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After the Empire: the Collapse of Communism and Beyond
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University of Latvia in cooperation with the University of Tartu offers a summer programme “After the Empire: the Collapse of Communism and Beyond”. 

This programme is a joint course offered by two leading universities: University of Tartu (established in 1632 and one of the most well-known and oldest universities in the Baltic Sea area) and University of Latvia (established in 1919 and listed as one of the leading universities in Latvia) in two countries and three cities in Estonia and Latvia: Riga - the capital of Latvia and two different cities of Estonia: Tallinn - the capital and Tartu - the University town. 


The aim of this programme is to introduce the crucial changes in two Baltic societies, brought up by the collapse of communism. The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of state-of-the-art achievements generated by quick and efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy.

Upon completion of the programme the student:

  • understands the main challenges facing Latvia and Estonia socially, economically and (geo)politically;
  • has acquired knowledge about the factors which have influenced Latvia's and Estonia's transformation from state-controlled economic systems into free market economy;
  • is be able to analytically discuss Latvia's and Estonia's foreign policies and relations with neighbouring countries;
  • understands reasons behind Latvia's and Estonia's principal political choices of the last decades.

In addition to the above described lectures and seminars will be provided by the professors of the participating universities. Visits to parliaments, governmental and public institutions, as well as to local non-governmental sector and enterprises are part of the programme.

Students will also benefit from a cultural programme that introduces Latvian and Estonian society, culture and history in a wider perspective. The students visit different museums and attend guided city walking tours.

Two weeks prior to the start of the programme all participants will be forwarded readings which they need to work through by the start of the programme. This contains both referrals to materials available online and/or copies of materials as an attachment. 

Assessment is based on the accomplishment of the study goals of the programme: knowledge of the subject matter on the basis of readings, active participation in the class and group work, quality of the essay which needs to be sent in by e-mail at least within two weeks after the end of the programme.

Upon successful completion the participants will receive the Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript.

2-week programme

Week I: Riga
Society, Politics and Economy, July 1-7
Week II: Tallinn
Estonian Business Environment, July 8-14
Credits: 4 ECTS
Programme fee: 1590 EUR

3-week programme

Week I: Riga
Society, Politics and Economy, July 1-7
Week II: Tallinn
Estonian Business Environment, July 8-14
Week III: Tartu
EU-Russian Relations, 15-21 July
Credits: 6 ECTS
Programme fee: 1985 EUR

Apply online

Application deadline: May 20, 2018
Payment deadline: June 1, 2018

Programme fee includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast, transportation during the programme between the countries (Latvia-Estonia) and cities, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host university. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Riga and from Tallinn/Tartu to their home country.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Marta Vilkauša
International Mobility Unit

Student Services Department

University of Latvia

Raina Blvd. 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia

+371 6703 4406 

Ms. Mari-Ann Susi

Programme Director

University of Tartu

+372 737 6609

+372 501 4388 (GSM)