Pitt Online Global Cities

The Pitt Online Global Cities program is a study abroad partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and our affiliate partner CAPA: The Global Education Network. Courses are primarily based on our programs such as Pitt in London, Pitt in Sydney, and Pitt in Florence. This program offers a variety of international virtual mobility options to students focusing on a global interdisplinary mindset. These courses offer academic and pre-professional development while learning from the comfort of home in a synchronous and asynchronous environment.

Students can choose up to three courses including and an internship option for the term and CANNOT excide 15/16 credits in total, including courses taken through the University of Pittsburgh. Please note that internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail. Internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.

What You'll Study: 

You can select up to three courses per semester.  All courses, except internships, are for a letter grade and will reflect on your Pitt transcript as such. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis. 
Courses are based in three locations: London, Sydney, and Florence. Times for each course will be updated as information becomes available.
Remote Global Virtual Internship

  • Abroad: Internship Placement (London, Sydney, Florence, Dublin, or Barcelona)
Comparative Healthcare in London (ANTH1737)

This course will introduce the UK healthcare system and the context within which it operates. Students will explore the evolution of the National Health Service (NHS) from its inception in 1948 to present day; analyze case studies to compare the UK model of healthcare with other healthcare systems such as in the United States, France, Sweden, and lower income countries; develop an understanding of concepts and themes in comparative healthcare; and critically examine the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in healthcare.

Global Health in a Post Covid-19 New World (ARTSCxxxx)

COVID-19 has been described as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ global emergency that has reverberated all aspects of global health practice. This course is designed to increase your awareness and appreciation for the deep and emerging ways in which individual countries and the global community has responded. We will examine the impact of the virus and its management on communications, communities, and health and development systems. Comparisons between the US, Australia, Italy and China will be made to directly relate learning to your local setting as well as contrasting responses internationally. This will be a Globally Networked Learning experience with experts drawn from Australia, Italy and China.

International Economics (BUSECN1509)
Writing the City - London (ENGWRT1200)

This course will introduce creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine how various subjects such as the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real) function in London narratives; develop an understanding of the role of memory and experience in literary psycho-geographical accounts of the metropolis; utilize their observations of London to practice creative writing; and investigate the potential of place within the narrative of various genres.

People, Place, and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, NZ, and the Pacific (GEOL1314)

This course is offered only during the spring and summer terms.

This course explores the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia , New Zealand and the Pacific to illuminate the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to now. From the peopling of the Pacific to the challenge of climate change, this course is broad in its scope while concentrating selected issues such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to natural disasters and increasing urbanization. In so doing, the intersection of culture and nature is explored. The course is embedded in the environmental humanities , but uses the approaches of environmental history, as well as insights from the disciplines of science, politics, sociology and cultural studies.

Sex and Gender in Global Conversation (GSWS0300)

In this course we will look at the understanding of sex, sexuality, and gender in cross-cultural comparison by querying the role played by forces such as politics, religion, the sciences, and the academy in delineating these concepts. Important analytical frameworks from feminist, queer, postcolonial, and poststructuralist theorists will be introduced to help us unpack the key themes of masculinity, femininity, normativity, fluidity, and LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) experiences. Through an examination of divergent narratives of sexed bodies and identities, we will see the benefits and challenges of sex and gender in global conversation

Intercultural Piazza (ITAL1084)

taly has long been a nation of emigrants, but only in the last few decades has become a nation receiving large numbers of immigrants. The fall of communism in Eastern Europe, and wars and violence in the Balkans, across Africa and the Middle East, have spurred new migrants towards the West in search of safety and economic prosperity. The unique position of the Italian peninsula in the Mediterranean has made it a key territory of arrival in these modern-day migrations, but to what advantage and to what cost? This course will explore the complexities of cultural identity and migration, and the impact they have on intercultural conflict and cooperation. There will be a particular focus on migration in Italy and on the marginalized communities of contemporary Italy, such as migrants, their Italianborn non-citizen children, and the Roma. We will examine the fluidity of cultural boundaries across time and space, and how ingroup and outgroup dynamics contribute to the manufacturing of fear and prejudice among populations. During their semester abroad, students will reflect on the various elements that define a culture while gaining an increased understanding of how culture shapes individuals and how our cultural identities interact in shared social spaces such as the piazze of Florence. 

Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action (PS1675)
Child Development in a British Context (PSY1050)

This course investigates the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play are examined, with an emphasis on the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City -London (URBNST1410)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the modern development of one of the world's most significant global cities in comparative context. It examines London's changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.

Experiential Learning Description: 

The viritual internship is an academic course along with a practical exposure within the field of 20hrs/week. It is recommended that students keep this in mind when enlisting in courses. Students participating in 
Global Virtual Internship

  • Internship Placement (London, Sydney, Florence, Dublin, or Barcelona)

The University of Pittsburgh partners with the CAPA: The Global Education Network for this program. For more than 45 years, CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. CAPA operates education centers in Global Cities and have developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for students and visiting faculty.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Gisselle Arce

Oi pessoal! I am Gisselle Arce, a Program Manager at the Pitt Study Abroad Office. While in undergrad at Ramapo College of New Jersey, I studied abroad in Spain. Shortly after graduating, I worked in Chile as an Assistant English Teacher. I came back to the US for graduate school and returned to Spain once again for my graduate internship. When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, kickboxing, and spending time with my dog. Feel free to set up an appointment with me via Pathways. 

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What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Students must apply for the program via Pitt's study abroad website and through CAPA's website. The CAPA team will then notify the Study Abroad Office once the students' applications are processed and accepted.
  • Students cannot exceed 15-16 credits total Pitt credits while participating in the program. 
  • Students participating in either an internship or service learning course will need to set aside 20hrs/week as part of the course requirement to complete their practical work.
  • Internship grades will come reflect as pass/fail on your Pitt academic transcript.