If you live outside the city limits, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit web site has information for all public school districts in Allegheny County. In Pennsylvania, attendance at school is compulsory for all children ages 8 to 17 or upon graduation from high school, whichever is sooner. Public school is free for children beginning with Kindergarten to Grade 12 (approximately ages 5 to 18). Eligibility for attendance at a particular public school is based upon where you live.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Know Your Rights – What to do if You’re Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents, or FBI, additional publications and resources
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
immigration lawyer search
Explore the Pittsburgh campus—its landmarks as well as some lesser-known treasures.
Career Development and Placement Assistance (CDPA)
CDPA has a number of engaging programs to help you prepare for a career and network with potential employers. CDPA has also created a special Global Series just for international students.
The Carnegie Library system is free to the public and offers numerous locations throughout the region. In addition to books and other periodicals, the library offers several programs for people of all ages. The Oakland branch provides: computer classes, foreign language courses, career development programs, arts and crafts courses, and family-orientated literacy events. The Oakland branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a short walk from the Cathedral of Learning. The Squirrel Hill branch offers a variety of programs: family-orientated literacy events, film showings, yoga classes, writing workshops, book clubs, conversational English sessions, and a variety of other informational events.
There are 4 museums in the Carnegie Museum system: the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Carnegie Science Center. If you are a student, you can into all of these museums for free. If you are not a student, you gain access to all 4 museums when you join as a member.
Chatham University English Language Program
Chatham University offers English language instruction from basic to advanced for students who want to improve their English proficiency for academic, professional, or personal enrichment.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers hands-on, interactive exhibits for children. Located in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation
The Citiparks website lists dozens of recreational opportunities available in the City of Pittsburgh’s numerous parks: arts festivals, outdoor movie showings, concerts, summer day camps, farmers’ markets, and much more.
Community College of Allegheny County: Community Education
The Community College of Allegheny County provides non-credit courses through its Community Education program. Topics of these personal enrichment courses include: world languages, fitness, health, music, dance, horticulture, driver’s education, and cooking.
Cool Pittsburgh is a Pitt sponsored website that educates people about living, dining, playing, and shopping in Pittsburgh.
The Counseling Center can be very helpful for international students to speak to staff members about adjusting to life in the United States, learn some relaxation techniques, and better manage their stress.
Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD)
CCLD hosts many of the diversity programs on campus, works with fraternities and sororities, presented the Emerging Leaders course and Panther Leadership Summit, and many additional initiatives. Specifically for international students, CCLD created the Global Ties program to welcome international students and help build an international community on the Pitt campus.
Cultural Insurance Services International
While the University of Pittsburgh does not specifically endorse any other health plans, the following resource may offer acceptable coverage.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
CBP the largest governmental agency under the Department of Homeland Security. CBP is responsible for regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. regulations, including trade, customs, and immigration.
Dental Insurance Options
This is a Consumer Affairs website where you can access the Dental Insurance Guide to help explain different types o fdnetal insurance, common insurance terms, how to research and purchase dental insurance, and access consumer reviews of different dental insurance providers.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security is charged with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security is equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Study in the States Guide
This is a guide prepared by DHS to help all international students coming into the United States.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
TRIP is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hubs—like airports and train stations—or crossing U.S. borders.