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Thanks to a generous grant from the Office of the Chancellor's Pitt Seed Initiative, the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies will roll out a study away program in collaboration with Pitt Study Abroad. This program will add a comparative dimension to the courses in the Water in Central Eurasia cycle by inviting students to explore the global and domestic dimensions of water sustainability through field visits to policy-oriented think tanks, NGOs, and federal agencies in Washington, D.C.


1 CR | March 8-15, 2020 | Estimated Cost In-State $1,350 | Tuition Remission Scholarships Available

Instructor: Andrew Lotz, Lecturer, Political Science

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Explore U.S., Central Asian, and global perspectives on water management and environmental sustainability through this innovative study away program for undergraduates. On this 1-week, 1-credit program, you will study competing perspectives on global water policy. You will be introduced to the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations managing water equity. You will look closely at the interconnections between policy, law, economics, and culture related to the environment. You will develop a portfolio of varied writing samples to use in applications for graduate programs and careers in policy while also creating their network of experts and organizations influential to the shaping of water and environmental policy in the U.S., Central Asia, and globally. This program is designed for students in interested in political science, history, environmental studies, policy, law, business, economics and international studies. 

What You'll Accomplish
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • A variety of policy writing examples that come together to form a portfolio of writing samples that can be used in applications for graduate programs and careers in policy
  • Network of experts and organizations influential to the shaping of water policy in the US, Central Asia, and globally

Apply by November 3, 2019