What is study abroad?
It is the opportunity offered to earn credits toward a degree by studying in another country. Students are strongly encouraged to add an international dimension to their education through studying abroad.
Why should I study abroad?
A study abroad experience will enhance a student's competitive edge in the job market. Employers are increasingly looking for students who have lived and studied abroad. Skills and qualities gained while studying abroad are highly valued by employers. Adding an international component to one's education can definitely strengthen credentials.
Through studying abroad, students develop an understanding and appreciation of another culture and/or region of the world. International experience will enrich the academic background and provide new skills and knowledge that extend beyond classroom theory.
Who is eligible to study abroad?
Sophomores, junior, and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to study abroad. Students who do not have the required GPA may make an appeal to the dean of their school for special exceptions. Knowledge of a foreign language is NOT a requirement for all study abroad programs, although students are encouraged to gain some knowledge of a foreign language.
When should I study abroad?
Pitt requires students to have taken at least 24 credits on campus before they can go abroad. We advise students to begin looking and researching a study abroad program as soon as possible as the study abroad process does take some time. Students who want to study abroad during their last semester also need to obtain special permission from the dean.
Where can I study abroad?
Just about anywhere! Programs of study exist in almost every corner of the world. Foreign language proficiency is not always a requirement.There are some programs which offer courses taught in English.
What can I study?
Just about anything! Many programs offer courses in the humanities and social sciences, but opportunities also exist in business, education, engineering, and the natural sciences. Specialized programs provide in-depth study of a particular subject, such as environmental studies, zoology, and international marketing. International internships are also available for credit, providing students with valuable work experience.
How will studying abroad count towards a degree?
It is possible to fulfill major, minor, and general education requirements by studying abroad.With prior approval, the credits earned while overseas will be entered on the Pitt-Greensburg transcript and will count towards graduation. Also, if you will be on a Pitt Developed program, you will receive actual grades on your transcript that will calculate into your QPA. Approval of the program is required from Michele Shuey, Coordinator of Study Abroad Advising.
How much will studying abroad cost?
There are programs that cost approximately the same as in-state tuition, room, and board at Pitt-Greensburg. Most programs, however, are more expensive than Pitt-Greensburg.
Are financial aid and scholarships available?
Yes. State, Federal and campus-based financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work Study, will apply to any approved study abroad program. The amount of aid received can be based on the actual costs of the study abroad program and may affect the amount of a subsidized Stafford Loan one is eligible to receive. Please see the "Scholarships and Financial Aid" section on our website.
Where do I start?
The earlier a student begins planning their study abroad experience the more options they have. Begin with a visit to the Study Abroad Office located in Millstein Library 105 or www.pitt.edu/~abroad
How do exchange rates work?
Currency is money. Not all countries use the US dollar. Before traveling, you should know what the US dollar is worth in comparison to the currency used in that particular country. This will help you to determine how much money to take with you and how far your money will take you when you travel. For an international exchange rates calculator, go to http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html