Economic Policy Analysis in Ukraine

This program is designed for students who are interested in the contemporary economic policy issues and would like to learn about econmic policy design and implications in the Eastern European economy.  
The goal of program is to engage undergraduate students in the work of economic policy making and to broaden the university research in response to a proliferation of complex economic policy challenges in Ukraine.  The program offers students the opportunity to:

  • explore real-world challenges identified by the government of Ukraine and international donor agencies
  • work under the guidance of faculty members with expertise in a field related to the economic policy project
  • interact with the state officials several times throughout the semester and discuss the challenges of economic policy making
  • contribute directly to the policy-making process with reservoir of students’ intellectual capital

The REEES Tuition Remission Scholarship is available for up to $3,000 per qualified applicant. The scholarship application is incorporated into the study abroad application.
 

What You'll Accomplish

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze political and economic developments in Eastern Europe since 1980s
  • Compare current socio-economic and political situation in Ukraine with the neighboring states
  • Understand the key industries and strategic priorities of the country
  • Evaluate the geo-political situation, the impact of the European Union and Russia on Ukraine’s  economy

 

Economic Policy Analysis in Ukraine (ECON1710)

This course introduces undergraduate students to the economic and political history, economic reforms and policy making in Ukraine after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The idea of this course is to engage undergraduate students in the work of economic policy making and to broaden the university undergraduate research in response to a proliferation of complex economic policy challenges in Ukraine.  Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze political and economic developments in Eastern Europe since 1980s
  • Compare current socio-economic and political situation in Ukraine with the neighboring states
  • Understand the key industries and strategic priorities of the country
  • Evaluate the geo-political situation, the impact of the European Union and Russia on Ukraine’s  economy
  • Learn about factor markets, international trade, banking, debt, investments and country risks
  • Understand how economic policies are designed and implemented in Ukraine
  • Explain the impact of macroeconomic policies, monetary policy, fiscal policy, international trade policy, as well as policies regulating agricultural sector, education, health care, and IT and telecommunication in Ukraine
Experiential Learning Description

Students on this program will have an opportunity to meet and interview economic policy makers and experts in Ukraine, choose a project of their interest and design and analyze the policy as part of their independent research project under mentorship of two faculty experts.  At the end of the program, students should produce a research paper analyzing current political and economic issues in Ukraine, and critically evaluate policy options.

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

Dr. Svitlana Maksymenko

Dr. Svitlana Maksymenko is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Russian and East European Studies. Her research interests include comparative economics, economic growth and reforms, and economics of development. She regularly teaches International Economics, Financial Economics and Economic Policy Analysis at Pitt.

Items Billed by Pitt

 

In-State

Out-of-State

Tuition

$2,328

$2,528

Program Fee

$1,271

$1,271

Study Abroad Fee

$300

$300

Total Billed by Pitt

$3,899

$4,099

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare

$1,000 - $1,500

Personal Expenses and Meals

$500 - $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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 3 credits
  • International travel health insurance
  • Shared accommodations while abroad
  • Academic related site visits
  • Cultural visits
What Else You Need to Know

Students are encouraged to have a background in Economics with a working understanding of basic micro- and macro-economic terminology.  Prior to attending the program, students are encouraged to take any of the following courses: Introduction to Macroeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, INternational economics, Econormis of Development.