Study Abroad

College of General Studies students are encouraged to enhance their education with a study abroad experience. You can earn credit toward your University of Pittsburgh degree through participation in either Pitt Panther, Pitt Partner, Pitt-Sponsored, Pitt-Exchange, or Pitt-recognized programs. The University offers a wide variety of study abroad options, from semester programs to short one-, three-, or five-week programs that can fit your busy schedule. The Global Experiences Office has more information about taking advantage of study abroad opportunities as an adult student.

Academic Credit for Study Abroad

Approval for credit must be obtained before studying abroad. PITT's Global Experiences Office provides approval of study abroad programs and sites, and CGS Academic Affairs approves course selection and credits for your CGS academic program (major, minor, and certificate)*. You should have at least a 2.75 GPA before seeking permission to study abroad. Course approvals must be completed by the end of the term prior to your study abroad experience. Please plan accordingly and follow these steps as getting all necessary approvals can take time:

Step 1: Visit the Global Experiences Office in room 802 of the William Pitt Union, call 412-648-7413, or review for more information on study abroad programs and course options. 

Step 2: Schedule a meeting with your CGS advisor to review your degree progress and the courses you would like to take while abroad.

Step 3: After you have selected your study abroad program and reviewed the courses together with your CGS advisor, complete the online CGS Course Substitution form to obtain approval from CGS Academic Affairs. Make sure that you have electronic copies of the syllabi for the study abroad courses you wish to take as you will need to upload them to the online course approval form.

*Study abroad courses for general education credit are approved by CGS Advising. Please see your advisor for more information about fulfilling general education requirements abroad.

CGS-Approved Study Abroad Courses (PDF) - Review the study abroad courses that CGS students have had approved to count towards their CGS majors, minors, or certificates. This list is updated as new study abroad approvals are processed. If the course(s) and program(s) you are looking for are not listed in our PDF of pre-approved courses, please follow the CGS study abroad course approval process listed above.

Study Abroad For-Credit Internships

Study Abroad, for-credit internships provide you with excellent opportunities for gaining global, hands-on work experience while satisfying academic program internship requirements. Pitt’s Global Experiences Office can assist you in identifying and applying to overseas internships. The College of General Studies Academic Affairs office approves your study abroad, for-credit internship for your CGS degree, major, minor, or certificate. 

Tip: Finding the right internship and getting all necessary approvals can take time. If you can't find your desired internship on the CGS-Approved Study Abroad courses list, please follow this link: How do I obtain CGS approval for my study abroad, for-credit internship?