The Salisbury Abroad: Summer University in Estonia program provides SU students the opportunity to spend three weeks studying in the northern European nation of Estonia. Bathed in sunlight for up to 15 hours a day during July, 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.
CLASS: Students take one (1) of three possible courses during their three weeks in Estonia. All courses will be enrolled with 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. An SU faculty will be in residence at the University of Tartu throughout the summer session. He will greet all students upon arrival in Estonia, provide assistance to students, and facilitiate with program coordination with the University of Tartu. All classroom teaching will be conducted by University of Tartu faculty. SU credits for each of the courses have been pre-approved as indicated:
BUAD 396/BUAD 696 (July 2-21) – Contemporary Baltic Capitals: New Business Opportunities (3 credits). Course aims to familiarize the students with current challenges and opportunities facing the Baltic/Eastern European economies through company visits and discussion meetings with upper-level managers of local and international businesses. Students will spend one week in each of the charming Baltic capital cities of Tallinn, Estonia, Riga, Latvia, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. This course is appropriate for students from any major interested in working in in a multicultural business environment. No prerequisites required.
POSC 204 (July 2-21) - Topics in Political Science: After the Empire (4 credits). Course aims to introduce the crucial changes in all affected societies, brought about by the collapse of communism. The program will introduce the challenges of social, economic and judicial reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as international scale. Students will learn of strategies to solve the problems of the transition period and get acquainted with political structure of different countries. Extensive cultural program is also part of the course consisting of visits to renowned historical sites, museums and art galleries as well attendances of theater performances. Lectures in English on a variety of topics concerning social, political, economic and judicial issues will be provided by the professors of the participating universities. Special seminars and meetings with diplomats, businessmen and politicians are part of the program, as well as visits to governmental and NGO institutions and/or media firms. Students spend one week in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, one week in St. Petersburg, Russia, and one week in Kiev, Ukraine. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC.
POSC 204 (July 16 - Aug 3) - Topics in Political Science: European and Russian Foreign Policy and Security Challenges in the New Millenium (4 credits). Course aims to introduce the current issues and mutual relations of and between the European Union and the Russian Federation, as well as the foreign policy and security challenges faced by both regions. In addition to 45 hours of classroom work, in the afternoons there will be meetings with Estonian politicians and foreign diplomats residing in Estonia and field-trips to official establishments (the Parliament, the European Commission in Estonia). Students spend one week each in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, one week in the thriving college town of Tartu, and one week at the Baltic Sea beach resort town of Parnu. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC.
PROGRAM TRAVEL: Each of the academic programs is divided into three week modules, each week being taught in a different city as described above. Students are supervised on each stage of their course journey by the teaching faculty in that course and in that city. The SU faculty director will remain in residence in Tartu, Estonia to manage any issues that arise for SU students. In addition to the extensive travel provided as an integral part of each of the program courses, Estonia is a convenient starting point for independent travel throughout Europe either prior to the program start or after its completion.
HOST INSTITUTION: 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 2009. The Salisbury Abroad: Summer University in Estonia provides SU students with access to Tartu University's thriving International Summer University program carried out in cooperation with universities throughout northern Europe and Russia.
HOUSING: Throughout the program, students will be accommodated either in student residence halls or hostels/hotels in each of the cities where the course is conducted. Students are typically housed in double-occupancy rooms with another student, often from another European nation.
COSTS: The estimated base price for 2013 of the Salisbury Abroad: Summer University in Estonia program is $2750. Final costs will be determined in spring 2013. This price includes all tuition at SU and at the University of Tartu, all travel provided with the course selected, all accommodation, and international health insurance. The "New Business Opportunities" program has an additional cost to cover travel in Latvia and Lithuania. The "After the Empire" program has an additional cost to cover travel in Russia and Ukraine.
POSC 204 - Topics in Political Science: European and Russian Foreign Policy and Security Challenges in the New Millenium $2750
BUAD 396/BUAD 696 – Contemporary Baltic Capitals: New Business Opportunities - $3050
POSC 204 - Topics in Political Science: After the Empire - $3700
Costs not included in the program fee are international airfare, passport and fees, most meals, some miscellaneous expenses, and any independent travel.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: The application deadline is April 15.
In addition to the application form interested students should submit the following directly to the program director: