do most students go abroad?

While most students study abroad the spring semester of their junior year, you can do so any time after you have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus. We believe the best time for you to study abroad is whenever you feel ready, whether that be academically, financially, or mentally ready.

When are application deadlines?

Application Deadlines for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are:

Sunday, October 7

Spring Break
Sunday, November 4**

Sunday, January 20

Fall and Full Year
Sunday, March 24

Pitt Study Abroad applications are now paperless, so you'll be able to access your application until 11:59 PM on the application date.

Please note that individual programs may have deadlines that are early from those listed above, so be sure to double check with your Program Manager or Advisor if you have any questions.




What are the minimum requirements to study abroad?

To be eligible to study abroad, you must have:

  • Completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 (2.5 for Engineering Students)*
  • A Clear Disciplinary Record

*Certain programs may have higher GPA requirements.

Please note that our program managers and advisors consider your application as a whole and decisions are made based on a combination of factors, including responses to essays, academic history and GPA, and disciplinary record.  Meeting the minimum requirements of a program does not guarantee acceptance. 

Your academic record is automatically pulled into your application when you create one.  To learn more about how we use this information, visit our Academic Review Transparency page.

I’m a Swanson School of Engineering student – can I study abroad?

Yes! In fact, many of our programs offer engineering courses approved by Pitt Engineering to count toward degree requirements for engineering students. Swanson houses an Engineering International Programs Office that offers advising and program management services for engineering students.  Please stop by 152 Benedum Hall or contact their office at 412-624-9823

I’m in the School of Health and Rehab sciences – can I study abroad?

Yes!  We offer study abroad programs specifically designed for you, and you can also attend any of our other programs.  We recommend you meet with your academic advisor as early as possible since they can help you choose the right program and the best time for you to go abroad.  

I’m on a pre-med or pre-pharmacy track – can I study abroad?

Yes!  You can attend any of our programs but we recommend you meet with your academic advisor as early as possible since they can help you choose the right program and the best time for you to go abroad.  

I am a non-US citizen – can I study abroad?

Yes!  You should be aware that there may be additional visa requirements.  You should speak to your study abroad advisor before choosing a program.

I’m a transfer student – can I study abroad?

Yes!  You must complete 24 credits on a Pitt campus before you are eligible to go abroad.

Can I study abroad after I’ve graduated?

Yes, but only the semester or summer after you have graduated.  Get in touch with us at for more information.