Quick Info

  • Denmark and Sweden
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering
  • : Tentative dates- April 28 - May 14, 2019
  • : In-State $4700 | Out-of-State $4900
  • : Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


This course begins in Pittsburgh on in early May. We will have two days of site visits in Pittsburgh and then we will travel to Denmark and Sweden.

The class will meet during the spring term for a few pre-program meetings.

Engineering students can review how the course counts for requirements by contacting the faculty director of their department. 

The course will cover the application of various grid technologies from power generation through power consumption including transmission networks, grid automation, power electronics systems, communications and control, protection, grid operations, grid connectivity, renewable energy resource integration, cyber security, micorgrids, DC technologies, and other emerging areas, as well as a brief introduction to power utility markets, business processes, and policy/regulation. Through classroom discussion and an assortment of group exercises, you learn to frame contemporary energy production and utilization issues in societal and global contexts, and demonstrate mastery of the issues through written and oral communication.

ENGR 1281/ 2281 Tentative 2018 syllabus here.  2019 Syllabus will be uploaded soon. 


    Student Life

    Intersted in what the program was like from a fellow student?  Check out Sarah's blog: https://sariebearyabroad.wordpress.com/blog/

    On-Site Faculty And Staff


    Dr. Gregory Reed is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute; Director of the Electric Power Systems Laboratory in the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt; and Professor of Electric Power Engineering in the Swanson School’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

    He is also the Director of the Grid Technologies Collaborative for the U.S. Department of Energy; and an inaugural member of the National Academies of Science and Engineering’s Energy Ambassador Program. In addition to these roles, he is the owner and principal consultant of Power Grid Technology Consulting, LLC, and serves as Chief Science Advisor on the Board of Directors for the E-Merge DC Alliance.

    His research interests, teaching activities, and related pursuits include advanced electric power grid and energy generation, transmission, and distribution system technologies; power electronics and control technologies (FACTS, HVDC, and MVDC systems); micro-grids and DC infrastructure development, renewable energy systems and integration; smart grid technologies and applications; and energy storage.


    You will share a hotel room with another program participant for the duration of the program.

    Pricing And Dates

    In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
    $4700 $4900
    Arrive in Pittsburgh Depart Sweden
    Tentative dates April 28  May 14

    Please keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

    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.

    Questions about Scholarships available? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.


    Inclusions & Exclusions

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

    • Tuition for three Pitt academic credits
    • All accommodations
    • Daily breakfast, and some additional group meals
    • Local transportation in country
    • All site visits with all entrance fees included
    • On-site orientation
    • Mandatory health and accident insurance 

    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 ($300.00)
    • Airfare (~$1,000.00 - $1,400.00)
    • Meals (~$450)
    • Personal expenses (~$300-depends on personal spending habits)

    Ready to get started on your application?  

    Program Staff

    Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

    Walk-In Advising Hours:

    Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
    After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
    For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

    Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

    dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

    @SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


    Dr. Kristine Lalley

    Walk-In Advising Hours:

    Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

    Come talk with me about studying abroad!

    Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

    @SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg