Utrecht, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Estonia

European Encounters: Small Countries, Big Neighbours

when 5 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 3100

Organizing institutions: Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities, University of Tartu - University of Tartu, University of Latvia - University of Latvia.

Programme description

The Baltic States share an intricate history of repression and liberation and are now thriving culturally and economically. Learn about the history and identity of these countries and their connection to the European Union over the course of six inspiring and educational weeks. From lectures to company visits, from museums to the European parliament, you will have a diverse and unforgettable experience in these three distinct yet interconnected countries.

During your stay in Utrecht, you will discover what makes Europeans ‘European’. Explore the varied identities that are present in Europe through lectures and day trips, while working together with a host of international students.

Continue your journey north towards Estonia, where you will take a deep dive into Estonian economic innovation and the NATO, the EU and Baltic Regional Security. Enrich your knowledge of international business life through daily company visits, and learn more about the recent history of the Baltic States, so as to expand your view on their current day foreign policy activities.

End this educational journey in the beautiful Latvia, where you will be taught all about a range current topics in everyday life in the Baltic States. Lectures will have subjects varying from business ethics and corruption, to intercultural communication, and from sustainability to cognitive sciences.

The price for this course includes all course materials, excursions and transportation.

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

The programme is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Course aim

Introduce students to European Identities and provide insight into the historical and present contexts of the Baltic States.

Fee info

EUR 3100: Programme fee: 3100€ includes tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, services of the host university, accommodatiotion and transportation between the Netherlands and Estonia (airline); and Estonia and Latvia (bus). Students will be accommodated in Estonia in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast included. Accommodation in the Netherlands and 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 Tartu back to their home country.