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 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



Swanson School of Engineering- Global Experiences and Engagement:  

For Summer 2022:

We have both appointments (virtual or in-person) and walk-in advising.  See below for details!  

Drop-In Advising: 

You can also stop by our office during walk-in hours listed below.  Come to the "big orange desk"  in Benedum Hall lobby (152 Benedum) to check in and speak to a team member! 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-1pm

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! 

Lauren Smith-Lemesh (for Innovate; 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 provider (PRP) programs) E-mail:

Jodi Suckle  (for Plus3;  Engineering a Craft Brewery: Belgium; and Engineering Perspectives of the Renaissance and Sustainability: Florence)

Alicia Olalde (for semester exchange, research, internship and co-op abroad)

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