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Choosing a program

You don’t have to go it alone!  There are plenty of resources available to you. 

To begin…
Visit the Office of International Services in G-04 Student Union and speak to a study abroad advisor. We can answer questions, provide resources and get you pointed in the right direction!

Next...
Research around the world where you can review destinations and courses that are available to you. There are three types of programs:  Panther, Exchange and Pitt-Recognized.   This is a great resource!

Then…
Stop by the Office of International Services to discuss your options.  While appointments are suggested by calling 269-7978, walk-ins are always welcome!

As you research destination and program options, here are a few questions to ask yourself to guide you in your decision:

Why do I want to go abroad?
Am I emotionally prepared for this experience?
How long do I want to be away?
When do I want to leave?
Do I want to take classes in my major or minor?
Do I plan to learn a language or to develop my language skills?
Would I consider an internship?
Would I consider a program that incorporates volunteerism or service-learning?
Would I consider a research or field-based program?
What countries interest me?
Do I have any concerns or fears about leaving my home university to study?
Am I financially able to study abroad?

Be aware…
At a minimum, we suggest that you begin your preparation a minimum of six months to one year prior to studying abroad. 

Be sure to...
Once you select a program you must visit your advisor. This is very important!  For many students a meeting with their advisor gives them a greater understanding of what courses they can expect to take and when and what limitations they may encounter because to their academic program. , 

Other items of importance...
Application deadlines.   Information on a program's deadline will appear on their website. Be aware that Panther program deadlines are earlier than other programs.
Scholarships.  These deadlines are earlier that admission deadlines so be sure to plan ahead! Scholarships are available through the University of Pittsburgh as well as through other program providers.  Generally, each of the non-Pitt program providers offer some form of a scholarship award. Information can be found on their homepage.
Pitt Scholarships.  There are several study abroad scholarships  awarded through the University of Pittsburgh.  The University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad Scholarship  is awarded every semester regardless of program choice.  A completed application as well as a transcript and evidence of income must be submitted.           
National plus other program/regional or student-specific scholarships are also avaialble.

Tuition Remission...
Students who have one or more parent or guardian employed by the University of Pittsburgh or UPMC are only permitted to apply tuition remission benefits to certain programs.
Please download the Tuition Remission Programs
brochure for a complete list.