University of Pittsburgh

About the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the most recognized, comprehensive research universities in the United States. Founded in 1787, this historic institution also ranks among the most thoroughly international universities in the world. In its most recent ranking of “The Top 100 Global Universities,” Newsweek magazine ranked Pitt #37 worldwide based on its level of engagement with other countries and distinction in international research. (Only 26 of the top 40 universities in this survey were located in the United States.)

GSPIA cooperates extensively with other units of the university. As a GSPIA student, you will have the freedom to take classes in Pitt’s highly regarded departments of political science, economics, history and sociology (among others), participate in the work of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, and potentially earn a joint degree with Pitt’s School of Law, Katz Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Public Health, School of Social Work or School of Computing and Information. Pitt also offers more than 30 foreign languages, including rarely-taught languages like Arabic, Farsi, Gaelic, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Polish, Slovak,Swahili, Sebo-Croatian, Swedish, Quechua, Urdu, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Xhosa, among many others.

As one of just 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Pitt is in a select group of the country’s leading research institutions. In addition, Pitt offers truly exceptional regional studies programs, including the African Studies program, Asian Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Center for Latin American Studies, and Center for Russian/East European Studies – all of which offer GSPIA students an opportunity to earn a certificate in their region of specialization. Scholars around the country recognize this excellence; major national organizations like the Latin American Studies Association, the European Union Studies Association, and the American Association of Slavic Studies are headquartered on our campus.

Now in its 231th year, the University of Pittsburgh has a reputation that can carry you to any corner of the world. With over 24,000 students, competitive ACC athletics, and a two billion dollar endowment, it offers all of the resources of a major research institution. But with only 400 students and an 11:1 student/faculty ratio, GSPIA offers a small, intimate community within the larger university – a community that values personal attention and individualized instruction, even as it draws upon the benefits of its university setting. 

Please continue to review our website for more information on what makes Pitt a leader in education, pioneer in research and partner in regional development. We hope to welcome you to campus this fall.

Preview GSPIA Friday, April 6, 2018

8:45 am – 3:00 pm
University Club University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pa 15260 

Register for the Preview GSPIA event and learn more about what awaits you at GSPIA’s annual open house for admitted students.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260