University of Tartu, Estonia Accepting Applications for Two-Week Summer Program

Application deadline: May 15, 2019

A call is open for a summer school entitled “Understanding Russia: Insights into Contemporary Russian Culture and Politics”, held on 15-27 July 2019 at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

The summer school explores the complex social, cultural and political developments that drive Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, underlie the current crisis in Russia’s relations with the West, and influence the daily realities and perspectives of the Russian people.  The topics discussed range from legacies of the Soviet period and of post-Soviet transition to current political and social realities to the sources of Russia’s international conduct. Classes will be conducted by leading experts based in Estonia, Russia and Sweden, each of them possessing unique first-hand insights based on years of conducting internationally acclaimed research.

Held in Estonia, a country with a long and complex history of relations with Russia, the school is hosted by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies and Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu (UT). Founded in 1632, the UT is the leading research university in the New Europe (Times Higher Education, 2018). The school takes place in the three main cities of Estonia: the capital Tallinn (week 1), the university town of Tartu (week 2) and the Russian-speaking border city of Narva(weekend). The format of the school combines lectures and seminars with study trips, site visits, and a rich cultural and social program. .

The school is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Upon completion of the programme, 4 ECTS is awarded. The programme fee is €1,600 and includes tuition, study visits, cultural and social programme, and services of the host university with accommodation in double rooms in a student dormitory. Participants are responsible for their travel, travel insurance  and visa arrangements, if needed.

More information is available at:

Contact: Ms Mari-Ann Susi, Programme Director,, phone +372 737 6609.

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