Study Abroad

The University of Pittsburgh has its own summer study abroad programs through the Slavic, East European and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) and the Study Abroad Office, and as an affiliate of major national study abroad organizations can place undergraduates in quality programs throughout the region.

Summer Programs

Competing Perspectives on Global Energy: From Western PA to Eastern Europe
This course provides professional school students in the fields of Business, Law, Engineering, Public Policy and other areas with a first-hand experience of the global impact of contemporary developments in the natural gas and other energy sectors. Study sites for this 2-week course include Washington Co. PA, Washington DC, Brussels, Belgium and Kiev, Ukraine. Participants will make site visits to companies, extraction and transportation facilities, various government and civic organizations and participate in lectures by local stake holders and specialists. 

Please note that the University of Pittsburgh closely monitors current events in Ukraine. Should the U.S. Department of State issue travel warnings for central Ukraine, the last part of the program will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Pitt in Prague and Krakow
This program will focus on the history, politics, sociology, economics, and culture of post-war Czech Republic and Poland. Topics will include the history of the European Union, political and economic developments in Eastern Europe, analyses of the main industries in each country, international trade, banking, education, health care, and tourism. These themes will be explored through guest lectures by academic, political, and economic leaders in Prague and Kraków; field trips to sites of interest; and daily lectures by Dr. Svitlana Maksymenko from Pitt’s Department of Economics. Credits count toward certificate programs in Russian and East European Studies (REES) or European Union Studies.

Architecture Studies in Central Europe
This program examines the relationship between identity and the built environment in Central Europe – how architecture has been used to shape national identities at different time periods in response to changing social, economic, and political conditions; how technology, new materials, ornament, and building typologies are used to shape individual, corporate and institutional identities. The program is led by Dr. Drew Armstrong of Pitt's Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic and Hungary
The study abroad course is led by Dr. Adriana Helbig from the Music Department at the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Zuzana Jurkova from the Faculty of Humanities ethnomusicology program at Charles University in Prague. It is the first of its kind to focus solely on Romani music and culture and to offer students hands-on opportunities to interact with, document, and interview Romani musicians, activists, and community members. Students will experience Romani culture on stage, as part of the Khamoro World Roma Festival in Prague, as well as in everyday contexts through visits to Romani settlements in Hungary. Meetings with scholars and public figures from the Czech Republic and Hungary will offer insights to enhance student understanding of Roma-related issues in the European Union and its borders. This program begins in Prague, Czech Republic and ends in Budapest, Hungary.

Summer Language Institute (SLI)
The Summer Language Institute intensive language programs consist of a Pittsburgh portion and an optional portion which takes place in the country of the language you are studying. Study abroad programs offered through the SLI include:

  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Montenegro
  • Moscow
  • Poland
  • Prague
  • Slovakia

Students may be eligible for study abroad scholarships, including those from the University's Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program, REES's own summer study abroad scholarships, and the University's Study Abroad Office awards.

Note: The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) is another worthwhile resource. AATSEEL advances the study and promotes the teaching of Slavic and East European languages, literatures, and cultures on all educational levels, elementary through graduate school.

Project GO for ROTC
The University of Pittsburgh is one of a select few US universities offering language and cultural training opportunities through Project GO: The ROTC Language and Culture Project. Summer intensive courses from Pitt Project GO provide ROTC students throughout the country with opportunities to fit up to four years of Russian language training into their schedules. Special fellowship opportunities are available to cover the costs of 8 weeks of summer language training in Pittsburgh or Narva, Estonia.