Pitt Recognized Study Abroad Programs

Pitt Recognized Programs are study abroad trips that have been vetted by the University of Pittsburgh and are approved for students to participate in. Students apply to the third party organization to study abroad with them and receive transfer credits back to Pitt.

Arts and Science: (Semester or year) Learn Setswana language, and choose courses in: social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, engineering and technology, education, business, and health sciences. Participate in a rural home stay to get an understanding of the interaction between traditional and modern issues in Botswana today.
 
Community Public Health: (Semester) You will observe the multifaceted response to a variety of healthcare issues in clinics, public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and hospitals. Engaging coursework, Setswana-language learning, home stays, and more will immerse you in this inspirational country and help you gain an understanding of its people. 
 
Summer Community Public Health: Very similar to semester long program, just in a shorter time period.

Development and Social Change: (Semester) Examine development and the changing cultures, politics, and economy of Cameroon and explore the immigrant experience of Cameroonians in France. You will spend a week in France and recieve intensive French instruction while learning basic Pidgin English or Fulfulde. 

Amideast in Egypt: (Semester) Study Arabic intensively, as well as participating in elective courses in history, political science, sociology, and many more. enjoy studying in Cairo and expoer the culutral and historical context of Egypt. 
 
Intensive Arabic: (Summer) Based in Rabat, students will take 6 credits of Arabic, covering both Modern Standard and Colloquial Egyptian during a 4 week intensive program. 

Africa in the 21st Century: (Semester) Rethink Africa through case studies on the intersection of society, economy, and technology, by living and studying in Ghana as you develop a critical perspective on mainstream representations of Ghanaian society. Gain proficiency in spoken Asante Twi language.

Arts and Sciences: (Semester or year) Get to know life in West Africa by living with a Ghanaian family, volunteering with a local organization, doing an internship, or simply observing day-to-day life. Enroll in a wide range of courses, including West African performing arts, Twi language, African studies, social work, politics, economics, and religion at the University of Ghana, ranked as the 7th best university in Africa.

Summer Ghanaian Studies: Take innovative courses in Ghanaian history, governance, leadership and politics, music, and dance and culture and reproductive health taught by faculty from the premier institute of higher learning in Ghana. Take the optional Communicative Twi Language course (1 credit) to aid cultural immersion as Twi is the most widely spoken local language in Ghana.  

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management: (Summer) In this two-country fundamentals course, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlike found nowhere else on the planet- in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups. 
 
Global Health and Human Rights: (Semester) Examine how rapid urbanization is transforming healthcare, and how tropical environments, social class, and culture shape health outcomes. Attend classes at Kenya Medical Research Institute and choose to conduct independent research or complete an internship. Travel to Rwanda to explore progress in health, and spend the last week in Jinja, Uganda. 
 
Primates of the African Savanna: (Summer) Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case study on animal behavior. Venture into Kenya's national parks to study these complex, socail creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about the ecology and behavior of Syke;'s colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and yellow and olive baboons, as well as human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues. 
 
Public Health in the Tropics Internship: (Summer) Engage in a 5 week internship focusing on public health in Kenya. The only classroom component of this program is a Swahili language class for 2 weeks before transitioning the language classes to a variety of field settings. Enjoy weekend excursions to Maasai Mara and Jinja, Uganda. 
 
Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilence: (Semester) Spend your semester studying the country's diverse wildlife and approaches to conservation. Climate change and land use chagnes are negatively affecting Kenya's ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both humans and wildlife. Spend time in Amboseli National Park and 2 weeks in Tanzania. 

Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management: (Semester) This program offers classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods to encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems. You will enhance your French while learning Malagasy.
 
Summer Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems: In this program, students learn firsthand about forms of treatment, methods of diagnosis, questions of access, and the education and training of healthcare professionals in urban and rural areas of Madagascar. From discussions with leading academics and allopathic doctors, students explore the complexity of current debates over alternative and allopathic healthcare practices, not only in Madagascar, but globally.

Arabic Language and Community Service: (Summer) Advance your spoken and written Arabic skills through community service and immersion in Moroccan culture. Work with a Moroccan NGO and visit historical sites and small towns. 
 
