*last edited on September 10, 2020. Check back frequently for updates. Contact Graduate Studies at email@example.com if you have specific questions.
A Welcome from Provost Ann E. Cudd
- COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines: View guidelines for academics, health, facilities, and more to be posted soon.
- Bookstore Ordering Information: Note that we are looking into options for shipping internationally.
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Defenses can be held virtually. View tips for a virtual defense.
- Flex@Pitt Instructional Model: Fall 2020: Individual students can choose how to participate in classes. Graduate students who have teaching responsibilities can choose to teach remotely. Classrooms will be equipped with technology to accommodate for both instructors and students.
- Guidelines for Graduate Programs Accepting International Students for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Admissions
- Photo IDs including Using Online Photo Submission to Request Your ID and View Frequently Asked Questions
- Remote Access to Library Resources and updated in-person Hillman Library hours
- Student Computing Labs and locations
- Study spaces available starting Monday, August 24
Featured Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Can I receive a Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Student Assistant (GSA), or a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment during the fall 2020 semester if I am residing outside of Pittsburgh or the U.S.? This varies by school/unit and can best be answered by the school/unit offering the appointment (typically but not always your academic department). If you are not sure who to contact, please email the Graduate Studies Office for assistance.
- Guidelines for Research Trainees during COVID-19 Operations
- Graduate Students and Postdocs can reach out with concerns about research as well as teaching assignments or anything else in the following ways:
- (new) COVID Concern Connection allows for anonymous reporting of any COVID-related concern.
- Contact their Graduate Associate Dean
- Contact their School Ombudsperson
- Email the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
- Attend Office Hours of the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
- Complete the anonymous feedback form
- Parking Updates: September 2020: Non-permit holders can park on campus at several lots including the O'Hara Parking Garage, Soldiers & Sailors Parking Garage (view these on a campus map), and others at a daily rate of $5.00 payable through the ParkMobile App.
Does the staff hiring freeze apply to post-docs? No. While there is not a formal hiring freeze on post-docs, the Graduate Studies Office recommends that units proceed cautiously with hiring new post-docs. Considerations include ensuring that funding streams and remote work situations are in place given the pandemic. Units can re-appoint a current post-doc to a new appointment - this action is not the same as a new post-doc hire.
International Students and Postdocs
- Fall 2020 Information for International Graduate Students
- Letter to U.S. Consular Services to explain how Flex@Pitt is aligned with Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance and for students to print and take with them to visa appointments and when at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
- View July 17, 2020 webinar that provides discuss Fall 2020 options for incoming and current graduate students. Search the FAQs from the webinar.
- Five-month Rule
- Remaining in the U.S.
- Health Care
I am an international student and I am choosing to study remotely from my home country for the Fall 2020. Am I still required to have health insurance? No. If you choose the Flex@Pitt option to study remotely from your home country in the Fall 2020 semester, it is recommended but not required to have health insurance. When you return to classes on campus, the requirement to enroll in UPMC health insurance or attest to having other U.S.-based coverage will be reinstated effective immediately.
- Zoom Video Conferencing
- Technology Assistance: Through Pitt IT, you can borrow a remote device that you may need for your graduate training this upcoming fall 2020 term.
- Disability Resource Services
- Graduate News, Policies and Events
- Graduate Resources
- Office of Academic Career Development
- Postdoctoral Training
- School Ombudspersons for Graduate Students and Postdocs
- Strategies for Academic Success
- Anti-black racism course: graduate students can enroll via PeopleSoft and we do intend to make the course available to postdocs as a non-credit option in the future
- Graduate and Professional Student Government
- Orientation Activities for Incoming Students
- The International Student Orientation will be held on August 10, 2020 from 9 to 10 a.m. EST.
- The New Teaching Assistant Orientation will be held on August 14, 2020 from 12 to 2 p.m. EST.
- The University-wide Orientation will be held on August 17, 2020, 3 to 5 p.m. EST. View video recordings and slides from the event.
- Your school/programs will also hold separate orientations.
- Orientation for Postdocs: will be held during National Postdoc Appreciation Week beginning September 21, 2020; more details to follow
- Pitt Parents Yammer Group to share information and ideas with one another
- Pitt Commons: Looking to connect with a mentor? Sign up to develop professional relationships with Pitt faculty, staff, postdocs, and alumni. New grad student groups coming soon!
- University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association
- Community Assistance Resources updated with COVID-19 Resources: compiled by the University Library System for Pitt students seeking housing, health, and food assistance.
- The Pitt Pantry (a food pantry) will be resuming no-contact prepackaged box pickup on Wednesdays by appointment only, starting July 22, 2020. In order to request a prepackaged box of food, please fill out this form no later than 12:00 PM on the Tuesday before the Wednesday pickup.
Health and Wellness
- Counseling Center, including Workshops Just for Grads and Therapy Assistance Online
- Health Insurance Enrollment Instructions: Students can enroll for coverage effective from August 16, 2020 to August 31, 2020 and from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. The early August enrollment is free for those students planning to enroll in coverage effective September 1, 2020. Please note that students need to enroll separately for BOTH the August 16th and September 1st coverage.
- LifeSolutions for postdocs
- (new) Masks: Graduate students can pick-up 2 Pitt-branded masks on-campus on August 25 and 26. Bring your Pitt ID.
- Mental Health & Coping during COVID-19 from the CDC
- Pitt Community Health and Safety
- Wellness Resources Guide
Updates Coming Soon
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic This site will soon be updated for Fall 2020.