Quick Info

  • Germany & Switzerland
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies
  • : May 13, 2019 - May 24, 2019
  • : $4,699 In-State/ $4,899 Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


This course will focus on how energy policy varies around the world and how those differences in policy manifest as progress in renewable energy technologies and sustainable developments.  Students will examine how economic incentives and regulations have shaped the renewable energy landscape in the US and countries around the world.  State-of-the-art renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development concepts and technologies will be described both technically and as a public policy outcome.  You will see firsthand the technology and public policy outcomes described in the course while traveling through Germany and Switzerland.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Matt Kropf, Director of Energy Institute and Assistant Professor of Energy Science and Technology at Pitt Bradford

As the director of the energy institute, Matt is responsible for working with the different sectors of the energy industry to develop partnerships such as internships for energy students. Matt also works with the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development as well as facilities management to make the campus more energy efficient.

Matt is originally from Canton, Ohio and has had an interest in science from an early age. His interest in energy was sparked during his middle school years.



Students are housed in shared hotel rooms throughout the duration of the program.  Triple and quad accommodations are common.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,699 $4,899
Arrive in Frankfurt Depart Zurich
May 13, 2019 May 24, 2019

*Please note that dates may shift slightly.

All Oakland students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

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

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Daily breakfasts at the hotels
  • Some group dinners
  • Bus transportation between the locations
  • Academic and cultural site visits

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 Airefare 
  • Other 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

  • Please note that there is an online portion of this course that will be completed prior to departure.  Students must be available to participate and complete assignments prior to departure for Germany.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.