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 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:
The international experience is defined as an approved engineering academic program with a minimum of three-credits or an approved international internship/co-op rotation of at least eight weeks.
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.
Note that the Swanson School of Engineering’s programs may also be used to satisfy technical electives for the BSIE. Specific examples of programs include:
The School of Engineering has its own study abroad office with full-time personnel to help you. See http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/international/ for more information on various programs.
Students interested in international co-ops or internships should contact the appropriate Swanson School of Engineering office.
Globally Focused courses are defined as those found in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education
Course Catalog under the categories***, “Cross-Cultural Awareness”, “Global Issues”, “Second Language” (Excluding ASL courses), or “Specific Geographic Region”.
***Please note that up through academic year
2017-2018 these categories were “Foreign Culture/International” and “Non
Western Culture” and courses that had been categorized as such remain
Exemptions: International students (generally those
students who were born and educated outside of the U.S. prior to enrolling at
Pitt) are exempt from the International Requirement.
Students in the Swanson School of Engineering may earn a certificate in International Engineering Studies (IES) by completing a minimum set of requirements that include an approved educational international experience and associated cultural enrichment
and language studies. The certificate notation appears on the student's final transcript upon graduation. Students must contact the Office of Engineering International Programs to indicate plans to complete the certificate, and must submit their
completed plan in the final semester prior to graduation. Additional Information can be found here.