APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Before you dive in to finding a program, you should make sure that you meet the minimum requirements to study abroad.  Because all programs offered by Pitt Study Abroad are academically rigorous and take place in varied cultural, safety, and legal climates, program managers and advisors thoroughly evaluate applications to each program. Please bear in mind that study abroad is a privilege, and the application process can be a competitive one.  You are required to complete a study abroad application regardless of the type of program that you choose.

The Pitt Study Abroad staff has the ultimate decision in whether or not you are eligible to participate on a study abroad program, regardless of the type of program to which you are applying and/or acceptance by a program or partner institution. 

Applying to Your Program:  The Initial Application Review

All students who submit a completed application are considered for admission to their program(s) of choice. Many programs can accept as many qualified applicants as apply; however, some have limited spaces based on logistical concerns or agreements with partners abroad.

Academic Record 

  • Complete 24 credits on campus before the program starts (regardless of AP, HS, transfer credits)
  • An inconsistent academic record (i.e. more than 6 transfer credits outside of AP/HS credits, more than 2 W’s and/or failing grades, or any combination of) will trigger an additional review (see below)
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher (some programs have a higher minimum requirement that is listed on the program's webpage)

Disciplinary Record

  • One or more disciplinary violations will trigger an additional review (see below)
  • Students with more than 2 violations are not eligible to study abroad.
  • Students under active disciplinary sanction at the time of application and/or during the program are not eligible to student abroad.

Application Essays

  • All applications are evaluated by a standard review rubric, which you can view by clicking here.  The application review rubric reflects the following elements:
  • Application essays and supporting materials that demonstrate a seriousness of purpose (academic, pre-professional, or both)
  • Other program-specific features, such as language level, semester standing, relation to major/minor/certificates, primary campus of attendance, and faculty discretion.
  • GPA 
  • Application essays that do not reflect seriousness of purpose or that do not connect with the program’s goals will trigger an additional review (see below)

Applying to Your Program:  Additional Application Review (if required)

You may be asked to submit further documentation and/or called into an in-person interview with senior-level Pitt Study Abroad staff if the initial review finds any of the following:

  • Academic Record:  An inconsistent academic record (i.e. more than 6 transfer credits outside of AP/HS credits, more than 2 W’s and/or failing grades, or any combination of)
  • Application essays that do not reflect seriousness of purpose or that do not connect with the program’s goals will trigger an additional review (see below)
  • Disciplinary Record:  One or more previous disciplinary sanctions on campus, following this order:
Sanction Time Period Follow-Up
Lower-level housing violation (i.e. quiet hours, candle in room) Any time May be asked to write statement
One alcohol-related violation More than a year old Will be asked to write statement
One marijuana-related violation, violence, theft, “violates local, state, federal law” Any time

Will be asked to write statement and attend in-person interview

One alcohol-related violation Less than a year old

Will be asked to write statement and attend in-person interview

Two violations of any kind Any time

Will be asked to write statement and attend in-person interview

Three or more violations of any kind Any time Ineligible to apply

Your Pitt Study Abroad Profile

Your entire study abroad application lives in your profile at abroad.pitt.edu, which you can access by clicking “Login.”

Your Pitt Study Abroad profile will be you one-stop-shop for everything that you need to do for your application, so be sure to check it often. 

When you are applying to programs, you’ll have the ability to apply for a maximum of two programs.  When applying, you should also use the ranking feature to let our team know which you are more interested in – this helps with application decisions.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines below are the dates by which you must turn in all of the required materials in your Pitt Study Abroad Profile.  Some programs, especially Exchanges and Partner Programs, may have earlier application deadlines. 

Keep in mind that your program may have additional applications or materials, such as those required by our Exchange Programs or Pitt-Recognized Providers, and that they may have their own deadlines which are sometimes earlier or later than our internal deadlines. All students however, must follow Pitt’s internal application deadlines. 

2018-2019 Academic Year:

Spring / Spring Break:  Deadline has passed

Summer: January 20, 2019

Fall: March 24, 2018