Energy in Central Asia Program (ECAP)
ECAP provides participants the unique opportunity to study the business culture and energy industry of Central Asia and to network with global companies in Almaty and Astana.
Central Asia's abundant natural resources, highly educated workforce, vast geography, and promising markets have captured the attention of investors and companies around the world. To introduce students to this region ripe with business potential, American Councils and the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research (KIMEP) have partnered to create a business and cultural immersion program, employing classroom and experiential learning with regional travel.
Participants receive 15 hours of in-class academic instruction for three weeks on the campus of the KIMEP. Classroom topics include:
Oil and gas classes are conducted in English by host-institution faculty, and Russian/Kazakh language classes are taught at all levels. Participants earn six to seven U.S. academic credit hours during the summer session.
Upon conclusion of the three-week course at KIMEP, participants will take part in meetings in Almaty and Astana with key players in both the local and international energy industry. Past participants have met with representatives of Chevron, Halyk Finance, and USAID.
Housing & Meals
Participants live on the campus of KIMEP, double-occupancy in the dormitory. Most meals are provided by the university in the cafeteria.
American Councils provides both predeparture and in-country orientation for participants along with staff and local infrastructure that provide around-the clock emergency support. Additionally, participants receive medical insurance coverage for the duration of the program.