Arabic Studies, International Relations and Language: (Semester or Summer) Take classes at the ISA Meknes Center in Middle Eastern studies, political science, gender studies, religious studies, and international relations. You will also have to opportunity to enroll in Arabic and/or French. 
 
Al Akhawayn University Direct Enroll: (Semester) This program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at AUI, an English-langage Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higer education. 
 
Field Studies in Journalism and New Media: (Semester) Study journalism under the guidance of award-winning foreign correspondents. Learn from Moroccan scholars and experts in politics, art, freedom of the press, health, education, migration, human rights, women's issues and more. Students have the option to learn either Arabic or French. 
 
Intensive Arabic: (Summer) Based in Rabat, students will take 6 credits of Arabic, covering both Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan during a 4 week intensive program. 
 
Intensive Arabic Language: (Summer) This program is designed for students who have already taken 2 semesters of Arabic to deepen their language studies by taking language classes and area studies courses as they relate to language. 
 
Language & Culture: (Semester or Year) Ideal for students with strong interests in Arabic and French languages, as well as Moroccan studies, culture, religion, business and economics, and literature, this program allows students to enroll in special CIEE area studies courses taught by prestigious faculty drawn from various local and international universities. Students also take Arabic language courses taught by qualified language instructors from top local universities and other organizations, such as the Peace Corps.
 
Migration and Transnational Identity: (Semester) Learn about migration through discussions with asylum seekers, Syrian refugees, Moroccan immigrants in Europe (travel to the Netherlands), and the communities impacted by migration. Students will learn Arabic, meet Moroccan students, and travel to the country's northeast coast.
 
Multiculturalism and Human Rights: (Semester) Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world: authoritarian rule, human rights, democratic transition, economic liberalization, civil society, Islamic movements, multiculturalism, and constitutional reforms following the 2011 Arab Spring. Students will have the opportunity to begin or continue their Arabic language studies. 
 
Regional Studies in French: (Semester) Learn Moroccan Arabic while you practice your French by taking courses in history, political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, and more all taught in French. This program is located in Rabat and offers many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture of the country.
 
Summer Arabic Language: Gain a highly sought-after skill in the job market when you learn Arabic in the enchanting city of Rabat. You'll take modern standard and colloquial Arabic courses, then head out into the city to give your new skills a whirl. From bargaining in the media to visiting fascination ruins and colonial architecture, taking part in activities like cooking classes to living with a Moroccan family, we help you experience it all.
 
Summer Francophone Studies & Arabic Language: Students in the Francophone Studies & Arabic Language Program must choose between one of two tracks: Francophone Studies and Arabic Language. You are also required to take a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to help you communicate with the locals.
 
Summer Moroccan Studies: Your Arabic doesn't have to be advanced for you to learn firsthand about contemporary Morocco in this program. Through an innovative course that explores Morocco's rich history and culture, and a variety of opportunities for cultural engagement, you will improve your Arabic while gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society.
 
Semester in Rabat: Dive into the fascinating culture of this North African nation as you learn Modern Standard Arabic with courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learn Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to communicate with Moroccans, and if you have already taken advanced French, you can take French-taught area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center or at our partner institution, Université Mohammed V. Our curriculum focuses on North African, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies, and IES Abroad courses introduce you to the many influential forces shaping the history and culture of Morocco.

Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin: (Summer) Examine the root causes of conflict and genocide and measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in Rwanda and Uganda. Explore the social, political, and psycho-social processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda and the emergence of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.
 
Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding: (Semester) This program examines the origins of conflict in Rwanda; the social, human, psychological, and economic impacts of genocide; and the challenges and opportunities of post-conflict restoration. Field visits to genocide memorials, museums, civil society organizations, and commissions working toward reconciliation are an essential part of the program. In addition, you will visit with private investors to explore their contributions to Rwanda’s rapid economic development. You will also learn about post-conflict reconciliation in a very different context during the program’s two-week excursion to northern Uganda.

Development Studies: (Semester) Learn firsthand about the development challenges facing Senegal, through coursework and participation in urban and rural community engagement projects. Spend ten days living, studying, and volunteering in a rural or semi-urban area of Senegal, deepening your understanding of development issues in different areas of the country. Live with a local host family to gain new perspectives on Senegalese traditions.
 
