Experiential Learning

Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and meaningful parts of your college experience, especially when it’s closely integrated with your on-campus studies. Your path to proficiency in any foreign language and culture is incomplete without putting what you’ve learned to practice in an authentic, immersive setting—whether for six weeks, a semester, or an entire academic year.

The Department of French & Italian has run programs in France and Italy for decades, and have expanded our offerings in recent years as Italy and France have steadily risen to the top of “Most Popular Study Abroad Destination” lists. Beginners in Italian may opt to spend six summer-term weeks in Rome or a spring semester in Florence, while more advanced students (in Italian) may spend their summer in Genova taking upper-level courses. French students have an equally broad range of Pitt-developed summer programs to choose from: our flagship program in Nantes, France; a professional skills program in Paris, and an intermediate program closer to home in Québec, Canada.

If a non-Pitt program is better-suited to your needs, the French and Italian faculty have many years of experience with semester- and year-long programs. For your reference, we’ve compiled a list of recommended programs in Italy and the francophone world, but our advisors would love to meet with you to discuss options, selection priorities, and tips on how to fit it all into your time at Pitt. Click through to French- or Italian-program pages to find out more, and begin your journey today.


Internships can help students actively engage with their fields of study, explore careers and professions, and make important intellectual and community connections. The Department of French & Italian regularly sponsors numerous internships around the Pittsburgh community relating to the fields of language education (FL and ESL), public history, translation/interpretation, government work, and cultural institutions. Read more about Italian Program and French Program internship opportunities.

Undergraduate Research

One of most valuable and unique features of a university such as Pitt is its exciting research environment. Students here have easy access to and involvement in faculty research, both as a mode of apprenticeship and understanding about the discipline of literary, linguistic, and  cultural studies, and (in later stages) as a mode of independent exploration and learning. View our exhaustive list of Pitt resources to help you formalize this invaluable exposure to faculty research, obtain university credit and, in many cases, secure financial support.

Internships Abroad

The Pitt in Florence program (as well as the Global Business Institute program through the CBA) and the International Internship Program in Paris offer students the possibility to apply their language and culture skills in professional settings abroad in a wide variety of fields.