Netherlands, Utrecht

European Encounters: Diversity and Integration from West to East - Track

when 6 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1250

This track is a joint programme on European integration by the Utrecht University’s Summer School and the International Summer University of the University of Tartu. The aim of the course is to introduce the diversity and unity of European Identities, the European Union, (shared) foreign policy and new challenges. The course will dive into the different and diverse identities that can be found in Europe, and provide insight into Estonia, going from the past to the future. You will gain insight into the Baltic states, the EU, and Europe as a whole.

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The first two weeks will take place in the Netherlands, where you will take a deep dive into European Identities. The distinctive identities that exist within this continent will be explored, both on a national level and a grander European level. The structure of this complicated continent will be made apparent, providing insights that will allow you to place new knowledge in a better context.

After the lectures and program in the Netherlands, the participants will spend two weeks in Estonia, an EU-member since 2004. During this time, you will discover what it's like for a country to become a member of the EU. In the case of Estonia, you will take a look at its lessons learned in the past, and think about the scenarios that might be encountered in the future. Topics will range from foreign policy (i.e. Russian-EU relations) to business, security and innovation and from natural language to financial networks. All in all, a diverse course that will give you a more detailed understanding of Europe and the Baltic States.

Please note: This track is a joint programme on European integration of Utrecht University’s Summer School and the International Summer University of the University of Tartu. Students will receive two transcripts of records, one issued by Utrecht University and one issued by the International Summer University of the University of Tartu.

Course leader

Geertje Dekkers & Mari-Ann Susi

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 track 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 1250: All course materials, excursion tickets and accommodation are included in the total fee. The transfer from Utrecht to Estonia is also included. Please note your baggage must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Estonia to their home country. Because Utrecht Summer School arranges travel between the different locations, housing is mandatory.
EUR 800: Housing fee

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