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ESTONIA:  BUSINESS AND POLITICS IN NORTHERN EUROPE

Program: The Estonia: Business and Politics in Europe summer program provides SU students the opportunity to spend three weeks in late July and early August studying in the northern European nation of Estonia.  Bathed in sunlight for up to 15 hours a day during late July and early August, Estonia is a picturesque European destination nestled along the Baltic Sea in northeast Europe.  Estonia is a strategic member of NATO and the EU common market, with a highly developed Information Technology infrastructure and a vibrant economy.  The historical and cultural meeting of Europe and the West with Russia and the East make Estonia a fascinating place to study abroad.

Locations: The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the King of Sweden Gustav II Adolph and is one of the most venerable centers of education and research in northern Europe.  Since 2010, Salisbury University and the University of Tartu have collaborated on the Salisbury Abroad: Estonia semester study abroad program.  The Perdue School of Business led the first summer study abroad program to the University of Tartu in 2008.

The program is divided into three week modules, each week taught in a different Estonian city.  The first week is spent on the main campus of University of Tartu in the historical college town of Tartu.  Nestled on the banks of the River Emajõgi, Tartu is considered the cultural and intellectual center of the nation.  Because of the concentration of college students in this historic town, Tartu has an active nightlife with clubs, bars, and restaurants. The second week, the program moves is held in the beach resort town of Pärnu.  Pärnu is a West-Estonian resort on the Baltic with beautiful, sandy beaches in the heart of the city. The third week, the program finishes in the historic capital city of Tallinn.  Long regarded as one of the best preserved medieval cities in all of Europe, Tallinn the capital is the site of the third week. Tallinn was featured as the European Capital of Culture throughout 2011.  The weekend between Session II and III, the program will make a special field-trip to the Baltic island of Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island and a popular tourist destination.

Courses: Students take one (1) of two courses during their three weeks in Estonia.  Both courses will have enrollment from SU students and students from around Europe and the world who are also studying at the Summer University at the University of Tartu, providing students with an integrated globalized learning environment:

BUAD 396/BUAD 696 – Business Studies Abroad: Managing Across Cultures (3 credits). Taught by faculty from the Perdue School of Business, the course focuses on the fundamentals of international management, addressing the challenges of doing business internationally including cultural dimensions, the strategic and structural issues, and human resources issues.  Can be taken for undergraduate (jrs. And srs.) or graduate credit.  Admission to the program and in good standing academically and socially with the university. 

POSC 204 - Topics in Political Science:  European and Russian Foreign Policy and Security Challenges in the New Millenium (4 credits). Taught by partner faculty at the University of Tartu, the course provides a general overview of the Baltic region, dealing daily with crucial issues such as security building, welfare creation, conflict and cooperation; studies Russia and her foreign policy; elaborates European Union integration issues while explaining the impact of enlargement process to policy reforms. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC.


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