European Integration: the EU from West to East 4-week programme

5 July-1 Aug, 2015
in Utrecht (the Netherlands), Tartu and Pärnu

This 4-week joint programme on European integration in organised in co-operation with the Utrecht University’s Summer School and the International Summer University of the University of Tartu.

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

Week I-II in Utrecht - European Union and Single Market
Week III in Tartu - EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship
Week IV in Pärnu - NATO, the EU, and Baltic Regional Security 

Level: BA / MA

The programme awards 8 ECTS.
The application deadline is 20 May, 2015. Online application will be available in February 2015.
The fee for the whole programme is 1985 EURThis includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast, transportation during the programme (also the plane from the Netherlands to Estonia), cost of the cultural and social programme and the services of the host university.

The detailed outline will become available in Spring 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: students will receive two transcripts of records, one issued by the Utrecht University and one issued by the University of Tartu.

EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship

in Tartu 19.-25.07.2015

While many experts describe the EU-Russia relations as stagnating, internally both players are going through dramatic changes. The Eurozone has been hit by the debt crisis, which presents a grave danger to the very existence of the single European currency. The scale of the financial problems which the European Union is now facing has pushed the EU governments towards far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which might lead to the emergence of a much more coherent and robust political actor to replace today's rather loose confederation. Russia, for its part, demonstrates an unprecedented degree of political stability and continuity, and yet there are numerous indications that the tensions continue to accumulate within the economy, the state and society. There seems to be a consensus for the need to modernise the country. However, various elite groups and the wider society increasingly continue to diverge.

To sum up, it might be the case that both the EU and Russia are entering into the times of major transformations which can make them much stronger but can also lead their respective social, economic and political structures to a total collapse. The objective of this module is to help students to grasp the scale and interconnectedness of the various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations.

NATO, the EU, and Baltic Regional Security

in Pärnu 26.07.-01.08.2015

This module concentrates on the international position and foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region. It focuses on the post-communist period, but also provides an introduction to the recent history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to give a better understanding about the foreign policy activities of the Baltic States today. The module studies the environment of Baltic regional security, considering the main external and internal factors. The module is based on three broader issues in the foreign policies of the Baltic States: Euro-Atlantic integration, regional co-operation and relations with Russia. During the week students will analyse issues such as EU and NATO enlargement, international cooperation within the Baltic Sea region, and Baltic-Russian relations.

Among the specific topics that will be discussed are: NATO’s transformation since the Cold War, European Union enlargement and NATO expansion in Eastern Europe, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Neighbourhood Policy, the impact of the events in Ukraine in 2014, cyber defence, energy security, Baltic Sea regional cooperation, memory conflicts, espionage, information warfare, the situation of the Russian-speaking minorities, Transatlantic relations, the ‘reset’ in the relationship with Russia and its demise.