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!

The Global Distinction is a new Pitt credential that supports your growth in learning more about the world inside and outside the classroom. 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.

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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

Credential Requirements

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

Enrollment Form
Credits of global course work (international/area/thematic studies courses) 
Global events or activities
High-impact global experiences
Beginner (complete one):
- First-year seminar
- Living Learning Community (Casa Cultural, Global Village)
- Writing-intensive course
Advanced (complete one):
- Service/community-based learning
- Study abroad
- Undergraduate research project
- Internship (at home or abroad)
- Capstone course or project
Reflection (unless pursuing a capstone)

Approved Courses for Global Course Work Credit

Enroll Now!

Enroll today to find out how many of your in-progress or completed courses and global activities and experiences qualify. MyPittGlobal on the mobile app Suitable will keep track of everything for you, including the special rewards and incentives you are eligible for along the way. You can start at any time. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the myPittGlobal icon.
  3. Log in using your Pitt credentials.
  4. Search: Distinction Enrollment.
  5. Complete the online form.


Visit the Pitt Global Hub on the ground floor of Wesley W. Posvar Hall. Student ambassadors and professional advisors are available to answer your questions and help you to identify global courses, activities, and experiences that complement your major or minor.