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 and US Classroom Culture
Come learn about the arts, culture, sports, and everything else that makes Pittsburgh a great city. Also, learn how to prepare for an American classroom experience.
September 22, 2021 at 12pm
View the presentation here.

Lunch and Learn - Mr. Rogers and Arts & Culture in Pittsburgh
Join us to learn about the career of Pittsburgh's very own legendary Fred Rogers. Mister. Rogers' Neighborhood changed the face of children's television and how we interact with young children.
October 20, 2021 at 12pm
View the presentation here.

Lunch and Learn - Work Culture and Criticism in the USA
Work culture in the United States is unique. Join us to learn how Americans navigate and balance work culture.
November 17, 2021 at 12pm

Lunch and Learn - Winter in Pittsburgh, Health, and Personal Wellness
Want to prepare for your first winter in Pittsburgh? Come to this lunch & learn to receive advice on how to get through the cold season. Also, we will give you information and resources to aid in your personal wellness + physical health.
December 8, 2021 at 12pm

Spring Semester Events

Lunch and Learn - Immigrants in Pittsburgh/USA + Safety
Immigration is a large part of Pittsburgh's culture. Join us to learn about the immigration legacy within Pittsburgh and the United States. Lastly, we will give you advice on how to stay safe on campus and the city of Pittsburgh.
January 19, 2022 at 12pm
View the presentation here.

Lunch and Learn - Motown + Race Relations in USA
Learn about how the small company founded in Detroit Michigan became the largest Black American-owned enterprise in the country and discovered legendary girl groups, boy bands, and solo artist. Lastly, we will give a broad overview of race relations in the USA.
February 16, 2022 at 12pm

Lunch and Learn - Young Adults & Family Structures + Family Activities/Groups in Pittsburgh
Come learn about how American families operate and how that operation has evolved over time. Also, checkout different family friendly groups in Pittsburgh that can help you adapt to this new culture.
March 16, 2022 at 12pm

Lunch and Learn - Summer in Pittsburgh
Come learn about what you can do in the city of Pittsburgh during the summer for free or a low cost.
April 20, 2022 at 12pm

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.