Quick Info

  • Brussels & Kyiv
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Cultural Studies, Engineering, Political Science
  • : 14 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
  • : $3200 IS, $3500 OS
  • : January 26, 2018
  • : Upper level undergraduate student applicants will be considered, Open to Non-Pitt Students


PS 1301/PIA 2300/PIA 2307: Competing Perspectives on Global Energy: From Western PA to Eastern Europe

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 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.  Throughout this exploration, 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.

Coursework may count towards the Russian and East European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

A native of Kyiv, Ukraine, Professor Lena Surzhko-Harned teaches courses in political science and international relations at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her interests are in the topics of comparative politics, nationalism and ethnic conflict, comparative democratization, political behavior in post-communist states, energy and the European Union. Professor Surzhko-Harned has previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Mercyhurst University where she promoted Russian and East European Studies. She is a contact person for students interested in research, study, and career opportunities focused on this region.


Students will be staying in shared hotel accommodations.  Students can elect to pay a single subsidy if they wish to do so.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$3200 $3500
Arrive in Pittsburgh Depart Kyiv

* Please note, depending on world events, Kyiv may be swapped with Sofia, Bulgaria if travel to the Ukraine is no longer an option based on health, safety, and security concerns. *

Keep in mind that dates may change. 

Funding: In addition to Pitt-sponsored and national scholarships featured on our website, the Center for Russian and East European Studies offers up to $3,000 in tuition remission for selected applicants. Enrollment in REES certificates not required. To apply, complete the appropriate sections of the application form.


Inclusions & Exclusions

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

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

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • International Airfare
  • Meals and personal expenses

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.

Special Information

There are no pre-requisites, but GSPIA students are encouraged to take US Energy Policy in the Spring term.  Upper-level undergraduates enrolled in REES and other UCIS certificates are especially encouraged to apply.  Upon acceptance, all students will receive a permission number to enroll.  

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