At Carnegie Mellon, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing students with a global education. With a well-established study abroad program, diverse student body, an international footprint and global recognition for academic excellence, Carnegie Mellon students graduate with the resources and experience they need to succeed in any environment, on an international scale.
Tartans Abroad: The Places You (Could) Go!
Carnegie Mellon offers undergraduates a wide-ranging amount of opportunities to go abroad, and each year over 500 students from all majors depart to various foreign destinations to study, work, volunteer, intern or research. Many students often say their experience abroad was the best, most memorable and/or most rewarding time of their college years. An experience abroad not only exposes students to other cultures, languages and people, but it also allows them the opportunity to develop the academic, personal, professional and cross-cultural dimensions of their lives.
"Traveling on my own, adapting to a new environment, learning how to react to a new educational system and culture, was all an eye opening experience."
Anna Cicozi, a senior in Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland last year. Cicozi credits Carnegie Mellon for preparing her for the experience, thanks to the diversity of the campus community, which made her more open minded. Her biggest takeaway from her semester in Dublin? "Study abroad made me a more independent person, in so many aspects of my life. Traveling on my own, adapting to a new environment, learning how to react to a new educational system and culture, were all an eye opening experience," said Cicozi.
Most popular destinations for study abroad:
- British Virgin Islands
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Our Student Body Represents 60+ Countries
With over 60 countries represented in Carnegie Mellon’s student body, the university is ranked in the top 7 for national universities with the highest percentage of international undergraduates. Students from outside of the U.S. made up 22% of the degree-seeking undergraduate student body in the 2015-2016 academic year, according to a U.S. News Short List. This makes for a vibrant, multi-cultural and diverse community! International and domestic undergraduates mutually benefit from each other’s presence on campus, as different cultures and ideas intersect, fostering more invigorating classroom discussion, sharing of diverse and enriching perspectives and experiences, and developing enduring relationships. All undergraduates can also explore different multicultural, student-run organizations to broaden their exposure to cultural and spiritual diversity.
Carnegie Mellon's Global Footprint
Carnegie Mellon has a footprint in just about every continent on the map. Boasting more than a dozen degree-granting locations, an international campus in Qatar and more than 20 research partnerships with other universities and organizations across the globe, Carnegie Mellon has assumed a global identity that goes beyond Pittsburgh. Whether student, faculty member or alum, there's a Tartan in almost every country!
Carnegie Mellon is represented in the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), a community including the presidents of the world’s top 27 universities, collaboratively focused on issues related to the internationalization of higher education, its future and the role science plays in globalized society.
Carnegie Mellon’s global reach and impact has been acknowledged for research excellence and/or influence, internationalization, reputation and student employability after graduation. Here’s how Carnegie Mellon places in some global rankings:
- 23rd in Top Universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
- 47th in Top Universities (QS World University Rankings 2018)
- 68th place (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016)
- 7th in Most International Undergraduate Students (U. S. News and World Report 2016)