Experience America

Experience America is a series of events and activities offered to visiting scholars, their families, and graduate students with dependents to help them better understand the American culture. The program is designed to introduce participants to campus and the local community. Below is a list of events which we have regularly hosted through the years. The tentative schedule for the upcoming will be available in September on our Events page. Times and dates will become available as program plans are finalized. Registration is required for each session but most sessions are at no cost to participants. We hope to see you there!

Fall Semester Events

Lunch and Learn - Introduction to Pittsburgh
Enjoy lunch while learning all about Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and highlights. This will be a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions. There will also be a raffle for chances to win Pitt gear, so make sure you don't miss out!

Lunch and Learn - Winter in Pittsburgh!
Learn our best recommendations for surviving the winter months in Pittsburgh – you won’t want to miss it! We will discuss how to dress, staying healthy, and fun things to do during the Pittsburgh winter. Lunch will be provided.

Trip to the Outlet Mall
Join OIS as we take a trip to a local outlet mall to do some holiday shopping. The outlet mall is a great place to get good deals on a variety of items such as clothing, accessories, housewares and more.

Spring Semester Events

Lunch and Learn - Culture in Pittsburgh!
If you enjoy attending cultural events like the opera, the ballet or the theater, this session is for you! Come to learn about the vast array of cultural events taking place in Pittsburgh and how you could benefit from tickets at a reduced price!

Snow Tubing at Boyce Park
Grab a tube and feel the crisp cold air hit your face as gravity send you plunging down the hill at Boyce Park. Snow tubing is a fun winter activity for the whole family – your kids will love it! Transportation will be provided to and from Boyce Park.

Lunch and Learn - Health and Wellness Topics
Enjoy lunch and learn more about health and wellness in the U.S. We will discuss health insurance and the U.S. health care system, but will also provide tips and resources on maintaining wellness during your stay in the U.S.

Lunch and Learn - Baseball
Learn all about America's favorite pastime: Baseball. We will talk about the history and importance of baseball in the USA and in Pittsburgh. Come see why everyone loves this sport! Lunch will be provided.

Lunch and Learn - Cultural Re-entry
Hear tips for re-adjusting to life back in your home country. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions. Lunch will be provided.

Summer Events

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game at PNC Park
Join OIS as we cheer on the Bucs at a baseball game! You will have the opportunity to experience PNC Park which was voted the best ballpark in America learn more about the American pastime. Transportation will be provided.