The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) supports the University community and specific units in providing guidance and assistance when hosting visiting international delegations. UCIS leads the planning and execution of senior-level visits and meetings for international dignitaries and delegations to ensure that federal regulations and University guidelines are followed and proper protocols observed.

Certain delegation visits are handled directly by University schools and units. Examples include short-duration visits for exploring collaborative opportunities, promotional events related to joint activities, courtesy call visits, signing ceremonies, and other approved events.

The Global Partnerships website provides guidance to determine whether your unit should host a delegation visit, when and how UCIS may direct or assist, and where you can find additional resources.

Defining Delegation

“Delegation” refers to any group requesting to visit the University of Pittsburgh as an official representative of a foreign academic, private, or governmental institution. A delegation may consist of a group of students, staff members, faculty members, government representatives, association members OR a high-ranking individual with the capacity to officially represent another institution or group.

To learn more about how to invite and/or host international delegations, please visit