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.
This site 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.
“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 high-ranking individual with the capacity to officially represent another institution or group.
Step 2: Discerning UCIS or Unit Coordination
UCIS often provides resources and in certain cases, helps coordinate the visit of some international delegations. This section is designed to help you determine whether or not UCIS can assist in coordinating your international delegation visit.
Please review the following matrix. If your proposed delegation visit falls under an area that UCIS can assist, simply submit an Assistance Request Form. If your unit will coordinate the visit, please continue to the How to Proceed section for next steps and helpful resources.
UCIS Coordinates Visit
Unit/Dept./Office Coordinates Visit
|fulfills the criteria for a formal meeting with the Chancellor or Provost?||X|
|has requested to meet the Vice Provost for Global Affairs?||X|
|consists of a (equivalent to a) Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, President, Provost, Vice Provost Dean or Director?||X|
|was invited by a Director, Dean, Vice Provost or Vice Chancellor here at Pitt?||X|
|includes members who are Pitt alumni?||X|
|has an existing academic institutional agreement with Pitt that is not an MOU?||X|
|wishes to meet with a particular or relevant UCIS Center?||X|
|requested the visit to Pitt or invited themselves to Pitt?||X|
|is comprised mainly of students?||X|
|does not officially represent another party?||X|
|just wants to tour the campus, visit Pitt?||X|
Step 4: Planning & Resources
Once objectives are clearly defined, please contact the UCIS Vice Provost’s Office to inquire about visits for high-ranking delegations. UCIS is one of the key departments responsible for ongoing relationships with institutions abroad and can provide direct support and assistance depending on the strategic importance of the international delegation and as capacity allows. If your delegation warrants meeting with the Vice Provost for Global Affairs you can fill out the following briefing form and submit it the UCIS Vice Provost's Office.
The following guidelines are intended to apply to short duration visits to University of Pittsburgh for exploring collaborative opportunities, promoting joint activities, courtesy calls, signing ceremonies or other approved events.
To aid you in your international delegation planning, our office has created several templates that you can use for your own delegation. These include budgetary tools, planning questionnaires and itineraries. Access these templates, please note, you will be prompted to log into your My Pitt account.
If you are looking for places on Campus to show your guests, the following places on campus can be included in your tour. These historical buildings offer grandeur, history and a pleasant sightseeing experience for your guests, while giving a glimpse into some of the facilities available to students and staff on campus.
Located in the Cathedral of Learning, the Nationality Rooms are one of Pitt's most prominent features, having gained international recognition and have become a regular tourist attraction in the for all visitors to the City of Pittsburgh. Depending on the timing of your visitors, you can schedule a tour with a University docent.
Besides the Cathedral of Learning, Heinz Chapel (dating from the same period) is one of the most prominent buildings on campus. Hours and availability should be checked in advance.
When entertaining on campus, this unique feature to the University of Pittsburgh, shows the grandeur of an old private social club now converted for use by staff and faculty. This period building contains two restaurants, several elegant rooms for hosting events as well as a library and rooftop terrace during the summer months.
Located on the ground floor of Wesley Posvar Hall, just as you enter from Schenley Plaza, Pitt’s new Global Hub is slated open in Fall 2019. The hub will be an interactive space where you can find programs that match your interests, watch videos about study abroad and faculty projects around the world, join a conversation table, learn about Pitt’s renowned area and thematic studies centers, find details about international studies certificates, view artifacts from the Nationality Rooms, watch street scenes and news from around the world, and more.