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  • Locations: Pittsburgh, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Semester B (US Spr)
  • Universities in the Global E³ program do not accept applications directly.

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Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines Available (engineering or related field): Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Science, Environmental, Industrial, Materials Science, Mechanical Click here for a definition of this term Graduate Students Accepted?: No
Program Description:

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

University Info   |   School of Engineering Info   |   Exchange Student Info

Fast Facts

  • “Pitt” was founded in 1787 after the American revolutionary war.
  • The 132-acre Pittsburgh campus has multiple contributing historic buildings of the Schenley Farms Historic District, most notably its 42-story Gothic revival centerpiece, the Cathedral of Learning.
  • Pitt is known as the “steel” city for its more than 300 steel related businesses and over 450 bridges.
  • In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the “eleven most livable cities in the world” by The Economist.
  • Google, Apple Inc., Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls.


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.

Check out a bit more about our campus via this Youtube video.

Terms of Exchange

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: NOT Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must be in their third or fourth year of study during the exchange period.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 80
  • Minimum IELTS score – 6.5

Study Period

Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)

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

Academic Information

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

Course Contents

Course Descriptions & Schedule of Classes

Enrollment Requirements

Students must take at least 50% of their courses in the Swanson School of Engineering. 

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.

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

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • Required

Students will receive acceptance packets in late April for August start dates and mid-November for January start dates.


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.

Students also have the option of living off-campus.

Estimated Cost of Living

Cost of Attendance




Office Responsible for Global E3 Exchange Students

Swanson School of Engineering   | OR

City Info

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. With this contrast of amenities and living costs, Pittsburgh has been named one of America's most livable cities for the past few years. As a city with deep historical roots, students may easily explore the many distinct neighborhoods and the historical changes this "Steel City" has undergone throughout the centuries. Also known as the "City of Bridges," the city has over 400 bridges through its city proper with the most famous "Three Sisters" connecting downtown to the South Side. Some of the most iconic images of the city include these structural features. 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.

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