International Programs

Whether you’re interested in coming to Chatham from another country, a current Chatham student wishing to study abroad, or simply interested in international cultures, Chatham has programs to suit your needs.
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Studying at Chatham

Chatham welcomes qualified international students into its over 40 undergraduate majors and 25 masters and doctoral degrees across its four schools. Students receive a world-class education in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania⁠—a dynamic, safe city. For application information, including requirements, visit Admission & Aid. For information about visas and other international support, visit International Student and Scholar Services.

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English Language Program (ELP)

The English Language Program (ELP) at Chatham University is known for exceptional personal attention and strong commitment to student success. After finishing the English Language Program, qualified students may start an undergraduate or graduate program at Chatham University without having to take a TOEFL or IELTS test. Download the brochure for more information about the program and apply today.

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Pittsburgh Pathways

Pittsburgh Pathways is a program of study to prepare non-native English-speaking students to attend a degree program at Chatham University or another university. Qualified students take a combination of 100-level ESL courses and academic courses. These courses will transfer to the students’ undergraduate degree at Chatham University. 

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Chatham Semester

The Chatham Semester is open to international undergraduate students to study abroad at Chatham University for one to three semesters. With a highly reduced tuition rate and many course options, Chatham Semester is an excellent choice for partner universities and students from all over the world.

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Short-term International Programs

Short-term international programs are open to students, faculty, and staff from partner universities. The program can be as short as one week and as long as you desire. Programs can focus on different topics and skills, such as international cuisine, U.S. business and entrepreneurship, and English language teaching.

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Activities & Engagement

Whether you are studying in your home country or in another country, international education is possible through engagement in activities with people from other countries with diverse cultures. The Office of International Affairs offers many international activities throughout the year to engage the Chatham community in the exchange of languages, cultures, and perspectives.

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Global Focus Program

The award winning Global Focus program seeks to instill global competence in Chatham students by leading a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year through the curriculum, films, lectures, performances and cuisine. The program also promotes cross-cultural understanding by forging connections with off-campus international initiatives in the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Global Focus is Costa Rica.

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International Student & Scholars Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) assists in meeting the educational and professional goals of international students and scholars through immigration advising, cross-cultural programming, advocacy on campus, and information on engaging in the campus and local community.

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