Academic Wellness

Academic wellness requires an open mind and the willingness to look at issues, cultures, and even yourself from a new perspective. Making the decision to leave a familiar academic setting for a new one takes curiosity and courage, and your academic and global experience (study abroad/study away) advisors are here to help you to succeed from start to finish, but it is your experience to define. According to CEA Study Abroad, "student success...is predicated on a student's academic, emotional and logistical preparation...which enables the student to holistically engage in a culturally relevant and academically challenging program." We at Pitt couldn't agree more.

Some tips to consider before you apply to a program:

  • Make sure you are on solid academic footing before you apply to a program. Pitt's minimum GPA requirement is 2.75.

  • Do research to ensure that you understand what the academic culture will be.  Academic culture and grading practices can vary greatly. Ask questions now.

  • Check out blogs, vlogs and other student-created resources on your program's website but remember that this will be your experience.

  • Set realistic academic goals BUT push yourself at the same time.

  • Don't "shut down" when you leave the confines of the classroom/internship placement. Learning happens everywhere.

  • Keep study at the forefront of your study abroad/study away experience.

Academic wellness involves expanding our knowledge and skills and recognizing our creative abilities. This dimension inspires us to engage in mentally-stimulating and creative activities. As academic wellness develops, we gain the ability to develop personal resources that work in alignment with the other dimensions of wellness, to achieve a more balanced life. Academic wellness is also important because it encourages curiosity, which is what inspires us to try new things and gain a better understanding of our relationship to the world around us.  

While this section is focused on academic wellness, we encourge our students to approach their global experience holistically--or whole-istically. Ideally your takeaways from the experience will impact all of the dimensions of wellness in some way. We hope that the following resources, whatever the format, will help to provide a foundation for your academic wellness prior to embarking on your global experience.

Resources

Writing Center* - Pitt's online and in person tutoring for writing

Undergraduate Studies Study Lab* - Provides tools and resources for you to discover the most efficient and effective ways for you to study.

Undergraduate Studies Student Support Services* – Pitt's resources and support, primarily first gen and/or low income students.

Apps

Todoist - Keep track of everything in one place 

Remember the Milk - Smart to do app for busy people

Articles and Blogs

How to Decide Where to Study Abroad - Study Abroad article with tips on selecting a location

Vlogs, Videos and Podcasts

Managing your Courses Abroad - A student from the AIFS Barcelona program discusses finding academic balance.

Academic Differences Abroad: Before You Go - Tips from ISA on managing academic differences abroad.

 

 

Academic Wellness involves expanding our knowledge and skills and recognizing our creative abilities. This dimension inspires us to engage in mentally-stimulating and creative activities. As academic wellness develops, we gain the ability to develop personal resources that work in alignment with the other dimensions of wellness, to achieve a more balanced life. Academic wellness is also important because it encourages curiosity, which is what inspires us to try new things and gain a better understanding of our relationship to the world around us.

While this section is focused on academic wellness, we encourage our students to approach their global experience holistically--or whole-istically. Ideally your takeaways from the experience will impact all of the dimensions of wellness in some way. 

Some tips to consider while away:

  • Don't blow off any on-site orientation provided; take it seriously.
  • Make sure you understand grading practices of the host institution (if it's not Pitt).
  • Understand each instructor's attendance policies, as unexcused absences will negatively affect your grade in any program. Attendance matters.
  • Remember that you are a guest in a different academic culture and that it is you who has to adapt.
  • Check in with yourself regularly! Maintaining optimal physical and mental health will lead to optimal academic outcomes.
  • Never hesitate to reach out for help if you need it throughout the semester.

Articles and Blogs

Program Review of Economic Devlopment in Russia - A SRAS student reflects on his experiences in Russia's Far East.

IES Abroad : Actually ~ Studying ~ Abroad - Student discusses importance of keeping academics at the forefront of the experience.

IES Abroad University of Cape Town: Finals at UCT - Student describes differences in academic assessment at a host university.

Vlogs, Videos and Podcasts

The Best way to Learn a Language Abroad - An AIFS Granada student shares her experiences with a language exchange.

Learning a Language Abroad - The challenges adnd rewards of language learning are discussed.

Academics Abroad: London Highlight -  Read the academic highlights of AIFS London.

Academics Abroad: Prague Highlight - AIFS Prague alum looks back on the experience.

Academic Differences Abroad: While Your Abroad - Tips from ISA Academic Affairs on how to manage a different academic culture.

 

 

 

Academic wellness involves expanding our knowledge and skills and recognizing our creative abilities. This dimension inspires us to engage in mentally-stimulating and creative activities. As academic wellness develops, we gain the ability to develop personal resources that work in alignment with the other dimensions of wellness, to achieve a more balanced life. Academic wellness is also important because it encourages curiosity, which is what inspires us to try new things and gain a better understanding of our relationship to the world around us.

While this section is focused on academic wellness, we encourge our students to approach their global experience holistically--or whole-istically. Ideally your takeaways from the experience will impact all of the dimensions of wellness in some way.

Some tips to consider when you return:

  • Make sure your non-Pitt program provider has your Pitt study abroad advisor's name and address so that the record gets to the right person.
  • Once Pitt has the record, the original must remain with Pitt.
  • Grades earned on a Pitt-recognized or Exchange program do not affect your PItt GPA and individual classes and grades from these programs do not appear on your Pitt permanent record.
  • Stay connected with alums and with our office to help ease the transition to home.