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Providing Penn State students with an immersive experience in urban sustainability

City Semester Pittsburgh is a unique learning experience for Penn State students of all majors and backgrounds who would like spend a semester learning about Pittsburgh’s urban dynamics. While participating in the program, students will intern with a prominent community partner and take an engaging course in sustainability. Students will further explore real-world issues in climate action, architectural design, clean energy, landscape architecture, urban equality, education, and more.

If you are considering Pittsburgh as an option after graduation, City Semester Pittsburgh offers valuable work experience and can help you build a professional network within the inner circles of those reshaping Pittsburgh’s future today.

Penn State Center Pittsburgh is grateful to PepsiCo and Tarkett Commercial Flooring for providing funds for the Urban Sustainability Fellowship for City Semester students.

Summer 2022 dates and deadlines

  • Early deadline for priority placement: Friday, March 4
  • Final application deadline: Friday, March 18
  • Students matched with partners: Friday, April 22
  • Classes and program begin: Monday, May 16

Fall 2022 dates and deadlines

  • Early deadline for priority placement: Friday, March 25
  • Final application deadline: Friday, April 8
  • Students matched with partners: Friday, May 6
  • Classes and program begin: Monday, August 22

Apply Online

Student Application
Partner Application


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Program DetailsCity Semester students at Frick Environmental Center
Program Details - What to expect as a Penn State student participating in the City Semester program.
Student SpotlightStudent interns surrounding a community planning map
Student Spotlight - Learn more about actual student experiences during the City Semester program.
Become a Community PartnerCommunity Partners
Become a Community Partner - Information for Pittsburgh businesses and organizations to partner with the City Semester program.