Fall 2021 Information for International Undergraduate Students

Fall 2021 International Undergraduate Information

Despite these uncertain times, we hope that you are excited about the Fall 2021 academic semester at the University of Pittsburgh. Although we are excited to welcome you to campus, we know that doing so may not be possible for some of you. The options listed below will ensure that you will have the best Pitt experience, even if you are unable to arrive in-person to a Pitt campus this fall.

To all air travelers entering the U.S.: Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers arriving into the U.S. The test must be conducted with a specimen collected within 3 calendar days preceding the flight. Please continue to check the CDC requirements prior to travel. 

To nonimmigrant travelers from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Region, South Africa, and the United Kingdom: The Presidential Proclamations which establish a travel ban from these areas is still in effect. However, F-1 travelers from those regions are eligible for a National Interest Exception

PLEASE NOTE: SEVP has indicated that for the Fall 2021 term, non-immigrant students should continue to abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020.  Students should frequently review the FAQs below that are pertinent to their situation. At this time, OIS recommends all students travel with a copy of this Fall 2021 Letter for Students.


Fall 2021 International Undergraduate Enrollment Options

Option 1: Arrive on campus by no later than August 27, 2021 to attend courses in person in Pittsburgh. Classes at the University of Pittsburgh begin on August 27th. Students will be expected to arrive in the United States in time for the start of the term. If you plan to live in on-campus housing please be sure to contact the housing office, Panther Central.

Option 2: Attend a Pitt on Location Program. International students in China will be offered a course of study through a Global Experiences Office (formerly the Study Abroad Office) partner. This course of study will be full-time and will include in-person classes taught at partner institutions in each country. Pitt on Location will also offer housing in university dorms or nearby university-style residences in each city where the program is offered. More information and application deadlines can be found here: https://www.abroad.pitt.edu/onlocation.The Global Experiences Office will be adding information to the site as it becomes available. Should you have questions in the meantime, please contact PittGEO

Option 3: Pitt in London Program.  International at the sophomore, junior, and senior year may choose to join Pitt students from the United States and participate in the Pitt in London program. More information can be found here: https://abroad.pitt.edu/londonsemester.

Fall 2021 Specific Frequently Asked Questions