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Summer University "Social Dimension: Estonian Business Environment, EU-Russian Relations and Baltic Regional Security", 9-29 July 2017, University of Tartu, Estonia

University of Tartu, Estonia


May 14, 2017

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

Level: BA / MA
Credits: 7 ECTS
Application deadline: 14 May, 2017

Programme fee: 1985 € 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. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Tallinn and from Pärnu to their home country.
Payment deadline: 1 June, 2017.

The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of 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. In addition, the programme also addresses areas which have made Estonia to stand out globally and noted by international observers like BBC as a new Silicon Valley: digital society and e-state with various ICT services and technologies.

Upon completion of the programme, the student

  • understands the main challenges facing Estonia socially, economically and (geo)politically;
  • has acquired knowledge about the factors which have influenced Estonia's transformation from state-controlled economic systems into free market economy;
  • 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.

Week I in Tallinn - Estonian Business Environment 9-16 July
Week II in Tartu - EU and Russian Relations 16-23 July
Week III in Pärnu - Baltic Regional Security 23-29 July

Each week the lectures will be held from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons there will  study trips to state establishments such as the Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia, as well as to the important fondations, NGOs and entreprises.

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.

Scholarships for Summer Programmes

Application Periods and Scholarships for summer 2017

  • 15 Feb - 15 March: Archimedes Scholarships for Summer and Winter Language Courses
  • 20 Feb - 20 March: Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses;
  • 6 March - 9 April: Estonian Development Cooperation Scholarships for students (and teacher training lecturers for one programme) of Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus;
  • till 1 May: University of Tartu College of Foreign Languages and Cultures Sholarships for Estonian Summer Courses
  • 1 March - 1 June: DAAD Go-East Summer School Scholarships for German University's students for Estonian Summer Courses
  • home school deadline: University of Tartu Scholarships for the University of Toronto and the University of Melbourne

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
February 24, 2017


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