Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business // International Student Resources

International Student Resources

The University of Pittsburgh has a long tradition of welcoming students and scholars from all over the world. Pitt and Katz are committed to helping international students successfully transition to studying at Pitt and living in Pittsburgh.

Office of International Services (OIS)

Pitt’s Office of International Services uses an online system that enables international students to submit requests electronically.  All services requests, with the exception of travel signatures, can be submitted online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

OIS will begin processing I-20 forms on March 31. Please refer to the OIS website for more information on this process. Be sure to check your Pitt e-mail for communications from OIS.

Health Insurance Requirement for International Students

All full-time international students at the University of Pittsburgh will be required to maintain health insurance at all times by obtaining coverage through one of the University’s student health plans or demonstrating comparable coverage through another provider. This policy complements existing federal regulations for many international students who are already required by federal law to maintain health insurance at all times.

Verification of Documents

Representatives from the Office of International Services will attend the first day of orientation to check in students. The following documents MUST accompany you to orientation:

  • Original I-20 or DS-2019, stamped at the port-on-entry or issued for transferring to Pitt.

Arriving in Pittsburgh

We recommend that you arrive in Pittsburgh on or about August 1. Orientation is the start of your academic program and your attendance is expected. Classes will begin right after orientation, leaving you with very little free time for moving in to your apartment and getting settled.

Global Pittsburgh

Global Pittsburgh has various trips and activities for International students and/or spouse and family members.

Helpful Links

* Students from France and Germany will be able to use their normal driver’s licenses here. Students from other countries will need to obtain international driver’s licenses.

Connect on WeChat

Admitted applicants can connect with Chinese students and alumni on WeChat to get answers to questions you may have and for help preparing for study and life at Katz and Pittsburgh. We’ll share helpful resources with you to improve yourself. Here, you can talk about any topic you’re interested in and make new friends.
– Katz Chinese Alumni Association


Katz Career Management WeChat QR code

Scan the QR code to connect on WeChat

International Language Assessment

Language assessments for international students take place during orientation.

International students who score less than 100 on the TOEFL and less than 7 on the IELTS will be required to take a brief language proficiency exam.


English Language Resources 

On-Campus Courses

  • English Language Ins​titute: Professional and Academic English Class Program. Classes are held on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus and meet four days a week for 20 hours each week. If interested, contact Christine O’Neil (412-624-5913).

Off-Campus Courses

  • PRISM (Pittsburgh Regional International Student Ministries): Summer English class for intermediate to advance levels. Improve your listening and speaking skills. *Please note that this is a religious ministry.
  • Greater Pittsbu​rgh Literacy Council: English speaking classes and tutoring.
  • There are also the private language schools such as Berlitz, Inlingua, Kaplan and Echo International, but these tend to be expensive.


I chose Katz because of the world-class faculty and students: the professors here are well-versed in their fields, passionate about teaching, and want to see their students succeed academically and professionally; the students are dedicated to excellence and form an excellent professional network. 

Tyler Wilson

MBA '20

I chose Katz for the course offerings. I knew I could build on my strengths through the strong core curriculum with specific classes that would help me learn invaluable tactics and strategies for my career. The international community at Katz is eye-opening. Learning from individuals who come from all over the world is a valuable experience in and of itself.

Robert Innis

MBA '18