Stories from Pitt Global

Learn more about the global experiences happening at Pitt and the stories that make Pitt Global a unique place to learn, work, and explore the world.


Michael Balderson recently joined the PittGlobal family as UCIS's new Director of Administration. Learn more about Michael's journey to UCIS and make sure to offer him a warm welcome! What brought you to Pitt? How did you end up in your current role...
This year’s global graduates crossed the stage and joined our worldwide family of alumni on April 28, 2023. The group was conferred with an impressive 203 certificates, nine Bachelor of Philosophy degrees, nine area and thematic studies...
Gina Peirce is Assistant Director for Grants and Assessment at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES), and Grants Manager at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), at the University of Pittsburgh. She...
Pitt Day of Giving 2023 was a resounding success for PittGlobal—and that’s in no small part due to a wonderful network of students, faculty, staff, scholars, alumni, and supporters worldwide.   The International Student Emergency Fund, our focus...
The International Student Emergency Fund is the focus of this year's UCIS Pitt Day of Giving efforts. For the first time ever, this crucial fund is set up to take donations in an orchestrated fashion, but it has been informally in existence for...
Black History Month is a time of celebration, remembrance, and a great opportunity to learn more about Black culture, excellence, and resilience. For 2023, the University of Pittsburgh is focused on Black resistance and the agency and power of the...
Across Asia, many countries celebrate the Lunar New Year—and the Asian Studies Center (ASC) is helping to lead celebrations in Pittsburgh, too.   Aside from supporting student-associated Asian clubs, ASC is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on...
Thanks to the European Studies Center (ESC), Pittsburghers can spend a cold January week exploring Europe—without even leaving the city. ESC’s annual EU Film Festival, now in its second year with the support of the European Commission, offers...
After seven years with UCIS, Dr. Belkys Torres is starting a new chapter in her career as Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence in Education and Teaching Associate Professor of Latinx & Gender Studies. Before heading out on her next...
Each summer, the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center (ESC) plans a week-long study tour to Brussels, Belgium, for educators across the United States.   This long-running program gives educators from kindergarten to college level,...
On a chilly December Sunday, the Cathedral of Learning was packed with light and warmth. Pittsburghers of all ages packed the hallways and spilled out of all 31 Nationality Rooms for four hours of festive fun celebrating holidays around the world...
On November 2, 2022, Dr. Fiona Hill joined the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies to discuss her experience in the Trump administration, her recent...