Online Summer School: “The Baltic States and its Neighboring Powers”

About the course

The University of Latvia offers a multidisciplinary course that focuses on topical issues in a present day society. The course will provide insight on how the ‘big neighbors’ influence the development of small countries such as the Baltic States.You will discover what happens when a small country has big neighbouring countries. How far do their influences stretch? Besides impacting the history and culture of a country, what other effects occur? You will explore topics such as business ethics and corruption, humour as a communication tool, manipulation of social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, influence of music, the history and cultural heritage of the Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences for Latvia, influence on music, etc.

Outside the lectures, students will have ample opportunity to partake in the online social programme and online visits to study-related companies.

Students will be able to successfully complete the course and obtain 4 ECTS through submitting a paper within a month after the course ending.

This course is also part of a joint programme with the Utrecht University and the University of Tartu "European Encounters: The Baltics in the European Union". Students are able to join one (two or even all three) of our joint summer programmes and earn 4 ECTS per Course.

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Period: August 2, 2021 -  August 13, 2021 ( 2 weeks )

Form: Online course

Course location: Riga, Latvia

Organizing institution: University of Latvia

Language of instruction: English

Level: Bachelor

Target audience: the programme is designed for all students interested in the northern part of Europe focusing on the Baltic Sea Region. The course has a focus on social sciences and humanities.

Course fee: €400.00* (*Course fee includes lectures, course materials, virtual tours.)

Housing fee: approx. € 210.00** (not included in the course fee)

**You will be offered to stay in the Prima student hotel. The housing fee for a single room is € 210.00 for 2 weeks. If you want to, you can also stay in a double room for € 140.00 for 2 weeks. You will be placed with a student of your own gender. If you prefer the double room please write this in your motivation when you are applying. We will then add the discount to your application.
Optional: you can stay also in a hotel in the city center. If interested please contact us and we will provide you with a list of several options.

If you wish to stay in Latvia during this online course, please feel free to contact us.

Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia you can find here.

Application deadline: 01 June, 2021

Information due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the current situation and the restrictions, online participation from students residence country will be possible and digital tools will be used. Students who will be able to arrive to Riga, are welcome to come and to join a hybrid summer school where lectures, study visits, social and cultural activities will still be offered online. Some additional social and cultural activities will be offered on-site. Please note, on-site activities are not included in the price. Information for travellers to Latvia is available here.

Contact person for more information:

Marta Vilkauša
+371 67034406
Mobility Division,
University of Latvia