GlobalPittsburgh brings together globally-minded people in the Pittsburgh region through membership activities and hosting programs. It helps universities and English Language programs attract more international students, and coordinates visits for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State.

GlobalPittsburgh is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors practicing what is known as citizen diplomacy, which means “the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultures and create shared understanding through meaningful person-to-person interactions.”

As a charter member of the Washington, DC-based Global Ties U.S. (formerly NCIV) GlobalPittsburgh is the State Department’s designated regional service provider for the International Visitor Leadership Program and other government-sponsored international exchange programs, and now has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders’ and students’ time in the Greater Pittsburgh region provides value to all members of the community.

GlobalPittsburgh maintains three core programs:

  • International Leaders Program: Hosting Global Delegations
  • GlobalPittsburghCONNECT: Membership Program connecting internationals and local community through regular activities, events, hosting and homestay opportunities.
  • Study Pittsburgh: Helping Colleges, Universities & English Language Programs Attract International Students through a consortium of 17 regional institutions.

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