Study Away Pittsburgh

Bringing together Penn State students and the greater Pittsburgh area to improve quality of life.


The Penn State Pittsburgh Study Away Program is a semester-long, affordable, transformative, urban, educational experience for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Penn State students. Modeled after the Study Abroad Program, students will be placed with community partners, and participate in an in-depth, community-based learning experience in sustainability while residing in Pittsburgh for the entire semester.

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Community Partners

This program combines community partners with knowledgeable, capable students who come from various majors and minors including: landscape architecture; geography; marketing; communication; recreation, parks & tourism management; community environment development; and sustainability leadership. Penn State will provide the community partner with students who are best matched to carry out the desired community impact for their scope of work/project.

For World Campus Students in the Pittsburgh Region interested in participating in Study Away Pittsburgh, please email:


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The Penn State Center Pittsburgh provides community development programs aimed at creating a better quality of life for residents in the Pittsburgh area while carrying out the University’s land grant obligation to enhance research, teaching, and contribute to Allegheny County