University of Pittsburgh School of Education

International Students

We recognize the importance of creating a global community of learners, and strive to be a school that is more reflective of the world and its varying and valuable perspectives.

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As illustrated by this map of the world, the SOE currently enrolls students from 18 different countries. Enrollment data from the fall of 2015 indicates that our graduate student body was 12 percent international, with the largest amount of international students (90) coming from China.

The following are a substantive, yet not exhaustive, list of resources that are meant to serve as a general guide to international students who are looking for varying levels of involvement and/or support.

For additional groups and resources, please visit:

At Pitt

Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE)
“Our mission is to serve as the premier university research and training institute in comparative, international, and development education. IISE provides the University of Pittsburgh with one of the most dynamic and productive, internationally-oriented schools of education in the world. IISE is comprised of Affiliated Faculty and Graduate Students associated with one of the five academic departments in the School of Education.

Office of International Services (OIS)
OIS strives “to be an office that is a: welcoming and professional support center for international students, faculty and staff and their dependents; willing collaborator and resource for internationalization on all campuses; national leader within the profession of international education; and is a positive and respectful work environment that values work-life balance and professional development and in which each staff member can thrive.”

Many multicultural groups on campus are also strongly committed to supporting Pitt’s international students, so please also check out the resources listed under the U.S. Students of Color.

In Pittsburgh
“GlobalPittsburgh connects globally-minded people and organizations in the Pittsburgh region and around the world through … activities and Events for globally-minded members, hosting international leaders for the U.S State Department, attracting international students to the region, [and] connecting corporations with international resources.”

Pittsburgh Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center
“Jewish Family & Children's Service is an acknowledged leader in helping immigrants and refugees resettle and successfully build new lives in our community… If you were born outside the United States and if you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, or if you are an immigrant with limited financial means and need help with immigration-related legal issues, our immigration attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representatives can help you.”

Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries (PRISM)
A local organization offering "Sunday night dinners, English conversation groups, trips to nearby areas both urban and rural, as well as Bible discovery groups should students be interested in exploring or growing their Christian faith."