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Service Learning in Puerto Rico

The long-term partnership between Pitt students and faculty and nonprofit Caras con Causa seeks to study urban wetlands, restore parts of the ecosystem damaged by Hurricane Maria and attract scientists to the island.

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Global Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranks Pitt 43rd on its list of the best global research universities. The publication collected data from the world's top 1,250 universities.

Pitt was one of 22 institutions with at least one subject ranked at No. 1 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. The University's philosophy program was recognized with a No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive year.

Pitt also ranks high among universities in the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and it’s a top producer of Fulbright awards for U.S. students. In addition, 45 Pitt students and alumni have received David L. Boren Awards for International Study.

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Embracing the World

Pitt convenes bright minds to explore and address issues that improve life in the world's local communities. By engaging in research, policies, partnerships, and the study of languages and cultures, we open the door to global citizenship. Read Pitt’s Global Plan »

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From introductory to high-fluency classes…from study-abroad immersion programs to summer intensive language courses…adding a foreign language to your academic program is easy. Pitt offers instruction in more than 35 languages. Learn more »

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Scholars from around the world use such Pitt resources as the East Asian Library, the Archive of European Integration, (one of the largest online repositories of EU documents worldwide) and the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection (one of the finest Latin American collections in the United States). Learn more »

Pitt People Changing the World

Stockholm University awarded an honorary doctorate to Distinguished Professor Emerita Marcia Landy in September 2017 in appreciation for her outstanding contributions to the humanities.

Jennifer Murtazashvili, an assistant professor in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an affiliated faculty member of the University's Center for Russian and East European Studies, has been elected to the executive board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.

Lauren Perez, a PhD candidate in political science, has been offered a four-year post-doctoral position at the University of Chicago through the highly competitive Harper-Schmidt Fellowship Program. Jonathan Sherry, a PhD candidate in history, has won a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Council for European Studies, the most prestigious European Studies organization in the United States.

A team of Pitt law students won the fifth annual LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, held April 7-8, 2016, at American University's Washington College of Law. The team included Gustavo Arrobo (Ecuador), Nevena Jevremovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Glory Ohaekwusi (Nigeria), and James Ochieng (Kenya). Team advisor Ronald Brand, academic director of Pitt's Center for International Legal Education, said the moot competition involved a sophisticated investor-state arbitration that required significant research, writing, and preparation for the oral argument.

One of two annual Milan Hodža Awards of Honor was presented in 2015 to Martin Votruba, head of Pitt's Slovak Studies Program, “for the advancement of knowledge of Slovak history and culture in the Slavic department at the University of Pittsburgh and for his support to the preservation of Slovak culture in the awareness of Slovak-Americans and public at large,” according to the award citation. Pitt is the only university in the United States where students can enroll in Slovak language and culture classes and receive a minor in Slovak studies.

Pitt economics professor Thomas G. Rawski has been named as one of the United States' Top 20 China Experts by the China Foreign Affairs University, the leading diplomatic school in the People's Republic of China (PRC). The university emphasizd Rawski's deep understanding of the PRC, gained through first-hand research there.

James Cook, associate director of Pitt's Asian Studies Center, has been named as a Distinguished Overseas Educator by China's Ministry of Education. His work brings together Chinese and U.S. researchers to solve critical environmental and public health issues in northwestern China. Cook has completed several grants sponsored by the United States' National Science Foundation and the China Medical Board in cooperation with the Center for Historical Environment and Socioeconomic Development of Northwest China and the Center for Experimental Economics Education at Shaanxi Normal University.