Summer Seminar on Global Issues
July 2015

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world — and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this innovative program is a two-week, interactive course focusing on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills.Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The program is sponsored jointly by the World Affairs Council, and the University Center for International Studies and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Who can participate?

Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How much does it cost?

The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $400 per person for students in the Pittsburgh region.

Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Out-of-state and international students should contact Emily Markham by emailing or calling 412-281-7027.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

  • Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues including health, the environment, human rights, security, and diplomacy.
  • Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global  and regional issues.
  • Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
  • Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
  • Use social media to create a meaningful portfolio and connect with peers abroad.
  • Explore global issues through film, literature, and art.

Sample schedule

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Critical Language Study
  • 10:30 am - Noon: Global Issues Course
  • Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Interactive Activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, including simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.


Please contact Emily Markham at the World Affairs Council at 412-281-7027 or at


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