Estonia, Utrecht in the Netherlands; Tartu and Pärnu in Estonia

European Encounters: Diversity and Integration from West to East

when 1 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 2050

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.
Week I-II in Utrecht - European Politics 1-14 July
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.

After the lectures and programme 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 Baltic regional security. 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 as well as to the Baltic regional security.

Week III in Tartu - EU and Russian Relations 15-21 July
Week IV in Pärnu - Baltic Regional Security 22-28 July

The lectures/seminars will be held from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons there will study trips to institutions, NGOs and/or enterprises or culture programme. Programme consists:

- Lectures and seminars will be provided by the professors of the participating universities.
- Study visits to institutions, enterprises and/or NGOs.
- Cultural programme.
- Self-study: 2-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.

Course leader

M.A. Susi, email: and J. Verheul

Target group

The programme is especially designed for BA and MA level students coming from countries outside Europe with study background in political and social sciences, business and economics, international relations, area studies etc.

Course aim

The goal of this summer school is to give an overview of the European Union (EU), its history, institutional structures, current aims, and future challenges with the emphasis on the EU-Russia relations and Baltic regional security.

Credits info

Students will receive two transcripts of records, one issued by the Utrecht University and one issued by the University of Tartu.

Fee info

EUR 2050: Fee includes tuition, accommodation (with breakfast in Estonia), transportation during the programme between the countries and cities, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host universities. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Pärnu to their home country.