GSC Tuition Remission for Graduate Students Studying Less Commonly Taught Languages

To encourage students to study a language deemed of critical importance by the U.S. Department of Education, the Global Studies Center is pleased to announce a supplemental tuition remission program available to full-time graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. The supplemental tuition remission will cover the equivalent of one to five credits of language study. Students must be studying one of eight less commonly taught languages (LCTL): Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish. Along with the language study, awardees will be expected to take at least one Global Studies area course each semester of the award. The scholarship amount will be credited to the student’s PeopleSoft account. The award is available fall, spring and summer terms.

Example: GSPIA student who carries 12 credits and wants to take a five -credit Arabic course. In this case, the award would cover a maximum of two credits of tuition remission.

12 credits towards major (including one Global Studies course)
5 credits in Arabic
17 total credits (15 full-time tuition credits through tuition; 2 credits covered by GSC tuition remission)


  1. Enrolled as a full graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh (A&S and/or professional schools).
  2. Enrolled in one of nine LCTL languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish.
  3. Successful completion or proficiency equivalent to completing four semesters of college-level instruction in a commonly taught language or less commonly taught language. 
  4. Minimum QPA: 3.5
  5. Enrollment in the GSC graduate certificate program.

To apply, complete the application found at which includes:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Plan of study: students must submit a statement of not more than one page explaining how the language course and area studies course complement their academic plan and explain how learning the language will support their career goal.
  3. Curriculum Vitae or resume that includes relevant work experiences and courses taken.
  4. Most recent transcript (if an incoming student, please provide your undergraduate transcript; an unofficial copy is acceptable).

Please direct all questions to Elaine Linn at

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