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Providing Penn State students with an immersive experience in urban sustainability

Spend a semester living and learning in a dynamic city. City Semester Pittsburgh is a unique learning experience for Penn State students of all majors and backgrounds. While living in the heart of Pittsburgh, students participate in a rewarding internship with a prominent community partner, take relevant online courses, and join fellow students in an urban sustainability course taught at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh space in the Energy Innovation Center. Come 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.

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Applications for the fall 2020 semester are closed. Check back for spring 2021 application deadlines.

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