Recognizing that engineering is an increasingly global profession,
the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) is committed to providing
its graduates with the skills they need to compete on an international
basis. Such skills will enable Pitt IE graduates to not only have a
distinct employment advantage, but will also provide them with a
cross-cultural awareness that will enhance their leadership abilities. To satisfy our international requirement, all IE students* must either:A.
Successfully complete an approved international experience and two
globally focused Humanities / Social Science (H/SS) courses. As
clarified below, the international experience is defined as an approved
engineering academic program with a minimum of three-credits, an
approved international internship, or an approved international co-op
rotation of at least eight weeks. The two globally focused (as furthered
defined below) H/SS courses should preferably be related to the
international experience and may fulfill two of the six H/SS
requirements. Appropriate foreign language courses may be used to
satisfy this requirement.ORB. Successfully complete an
integrated, globally focused set of four H/SS courses. These courses may
fulfill four of the six H/SS requirements. Students who elect this
option must have it approved by his/her advisor or the undergraduate
coordinator prior to completing the sequence.
The University of Pittsburgh provides a wide spectrum of options that
may be used to satisfy the international experience. These options are
sponsored directly through Pitt’s Office of Study Abroad as well as
offered by Pitt affiliated institutions. All of the Swanson School of
Engineering’s programs may be used as technical electives. Specific
examples of programs include: • Term(s) abroad or exchanges including Global E3, SIP (Germany), FIPSE/CAPES, etc.• International co-op or internship including IAESTE internship•
Integrated Field Trip Abroad (IFTA); e.g., Courses such as Plus3,
“Innovate” (ENGR 1600), “Engineering for a Better Environment – Brazil”
(ENGR 1610), etc.• Engineers Without Borders (EWB) or Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) with significant international field experience.The School of Engineering has its own study abroad office with full-time personnel to help you. See our International
page for more information on various programs. Students interested in
international co-ops or internships should contact the appropriate
Swanson School of Engineering office.
There are over 500 acceptable internationally oriented
humanities/social science electives. These may be found on either the
approved H/SS list or on the School of Arts and Sciences general
education course catalog under “Foreign Culture/International” or
“Non-Western Culture.” Up to two foreign language courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Students in the School of Engineering may earn a certificate in International Engineering Studies (IES) by completing a minimum set of requirements
that include a study abroad experience and associated cultural
enrichment and language studies. The certificate will indicate the
country and language in which the IES program was completed.
In order to earn the IES certificate the student must formally apply
to and be accepted into the IES program. Application forms may be
obtained from the Study Aboard for Engineers Office. The application
must include a plan for completing the requirements for a certificate.
The plan must specify all relevant coursework to be completed at the
University of Pittsburgh as well as the activities and site of the study
abroad experience. The study abroad program must be formally approved
by the student's advisor and the IES Faculty Committee. *International students are exempt.