Study Abroad

Travel in Europe. Learn first-hand from energy experts. Get credit.

Program and application information

In this CSU faculty-lead program, students travel to sites in Colorado, Copenhagen, Paris, and Brussels to examine questions about energy and climate within several different cultural contexts.

  • Course Title: E482A: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Energy Transitions in Europe
  • Locations: Colorado / Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium / Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 3 credits, Upper Division. Enrollment open to undergraduate and graduate students and counts for credit towards the Sustainable Energy Interdisciplinary Minor
  • Program Dates: May 18 – June 2020
  • For more information about logistics, costs, funding, and how to apply, go to the CSU Education Abroad website.

Course information

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students by enrollment in: “E482A: Study Abroad: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Energy Transitions in Europe” (3 credits) through CSU Division of Continuing Education. This course counts for credit towards the Sustainable Energy Interdisciplinary Minor.

Special Funding Available

The CSU Energy Institute offers generous scholarships for this program in addition to other funding opportunities available for all education abroad programs.

About the faculty leader

Lynn Badia
Dr. Lynn Badia is Assistant Professor of English at CSU specializing in Environmental and Energy Humanities.  In 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, as part of the “Climate Histories Research Group,” and she attended the 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris.  Before starting at CSU, Dr. Badia completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta in Canada, focusing on research in the emerging field of “Energy Humanities,” and she was an organizer and/or participant of several research programs focused on the nexus of energy, science, and culture.

The student experience

Learn first hand what it is like to be a student participant in the Energy Transitions study abroad program by reading our student blogs. Just click the links below to learn more.

“Visit to an offshore wind farm in Denmark by boat!” by Michael Somers, CSU Energy Institute Ambassador and Graduate Research Assistant at the CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering

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.

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. While visiting sites in the U.S., Denmark, France, Belgium, students grapple with complex questions alongside experts in the field about today’s energy transitions.

Participants of this program explore European capitals by going on “green” walking and bike tours of each city while learning about each city’s history and culture. Students also gain first-hand knowledge in workshops at high-level institutions and important infrastructures such as:

  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado
  • The International Energy Agency, Paris
  • The Clean Energy Ministerial, Paris
  • European Supergrid Headquarters, Brussels
  • The Headquarters of the European Union, Brussels
  • Off-shore Wind Farms, Denmark
  • State-of-the-art Waste to Energy Plant, Copenhagen
  • Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen
  • And many others!

By investigating a variety of sites in the U.S. and Europe, students not only gain an international perspective on energy transitions, they also learn about site-specific conditions—the individual histories, economies, technologies, and cultures— that are shaping energy transitions for the next century. In this program, students 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.

More Information

CSU Student Study Abroad Office


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Read about the program’s success on SOURCE!