European Encounters: Diversity and Integration from West to East - Track

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This track is a joint programme on European integration by the Summer School of Utrecht University and the University of Latvia. The aim of the course is to introduce the diversity and unity of European identities, the European Union, (shared) foreign policy, security dilemmas and new challenges. The course delves into the different and diverse political and economic perspectives that can be found in Europe, and provides an insight into the Baltic States, going from the past to the future.

The first two weeks will be offered by Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where you will take a deep dive into European Politics and Economy. The European Union (EU) is a political partnership between 28 democratic European countries. With almost 500 million citizens, it has become a major player in global politics. In this course, the European Union is the main object of study. You will be introduced to the Union's history, institutional structures, current aims and future challenges. Lectures will explain the historical background and the various stages of integration.

The second two weeks will be offered from Riga, Latvia. During this time, an overview of one of the key trends in soft and hard security dilemmas and opportunities of the Baltics states will be provided. Including, countering disinformation, critical thinking, media literacy, propaganda and emotions and their impacts on large scale groups. 

There will be two parts: 

  1. Coverage of the historical background of the Baltics and experience of systematic Russian gaslighting designed to make people doubt their national history, culture and economic development;
  2. Hard and Soft Security Dilemmas with practical examples, including Russia relations and how deterring Russia in Baltic region from EU perspective. Also, this part will cover Baltics experience in countering with disinformation, propaganda, fake news and media literacy. There will be practical fieldtrips to the Latvian Institute, LATO (Latvian Transatlantic Organization), STRATCOM (NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence) and the parliament (Saeima) of Republic of Latvia

Please note: This track is a joint programme on European integration of Utrecht University’s Summer School and the University of Latvia. Students will receive two transcripts of records, one issued by Utrecht University and one issued by the University of Latvia.

Course director
TBA & Lect. S.Struberga

Target audience

This programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe (but is open to all students). The course has a focus on political and economical sciences, with emphasis on European institutions and integration.

Aim of the course

The aim of this track is to introduce non-European students to the continent of Europe, through exploration of multiple topics such as culture, information security, economics and politics. More insight will be given on hard and soft security dilemmas of small countries with big neighbours.

Study load

Full time course, lectures, seminars, field trips and self study.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

In Utrecht you will be housed in one of our student residences.

In Latvia, you will not be provided with a place in the student hotel. Students have to look for an accommodation by themselves. If interested, please contact UL and we will provide you with a list of several options. The housing cost: from 300 EUR (the approx. price for 14 days in the city).

Contact details

Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: +31 30 253 4400

University of Latvia | Marta Vilkausa | E:


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