Quick Info

  • Graz, Austria
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Health and Rehab Sciences, Health in a Global Context, Nursing
  • : Session 1: May 6, 2019 to June 9, 2019 - Session 2: June 17, 2019 to July 20, 2019
  • : In-State: $5,299; Out-of-State: $5,499
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


General Education Requirements:

  • This program fulfills all four foreign culture requirements (Regional, Comparative, Global, and Non-Western)
  • This program also fulfills a HS (Historical Change).

Coming Soon! Ask the Program Manager for more information.

*Available UCIS Area Studies: European Studies Center

Courses: Students ill take two courses for (6-credits Total):

This 3-credit course explores the development of medicine and healthcare in the United States and Europe, seeking to compare the similarities and differences between the two .

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in the health sciences field will grow anywhere from 20 to 50 percent between now and 2022. As universities and hospitals try to keep pace with the sharp increase of demand for skilled workers in this field, it is also important to remember that this field will not remain static.  As America faces new opportunities for technological uses and an ever evolving diverse population, there remain possibilities to restructure not only our health care system, but also the laws affecting our health care system, thereby making for a more efficient and effective system.  Leaders knowledgeable broadly about the healthcare system will be needed in all areas of healthcare: nurses, physicians, allied health workers, among many others -  This study abroad experience will immerse the student in an international environment where health care and policy differs significantly from the United States,  in order that the student may learn a different approach  than what is being practiced in America.This 3-credit course provides you with hands-on experience in various aspects of medicine, including hospital and care home visits, meetings with professionals in the field, and more.  Classroom time will be used to debrief on the experience and relate it to your history course.

A full syllabus for the course will be available soon.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Orin JamesOrin James earned a BS in Biochemistry and an MS in Biology from Binghamton University.  He has lived both in Germany and Austria developing his fluency in the German language.  He mixes his experience working in the hospital with his teaching and enjoys sharing international perspectives on health issues with his students.  During his free time you will find him on the road going from state to state in his old beat up Toyota Celica (You can’t miss it).


While in Graz, the Hotel Das Weitzer will serve as your home base for the program.  Your double rooms will include a small workspace, access to a mini-fridge, and an en suite bathroom.  The hotel also features a welcoming reception area, a small coffee shop with a patio, and an Austrian breakfast buffet!  Centrally located in the city, you'll be able to walk to Graz's Murinsel (a floating artificial island), one of many restaurants, or Graz's large, central park.

Similar accommodations are provided in Vienna, Salzburg,and Slovenia!

Pricing And Dates

Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,299 $5,499
Arrive Depart
May 6, 2019 June 9, 2019

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

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,299 $5,499
Arrive Depart
June 17, 2019 July 20, 2019

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

Other Important Dates: 

Please Note: 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 next steps.  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 on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Breakfast every day, lunch on class / academic days (most weekdays)
  • Health Insurance
  • Site visits of academic interest
  • Weekend trip to Salzburg, including transportation
  • Weekend trip to Vienna, including transportation
  • Week trip to Slovenia
  • Group welcome dinner

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)
  • Airfare (~$1,300)
  • Meals and Personal Expenses (~$1,000-$2,000)

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

  • The Comparative Healthcare in Graz Program has two summer sessions, each with their own application. 
    • If you are applying to more than one program (including Graz), you MUST rank your programs in your Pitt Study Abroad profile.  Your application will not be reviewed without ranking.
    • You can only begin an application for one session of the program.  We will consider your application for your preferred session first.  If we are unable to offer you a place in your preferred session, you will be considered for the other. If you are only able to participate in the session to which you applied, please indicate this, along with your reasoning, in the "Additional Information" question of your Panther Program Application Questions.
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance..
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Mandatory weekend trips. Independent travel cannot conflict with these scheduled weekends. Independent travel may be better after the conclusion of the program.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.