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.

How do I apply for a passport?

If you are a US citizen without a valid passport, visit the Department of State’s website to get your application started.  Part of the application process requires you to visit a passport processing center, so we’ve included a link to our preferred centers below.


Department of State Passport Application

Allgheny County Passport Processing


Here are two critical things to know:

  • US passport applications can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to process.  Getting your passport needs to be one of the first things you do.
  • If you already have a passport, please check to be sure that it is valid for the time period you will be abroad.  The Study Abroad Office (and most foreign governments) requires that your passport be valid for at least six months after you plan on leaving your host country.
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. 

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.




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.

I currently have on-campus housing. Can you release me from my housing contract?

Yes, our office can provide you with a letter to release you from your housing contract after you return your Study Abroad Agreement.

How do I register for classes for the semester that I return?

You will be responsible for registering yourself using Self-Service Registration in PeopleSoft, just as if you were on campus.

How do I register for classes for my semester abroad?

Your study abroad advisor will register you for study abroad credit.  You cannot do this on your own.

How can I stay involved with Pitt Study Abroad?

We have a variety of ways for you to stay involved and connected with your experience.  You can:

  • Apply for a Study Abroad Office Internship
  • Volunteer at the Study Abroad Fair
  • Help with study abroad marketing

Email us at to get started!

I started an application – how do I access it?

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