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.


  1. Enrolled as a full graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh (A&S and/or professional schools).
  2. Enrolled in one of the nine Less Commonly Taught 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 GPA: 3.5
  5. Enrollment in the GSC graduate certificate program and taking an affiliated Global Studies area course during the semester(s) of the award.

The supplemental tuition remission will cover the equivalent of 1-5 five credits of language study. 

ExampleGSPIA student who carries 12 credits and wants to take a 5-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 covered through regular tuition; 2 credits covered by GSC tuition remission)

To apply, complete the following:

  1. The 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 goals.
  3. Curriculum Vitae that includes relevant work experience 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