Global Security and Religious Pluralism: (Semester) Examine competing narratives of the causes of global insecurity and how Senegal's fascinating mix of religions forges peaceful coexistence and inclusive politics. You will develop language skills in French and/or Woloff by practicing inside and out of the classroom. 
 
Hip-Hop, African Diaspora and Decolonial Features: (Semester) Examine how young Africans use hip-hop to critique traditional understandings of the world, imagine African futures, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality. you will experience urban life in two African metropolises living in Dakar, Senegal as well as a two week stay in Accra, Ghana. 
 
Language and Culture: (Semester or year) Choose from a variety of courses in African studies, development studies, anthropology, and sociology. Live with a Senegalese family that will provide strong cultural immersion and Wolof language. Participate in African art, dance, and music and engage in community service and/or an internship.
 
Summer Senegalese Studies: Take innovative courses in Senegalese history, politics, literature, education, religion, and public health and development issues. Learn firsthand about Senegalese society through home stays with local families and community engagement opportunities at local NGOs and other organizations.

AIFS Stellenbosch (South Africa): (Summer, semester, or year) Study art, history, literature, political science, service learning, African studies and more during a summer, semester or year abroad with AIFS in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  By including your tuition, housing, meals, airfare and cultural activities in one guaranteed price, AIFS makes it simple for you to live and study in Stellenbosch and experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. 
 
Arts and Sciences: (Semester or year) Choose from a range of course offerings at the University of Cape Town in commerce, engineering, humanities, and science. Immerse yourself in the culture through a township home stay, volunteering, and independent study opportunities. Live, interact, and study with African students in a society in transition. Visit local theater, music, and dance productions; museums; rural cooperatives; and cricket and rugby matches.
 
Business, STEM, Social Sciences and Liberal Arts: (Semester) Study at the University of Cape Town in fields including Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Business, and Natural Sciences. 
 
Community Development and Social Justice: Theory + Practice: (Summer) Acquire a greater understanding of issues around several topics in contemporary South Africa including economics, health, politics, the environment, etc., and how these issues inform the discourse on poverty and development and their relationship to globalization. Develop and use specific Afrikaans or isiXhosa vocabulary necessary for community engagement activities and courses. Be part of various Impact Projects in communities on the greater Cape Flats.
 
Community Health and Social Policy: (Semester) Examine community-based health from a South African perspective, exploring roles of the South African state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations in mobilizing community assets. Lean about health communication strategies, prenatal care, access to healthcare, health education, and more. You will expereience Johennesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria as well as visit Kruger National Park and Cape Point. 
 
Education and Social Change: (Summer) Explore the challenges and successes of transforming education and explore its role in a changing South Africa. Learn through hands-on experiences in Durban and KwaZuluNatal, compare approaches in Johannesburgh and Cape Town, and visit NGOs and government offices engaged in policy making and programming. Visit Umfolozi Game Reserve and other key sites to South Africa's history. 
 
Environment and Global Health: (Summer) Study at Nelson Mandela University and have the opportunity to study South Africa's diverse land and sea environments and the unique relationship and history of modern and traditional medicine. 
 
History, Culture, and Community Service Learning: (Summer) At Nelson Mandela University you will study South Africa's history, culture, political and social sciences with the option to immerse yourself in the community through Service Learning.
 
Multiculturalism and Human Rights: (Semester) Explore historical and contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identy in South Africa. Learn isiXhosa and Afrikaans in the classroom and practice during homestays. 
 
Political and Social Sciences, African Studies and Health: (Semester) The University of the Western Cape is still a beacon of freedom and societal change due to its role in the anti-Apartheid movement. You can choose your classes from among UWC's popular academic disciplines. 
 
Social Justice and Activism Internship: (Summer) Get professional eperience at a human rights organization and examine the legacy of apartheid and the ideas, values, and practice of social justice in South Africa. Live and work in Cape Town, a hub of human right organizations. 
 
Social and Political Transformation: (Semester) Explore the socioeconomic, political and cultural dynamics of South Africa- a diverse country in transition- and enjoy uparelleled engagement with renowned activists, intellectuals, and political leaders in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique. You can choose between 3 tracks- journalism, internship, or independent research. 
 
