Study Abroad

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

Program and application information

  • Students in the program will travel to Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Program Dates: May 19-31, 2019
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • 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.

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. While the science is clear—we must prevent the planet’s climate from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst environmental effects—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. It takes ongoing negotiations and alignments among local, national, and international actors. While these are considerable challenges, many nations are beginning to make meaningful 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 economies, technologies, and cultures—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 transitions in the U.S. and abroad.

For more information about logistics, costs, funding, and how to apply, go to the CSU Education Abroad website.

Countdown clock to application deadline (February 15, 2019)

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