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Summer Study Abroad Scholarships - Undergraduate and Graduate

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs began in 1926. As committees completed their rooms, they turned their attention to creating study abroad scholarships. The Nationality Rooms have awarded scholarships for summer study abroad annually since 1948. The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.


It is the farsightedness and generosity of the Nationality Rooms committees and their friends which have raised more than $2.5 million to provide these important intercultural exchange opportunities.


Application Requirements


1.       Online Application. Please complete and submit online application at including personal and academic information, proposed budget, and two essays.


2.       Two Letters of Recommendation. One must be from a University faculty member, while the other may be another faculty member or other individual (e.g., supervisor, University staff). These may be completed and submitted through the online application.


3.       Transcripts (undergraduate applicants only) Submit in January, after Fall Term grades are added. Transcripts can be obtained from the University Registrar and a hard copy must be submitted to the Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning.


4.       Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Form. Obtain approval for the proposed study from the Study Abroad Office. Undergraduates must attach a copy of the program description that gives the dates the course(s) will be taught. Graduates must obtain signatures from their advisor, the Dean of their department or school and Study Abroad Office (802 William Pitt Union). Print from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning.


5.       Awardee Obligation Signature Form. Print from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning. Please read this carefully.  The winners of our scholarships have obligations to the Nationality Rooms Program and the Committees which they must fulfill.


6.       Other Scholarships Notice. Complete and submit through online application.




*  U.S. citizen or permanent resident

*  A current full-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to study abroad

*  Must be enrolled and on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the study abroad

*  Proposed study abroad must relate to career goals

*  Foreign language skills if required by the scholarship applying for

*  Minimum stay of five weeks in one country or region during the summer term

*  Students may apply for two scholarships, but can only win one

*  Previous awardees are not eligible, but previous applicants who did not win may apply again



*  Have a GPA of at least 3.0

*  Must have at least 60 credits by the end of April 2014 (current sophomore or junior), AP credits not included

*  Propose a career-related, credit-worthy study abroad program or internship

*  For independent research proposal, must speak with the Scholarship Administrator

*  All proposed undertakings must receive credits


*  Propose a career-related, credit-worthy internship. Independent-research or study abroad program.  Intensive language programs are not accepted.

*  Good academic standing


Additional Information
Study Proposal (Undergraduate)

Applicants shall select a credit-worthy study abroad program relevant to their career goals that is a minimum of five weeks. Applicants participating in a study program must provide a copy of a course description that gives the dates will be conducted as an attachment to their Academic Credit Signature Page. Approval for course credit acceptance must be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. An SAO representative must sign the Credit Signature Form.


Note: Undergraduates interested in conducting “independent study” must speak with the scholarship administrator (Cristina Lagnese,, 412-624-6159) for review before submitting their application.

Study Program/Internship/ Independent Study Proposal (Graduate)

Applicants shall propose a career-related, credit-worthy internship, independent research project or a study abroad program.  Programs focused on intensive language learning are not acceptable.


Approval for course credit acceptance must be obtained from the appropriate Dean of the department in which credit is sought, the student’s advisor, and the Study Abroad Office. All three must sign the Academic Credit Signature Page where indicated. Applications without these signatures will not be accepted.


If your school does not issue credits for internships or independent research (i.e., School of Medicine, GSPIA), a letter from the Dean’s office must be attached attesting to the credit-worthiness of the proposal.


Finalists and Awardee Selection and Notification

Finalists for each award will be notified via e-mail within two weeks of the application deadline. Interviews with the selection panels are conducted from the last week of January through the end of February. Applicants must appear for interviews at the scheduled day and time, as each panel meets only once. No telephone interviews will be conducted. After the panel has reached a decision, a member of the panel notifies the awardee via telephone and the other finalists are notified by the Nationality Rooms Program Office via e-mail.


Awardee Responsibilities
  1. Once the applicant has been notified that he/she is the winner of a Nationality Room scholarship, the winner must make an appointment with the Nationality Rooms office to discuss study abroad plans with Director and Scholarship Administrator.
  2. Attend the Winner Orientation Session and Award Presentation at the end of March or the first Saturday of April- to be announced.
  3. Complete required contract paperwork with the Study Abroad Office and pay any associated fees.
  4. Students must pick up their award check in person and may not do so until the study abroad contract is completed.


Timelines and Deadlines


Application open: September 2015

Information Sessions Begin: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Final Information Session: December 14, 2015 (undergraduate); January 7, 2016 (graduate)


Application Deadline: January 7, 2016 (undergraduate); January 21, 2016 (graduate)

Finalists Notified (via e-mail): January 19, 2016 (undergraduate); February 2, 2016 (graduate)

Finalist Interviews: January 25 – February 11 (undergraduate); February 8– 26 (graduate)

Information Sessions

Information sessions begin at the end of September and are held once a week until January, except during University holiday breaks. Sign up for a session below.

The purpose of these sessions is to explain the application process, review the application, and ensure that study proposals follow the parameters of the scholarship program. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible; therefore, they should attend a session at their earliest convenience.

They are held at 1228 Cathedral of Learning.  If your schedule does not permit you to attend any of the scholarship sessions, please make an appointment with Cristina Lagnese, Scholarship Administrator at or call at 412-624-6150.


Scholarship Information Sessions for 2016 season

Tuesday        September 29        3:00 PM

Tuesday        October 6             1:30 PM

Wednesday   October 14            3:00 PM

Wednesday   October 21             1:30 PM

Thursday      October 29             11:00 AM

Thursday      November 5           1:30 PM

Monday       November 9           3:00 PM

Monday       November 16         3:00 PM

Monday       November 23         11:00 AM

Tuesday        December 1            3:00 PM

Wednesday   December 9            10:00 AM

Monday       December 14          3:00 PM

Thursday      January 7               11:00 AM. for graduate students only


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List of Scholarships

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