The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to offer the Pitt on Location programs designed for international students who are unable to come to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.
We would love to have all our international students with us here in Pittsburgh, but we realize it is difficult for some students to get here at this time. The Pitt on Location programs offer you the opportunity to immerse in Pitt community while taking classes that keep you on track for graduation.
By participating in the Pitt on Location programs, students remain registered and enrolled as Pitt students. The coursework completed on Pitt on Location programs are transferable to Pitt and help students to make progress towards their degrees.
Students will be permitted take courses in their home countries through the University of Pittsburgh’s study abroad program provider partners. Most of these partners have existing centers in each location, others work with partner institutions to deliver content. Please check the website for each program (listed on the right side) to see the setup and structure for each location.
The Pitt on Location programs offer a wide range of courses across different departments. Some of the courses offered on the programs fulfil General Education Requirements as well. Please check each program website to see the list of courses offered in each location.
Please note that Instructors will not be from the University of Pittsburgh. All courses will be delivered by local and/or international faculty through Pitt’s study abroad program provider partners.
You have the option of taking all your classes through the on-Location program or take some on Location classes and some Pitt online classes.
Credit Transfer & Course Registration
If you are in Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, credit from the Pitt on Location Program will transfer to your University of Pittsburgh transcript as letter grade (LG) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). You will get to decide the grading base for your courses when you enroll in the program and select your courses.
If you are in the College of Business Administration, your on-Location credit will transfer to your Pitt transcript only as S/NC except from SCUPI. Since SCUPI classes have Pitt course numbers, all students can receive letter grades.
Advisors in the Pitt Study Abroad Office will assist you with your course selection and registration process. Our advisors are well-versed in general education requirements. They are also well-connected to major, minor, and certificate advisors for verification and approval for specific degree requirements.
Continued Connection to Pitt
We value you, and we want you to continue to feel like you are a part of our community. Throughout the term, you will receive care packages, direct connection via teleconference with advisors and individuals at the University, and connection to our local alumni where possible. You will have an advisor in our office assigned to you for the entirety of the term for questions and assistance.
The housing situation is different for each program/location. While some programs offer on-campus student residence housing, other programs allow students to arrange housing on their own. Please check each program website for program specific information.
You will pay your normal Pitt tuition and fees.
Housing, if offered by the program, will be billed separately either by Pitt or our partner.
The application deadline and the program start and end dates vary by each location. Please check the programs websites.
To begin your application, click on “Apply Now” on the program page and follow the instruction. You might be required to complete an application for our partner institution as well. You will receive more information about the application process once you start your application on the program webpage.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. If you still have any questions, please contact Nazir Noori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCUPI is available only to first-year students. All other programs are open to all students.
A list of courses for each program is available on the program webpage. Please check the details under “Academics” on each program webpage.
Courses at Fudan University are through in Mandarin. Courses on other programs are thought in English. Please check each program webpage for more information.
Programs offered by CET may allow you to take courses at the host institution. If you need to take a specific course, reach out to Nazir Noori at email@example.com to discuss availability.
After you complete your application to Pitt, we will follow up with more instructions.
If you get a “C” or above, it's equivalent to S. If you get a “C-“ or lower, it’s equivalent to NC.
Yes! Your Pitt Study Abroad advisor for the program can help you select courses based on which general education requirements you need to fulfill.
Yes! Ultimately, your academic advisor will decide which courses can fulfill which major, minor, and certificate requirements. Your Pitt Study Abroad advisor will help you with this process.
No. You will need to choose one program and select only from the courses listed of the program webpage.
You will need to complete two applications. First, click on “Apply Now” on the program webpage to begin the application for Pitt. Once you complete the Pitt application, you will receive a link to complete the application for the program that you choose.
CET Shanghai: December 1
CET Beijing: December 1
Fudan University: December 1
XJTKU: November 27
For SCUPI, you'll be given more information on next steps.
If you are a first-year student, you will automatically be accepted to the program.
If you are not a first-year student, you must have at least a 2.75 GPA to participate.
You will pay your normal Pitt tuition for the program.
If the program offers housing, there will be an additional cost for housing. Please check the program webpage.
You will be billed through PittPay like a normal semester, following normal billing dates.
There are no scholarships available for this program.
The housing will vary from program to program. More information on housing for your specific program is available on each program webpage.
No. If you are able to commute to classes, you do not need to stay in program housing.
The program will be attended by other students who are not able to come to the US for the spring semester. Given travel restrictions, it is very unlikely that any American students will be on the program.
We are working to ensure that students are fully supported and placed in the most positive academic environment, and therefore students will not be able to change programs/locations during the semester.
No. If you start your spring 2021 semester in a Pitt on Location program, you are required to complete the semester in China.
Each of the Pitt on Location program partners has on-ground staff dedicated to ensuring students' safety and addressing students' concerns. Students' primary contacts should be this on-ground program staff.
Students are also able to directly communicate with Pitt Study Abroad staff regarding any concerns or questions.
Additionally, students are able to directly contact any relevant Pitt departments such as Advising Center and Student Affairs with any questions or concerns.