Study in the classroom before stepping out to "real Japan." Pitt-in-Japan at Nishinomiya, on Konan University CUBE campus, Japan. Summer, 2015.
Why not study abroad in Asia?
You are encouraged to seek opportunities to participate in a study abroad program for at least one semester. Participating in study abroad is one of the best ways to learn the language and culture you’re studying. Language gain during study abroad could be very significant and may allow you to skip ahead in the language program or land a job after graduation that wasn't possible without the language proficiency. Some non-language requirements can also be fulfilled during study abroad. Contact your advisor and/or Study Abroad Office.
What's best for me?
To find out what program is best for you, go to this Study Abroad Office website. Type in the location information (e.g., China, Japan, South Korea), then select a program from the list. You will see that there are more than forty (yes, forty) programs that will take you to East Asia. There are three study abroad types: Panther Programs, Exchanges, and Pitt-recognized, and each is slightly different in how finances are handled, for example.Our Third Year!
SEALS Abroad, two weeks in Kansai in August. One credit. It is open to anyone who has not had third-year Japanese. More information on this here.
For financial aid information, go to the financial aid page on this website. There are other places to look too. The Asian Studies Center, Nationality Rooms Scholarship Programs, and Study Abroad website list many scholarships you can apply for. If you're studying in Japan, many Pitt students have received Bridging Scholarships and JASSO scholarships.
Junior year abroad?
What is the best timing for study abroad? Many make it whole year during the junior year. You will have to plan your Pitt career around it so that you're not slowed down by going to, say, China, for a year. Plan ahead.
Shorter stays, a semester, several weeks over the summer, for example, are also beneficial. Whatever the length, you owe it yourself to get more information about study abroad. Shouldn't you do this while you're at Pitt studying an Asian language?