Summer Global Internship: Spend a summer in Cape Town, a major commercial and industrial entry point to Africa and home to regional headquarters of international corporations, nonprofits, and NGOs. English-language internship opportunities abound here in a spectrum of sectors, from social entrepreneurship to social media in the wine industry, and from micro-finance to medicine. As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring a different culture, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.
 
Summer Open Campus: Customize your study abroad experience at the new CIEE Global Institute. In Cape Town, you’ll witness and take part in the complex process of transformation occurring in South Africa. During courses, community engagement activities, excursions, and more, you’ll trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples; examine the emergence and significance of apartheid; and explore the role this fascinating country’s history continues to have on society today. You will begin your study of the Afrikaans or Xhosa languages.
 
Summer Internship: You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid summer internship in Cape Town, where you’ll work up to 32 hours a week at a local business or organization. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what’s available for internships in Cape Town.
 
Summer Health Studies: Designed for students interested in health-related careers, this program provides opportunities for you to research and examine health care delivery in South Africa. Field visits and placements in the townships surrounding Cape Town and a week-long rural excursion in the northern part of South Africa provide first-hand experience with the many health issues that challenge South Africa and the national effort to improve public health. 
 
Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies and Sport Science: (Semester) At Nelson Mandela university you will have the flexibility to choose courses in Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Science, Law, Business and Economic Sciences, and Engineering. 
 
IES Abroad: University of Cape Town: (Semester) When you study with us in South Africa, you will register for three to five courses at South Africa's leading research university, the University of Cape Town (UCT), which is located in a pleasant suburban area five miles from the City Center. Service learning in and around Cape Town is a core component in our program as it helps you understand some of Cape Town's most pressing social issues, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution. Our service learning course options in Health Studies and Sociology include completing 60 hours of volunteer work and research while in Cape Town.  

Carnivores of the African Plains: (Summer) Tanzania is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog- all of which are on the IUCN Red List. Study the behavioral ecology and conservations challenges facing these incredible creatures, while observing some of Africa's largest remaining crnivor guilds up close. 
 
CIEE Iringa, Community Development, Language + Culture: (Semester) Take part in a hands-on exploration of the challenges and issues facing Tanzania today, including sanitation, disease, hunger, poor education, gender inequality, climate change, HIV, water issues, land issues, and deforestation. Through fascinating coursework and activities with locals, you’ll learn about issues impacting urban and rural Tanzanian communities. You’ll also participate in a four-week field study with an organization serving orphans, vulnerable children, and undeserved populations in rural Tanzania. Lastly, you’ll gain a basic proficiency in the Swahili language.    
 
Climate Change and Sustainability, Mount Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar: (Summer) Visit Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Usambara Mountains. Explore climate change and marine conservation in the Zanzibar Arhipelago. Learn and practice field methodologies for climate research in a nontraditional, cross-cultural environment. Partner with academic, professional, and community experts. 
 
Fundamentals of Wildlife Management: (Summer) In this two-country fundamentals course, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlike found nowhere else on the planet- in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups. 
 
Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology: (Semester) Examine the dynamics shaping the contentious balance between people and wildlife in northern Tanzania. Study issues of deforestation, agriculture, and population growth. Visit and spend more than 25 days camping in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, and Loliondo Game Controlled Area. 
 
Wildlife Management Studies: (Semester or Summer) Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country's charismatic wildlife as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Learn about the rich culture of tribal communities and collaborate on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. 
 
Zanzibar-Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management: (Semester) Examine ecology and natural resource management in the coral reefs and coastal forests of Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba islands in the western Indian Ocean, and on coastal mainland Tanzania. Visit Seychelles to learn about its national blue economy and unique island restoration efforts. 

Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean: (Semester) Travel to both Tunisia and Sicily, Italy to study the interplay of regional politics, migration, and religion. These topics will be taught in the classroom and experienced through either an internship or an independent study project. You will also study Arabic, and students with any background in French will have the opportunity to practice in your homestay. 

Global Development Studies: (Semester) Experience the dynamism of development in contemporary Uganda while learning foundational skills in community development. You will visit development projects, cultural sites, and a national park as you examine social, political, economic, and environmental issues related to global development. You will compare Ugandan and Rwandan development models and develop case studies alongside Ugandan university peers. 
 
Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin: (Summer) Examine the root causes of conflict and genocide and measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in Rwanda and Uganda. Explore the social, political, and psychological processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda and the emergence of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.