Pitt on Location - SCUPI - Chengdu

The University of Pittsburgh is excited to offer the Pitt on Location – Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) program during spring 2021 for Pitt first-year students who are currently living in China. Our first-year Chinese students will have the opportunity to connect with the Pitt community by learning alongside other Pitt students both in-person and virtually.

We would love to have all our international students with us here in Pittsburgh, but we realize it is difficult for some students to get here at this time. The Pitt on Location – SCUPI program offers you the opportunity to immerse in Pitt community while taking classes that keep you on track for graduation.

This program is offered to you in partnership with SCUPI. Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) is an academic entity jointly established by Sichuan University (SCU) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). SCUPI is a realization of the new archetype of institute-scale, collaborative entities between leading universities in the U.S. and China. The institute is one of five large-scale partnerships between an American and a Chinese university. SCUPI is designed to follow an international model and thus merges the advantages of both universities in its mission, curriculum, teaching and educational resources. The goal of SCUPI is to provide a world-class engineering education that focuses on design, innovation, and an international outlook.

Students joining SCUPI experience a unique academic perspective that combines research with education, professionalism with academics, and eastern with western approaches. All courses in SCUPI are taught in English. The program design and curriculum encourage active learning, creative thinking, teamwork, and leadership. The institute is dedicated to training competitive global citizens and talents who can not only adapt to but thrive in the new era of globalization.

Seated on the fertile plain known as the “The Land of Abundance” with a population of over 20 million, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and the epicenter of China’s great western region. Rated as one of the most livable cities in China, Chengdu is a city rooted in history but growing into the future. It is home to many industries including electronics, information technology, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and food, and is also a rapidly developing center for metallurgy, building materials, chemicals, machinery, and automobiles. Chengdu is also a popular location for international companies and consulates. By the end of 2014, a total of over 300 Fortune 500 companies had established branches in Chengdu due to western China’s rapid development.

Where You'll Live: 

Housing is provided by SCUPI and students pay the housing fee directly to SCUPI. Students will live in suites that have a living room, four bedrooms, and one bathroom with two showers. Each bedroom accommodates four students and is equipped with bunk beds, desks, wardrobes, air conditioning and hot water.

What You'll Study: 
  • As a full-time Pitt student, you must sign up for at least 12 credits each semester. Each course offered at SCUPI is worth 3 credits. 
  • Courses offered at SCUPI are taught by local and international faculty and in English.
  • Credits from SCUPI will transfer to your University of Pittsburgh transcript as letter grade (LG) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). You will get to decide the grading base for your courses when you select your courses. 
  • Once you sign up for the program, we will send you a course selection form to complete and confirm which courses you are interested in taking. You will want to discuss your academics with your Pitt academic advisor before selecting your courses. The Pitt Study Abroad will enroll you in courses that you select.
  • General Education Requirements: Pitt Study Abroad has compiled a list of courses that can be used to fulfill general education requirements within the A&S and CBA.  Click here to access the list.  Students from other colleges and schools should contact their academic advisor.
  • If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please reach out to your respective advisor to discuss the courses and get approval.
Here is the list of courses for spring 2021. Please note that courses that do not meet the minimum number of students enrolled will not be offered. Your are encouraged to have alternative courses selected from the list in the event of a course no longer being available.
 


Course# Course name
MATH 0230

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2

MATH 0240

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3

CHEM 0970

General Chemistry for Engineers 2

ENGR 0012

Engineering Computing

PHYS 0174

Physics for Science and Engineering 1

PHYS 0175

Physics for Science and Engineering 2

ENGCMP 0152 

English Composition

ENGCMP 0200 

Seminar in Composition 

ENGWRT0530 

 Introduction to poetry 

ENGFLM1470 

Film Directors 

 PHIL 0440

 Minds and Machines

 ANTH 1445 

Language and Culture

ENGWRT0610

HSS Elective: Introduction to Journalism and Non-Fiction 

SOC 1401 

Social Research

ECON 110

HSS Elective: MacroEcon

 

This program is offered to you in partnership with SCUPI. Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI) is an academic entity jointly established by Sichuan University (SCU) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). SCUPI is designed to follow an international model and thus merges the advantages of both universities in its mission, curriculum, teaching and educational resources. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help you study abroad.

Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss study abroad options.

 
 

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!

  • Log in to Pathways or use the Navigate app
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Global as the appointment type
  • Select General Study Abroad as the School/Unit
  • Select Study Abroad Program Specific Questions as the service
  • Select Study Abroad Virtual Advising as the Location
  • Select my name and find a time that works for you

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

 

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!

  • Log in to Handshake
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Business International Programs Advising as the Category
  • Select International Programs Advising - Pitt Business as the Appointment Type
  •  Select a day, find my name and find time that works best for you!

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees.

 

You will pay the housing fee directly to SCUPI.