Summer 2021 Global Experiences Abroad
In accordance with the COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines for Academic Travel, Study Abroad Programs, and Experiences Abroad, the University of Pittsburgh has approved a select list of study abroad programs for Summer 2021. While applications for these select programs are now open, PittGEO will continue to evaluate COVID-19 conditions in each country, as well as CDC and U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings until April 1, 2021, at which time the decision to proceed with academic travel or transition to a fully virtual experience will be made.
This approved list of programs includes the following Panther Programs:
- Pitt in London and GBI London – academic courses only
- Healthcare in a British Context
- Wrongful Conviction (London)
- Children’s Experience of War and Trauma (London)
- Pitt in Florence and GBI Florence – academic courses only
- Food Studies in Italy (moved to Florence this year)
- Pitt in Dublin
- Pitt in Cyprus
- Pitt in Spain
- Engineering Sustainable Design and Innovation in Island Nations: Guam
Begin your Panther Program application by vising the program webpage.
If the approved Panther Programs do not fit your academic needs and you are interested in a Pitt-recognized Program or an independent experience (internship, research, etc.) not on the approved program list, you must complete a special petition for your independent program or experience, regardless of location and previous recognition by the University. Each program petition will be individually reviewed and approved by the University, taking academic purpose and COVID-19 protocols and entry requirements into consideration.
To begin the petition process, please complete the program application found here: Petition 2021
If you are interested in a summer study abroad program, you must achedule an appointment with a PittGEO program manager. All students intending to study abroad for summer 2021 are required to meet with a PittGEO staff member as part of the application process. You can find more information about scheduling an appointment by visiting our Advising page.
Fall 2021 Global Experiences Abroad and Away
PittGEO plans to offer the full menu of study abroad and study away program options for the fall 2021 semester. While applications for fall 2021 programs are now open, PittGEO will continue to evaluate COVID-19 conditions in each country, as well as CDC and U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings until July 1, 2021, at which time the decision to proceed with academic travel or transition to a fully virtual experience will be made. If you are interested in a fall study abroad program, please take the following next steps:
- Search available Panther Programs, Exchange Programs, and Pitt-Recognized Programs via the search feature on our Programs page.
- Begin your program application or petition, which you can access by vising the program webpage.
- Schedule an appointment with a PittGEO program manager. All students intending to study abroad for fall 2021 are required to meet with a PittGEO staff member as part of the application process. You can find more information about scheduling an appointment by visiting our Advising page.
Preparing for Your Advising Appointment
In addition to discussing the academic and professional development opportunities for your global experience, there are some additional preparations you should take prior to your required advising appointment:
- Review the University of Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines for Academic Travel, Study Abroad Programs, and Experiences Abroad
- Review COVID-19 guidelines and travel recommendations of your host country, and understand that each country’s COVID-19 mandates may differ significantly from those of the U.S. You can find more information about COVID-19 and travel by country from the CDC and U.S. State Department.
- Ensure your passport is valid. Please note that current processing times for new passports and passport renewals is 10 – 12 weeks, although expedited options are available.
Please Note: Priority for acceptance to most programs will be given to students nearing the end of their academic careers. Exceptions will be made for students who have limited flexibility to study abroad due to the structure of their academic program.
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