Abroaden Your Horizons

Local universities offer students the opportunity to make the world their classroom.




Illustration by Kai Schreiber
 

Remember the now-famous scene in The Social Network where Justin Timberlake’s character informs Mark Zuckerberg, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” The same philosophy can be applied to studying overseas. For most wanderlust-struck co-eds, nothing sounds cooler than a semester in Barcelona. But savvy students know to look for immersive experiences in emerging markets, not vacation packages. These programs don’t offer all-inclusive poolside bars, but they could inspire you to create something that changes the world, just like good ole Zuck.

Allegheny College
Athenas, Costa Rica

Want to immerse yourself in a sustainable development case study and pick up a second language while doing it? If you’re environmentally inclined and want to get your hands dirty, consider Allegheny College’s School for Field Studies program in Atenas, Costa Rica, a breathtaking region where cloud forests, rain forests and mountain plains shelter more than 6,000 species of plants. You’ll be stationed at a small farm-turned-research facility perched on a hillside at 2,600 feet above sea level. When you’re not hiking through waterfalls or playing soccer with the locals, you’ll take introductory Spanish classes and work on real-life management projects for the sustainable development of the region’s communities by focusing on the preservation of protected areas, reforestation, agricultural production and ecotourism. The hard (and very real) work in the field is a fair tradeoff for essentially living inside a gorgeous desktop background.

Did you know?
Up to 50 percent of the Costa Rican rainforests’ mammalian population may at some point live in the trees.

Carnegie Mellon University
Education City, Qatar

The Qataris are very serious about their education. So serious, in fact, that they built an entire city in the middle of the desert just to attract world-class universities to invest in the country. Education City rises up from the sands on the outskirts of Doha and is home to a village of six elite branch campuses, including Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. CMU’s Qatar campus is an independent four-year university that currently offers five majors, including Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems. However, students at the Pittsburgh campus can apply for a semester-long exchange program in Qatar (and vice versa). Best of all, they have the ability to cross-register for courses at any other institution in Education City. The Qatar campus has been such a success that CMU will officially open a similar site in Kigali, Rwanda, this year.

Did you know?
This fall, the CMU Qatar campus will welcome the country’s first female Qatari swimmer to compete in the Olympics as part of its freshman class.

Duquesne University
Rome, Italy

You’d have to speak in Italian to properly convey the beauty of Duquesne University’s Italian campus on the edges of downtown Rome. Unlike many study-abroad programs in Europe, Duquesne offers a true campus environment with gardens, a student lounge, library, laundry facilities and even a chapel. The best part is that the semester-long program lets students take classes that count toward core Duquesne requirements, like Baroque Art and High Renaissance, taught on-location in various parts of Rome. So you’ll be just as productive as if you were on the Bluff — only the gelato and espresso will be molto meglio.

Did you know?
Duquesne offers students participating in the program a chance to apply for a special $2,500 “Fall in Love With Rome” scholarship.

University of Pittsburgh
South Africa, Argentina and China

Want to go around the world in 120 days? Launched in 2010, the University of Pittsburgh’s innovative Multiregion Academic Program (PittMAP) takes a group of students on a globetrotting research mission spanning three different continents. With PittMAP, the world is the classroom — students toured a traditional clinic in China, where Eastern and Western medicine coexist side-by-side; visited one of South Africa’s poorest townships (Lagna); and attended public health meetings in Argentina. This spring, the focus shifts to Global Political Economy, and students will travel to China, Brazil and India. The program is not for tourists, warns academic director Nancy Condee; it’s for students who want to be challenged and changed.

Did you know?
Beijing’s Guanganmen Hospital (which PittMAP students visted) houses a pharmacy in the hospital’s basement where medicinal potions are concocted from herbs and roots … and things that creep, crawl and fly.

Carlow University
Sligo, Ireland

Looking for a more fulfilling way to spend your summers than the increasingly typical unpaid internship? Carlow University offers a unique opportunity for students to travel to a tranquil part of northwest Ireland to help those in need. Each summer, motivated Carlow students head to Sligo, where they are assigned to a school, hospital or community center that provides services to individuals with special needs. Throughout the course of three weeks, students assist the staff Monday through Thursday, and meet on Friday to reflect and share their experiences. Every student is matched with an Irish mentor, and has cultural and sightseeing opportunities during the weekend.

