Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers.  Whether you want to know who can study abroad, how to pay your bill, or where you can get a passport, you'll find the answers you need here.

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When do I need to start planning my trip?

We recommend that you begin planning your study abroad experience no later than one full academic term prior to your anticipated departure.  Ideally, you will begin planning to study abroad during your first year.  The earlier you start, the easier it is to find courses to fit your academic plans. You can best prepare by researching our programs to find the right choice for you, talking to our peer advisors and program managers and meeting with your academic advisors.

Which is the best semester to study abroad? When do most students go abroad?

While most students study abroad the spring semester of their junior year, you can do so any time after you have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus. We believe the best time for you to study abroad is whenever you feel ready, whether that be academically, financially, or mentally ready.

When are application deadlines?

Application Deadlines for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are:

Friday, Sept 30

Spring Break
Friday, November 4

Friday, January 20

Friday, March 3

Please note that individual programs may have deadlines that are early from those listed above, so be sure to double check with your Program Manager or Advisor if you have any questions.




What are the minimum requirements to study abroad?

To be eligible to study abroad, you must have:

  • Completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 (2.5 for Engineering Students)*
  • A Clear Disciplinary Record

*Certain programs may have higher GPA requirements.

Please note that our program managers and advisors consider your application as a whole and decisions are made based on a combination of factors, including responses to essays, academic history and GPA, and disciplinary record.  Meeting the minimum requirements of a program does not guarantee acceptance. 

I have a disciplinary record on campus – can I still go abroad?

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis after meeting with the Study Abroad Disciplinary Committee.  Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

What are the different types of programs?

We have three different types of programs that we offer our students.  Take a look at the table below to see the differences between Panther Programs, Exchanges, and Pitt-Recognized programs.

  Panther Programs Exchange Programs Pitt-Recognized Programs
What is it? Programs built by Pitt Study Abroad with Pitt faculty. One-to-one parternships with individuals universities. Third-party organizations reviewed and vetted by Pitt Study Abroad.
Finances Pay Pitt for both tuition and housing. Pay tuition directly to Pitt.  Housing expenses are paid overseas. Pay the provider for both tuition and housing.
Application Pitt online application. Pitt online application and host university application. Pitt online application and provider application.
Credit-Transfer Received Pitt credit for the classes that you take. Receive Study Abroad Transfer Credit. Receive Study Abroad Transfer Credit.
GPA Grades factor into your Pitt GPA. Credits transfer back to Pitt as S/NC (pass/fail). Credits transfer back to Pitt as S/NC (pass/fail).
I started an application – how do I access it?

Click “Login” in the menu bar above to be taken to your study abroad application.

I’m a Pitt Business student – can I study abroad?

Yes! In fact, many of our programs offer business courses approved by Pitt Business to count toward degree requirements, and also offer internship opportunities tailored for business students. Pitt Business houses an International Programs Office that provides advising and program management services for Pitt Business students.  Please stop by 2600 Sennott Square or contact their office at 412-383-7489 or

I’m a Swanson School of Engineering student – can I study abroad?

Yes! In fact, many of our programs offer engineering courses approved by Pitt Engineering to count toward degree requirements for engineering students. Swanson houses an Engineering International Programs Office that offers advising and program management services for engineering students.  Please stop by 152 Benedum Hall or contact their office at 412-624-9823

I’m in the School of Health and Rehab sciences – can I study abroad?

Yes!  We offer study abroad programs specifically designed for you, and you can also attend any of our other programs.  We recommend you meet with your academic advisor as early as possible since they can help you choose the right program and the best time for you to go abroad.