The biggest decision most students make—after deciding where to go to college—is whether to study abroad. At Global Studies, we encourage students to study abroad. Eighty-five percent of our 2016 graduates studied in another country. Many GSC students studied abroad more than once!
In 2017 GSC's signature study abroad program Pitt Map will focus on Health and Migration spending 5 weeks in Granada Spain, 2 weeks in Meknes Morocco and 5 weeks in Mussooire India.
Last year, more than 1,700 Pitt students made the best decision of their life: they studied abroad. Come discuss your ideas for study abroad. We’ll help you make it happen.
Here are three myths and five facts about studying abroad.
Myth #1: Foreign countries are dangerous places.
WRONG! Pitt thoroughly scrutinizes all education and accommodation providers to ensure our students live and study in the safest possible environment. We wouldn’t let you go if it wasn’t safe.
Myth #2: There’s no one like me studying abroad.
WRONG! Pitt encourages all under-represented student populations—including minorities and students with disabilities—to study abroad.
Myth #3: I can’t go: I’m pre-med, (or engineering or an athlete).
WRONG! Pitt’s programs ensure a study abroad opportunity for everyone. Pre-med students have studied just about everywhere for a week and up to a semester. It just takes a little planning. Go!
Fact #1: You graduate on time.
No extra time needed. Advisors from the Global Studies Center and the Study Abroad Office help you choose programs that support and complement your degree or certificate.
Fact #2: You take your tuition benefits with you.
So long as you do a “Pitt In” program, tuition benefits and academic scholarships go too. Simple.
Fact #3: You can apply for a study abroad scholarship
Scholarship funds are available to defray a portion of the costs for study and research abroad. The grants are competitive but are worth applying for. (Funds include Study Abroad Office Scholarship Fund, International Studies Fund, and Nationality Rooms Scholarship Program.)
Fact #4: If you want to speak it, you need to live it.
There’s no getting around it. If you want to be truly fluent in another language, you need to rub shoulders with native speakers in their home country.
Fact #5: You are employer-ready.
How do you show an employer you are creative, adaptable, open-minded and ready for new challenges? You tell them you are a Pitt grad who researched global issues and studied abroad. You’ll have lots to talk about in the interview and to offer the job opportunity.