Did you know?
Carlow University has a partner school, Carlow College, located in the town of (you guessed it) Carlow, Ireland. In 1843, members of the Sisters of Mercy traveled from Carlow to Pittsburgh to found what is now known as Carlow University.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in December

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in December

This month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
50+ Things That Will Make You Enjoy Winter in Pittsburgh

50+ Things That Will Make You Enjoy Winter in Pittsburgh

Love it or hate it, winter is upon us. Because some of us may think there's a lot not to like, we bring you 50+ things to eat, drink and do –– and some helpful tips –– that'll keep the blues at bay.
Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2016 Honorees

Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2016 Honorees

Pittsburgh Magazine presents the honorees from its inaugural Excellence in Nursing awards. Meet our judges' choices and learn what makes them remarkable in their field.
Choreographed Style: Winter Fashion with The Pittsburgh Ballet

Choreographed Style: Winter Fashion with The Pittsburgh Ballet

A regal ruggedness characterizes the season's menswear looks.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

The Mosaic Stairway: You've Never Seen Steps Like These

The Mosaic Stairway: You've Never Seen Steps Like These

When viewed from the foot of the South Side Slopes of Pittsburgh, the stairs ascending Josephine Street form a massive image that consists of more than 7,500 individual mosaic tiles.
Joe Manganiello Plays the Good Guy for Children’s Hospital

Joe Manganiello Plays the Good Guy for Children’s Hospital

The actor, director and Mt. Lebanon native is joining the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
Pittsburgh Man Sets World Record By Lifting 1 Million Pounds

Pittsburgh Man Sets World Record By Lifting 1 Million Pounds

Matt Scoletti accomplishes the feat in just under nine hours.
Why Thanksgiving Comes Every Day for 3 Pittsburgh-Area Men

Why Thanksgiving Comes Every Day for 3 Pittsburgh-Area Men

They owe their lives to one man who lives on in each of them.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in December

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in December

This month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
50+ Things That Will Make You Enjoy Winter in Pittsburgh

50+ Things That Will Make You Enjoy Winter in Pittsburgh

Love it or hate it, winter is upon us. Because some of us may think there's a lot not to like, we bring you 50+ things to eat, drink and do –– and some helpful tips –– that'll keep the blues at bay.
Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2016 Honorees

Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2016 Honorees

Pittsburgh Magazine presents the honorees from its inaugural Excellence in Nursing awards. Meet our judges' choices and learn what makes them remarkable in their field.
Choreographed Style: Winter Fashion with The Pittsburgh Ballet

Choreographed Style: Winter Fashion with The Pittsburgh Ballet

A regal ruggedness characterizes the season's menswear looks.
Restaurant Review: B52 in Lawrenceville is a Levantine Lifter

Restaurant Review: B52 in Lawrenceville is a Levantine Lifter

Omar Abuhejleh taps deep into his roots at his vegan cafe that's focused on Levantine cuisine.
Why You Can't Beat The Weather in Pittsburgh in The Winter

Why You Can't Beat The Weather in Pittsburgh in The Winter

I’ve traveled a lot of miles, and I still stare in bewilderment at people who tell me they’ve moved to a place because “You can’t beat the weather.”
Edit Module
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


The Mosaic Stairway: You've Never Seen Steps Like These

The Mosaic Stairway: You've Never Seen Steps Like These

When viewed from the foot of the South Side Slopes of Pittsburgh, the stairs ascending Josephine Street form a massive image that consists of more than 7,500 individual mosaic tiles.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
The Café Carnegie Now Open in Oakland

The Café Carnegie Now Open in Oakland

Chefs Sonja Finn and Becca Hegarty helm the refurbished restaurant at the Carnegie Museums.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best of the Burgh: Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area

Best of the Burgh: Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area

We’ve compiled the best pumpkin patches for fall family fun.

Comments


Why Wait For Summer? Head to Kennywood's Holiday Lights

Why Wait For Summer? Head to Kennywood's Holiday Lights

The park's winter celebration is great for families and a fine choice for anyone who loves Christmas (and/or funnel cake).

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Big Ten-Champion Nittany Lions More Worthy Than Buckeyes

Big Ten-Champion Nittany Lions More Worthy Than Buckeyes

For some reason Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in the latest playoff rankings and Penn State is No. 7. That has to change if Penn State beats Wisconsin on Saturday night.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Locket Full of Joy

Locket Full of Joy

The handcrafted piece opens to hidden treasures.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Ten Upcoming Flicks Every Oscar-Watcher Should See

Ten Upcoming Flicks Every Oscar-Watcher Should See

PM film critic Sean Collier picks ten forthcoming flicks likely to rake in nominations for the 89th Academy Awards.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Thinking Small: Pittsburgh Weddings That Are Intimate Affairs

Thinking Small: Pittsburgh Weddings That Are Intimate Affairs

Bigger isn’t always better, at least when it comes to these couples’ wedding ceremonies.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
Seasonal Shopping: CMOA Store Holiday House, J.Crew Mercantile Opens Doors

Seasonal Shopping: CMOA Store Holiday House, J.Crew Mercantile Opens Doors

The Carnegie Museum of Art is full of Christmas cheer — and great deals. Plus, get the scoop on The Block Northway’s latest retail offering.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Classic Christmas Tale Gets a Twist at Slippery Rock University

Classic Christmas Tale Gets a Twist at Slippery Rock University

An adapted version of “A Christmas Carol” will be presented during a seven-show run.

Comments