K-12 Student Opportunities



School Visits - Would you like to supplement your classroom instruction with a guest speaker? The Global Studies Center can work with teachers to schedule a visit from a scholar, Pitt student, or local expert to speak about a global topic relevant to your classroom instruction.

Cultural Events - In addition to guest speakers, the Global Studies Center Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Bromberg, can contact partners within the University and the community to arrange cultural events for your classroom or school.

Internships - The Global Studies Center offers opportunities for high school students to participate in semester-long or summer internships to work on a variety of projects. If you are interested in seeking an internship, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Bromberg (LisaRBromberg@pitt.edu), for more details.





2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), in partnership with the Asian Studies Center the University of Pittsburgh, will be holding their annual High School Speech Contest.

Poster Contest: for students in their first year of Japanese language study, or freshmen and sophomores in Japan-related clubs.

Speech Contest: for students in their second year and above Japanese language study.

For more information contact  Katsuko Shelhammer at kshellhammer@us-japan.org or visit http://www.us-japan.org/jasp/jbowl.htm


Euro Challenge

Friday, March 8, 2017
University of Pittsburgh, Posvar Hall- Room 4217
9:00 AM

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for 9th and 10th grade high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 European Union member nations. Teams of up to five students take on the role of international policymakers to explore real world economic issues and possible solutions and recommendations to those issues.

Students who win the regional competition at the University of Pittsburgh have the opportunity to advance to the national competition in New York City where the tops teams are awarded cash prizes.

For more information, please email Kathy Ayers, Outreach Coordinator at kma69@pitt.edu.


International Marketing Competition

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Global Studies Center and the International Business Center work with high school language and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the Global Studies Center and the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans in front of fellow competitors and a panel of judges from the academic and business communities, as well as answer audience questions. The teams that win first, second and third place in the final each receive awards recognizing their hard work. 


Cultural Communications Alliance: Competition for World Language Students Interested in Business

Thursday, March 9, 2017, All day 
College of Business Administration, Sennott Square (Oakland) University of Pittsburgh 

CCA is a business-to-education non-profit community outreach organization whose goal is to prepare students for the global marketplace. Now in its seventeenth year, this annual competition gives students the opportunity to develop and use their skills in languages, cultural competency, marketing, and technology as they, along with their team, prepare a creative marketing campaign and present it before a panel of judges. This year's product is Aspirina Advanced, and the target market country is Costa Rica. For more information about this exciting event, including resources and upcoming events that will help prepare teachers to prepare and engage their students, click here. This event is open to all students studying ANY World Language. Please contact Lisa Bromberg or Veronica Dristas with any questions.


Model African Union

Thursday, March 23, 2017
O'Hara Student Center
4024 O'Hara Street, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This is an annual spring event where high school students represent an African country in an African Union simulation. Students debate current issues affecting African countries with different topics every year. Students also experience an African lunch and are led in an authentic West African dance. In addition to the value of building research and debate skills critical to college success, this event is a unique experience for students to gain exposure to African cultures and broaden their international knowledge.


The 36th Annual Latin American Festival

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Posvar Hall-Galleria
University of Pittsburgh
12:00PM- 10:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public

The festival will feature Latin American and Caribbean food, arts, crafts, and information on local and regional organizations. Vendors also will offer handmade and authentic Latin American products. Music and dance performances from Latin America and the Caribbean will take place the throughout the day.

For more information http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/festival or Diana Osma dms180@pitt.edu


Moot ICC

April 21-22, 2017  
University of Pittsbuirgh, Barco Law School

The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. The Moot ICC is a simulation of a case presented to the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. This is different than a mock trial, in which the penalty phase of a trial is simulated. For Moot ICC, participants will be focused exclusively on the legal issues raised by the case.

For more information, please click here, or email Lisa Bromberg, Assistant Director of Outreach at  LisaRBromberg@pitt.edu. Register here. You can find all case and source material here. Registration will close on March 1, 2017, and there will be a information session via video- conference on March 2, 2017. Memos will be due on April 7, 2017.

This program is sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (CILE).


Moderate Japanese Gardens in a Transnational Context

Saturday, May 6 
Lecture: 2:00 PM 
Q&A: 3:00 PM 
Phipps Conservatory
Speaker: Dr. Toshio Watanabe, Professor of History and Art and Design Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London

Japanese garden is often regarded as the quintessential symbol of traditional culture in Japan, representing the purest form of Japaneseness. However, once we start to examine its history in detail, it becomes clear that in many cases the Japanese garden assumes a clearly transnational character. We will focus on the development of modern Japanese garden from mid-19th to mid-20th century in their transnational context and explore what all this means. Examples will range from an exquisite private garden in Kyoto, a colonial Japanese public park in Hong Kong, remains of gardens created at a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II in California to a garden expressing post-war democracy in Takamatsu, Japan and a range of East European Japanese gardens mostly created more recently.

Sponsored By The Phipps Conservatory And The University Of Pittsburgh’s National Consortium For Teaching About Asia, Asian Studies Center, And Global Studies Center  


PA Governor's School for Global and International Studies

Summer: June 18- July 14, 2017
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh
Extended Application deadline: March 1, 2017
Website and Application link here

The PA Governor’s School for Global & International Studies will help tomorrow’s business, political, and intellectual leaders think critically about our world and the dynamic issues, connections, and perspectives within it.

The Global Studies Center proudly brings the program’s prestigious 25-year legacy to a new generation. Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, they will tackle overarching global themes while building intellectual confidence, cross-cultural understanding and critical language proficiency – key skills to successfully navigate college and prepare them for the broader global knowledge economy.

We invite teachers to nominate talented and motivated sophomores and juniors from across Pennsylvania to spend four weeks in residence at the University of Pittsburgh this summer at no cost to students.  

Please note the application deadline of February 1, 2017. Click here for a link to the official website. 




Water Design Challenge

Date: To Be Announced

Students and intergenerational community experts/resources will meet in a two-day concentrated learning experience called The WATER Design Challenge to design and create viral media campaigns tackling real world global water crises. Working for “an international water task force,” design teams of students will collaborate within physical and virtual spaces to create end products which tackle a specific real world global water crisis while fostering learning and encouraging collaboration and civic engagement.


Pitt Model UN

Date: To Be Announced

This full-day simulation of the sessions of the United Nations, held on the University of Pittsburgh campus, is an opportunity for high school students to apply prior research and studies in a real-world context and practice diplomacy, negotiating, and resolution writing. Approximately 400 students participate each year. Awards are made to the most effective school teams and individual delegates. More information is at www.pitt.edu/~modelun/generalinfor.html.


Europe Day Contest

Dates: TBA

The European Studies Center's Europe Day Contest is a multimedia contest for students in grades K-12. Students participating in the Europe Day Contest can submit projects using different forms of media related to each year's theme as an individual participant or as a member of a group of two to four students based on the type of project. Selected student winners will be awarded prizes and the opportunity to display their work at the first annual Europe Day Festival on Saturday, May 7, 2016 on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Through participation in the Europe Day Contest, students will engage in an in-depth study of European cultures, people, history, as well as contemporary issues that are relevant to both the United States and European Union. This experience will help students develop research skills and gain expertise on a topic of their interest related to an annual theme. Any of the following submission formats are possible: paper, poster, art portfolio, documentary, podcast, or website.

For more information, contact the ESC's Outreach Coordinator, Kathy Ayers, at kma69@pitt.edu or visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/content/europe-day-contest

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