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  • Locations: Pittsburgh, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Science, Environmental, Materials Science, Mechanical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

University Info   |   School of Engineering Info

Office Responsible for Global E3 Exchange Students

Swanson School of Engineering


As a state-related, coeducational institution, the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland Campus offers a multitude of degree-granting and other programs housed in 16 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. The University system includes the Oakland Campus and four regional campuses at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

There are more than 100 academic, research, and administrative buildings and residence halls located on the Oakland Campus, which covers 132 acres in the culturally rich Oakland neighborhood. At the heart of the campus stands a central landmark—the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Gothic tower, which is the tallest school building in the Western Hemisphere. The Cathedral contains the Nationality Rooms, 27 classrooms, each designed to reflect a distinct culture and providing an overall, multidimensional understanding of America’s heritage.

At the Oakland Campus, 4,500 faculty serve approximately 27,000 students, including 9,800 graduate and more than 17,000 undergraduate students. Alumni accomplishments range from managing Fortune 500 corporations, to writing best-selling novels, to unlocking the secrets of DNA ... and more.

In the 21st century, the University of Pittsburgh remains a place of enduring tradition and vitality, true to the work ethic of western Pennsylvania, rich in intellectual rigor, and committed to preparing students for their lives and careers.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : NOT Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year


English Proficiency:

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Internet-based - 80

Minimum IELTS score: 6.5

Disciplines Available
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

University of Pittsburgh is unable to accept Bioengineering or Industrial Engineering majors through Global E3.

Additional application materials?

Applicants interested in applying to the University of Pittsburgh must have taken the typical first and second year engineering courses, such as physics I and II, calculus I and II, and must have done well in those subjects. 

Other criteria for admission can be found on the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website.

Students who are nominated by IIE to the University of Pittsburgh will need to complete the university's application.

When will students receive their acceptance package?


Semester Dates

  • Fall : late August to mid-December
  • Spring : early January to early May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

Students in J1 student status are required to be enrolled full-time during the academic year (fall and spring semesters). The University of Pittsburgh defines full-time enrollment as 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students.

Grading System

Grade Meaning Quality Points
A+   4.00
A Superior 4.00
A-   3.75
B+   3.25
B Meritorious 3.00
B-   2.75
C+   2.25
C Adequate 2.00
C-   1.75
D+   1.25
D Minimal 1.00
D-   0.75
F Failure 0.00

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

There are residence halls for undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. If you are admitted, and subsequent to the submission of all required deposits or fees, your name will be forwarded to the University Housing Office. That office will send an informative booklet telling you about the different on-campus residence hall options, a housing application, and a housing agreement. You will then complete and return the housing agreement with a housing deposit. Applications for housing are reviewed in a date-received order. Students are notified in writing regarding their on-campus housing applications.

For off-campus housing options, please visit our Office of International Services website.

 When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

The move in date will be announced as the information becomes available, but if you arrive before the halls open, you may want to make hotel reservations. You can find temporary housing information on the Office of International Services website.


Entry Visa

Upon receiving notice of admission to the University of Pittsburgh, the Office of International Services will review your file. If the file is in order and the financial support information submitted is complete and acceptable, a visa document is then prepared and sent to you by the Study Abroad Office together with other important arrival information. The processing time for the issuance of a visa document is normally ten business days from the time a complete file is reviewed in OIS.

In order to obtain the F-1 or J-1 entry visa needed for admission to the United States, you will need to take your Form DS-2019, your passport, financial support documentation (e.g., award letter, bank statement, etc.) and SEVIS fee (Please visit U.S. Department of Homeland Security website to learn more about the SEVIS fee, who needs to pay it, and payment options.) to the US Embassy or Consulate nearest you. For additional information about specific US Embassies or Consulates, including hours of operation and detailed procedures for accessing Consular Services, select from the listing that can be found at the following U.S. Embassy website.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

J-1 (primary) and J-2 (dependents) visa holders are required by their visa status to maintain medical health insurance coverage at all times during their exchange visit. The minimum basic coverage is:

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500;
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000; and
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

In some cases, the exchange visit is funded by a sponsoring agency or organization. When this occurs, the sponsor normally arranges for medical insurance coverage, ensuring it meets with the regulatory guidance above. In all other cases, the J-1 student is responsible to arrange for suitable medical insurance coverage.

Failure to maintain adequate medical health insurance coverage will lead to termination of J visa status and departure from the United States.

The University of Pittsburgh does not require proof of immunizations for international students with the exception of new freshmen.


When should I arrive?

Students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session.

Is airport reception available?

The Office of International Services offers students airport pick-up service from Pittsburgh International Airport for students beginning in the fall semester. To take advantage of this service, please arrange for your flight to arrive in Pittsburgh on one of the pick-up dates. You must register for this service.

 Is there any bank on campus?


Cost of attendance



Local transportation 

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) 

Personal expenses 

Other administrative fees



Office Responsible for Global E3 Exchange Students

Swanson School of Engineering


Pittsburgh’s industrial past has given way to an enterprising and vibrant present. Affordable living, distinctive neighborhoods, growing industries, and an abundance of leisure activities create a quality of life in Pittsburgh that is virtually unmatched.

Pittsburgh has all the charms of a larger city, but lacks many of the usual disadvantages. Crime is low, as is the cost of living, and it's easy to find a neighborhood that perfectly fits your needs. Friendly and diverse, the city is Pitt's campus, and there are a number of things that make it a great place to live, work, and play.

More information about Pittsburgh can be found on our Cool Pittsburgh website.

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The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.