Netherlands, Utrecht and also Tartu, Estonia

European Integration: the EU from West to East

when 8 July 2013 - 2 August 2013
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2040

This course is a joint programme on European integration of Utrecht University’s Summer School and the International Summer University of the University of Tartu.

The first two weeks will take place in the Netherlands, a founding member of what is now the European Union. The participants will learn of the European Union (EU), its history, institutional structures, current aims, and future challenges. The course will also analyse how the development of a single market facilitates European economy that now represents almost a third of the total economic output of the world. For these two weeks you will follow the course European Politics.

After the lectures and program in the Netherlands, the participants will spend two weeks in Estonia, an EU-member since 2004. During this time, students will focus on the case European and Russian relations from political and social perspective, as well as analyze the stance of Russia on Human Rights Law. The objective of the course is to help students to grasp the scale and interconnectedness of various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations.
Russian NGO-s and international human rights organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, often criticize the Russian government for deficiencies in the field of human rights. In light of the Russian Federation's participation in the European Convention on Human Rights, the course will also address the main problem areas.

Course leader

M. Susi and J. Verheul

Target group

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

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce the European Union, European Institutions, (shared) foreign policy and new challenges. The course will study both the development towards a united Europe and the enduring diversity of national policy, law and geopolitical background (new) member states have to deal with in the process of European integration.

Credits info

8 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 2040: Course + course materials + housing + mealplan
The transfer from Utrecht to Estonia is included in the course fee. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Estonia to their home country.

In Utrecht the course fee includes a mealplan. More information you can find under the subject campuses.


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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