International Students

Requirements for students from abroad

New students from outside the United States must first report to the Pitt Office of International Services for initial document processing. 

Office of International Services

708 William Pitt Union
412-624-7120 for new students ( for returning students). 

English Language Testing

English Language TestingPrior to their initial registration, all students whose native language is not English and who have not already earned a degree in the U.S. or from an accredited institution in a country where the official language is English must submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS. Those whose TOEFL scores are not higher than 100 on the iBT, or above Band 7 on the iELTS must be tested for English proficiency by the University's English Language Institute (ELI). These students should make their own arrangements to schedule their tests. If the test results indicate the need for language training, the students should be guided by the recommendation from ELI. No new student can be officially registered with Pitt Public Health until there is compliance with these requirements. 


All students from abroad must be registered as full-time students during the fall and spring term of each year if they are to maintain their enrollment status. This requirement facilitates the University's compliance with reporting procedures of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Exceptions to this rule may be made for students who have completed most of their requirements and whose final term of study requires fewer than nine credits; however, permission must be obtained from Pitt's Office of International Services. Students should consult that office for answers to questions regarding registration status. 

Departure Notification

All international students must submit an online form when they graduate or when they leave the school for any other reason. The form can be obtained at Students must forward confirmation of the completion of this form to their departmental student services coordinator. 

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