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FAQ

Why study abroad?

  • Academic/intellectual growth: Students develop skills in problem solving and intercultural communication; they gain geographical and historical knowledge; they're exposed to people who process information differently than they do.

  • Professional gain: Students can make professional contacts, gain a sense of direction for their future career, and gain a broader sense of responsibility in a foreign academic environment or on an independent research project abroad.

  • Personal experience: Students may gain an appreciation about what we have here in the United States and they often develop confidence, a strengthened sense of personal identity, flexibility, and creativity. Students learn to rely on themselves and become more independent.

  • Inter-cultural savvy: Students develop an increased interest in other cultures as they become aware of cultural difference, develop language skills within a cultural context, become more culturally sensitive and accepting.

  • Resume building:  Many employers operate internationally and many areas in the United States have diverse populations. Proven inter-cultural skills and international experiences are an important calling card for prospective employers

Who Can Study Abroad?

  • Students of any major
  • Students in good standing (usually with a GPA of 2.75 or higher)
  • Students AFTER their Freshman year
  • Minorities or students from majors typically not associated with study abroad are encouraged
  • Extra assistance and special programs are available to students with disabilities

How Do I Go About Studying Abroad?

  • Begin thinking about it during your freshman year
  • Begin planning a minimum of six months before leaving! 
  • Contact the Office of International Services and schedule an appointment with an advisor
  • Discuss your plans and options with your parents
  • Select one of hundreds of programs in consultation with your Pitt-Johnstown Study Abroad Advisor
  • Complete a process to have the chosen program and credit-transfer guaranteed by the University!

Is Studying Abroad Safe?

  • Dedicated Study Abroad professionals will do everything to make study abroad experience as safe and convenient as possible.

  • All programs and sites are academically accredited and approved by reputable associations or  institutions.

  • There are many programs to choose from in locations without a history of trouble and with crime rates far lower than in the United States.

  • Whether a country destination is safe for travel is determined ONLY by the State Department.

  • Students must attend mandatory orientations in preparation for their study abroad experience.

  • Students are screened to determine academic readiness and social maturity.

Can I Still Graduate On Time? Will It Cost Me More?

  • All study abroad courses count towards the degree and are equivalents of most general education courses at Pitt-Johnstown.

  • No time is lost because courses are pre-approved through your academic advisor.

  • The Pitt-Johnstown Registrar’s Office guarantees beforehand that your study abroad credits are fully transferable.

  • While the costs of study abroad programs vary greatly, advisors normally seek to identify programs of comparable cost to a semester or year at Pitt.

  • Your state, federal, and campus-based financial aid, with the exception of federal work-study aid, will apply to your study abroad experience as long as you participate in a program approved by the University of Pittsburgh. There is a special study abroad advisor in the Pitt-Johnstown Financial Aid Office

What Types of Study Abroad Programs Are There?

  • There are hundreds of programs and many different ways of studying abroad.

  • The options include: semester and year-long programs, summer programs, travel programs, shipboard programs, service learning programs, internship programs, exchange programs, home stays, work and internship programs, multi-site programs, rainforest research, field work etc. 

  • As an illustration, Pitt-Johnstown students have studied in England, Ireland, Nepal and Russia; have interned at British Parliament or the London Theatre district; helped build an orphanage in Bolivia, experienced music, culture and arts in Vienna, studied the European Union in Germany, taken language classes in France, Italy, Mexico, Russia and Spain, and the list goes on…

  • The options are nearly endless.
Last Reviewed: August 2, 2010