Mandatory International Orientation

Mandatory International Orientation:

All new (first-year and transfer) international students must attend Mandatory International Orientation. The session will be conducted virtually over Zoom, a video meeting platform. If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom, you’ll want to do so now, as most virtual Pitt activities use Zoom.

The Mandatory International Orientation offers a flexible combination of synchronous and asynchronous materials. At International Orientation, you will get to meet some of the Global Ties Mentors as they share important information about international student life at the University of Pittsburgh. We will have time for you to ask questions.

Please select to attend ONE session from the dates below:

  • Thursday, August 5, 8pm-10pm ET
  • Saturday, August 7, 8am-10am ET
  • Tuesday, August 10, 1pm – 3pm ET
  • Friday, August 13, 9am-11am ET
  • Saturday, August 14, 8am-10am ET

Registration link:


International Orientation Events (RSVP Required):

These events are for you to hang out with the GTMs, meet your fellow international students, get recommendations on exploring the city, and get adjusted to your life at Pitt! These events will be hosted in a hybrid mode – some will be online, while others could be in-person with safety precautions.

Once you sign-up using the RSVP link, you will receive more information regarding time, location, zoom link, etc.

Meet Your Mentors (Virtual): Friday, July 30, 9am & 9pm EST

Meet and get to know your Global Ties Mentors and fellow mentees through a series of interactive virtual games! There will be two sessions available. You may choose to attend one, or both!

Target Shopping Trip (In-Person): Tuesday, August 17, 3-5pm EST

GTMs will take you on a bus to a local store to get some food and daily necessities. Spots limited!

Movie Night in the Park (In-Person): Wednesday, August 18, 8-10:30pm EST

Join the GTMs for a fun outdoor movie night at Flagstaff Hill! We’ll be meeting at the William Pitt Union at 8:00pm and walk over to the park together. Masks are required!

Cultural Food Night (Virtual): Thursday, August 19, 6-8 EST

Chat and have a virtual meal with other incoming domestic and international students! It is a good opportunity for you to meet your peers and get some restaurant recommendations. $10 discount coupon will be given to students who have arrived in the USA through a delivery app. Spots are limited on a first come first serve base!

Board Game Night (Virtual): Friday, August 20, 7-9pm EST

For those of you who are sheltering-in-place or don’t feel comfortable attending in-person events, join the GTMs for a fun and relaxing virtual board game night!

Double Decker Bus City Tour (In-Person): Sunday, August 22, 7-9pm EST

Explore the city of Pittsburgh by attending a guided tour on the top floor of a double decker bus! Spots are limited on a first come first serve base. Spots limited!

Mentor-Mentee Meetup (Virtual): Friday, August 27, 6pm EST

Chat and have a virtual meal with the GTMs and other students in Global Ties’ Mentorship Program. $10 discount coupon will be given to students who have arrived in the U.S.

RSVP link: