Quick Info

  • Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : African Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, West European Studies
  • : Early January 2017 - Late April 2017
  • : $19,799 In-State / $24,339 Out-of-state (See inclusions below!)
  • : Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Courses in policy anaylsis and globalization taught by Pitt faculty provide you with a frame for the program.  Local faculty teach courses focusing on health, migration, and society as they pertain to each location.  Combined, these courses offer a truly comparative look at these transregional issues.    Coursework may count towards the UCIS Global Studies cerificate. 

All students will take:

This course provides students with crucial analytic and professional skills pertinent to important transatlantic policy issues. The skills include reading analytically and critically, writing policy papers, and speaking knowledgeably about policy issues. The issues include economic inequality, migration, racial and ethnic relations, climate change, environmental protection, health, and social policies. Policy analysis in relation to Spain, Morocco, and India will be emphasized with comparisons to the U.S.

This course examines globalization’s political and economic effects on societal welfare around the world. We start by looking at economic globalization historically, comparing the degree and forms of international economic integration during the late 19th century with today. We then consider, in more detail, the domestic consequences of current changes in the international political economy, particularly expanding trade and increased international capital mobility, for both the developed democracies and developing countries.

The politics of human security is an area of evolving interest within the field of international relations. Currently, few political science departments offer courses on the topic and there is little agreement on what should be included in such a course. The general consensus is that “human security” differs from “national security” in that the latter is concerned with the well-being of the state, while the former is concerned with the well-being of individuals. Taught entirely in India, this course will focus on the role that environmental issues play in human security.

Since the early 1960s immigration has transformed European countries into multi-racial and multi-ethnic societies, and it has become a central social and political issue. We will compare reactions to immigration in different countries and consider cooperative efforts among them. Topics will include theories about the causes of immigration into Europe; attempts by states to maintain control of their borders; varying approaches to incorporating immigrants into--or excluding them from--national communities; and the growth of national identity concerns in Europe, including the rise of xenophobic/extreme right movements. Students in this class will gain a rich understanding of the social, cultural, political and legal issues facing European countries and Europe as a whole as they respond to immigration from within and outside of Europe.

While access to healthcare can be seen as a human right, the implementation of systems can vary widely across the world.  This course, which is divided between Spain and India, will give you an understanding of health issues within each country while also letting you compare the two.  Classroom learning in both countries is complemented by guest lectures and site visits, including a traditional Tibetan Village and community hospital in India.

General Education Requirements

Participating on PittMAP fulfills all four of the Foreign Culture requirements for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  The program fulfills both Foreign Culture requirements for the Pitt Business.

SOC 1319 fulfills the Social Science (SS) and Historical Change (HS) requirements.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Ralph Bangs, PhD

Ralph BangsSince January 2015 Dr. Bangs has been full-time faculty at Pitt’s University Center for International Studies. He taught in Australia, Spain, Morocco, and China as well as at Pitt and CMU. Prior to 2015 he took Pitt students to Havana, London, and Paris for study abroad trips during Spring Break.

From 2002 to 2014 Dr. Bangs was associate director of the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) in Pitt’s School of Social Work. From 1987 to 2002 he was research associate at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at Pitt.

In 2011 Dr. Bangs was a Featured Expert at Minzu University in Beijing. Dr. Bangs spoke to faculty and students on America’s racial problems and their solutions.

The YWCA of Pittsburgh gave Dr. Bangs a Racial Justice Award in 1997 for his Black-White Benchmarks reports. Dr. Bangs was also recognized as “Best Researcher” by In Pittsburgh newspaper in March 2000. In December 2016 the Urban League of Pittsburgh will give Dr. Bangs an award for his race work in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bangs received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Policy Research and Analysis, his Masters of Public Administration from Ohio State University, and his BA from Cleveland State University in Political Science and Urban Affairs. His dissertation was on U.S. industrial policy.



Granada: A student residence in the heart of Granada allows you to live like a local student would.  You'll share a room with another student on the program but will have the chance to get to know other students in the residence as well.  Three meals per day are included while you are in Granada, so get ready to try local fare!  For your excursion to Madrid and Toledo, you'll stay in a hotel with breakfast included.

Morocco: While in Morocco, you'll stay in double-room hotels with other Pitt students on the program.  Breakfast is included each day.  

Mussoorie: The Community Center at the Woodstock School is the perfect place to spend your time in India.  You'll have double or triple rooms with other students on the program and shared bathrooms.  A large gathering space and TV room are great places to do work and spend time with the group.  Three meals of traditional India cuisine are included each day, and the full kitchen at the CC is stocked with cereal, bread, milk, and other snacks.  Walk to nearby markets to buy food if you'd like to cook! 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$19,799 $24,339
Depart Pittsburgh Depart India
Wed, Jan 11 Sat, April 22


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 15 credits
  • Housing (double occupancy)
  • Roundtrip airfare to and from Pittsburgh ($3,000 value!)
  • Transportation in country
  • Health Insurance
  • Three meals per day in Granada
  • Breakfast in Morocco
  • Three meals per day in India
  • Field Trips and Excursions, including:  Madrid, Toledo, Tangier, Chefchaouen, an overnight camp in the desert, Delhi, and more! 

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Adminsitrative Fee ($400)
  • Transportation to and from Pittsburgh for group flights (varies)
  • Textbooks (~$200)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program fee)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals (~$2,000-4,000)
  • In-country cell phone (~$100, depends on your usage)
  • Visa(s) ($100-$250, depending on citizenship)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Get Ready! Applications open August 19!  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm the Senior Program Manager in the Study Abroad Office.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life.  Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of that physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.

Walk-In Advising Hours:
MWF 2-4 PM