Q: Do I need to attend the International student orientation session?
A: Yes, the international student orientation session is mandatory for all new international students. During this event, you will receive important information about Point Park, immigration regulations, and other aspects of living in Pittsburgh. In addition, orientation is an excellent opportunity to meet our staff and other international students. The Fall 2013 New Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
Q: When does each semester begin and what is the application deadline for each semester?
A: The Fall 2013 semester begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. We have rolling admissions for international students but keep in mind that your enrollment is regulated with the time frame needed to obtain a visa for the upcoming term.
Q: How long is each term?
A: The Spring and Fall semesters are approximately 15 weeks, while the Summer term has one 12-week period that can be divided according to classes into two six week sessions. However because of limited course availability Summer session is not an option for new incoming international students.
Q: How much does it cost to attend your institution?
A: Click here for 2012-2013 tuition, room and board costs. Living expenses vary depending on where you decide to live. For the issuance of the I-20 you must provide proof of funds totaling up to $40,000 USD depending on your program of study to ensure that you will have adequate monies to meet your living needs. As an international student you are not required to live on campus, however it may be helpful in the first year to get used to your surroundings and enjoy Point Park to the fullest.
Q: What type of financial aid is available for International students?
A: Students studying in our undergraduate programs can be awarded a combination of academic merit scholarships of up to $11,000 per academic year. Students studying in our graduate programs can be awarded a maximum academic merit scholarship of $3,000 per year. For further information, please view the Scholarships and Awards.
Q: Can I get a graduate assistantship to help finance my education?
A: International students are eligible for assistantships. However, since assistantships are highly competitive and not guaranteed, international students should only depend on external sources like family income to fund their education, and not an assistantship.
Q: What is a graduate assistantship?
A: A graduate assistantship is an on-campus, part-time position reserved to graduate students. Graduate assistantships are generally found in each school. Graduate assistantships pay full tuition for three courses per semester and provide a stipend of $6,400 per year (or, $800 per month during the academic year). In exchange, graduate assistants must work 20 hours per week and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Assistantships are generally renewed for a second year when both the student and supervisor are satisfied with the arrangements. Please visit Human Resources to find out if any positions are available.
Q: What do I need to get an I-20 form?
A: Point Park will issue an I-20 form only after receiving the required application documentation. Students should check the application form to identify what specific information is needed, since undergraduate, graduate, and intensive English students have different requirements. Click here for application and admissions requirements.
Q: Can I work once I get to Point Park University?
A: Full-time student visa holders (F-1 students) are not permitted to work off-campus except for optional or curricular practical training purposes. However, they can work on campus under certain circumstances. More information on this topic can be found at the Office of International Student Services.
Q: What are my payment options for tuition?
A: International students are eligible for payment plans through Point Park University, please contact the ISSE Office for additional information.