Global Energy

This course provides professional school students in the fields of Business, Law, Engineering, Public Policy and other areas with a first-hand experience of the global impact of contemporary developments in the natural gas and other energy sectors. Participants will first witness the effect that Marcellus Shale has had in Western PA and then see how these developments are impacting the US’s foreign policy and trade practices. After this, students will be familiarized with a very different side of the global natural gas and energy equation by travelling to Brussels, Belgium where they will see the EU’s perspective on global and regional gas and energy markets. The course ends with an exploration of the role that transit states like Ukraine play in global energy markets and efforts by these players to use their territory and energy alternatives to bargain with larger states at both ends of energy pipelines. Europe’s dependence of Russian gas as well as Russia’s dealings with the neighborhood transit countries will be fully explored in the course of this class. Throughout this experience, students will be exposed to a variety of stakeholders and a gain an understanding of energy’s impact on domestic and international politics, economies, societies and the environment.
 
Study sites for this 2-week course include Braddock and Washington Co. PA; Washington DC; Brussels, Belgium; and Kyiv, Ukraine. Participants will make site visits to companies, extraction and transportation facilities, various government and civic organizations and participate in lectures by local stakeholders and specialists. At the end of the course, participants will have a much broader understanding of the global impact of energy developments and more clearly understand how local activities such as those related to Marcellus Shale can have far-reaching consequences in different sectors and geographic locations.
 

What You'll Accomplish

The program features:
• First-hand exposure to different, oftentimes conflicting perspectives on major energy topics
• Access to natural gas producers, policy makers, and scholars in the U.S., the E.U., and Ukraine
• Site visits to companies, extraction and transportation facilities, various government and civic organizations and participate in lectures by local stakeholders and specialists.
• Cultural trips to famous landmarks, restaurants, shops that teach you about the people and the history of the E.U. and the Ukraine
 

Study sites for this 2-week course include Washington Co. PA; Washington, D.C.; Brussels, Belgium; and Kyiv, Ukraine. Participants will make site visits to companies, extraction and transportation facilities, various government, and civic organizations and participate in lectures by local stakeholders and specialists. At the end of the course, participants will have a much broader understanding of the global impact of energy developments and more clearly understand how local activities such as those related to Marcellus Shale can have far-reaching consequences in different sectors and geographic locations.
 

Where You'll Live

You will stay in hotels in shared rooms.
You can expect the following with your accommodations:

  • Shared hotel rooms
  • Shared bathroom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Central location and walkable to city center

 

What You'll Study

You will take one 3 credit course with professor Vasili Rukhadze

COMPETING PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL ENERGY: FROM WESTERN PA TO EASTERN EUROPE (PS2300)

This course provides professional school students in the fields of Business, Law, Engineering,Public Policy and other areas with a first-hand experience of the global impact of contemporary developments in the natural gas and other energy sectors. Participants will first witness the effect that Marcellus Shale has had in Western PA and then see how these developments affect US foreign policy and trade practices. After this, students will become familiar with a very different side of the global natural gas and energy equation by travelling to Europe, where they will explore the role that transit states play in global energy markets and efforts by these players to use their territory and energy alternatives to bargain with larger states at both ends of energy pipelines. The course ends in Kyiv for a different view of global and regional gas and energy markets. This course is open to undergraduate and non-PITT students. Coursework may count towards Russian and East European Studies certificate.
 
 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Vasili Rukhadze

Vasili Rukhadze is a Visiting Lecturer of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations with area focus on the former Soviet Union and post-communist Eastern and Central Europe.
Dr. Rukhadze holds a Ph.D. in political science from Kent State University (2014) and an M.A. degree in political science from the City University of New York (2002). In 2007-2008, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, conducting academic research on the prospects of establishing new energy routes from the Caspian Sea basin to the European Union. In 2010, he served as a Chairman of the Georgian Truth Commission, overseeing a large scale research project, from its inception to its completion, about Georgia’s historical experiences under Tsarist and communist rule. Since 2012, he is a Political Analyst at the Washington, D.C. based research and analysis institution, Jamestown Foundation.

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $3,500 $3,700
Estimated Additional Expenses $2,000 $2,000
Total Estimated Cost $5,500 $5,700

Final program costs and will be available by: November 15.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for three credits
  • Shared accommodations throughout the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Few meals
  • Site visits in Western, Pa; Belgium and Ukraine