Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Yes. You are required to attend all class times unless an excuse for sickness or another reason is allowed.

Dormatory is located on PITT campus. The exact locality will be announced soon!

You will need a laptop for the program. If you do not have one, we can supply you with a Chromebook. Please email us in advance to request one.

You will use your Panther Cards to pay for laundry.

Due to the intensive, academic nature of the program maintaining any strict workout regiment will not be possible. Running will be allowed before dusk and on the weekends there will be designated gym times, at which RLCs will take students to the gym.

Application

The reference may be completed by any teacher that has had you in class for a foreign language course. Please note that your English teacher may not complete this section of the application.

You will hear back from us starting on February 17, 2021

Applications must be post marked by January, 21st, 2021

Alternates will be updated on their application status by March 11th, 2020

Packing

Clothes, Business Casual Outfit, Toiletries, and School Supplies. Optional: Board Games, Game Systems, Sports Balls, etc.

Sheets and a pillow will be provided by the University of Pittsburgh. Shower shoes, hangers, and any extra pillows or blankets that you wish to bring. Organizers and under the bed tubs are not necessary but some students have found them useful.

We only ask that students do not wear any politically sensitive clothing. The closing ceremony in July has a business casual dress code so you will need an outfit for that event.

Parents

We supply students with a food stipend of $650 to spend at local area restaurants and a Giant Eagle grocery store. Any items/snacks wishing to be bought otherwise must come from the student's own pocket.

Please send all mail to this address as it is written here: University of Pittsburgh, Veronica Dristas, ATTN: Student Name, 4100 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 S Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Students will have to sign themselves in and out of the building with a Resident Life Counselor in the lobby. They will be required to leave with another student at all times.

Unfortunately due to liability we cannot have students operate their own cars during the program, or offer parking for students driving themselves. We suggest finding an alternate way of arriving to the program.

Due to the immersive experience of the program, we prefer that parents do not come visit their child. Many students make use of Skype, Facetime, and other ways of staying in contact.