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700 EUR/full
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The need for a global transition to a low-carbon energy sector is contested by few, but opinions on what this means in practice and on how to get there vary widely. This The Global Energy Transition in a Fossil World course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will focus on the societal side of energy transition and the dilemmas that still need to be solved for effective change.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to VU Amsterdam Summer School online this year! Previous students exclaimed finding our summer school absolutely wonderful, interesting and fun yet also tremendously helpful for their professional and academic careers.

The course will introduce you to the leading theories, concepts, proposed solutions and current governance efforts in the energy transition. 

At the end of The Global Energy Transition in a Fossil World  course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  you will:

  • understand the main concepts and theories in energy transition and be able to put them into the wider context of global sustainable development;
  • know what has been achieved on the road to energy transition so far;
  • have gained an overview of the greatest challenges and proposed solutions for the future of the energy transition;
  • have a clear insight into your own preferred solutions for the energy transition and the main pros and cons of these solutions.

Programme Structure

Course content

  • This course will give you a broad overview of global energy transition needs, the key societal dilemmas and possible solutions. It will challenge you to discover your own preferred solutions – as well as their main pros and cons.
  • Global carbon emissions have decreased by nowhere near the margins needed to meet the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. In this arena of opposing energy interests vying for prominence, there are still many unresolved questions and dilemmas regarding the future of the energy transition.


Bachelor’s students, Master’s students and energy professionals with an interest in energy transition and sustainability, societal transformation and governance. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Dates session 1: 5 July – 16 July
  • Dates session 2: 19 July – 30 July 
  • The applications for the Summer School have just closed, but the VU Graduate Winter School will open soon!







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a print screen of your most recent grades is sufficient and needs to include your name and the name of your University)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.
  • EU/EEA

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.

700-950 EUR


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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