Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Estonia

European Encounters: The Baltics in the European Union

when 19 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2100

How is a small country influenced by its big neighboring countries? It is not only the history and culture; it is muchmore.

This course is a joint programme with the Utrecht University and the University of Tartu. The two-week course taking place in Estonia consists of two one-week modules, which are both taught by the University of Tartu. The first module “Estonian Economic Innovation: Lessons Learned and Future Scenarios” takes place in Tallinn and the second module “NATO, the EU and Baltic Regional Security” takes place in Tartu.

University of Latvia offers a multidisciplinary course focusing on topical issues in a present day society. The course will give you an insight on the “big neighbors” influence on the development of small countries like the Baltic States. Lectures will be divided into five main blocks covering the following areas: economics, sustainability and development, communication, culture and history, and cognitive sciences. You will explore topics like business ethics and corruption, humor as a communication tool, manipulation with social groups, emotions and their impacts on large scale groups, history and cultural heritage of Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences in Latvia, influence on music etc.

Apart from the lectures, students will have a great opportunity to take part in the social programme and visit study related companies.

The organizing universities are closely monitoring the global situation related to Covid-19, including possible restrictions of travel, as well as safety rules. In the event when the program cannot be conducted in contact teaching, the online option will be offered with reduced fee. It is also possible to use hybrid learning teaching method (simultaneously contact and online teaching).

Course leader

Ms. Mari-Ann Susi, email: Mari-Ann.Susi@ut.ee

Target group

This programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe (but is open to all students). The course has a focus on political and economical sciences, with emphasis on European institutions and integration.

Course aim

The aim of this programme is to introduce non-European students to the continent of Europe, through exploration of multiple topics such as culture, economy and politics.

Fee info

EUR 2100: Programme fee: 2100 € includes tuition, transportation between Estonia and Latvia, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, services of the host university and accommodatiotion. Students will be accommodated in Estonia in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast included. Accommodation in the Latvia will be in student housing.

Students are responsible for their travel and travel insurance (visa arrangements, if needed) from their home country to Tallinn and from Riga back to their home country.