Welcome to our comprehensive program for International Students and Visiting Scholars.

We hope that we may be of assistance so that your stay here in Pittsburgh will be enjoyable and worthwhile. We realize that all International Students/Scholars are very busy with studies and/or research; however, a full education must include intercultural relationships and experiences outside of the university setting.

We at P.R.I.S.M. seek to assist in this aspect of your educational endeavors in the United States. Please take a moment to read our web site and learn of all the programs that are offered to Pittsburgh's international students, visiting scholars and families.

A Word from the Director, Rev. Scott Boyd

scottI want to communicate a warm welcome to you as an international student. For nine years, my family and I lived in Slovenia where we experienced the joys and frustrations of living in another culture.

I sincerely hope some of our programs will allow you to build relationships that will help you through the challenges of living cross-culturally.

We are here to serve you and to make your cultural experience here a rich part of your educational experience.

Our programs are designed to give you a friendly way to interact with American culture.

Sometimes international students ask our staff at P.R.I.S.M., "why are you helping me?" Our answer is really very simple. It is because we have experienced God's goodness and believe He desires us to show kindness to others.

Even in the midst of your busy study schedule, let me invite you to include intercultural relationships in your educational experience.

Once again, we invite you to browse our web site to learn more about our programs for international students and scholars.

I look forward to meeting you soon and I wish you a great start to the new academic year.

So please, take a few moments to look around, there's so much more to see.

PRISM's Open House
This weekly dinner is an informal time to meet other internationals and Americans. You can learn more about PRISM and our international student activities.

PRISM's calendar
Here are our international student events by month.

PRISM's Ongoing Programs and Activities
Some of our international student activities take place throughout the year, on a weekly basis. Here you will find a brief description.

English Classes
Care to work on your English communication skills? PRISM offers 2 weekly classes, and a more intensive summer class to help you.

Bible Studies
Throughout the week there are several opportunities to study the Bible and learn more about God and Jesus and his teachings.

Cooking Class
This class is very popular. Here's a chance to learn some new recipies and see how easy it is to become a good cook.

PRISM's Garage Giveaway
Each August we give away many household items and furniture to our new international students. This is our special way to welcome you to Pittsburgh. All items are free.

Friendship Partners
Develop an intercultural relationship with an American family for one year. It's a great way to learn more about American culture.

Holiday Hosting
Share a holiday with an American family. The holidays include Thanksgiving and Easter.

PRISM Activities Registration Form
If you're interested in taking part in any of our activities, please register here.

PRISM E-mail Form
Here's where to e-mail us at PRISM ...

PRISM's Trips and Tours
Throughout the year, PRISM sponsors weekend trips to Washington D.C., Niagara Falls. Longer trips are offered during the summer and Christmas holidays.

Here's a brief introduction to the great folks who work at PRISM.