Summer 2020 Pre-Arrival Sessions Series

Global Ties invites all incoming international students to our Summer 2020 Pre-Arrival Sessions series, held virtually on Zoom. We are offering 22 unique sessions, all hosted by Global Ties Mentors. You can attend a special topic session (foodies/cooking, sports, Pitt Pride, etc.), a major or school-based session (such as School of Engineering, Language/Linguistics majors, etc.) or a region-based session (students from China, students from Africa, etc.). At these sessions, you can learn information from the Global Ties Mentors and make friends with other new international students. We can’t wait to meet you!


Special Topics Sessions – RSVP here

At Pitt, many students meet friends through common interests. Enjoy these casual sessions with GTMs to meet other students in the incoming class and to learn about all the things Pitt and Pittsburgh have to offer.

K-pop Dance Workshop 

Sunday, June 14 at 9am ET 

GTM Cat will teach a dance workshop to the choreography of a k-pop dance. Plus, learn about the various dance opportunities at Pitt. 

Life in Pittsburgh

Saturday, June 20, at 8am ET

Trying cool restaurants, getting around the city, and understanding Pittsburgh culture are all part of life in Pittsburgh. GTMs will tell you what Pittsburgh life is like and how to navigate it.


Student Life

Saturday, June 20 at 9am ET

Learn about student organizations, campus resources, residence life, and wellness resources.


Academic Life

Saturday, June 20 at 9pm ET

Learn about American classroom structures and interactions with professors, plus academic resources to help you succeed.



Sunday, June 21 at 8am ET

Do you love cooking? Or maybe just eating? Join us for a fun discussion about food. You may even get some good recipes from around the world!


Sports and Outdoor Activities

Saturday, June 27 9pm ET

Whether you are a casual or serious sports player, Pitt has something for you. Learn about all the different sports (including intramural sports) and outdoor activities at Pitt.


Quirks of Quarantine (Global Connect)

Sunday, June 28 at 9am ET

As part of our Global Connect series which brings together domestic and international students, join us for a session to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. You can share your story of what your experience has been like and learn the experiences of those in other countries, too.


Pitt Pride

Sunday, July 12 at 9am ET

Learn how to show your Pitt Pride as the GTMs teach you the songs and cheers used at sports games, like the famous “Sweet Caroline.” By the end of this session, you’ll be an expert Pitt fan!


Regional Sessions – RSVP here

Attend these sessions to connect with students from the same region or country as you.


Oceania and Canada

Friday, June 12 at 7pm ET

For students from Canada and New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia, etc.


Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Pacific Islands

Friday, June 19 at 8am ET

For students from South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia etc.


Europe, Africa, and Middle East

Friday, June 19, at 10am ET


Latin America, South America, and Caribbean

Friday, July 3 at 12pm ET


India and South Asia

Friday, July 10 at 8am ET


China and surrounding area

Friday, July 24, at 9am ET


China and surrounding area

Sunday, July 26, at 9am ET


Major Sessions – RSVP here

Each session will be hosted by a Global Ties Mentor with experience in the designated major or school. They will tell you about their experience with classes, professors, and career opportunities in that department or school.

At United States universities, it is common to enter with an undecided major, or to change majors. If you’re interested in multiple areas of study, we encourage you to attend multiple sessions!


Undecided Major

Saturday, June 27 at 9am ET

Many students arrive at Pitt without having decided their major, and it’s a great opportunity to explore different things! GTMs will give advice to students who haven’t decided on a major yet and share their stories of how they decided on a major during college. Plus, get advice about the best general education classes to take.


School of Engineering

Sunday, June 28 at 9pm ET


School of Nursing

Sunday, July 5, at 9pm ET


School of Computing and Information

Saturday, July 11 at 9pm ET


College of Business Administration

Sunday, July 12, at 9pm ET


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences: Math and Sciences departments, including Health Sciences

Saturday, July 18, at 9pm ET

If you are interested in studies math or a science (such as physics, biology, or psychology), this is the session for you. This also includes students on the pre-med track.


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences: Linguistics, Languages, and Literatures departments

Sunday, July 19, at 9pm ET

Did you know that Pitt offers classes in 35 different languages? If you’d like to take a class, major or minor in a language, then this is the session for you. Plus, learn about the world of linguistics.


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Saturday, July 25, at 9pm ET

The GTMs in this session have a broad range of experience with Communication, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and much more.