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Baku Summer Energy School

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Baku Summer Energy School is an annual certificate program of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) held in partnership with the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). It brings together world-renowned scholars, academicians, and policy makers to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application. Upon completion of the program, participants are issued a certificate by the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.

A city view of Baku showing the start contrast in old and new building styles.

Faculty Advisor

Mamuka Tsereteli

Academic Details

The 2017 Baku Summer Energy School will expose students to a wide range of issues, such as the fundamentals of energy, energy law, economics and politics of energy, environmental impacts, and strategic management.

A special focus of the program is on the Caspian Basin, including regional pipeline network development, geopolitics of the Caspian Sea and its legal status, and the strategic outlook of SOCAR. Environmental issues, as well as revenue and resource management, will be emphasized throughout the course of the program.

The Baku Summer Energy School is interactive in its format and provides extensive opportunity for professionals in the field of energy to interact and build long-lasting ties. Participants will have a chance to discuss challenging issues with government officials and executives of oil companies such as BP, Exxon, TOTAL, Lukoil, and others.

Students will enroll directly at ADA and receive credit from ADA to be articulated on their AU transcripts.

2017 Program Schedule

Program dates: July 9-21, 2017

Program Costs

AU tuition (details in the program guide). Airfare and accommodation are not provided and are the responsibility of the student.

Who Should Attend

This multi-disciplinary program is designed for graduate students. Graduate students with interests in energy and other energy focused studies, such as law, politics, economics, environmental impacts, and strategic management, are welcome to apply. Students who also have an interest in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, political economy, environment and natural resource management, and politics of the region are also encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the student experience from the student blog written by the 2013 Azerbaijan Program participants.

Application and Deadlines

Students must read the entire program guide before applying. The program guide can be found in the Forms section of this website. The priority deadline for application is February 22, 2017 -- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


As part of the review process, the Faculty Advisor may invite students to meet with him to discuss the submitted application. Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

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Application Deadline

Summer 2017: Priority Deadline is February 22, 2017 -- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summer Abroad Application

Important Dates & Info Sessions


Azerbaijan 2014 Program Guide

Advisor Approval Form

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