The result of a coordinated inter-departmental effort, this site is designed to provide you with information, resources and a central point of contact if you are traveling overseas, working abroad, or supporting the international research or travel of others. The Global Operations Support office is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and works with all of the University’s schools, colleges, centers, and regional campuses to facilitate their international efforts.
Our office stands ready to support you should this be your first time dealing with anything international or if you need assistance and guidance for any of your ongoing international projects. We seek to facilitate rather than administer with the goal being to give you a place to go when you are unsure of your next step or of who you need to contact to continue your international work.
We also seek to be a medium of shared communication for improving and streamlining international business processes. We welcome your suggestions and ideas for navigating the administrative side of international work, and we are eager to know of any difficulties you may encounter both here and abroad. Finally, we can help put you in touch with others who have expertise or prior experience in what you or your department are trying to undertake globally. We look forward to supporting you.
For inquiries, you can contact us directly.
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If you are new to international-related work at Pitt or are already working internationally, chances are you are going to be working with the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). It is a multi-faceted center that covers everything from academics to operations and strategic planning.
What began in 1968 as a place to foster the growth of multidisciplinary international programs at Pitt, is today is a powerhouse of international knowledge. UCIS includes six academic centers focused on the world and world regions:
- African Studies Program
- Asian Studies Center
- Center for Latin American Studies
- European Studies Center
- Center for Russian and East European Studies
- Global Studies Center
In addition to offering excellent learning opportunities for students, these centers are also a unique repository of region-specific knowledge and cultural awareness for the University.
UCIS is more than academics. The Center is also home to essential student and staff services, such as the:
- Study Abroad Office
- Office of International Services, which assists with immigration issues
- Global Operations Support Office, which works to support all faculty and staff across the University who work internationally
Finally, the University Center for International Studies also represents the global face of Pitt to the community and world by overseeing the prestigious Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program in the Cathedral of Learning. UCIS is also the driving force behind Pitt’s Global Plan.
As Pitt continues to grow in both its presence abroad and in the international composition of its student body, you can expect to see the role of UCIS growing as well.
Will your international work require the transport or shipping of equipment, technology, data or specimens? Or possibly on completion of your time overseas you will bring such items back with you? Are you hosting guests or individuals from other countries and granting them access to research, technology or information? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then under the laws of the United States. and many other countries, you are deemed to have been engaged in exporting. But don’t worry if you have no idea about imports or exports; Pitt’s Office of Export Controls Services (OEC) is here to assist.
With the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001 and the current, ever-changing geopolitical climate, the United States government has placed many restrictions on what and how you can transport items and knowledge internationally. The goal is to ensure that the many individuals, and entities—and even certain governments—posing a possible national security threat do not obtain particular knowledge, technology, equipment or biological specimens. United States law holds individuals and universities accountable for their failure to adhere to import and export regulations; not doing so could result in fines and penalties or even imprisonment.
To help you comply with these laws and to ensure you are protecting yourself and the University, the specialists at the OEC are ready to assist you. Located in the heart of campus at Thackeray Hall, OEC provides consultation and resources, as well as training sessions, to individuals and departments about the correct handling and transport of both tangible and intangible items across U.S. borders.
When planning travel to another country or hosting a visitor here on campus, both the department and the person who is traveling or hosting will benefit by knowing what is legal and what is not. Sometimes, just the transport of basic personal technological conveniences to a restricted travel destination could have consequences. Activities that you might think are harmless and are simply intended to foster goodwill and understanding may have country restrictions. Check with Export Control early in your planning process to ensure your actions are in accordance with federal regulation and University policy. Your international experience will be a lot less stressful and more productive..
To find out more, be sure to visit the Office of Export Controls Services.