Global Distinction

Did you know that Pitt offers more than 250 classes every term with international or global content? If you’ve taken one or more of these courses, then you’re already on your way to earning a Global Distinction!

By completing course work across disciplines and participating in global activities and experiences at home or abroad, you can earn official recognition for your work. The credential also brings milestone rewards and, upon completion, a personal Global Distinction URL for use on your résumé and networking sites.

The Global Distinction is a great way to demonstrate your cross-cultural exposure and awareness to potential employers.

Benefits of Earning the Global Distinction

  • Transcript annotation: Your achievement noted on your academic transcript
  • Personalized digital transcript: Digital catalog of your work with a unique URL for your résumé and networking sites and sharing with prospective employers and recruiters
  • Rewards and incentives: Special prizes, networking invitations, and advance notice of or preferred consideration for travel grants or other funding opportunities for achieving competency milestones
  • Graduation honorable mention: Special recognition during your school’s and the University Center for International Studies’ graduation ceremonies

Visit the Global Distinction website to learn more about the requirements.

How to Enroll

  • Go to
  • Click the myPittGlobal icon or search "myPittGlobal" in the Ask Cathy search bar.
  • Log in using your Pitt credentials.
  • Search: Global Distinction Enrollment.
  • Complete the online form.

Credential Requirements

To earn the Pitt Global Distinction, undergraduate students complete the following:

  • 1 Enrollment Form
  • 6 Credits of global course work (international/area/thematic studies courses) 
  • 24 Global events or activities (8 events or activities from each of the below 3 categories)
    • Career and Professional Development
    • Civic and Global Engagement
    • Regional/Thematic/Area Expertise
  • 2 High-impact global experiences
    • Beginner (complete one): First-year seminar OR Living Learning Community (Casa Cultural, Global Village) OR Writing-intensive course
    • Advanced (complete one): Service/community-based learning OR Study abroad OR Undergraduate research project OR Internship (at home or abroad) OR Capstone course or project
  • 1 Reflection (unless pursuing a capstone)

Approved Courses for Global Course Work Credit

Fall 2022
Spring 2022
Fall 2021 
Spring 2021
Fall 2020 
Spring 2020
Fall 2019
Spring 2019


Students can stop by the Pitt Global Hub or email with their general questions.