Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, you will be able to use financial aid toward the cost of your study abroad program.  You need to speak with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (or similar office on your campus) to verify how much of your aid will be applicable to the program.

Packing for a study abroad program can be daunting.  Check out our First Time Traveler’s page for more information. 

Generally, you will be able to use your scholarship toward the cost of your study abroad program.  You need to speak with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (or similar office on your campus) to verify how much of your scholarship will be applicable to the program.

A disciplinary record does not necessarily preclude you from studying abroad, but you need to understand the situations and circumstances in which it can do so.  Our Application Requirements page has more information.

No.  Pitt Study Abroad believes that upholding our GPA requirement ensures that students will be prepared to be successful on their program. 

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

Yes!  You should be aware that there may be additional visa requirements.  You should speak to your study abroad advisor before choosing a program.

The cost depends on the program you choose. For Panther Programs, the program fee typically includes tuition, housing, travel insurance, and some course-related excursions. Inclusions may vary; please visit the program brochure page for pricing details. Inclusions for Pitt-Recognized programs vary by provider; please visit the provider’s website for pricing information. You will not be responsible for paying Pitt tuition in addition to the provider’s tuition. For Exchange Programs, you are responsible for paying normal Pitt tuition and fees directly to the University of Pittsburgh. Other fees and pricing details vary by program; please visit the program brochure page for details. 

If you are studying abroad for a semester, you must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 credits.  Summer and spring break programs have a set number of credits that you can earn. Before deciding on a program, you need to speak with your academic advisor as departments may have policies regarding the number of credits that must be taken in-residence (on campus).

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

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

Beyond the Study Abroad Fee, you will not pay anything to the University of Pittsburgh if you study abroad with a Pitt-Recognized Program.  Your program provider will bill you directly.

Charges for Panther Programs and Exchange Programs are posted to your student account in PittPAY and are due according to the standard Due Date Schedule. If you expect to aid disbursements that will create a credit balance on your student account, BE SURE you sign up for eRefunds in PittPAY so you get your money in 2-3 business days. Without eRefunds, you will have to wait 10-14 days for a paper check mailed to your home address.

Skype, Google Voice, Facebook, iMessage, Facetime…the possibilities are endless.  We don’t recommend calling home from a cell phone unless it is an emergency given the high cost of international calls.

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. 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.

Generally, you should plan on using your U.S. credit and debit cards while overseas and withdrawing money from an ATM.  More information on this topic will be given at orientation. 

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!

Generally, studying abroad does not affect your graduation date as long as you plan carefully and select a program that meets your academics needs. If you plan on studying abroad during your final term, you should know that your official graduation will most likely be delayed by one semester due to the time it takes for our office to receive your grades and transcripts.  Get in touch with a member of our staff for more information.  

It is your responsibility to determine what vaccines you may or may not need based on where you will be studying and traveling.  Keep in mind that some countries may even require proof of vaccination before allowing entry or issuing visas.  The Study Abroad Office cannot give you advice on vaccines, so you must check with the Centers for Disease Control, Allegheny County Health Department (or your home county’s health department), or your family doctor.

As a Pitt student studying abroad, you are required to maintain international health insurance, which must include: Health, accident, and hospitalization coverage Medical evacuation coverage Repatriation of remains coverage Students who are participating on approved programs and who follow Pitt Study Abroad procedures are covered under the University's International SOS Policy.  For more information, contact Jeff Whitehead, Director.