Programs and Offices

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) is home to six area and thematic studies centers that offer multidisciplinary academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, programs and funding for affiliated faculty, and initiatives and events for community organizations and K-12 educators and students. UCIS is also home to affiliated programs and associations, Pitt Study Abroad, the Office of International Services, and the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs. "(NRC)" denotes that a center has been designated as a National Resource Center by the United States Department of Education.

The African Studies Program promotes the study and research of Africa, providing students with opportunities to expand and widen their knowledge of Africa and foster a greater understanding of the diverse continent. 

The Asian Studies Center promotes an enhanced understanding of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The center is also home to an award-winning Confucius Institute that promotes Chinese language and culture study. (NRC)

The European Studies Center promotes the study of Europe from a linguistic, literary, artistic, historical, economic, political, sociological, legal and public policy perspective. The center has been designated a Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, promoting the study and knowledge of the European Union, including its institutions and policies. (NRC)

The Global Studies Center promotes cross-cultural learning and research in six areas: changing identities in a global world; communication, technology, and society; conflict and conflict resolution; global economy and global governance; global health; and sustainable development.

The Center for Latin American Studies supports teaching, learning, & research in and on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diverse diasporic communities of Latin American and Caribbean origin. CLAS engages local, national and international communities and provides faculty and students with resources to facilitate unique research and educational experiences.

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies focuses on central and eastern Europe and the successor states of the Soviet Union. Research areas include: contemporary Russian culture, politics, and economics; societies in transition; international relations; southeast European studies; and Slovak studies. (NRC) 

Pitt Study Abroad develops programs and facilitates educational experiences in over 75 countries.

The Office of International Services provides immigration-related services for international visitors, students, faculty, researchers, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt’s renowned Nationality Rooms promote cross-cultural understanding and celebrate Pittsburgh’s ethnic diversity and immigrant heritage.