Frequently Asked Questions

It is your responsibility to determine what vaccines you may or may not need based on where you will be studying and traveling.  Keep in mind that some countries may even require proof of vaccination before allowing entry or issuing visas.  Most of our providers require full vaccination of the Covid-19 vaccine, medical exemptions may not carry over to other countries.
The Global Experience Office cannot give you advice on vaccines, so you must check with the Centers for Disease Control, Allegheny County Health Department (or your home county’s health department), or your family doctor.

The US Department of State maintains a comprehensive list of travel alerts and warnings for American citizens overseas.  The Global Experiences Office has different policies for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty traveling to countries with active travel warnings. Email us at globalexperiences@pitt.edu for more information.

Your program manager, host university, or program provider will give you specific information on booking flights after you have been accepted to the program.  You should not book flights before then.

Yes.  Remember that personal travel must not conflict with classes, internships, and mandatory excursions.  Travel or travel-related delays are never an acceptable reason for missing part of your program.

If you are planning on living in on-campus housing, you should speak with Panther Central at 412-648-1100 or check the website for more information at https://www.pc.pitt.edu/housing-services. If you are planning on living off-campus, you can either sign a lease before you leave or find a sublet.  The Office of Off-Campus Living (www.ocl.pitt.edu) maintains a list of available sublets in and around Oakland.

Yes, our office can provide you with a letter to release you from your housing contract after you return your Global Experience Agreement.

Generally, you should plan on using your U.S. credit and debit cards while overseas and domestically by withdrawing money from an ATM.  Some countries do not accept Discover or AmericanExpress, we recommend having a Visa or Mastercard available for use while abroad.  More information on this topic will be given at orientation.

For Panther Programs, grades are generally available 6-8 weeks after the program ends and will be posted to your PeopleSoft account much like grades on campus. For Exchange Programs and Pitt-Recognized Programs, your host university or program provider will send a copy of your transcript directly to you as well as to our office.  It can easily take 8 weeks or more for this to occur.

Generally, you can participate in a global experience during your final term.  However, there are a few things to know: You must receive permission from the Dean of your school or college to do so.  This form is available as a part of your global experience application. Your graduation will most likely be delayed by one semester due to the time it takes for our office to receive your grades and/or transcripts.

No.  Pitt Global Experiences believes that upholding our GPA requirement ensures that students will be prepared to be successful on their program.