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.