Undergraduate International Requirement


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:

  1. Successfully complete an approved international experience* and one globally focused** Humanities / Social Science (H/SS) course.  The H/SS course should preferably be related to the international experience, may fulfill one of the six required H/SS courses for the BSIE and may be completed during the international experience itself.


  1. Successfully complete an integrated, globally focused** set of three H/SS courses.  These courses may fulfill three of the six required H/SS courses for the BSIE.  Students who elect this option must have it approved by his/her advisor or the undergraduate program coordinator prior to completing the sequence.

*International Experience Options

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 the international program 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 H/SS Course Options

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 acceptable.

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. 

International Engineering Certificate

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.