European Encounters: The Baltics in the European Union - Track

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)

Unfortunately, this course is cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 regulations. We expect to be able to offer this course again next year.

The Baltic States share an intricate history of repression and liberation and are now thriving culturally and economically. Learn about the history and identity of these countries and their connection to the European Union over the course of six inspiring and educational weeks. From lectures to company visits, from museums to the European parliament, you will have a diverse and unforgettable experience in these three distinct yet interconnected countries.

During your stay in Utrecht, you will discover what makes Europeans ‘European’. Explore the varied identities that are present in Europe through lectures and day trips, while working together with a host of international students.

Continue your journey north towards Estonia, where you will take a deep dive into Estonian economic innovation and the NATO, the EU and Baltic Regional Security. Enrich your knowledge of international business life through daily company visits, and learn more about the recent history of the Baltic States, so as to expand your view on their current day foreign policy activities.

End this educational journey in the beautiful Latvia, where you will be taught all about a range current topics in everyday life in the Baltic States. Lectures will have subjects varying from business ethics and corruption, to intercultural communication, and from sustainability to cognitive sciences.

The price for this course includes all course materials, excursions and transportation.

Course director

Geertje Dekkers, Prof. dr. Andres Kasekamp & Dr. Inese Runce

Target audience

The track is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Course aim

Introduce students to European Identities and provide insight into the historical and present contexts of the Baltic States

Study load

Full time course, lectures, seminars, excursions and self study.


Course fee:
Housing fee:

All course materials and excursion tickets are included in the total fee. The transfer from Utrecht to Estonia and from Estonia to Latvia is also included. In Estonia, breakfast will be provided and is included in the fee. Please note your baggage must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Utrecht and from Latvia to their home country. Because Utrecht Summer School arranges travel between the different locations, housing is mandatory. If you wish to share a room during your stay in Latvia, please write this in your short motivation and you will receive a 70 euro discount on the housing fee.

Housing through:

  • Utrecht Summer School
  • a third party

More information

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

Mari-Ann Susi | E: | T: +372 737 6609 or +372 501 4388 (GSM)

Marta Vilkausa | E:


Application deadline: 01 June 2020

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