This CSU faculty-led summer program focuses on interdisciplinary perspectives of energy transitions in Europe. Students travel to three countries to examine questions about energy and climate within several different cultural contexts.

Group of students by the water with wind turbines in the background

Course Information

  • Course Title: E482A: Study Abroad: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Energy Transitions in Europe”
  • 3 credits, Upper Division
  • Enrollment open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Travel to Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Counts for credit towards the Sustainable Energy Interdisciplinary Minor
  • Program Dates: May 19-31, 2019
  • Application Deadlines: Priority: December 1, Final: February 15 (pending spots available)

Upcoming Information Sessions

Wednesday, Nov 14: LSC 304, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday, Dec 5:  LSC 324, 12:00-1:00pm




Program Summary

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement resulted in a global mandate to decarbonize the world’s energy infrastructures, however the pathways forward for energy transitions are complex and uncertain.

An intentional and expedient transition of the energy infrastructure remains a complicated process, one that must be responsive to the specific geographies, histories, politics, and lifeways of individual cities and nations. While there are considerable challenges, many nations are beginning to make progress towards decarbonizing the energy sector.

CSU’s “Energy Transitions” education abroad program provides students with a multi-disciplinary and multi-national perspective on energy transitions that are unfolding in the present moment. Over the course of this program, students grapple with complex questions about the European Union’s energy transition, while visiting sites in Denmark, France, Belgium. Students will gain first-hand knowledge in workshops at high-level institutions such as the International Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Ministerial in Paris, while also touring important infrastructures such as off-shore wind farms in Denmark and the European grid headquarters in Belgium.

By investigating a variety of sites in Europe, students not only gain an international perspective on energy transitions, they also learn about site-specific conditions—the individual cultures, economies, technologies—that present opportunities and challenges for clean energy deployment. The goal is to enable students to become exceptionally informed and resourceful thinkers and researchers who can more skillfully navigate complex and interdisciplinary questions about energy in the U.S. and abroad.


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More Information

Questions? Contact the program’s faculty leader, Dr. Lynn Badia.




Read about the program from a student’s perspective!