get started with advising

We're so glad that you are interested in a global experience at Pitt! If you're just getting started with exploring options, have general questions about the process, or aren't sure who to talk to, we can help! Select your school below to get more information on how advising and how to get started.

If you already know which program or experience interests you, we recommend getting in touch with the advisor for that specific program. You'll find their information under "Program Contacts" on the program page.

If you run into any problems, feel free to email us at

Swanson School of Engineering - Global Experiences and Engagement

The Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) Global Experiences and Engagement team is here to help with general questions as well as more in-depth advising about the global experiences process.   We are located in 152 Benedum Hall and we have both in-person  and virtual advising!    If you're not sure how to get started, have general questions, or you want a broad view of all of your options, we are happy to help! Questions? Send us an email at


Summer 2023 Walk-in/Drop-In Advising:

Come to the "big orange desk"  in Benedum Hall lobby (152 Benedum) to check in and speak to a team member during our walk-in hours:

Mondays: By appointment only

Tuesdays: 2pm-5pm

Wednesdays: 2pm-5pm

Thursdays: 2pm-5pm

Fridays: By appointment only


What to expect:  

You’ll be able to connect with our SSOE Global Peer Advisors (in person) in our office. We hope that you'll leave the meeting with a clearer idea of which experiences to consider based on your academic and professional goals, how to use our website, and who to get in contact with next.


Tabling near Einstein's or on the main floor near the "big orange desk":

Tabling at Einstein's is during the fall and spring semesters only. Stop by drop-in hours in the 152 Benedum suite or make an appointment with your program manager. 




Schedule an Appointment: 

Ready to schedule an appointment?  

If you know which program interests you and you'd like to meet with the advisor for that program, you can set up an (in-person or virtual) appointment through Pathways by clicking on the advisor's name below. 

Schedule an appointment (virtual or in-person) with one of our team members via Pathways

Chandra Colaresi (research, internship and co-op abroad as well as for Global Supply Networks & Manufacturing Culture in Latin America-

Lauren Smith-Lemesh (SSOE Semester in Limerick, Business and Engineering Collaborations in IndiaInnovate; Empathic Global Leadership for Social Change: South Africa; Business, Technology, and Engineering the German Way; Engineering Sustainable Design and Innovation in Island Nations: Guam; and Pitt-Recognized Provider (PRP) programs)

Jodi Suckle  (Plus3; Plus3 Transfer Plus: Czech Republic; Exploring Energy and Electrification: Brazil; Science, Technology, and Culture of Craft Brewing: Belgium; Moving the Cities and Engineering Perspectives of the Renaissance and Sustainability: Florence)

Alicia Olalde (for semester exchange)

Having trouble setting up an appointment with Pathways? Feel free to email any one of the advisors above.