Summer School - Social Dimension: EU-Russian Relations and Baltic Regional Security, Estonia

Publish Date: Feb 18, 2016

Deadline: May 20, 2016

17-30 July, 2016 (including arrival and departure dates)

The programme takes place in two different cities of Estonia: Tartu - the University town and Pärnu - the coastal "summer capital". 

The program will introduce the challenges and achievements of Estonian social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of state-of-the-art achievements generated by quick and efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy. Matters of foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region and the ever-changing EU-Russian relations illustrate the complexity of Estonian political and social transformation.

Upon completion of the program, the student

  • understands the main challenges facing Estonia socially, economically and (geo)politically;
  • has acquired knowledge about the reasons behind Estonia's fast transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy;
  • is able to analytically discuss Estonia's foreign policy and factors influencing the Baltic region;
  • understands the historical background and current challenges of the relations between Estonia and Russia.

Each week the lectures will be held from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons there will  study trips to different institutions, foundations, NGOs and enterprises.

There is also a cultural  and social programme in every city to introduce Estonian society, culture and history in a wider perspective. The students visit different museums and attend guided city walking tours.

Two weeks prior to the start of the programme all participants will be forwarded readings which they need to work through by the start of the programme. This contains both referrals to materials available online and/or copies of materials as an attachment. The programme will be supervised by Professor Andrey Makarychev who has the responsibility of assessing the performance of each student and giving the final grade. 

Assessment is based on the accomplishment of the study goals of the programme: knowledge of the subject matter on the basis of readings, active participation in the class and group work, quality of the essay which needs to be sent in by e-mail at least within two weeks after the end of the programme. 

Upon successful completion the participants will receive the Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript of the University of Tartu.

NB! Check the scholarship application deadlines and conditions:
DAAD Go-East Summer School Scholarships for German University's students 
Estonian Development Cooperation Scholarships for Students from Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia
Estonian Governmental Scholarships for Short Courses 
University of Tartu Scholarships for the University of Toronto and the University of Melbourne

Level: BA / MA
Credits: 5 ECTS
Application deadline: 20 May, 2016. 

Apply now via online application! 
PS. You need a copy of your passport or other identification document. Other documents might be needed if you apply for the scholarship.
Programme fee: 1395 € includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast, transportation during the programme between the cities, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host university. Housing costs constitute 455 € of the programme fee. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Tartu and from Pärnu to their home country. 
Payment deadline: 1 June, 2016.

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