Three Universities Program — After the Empire: The Collapse of Communism and Beyond
Visit Estonia, Latvia, and Ukraine while learning about the crucial changes that occurred in these countries after the collapse of communism. This unique, interactive summer program takes students to three countries and three universities to explore social, economic, and judicial issues through lectures, discussions, and excursions. Cultural activities include visits to renowned historic sites, museums, art galleries, and theater performances.
Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Kiev, Ukraine
Language of Instruction: English
See Tartu's program page for more information
ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students
Participants spend one week in Estonia (Tallinn), one week in Latvia (Riga), and one week in Ukraine (Kiev). Lectures by the professors of the participating universities are given in English on a variety of topics concerning social, political, economic, and judicial issues. Special seminars and meetings with diplomats, businessmen, and politicians are part of the program, as are visits to enterprises, governmental, and NGO institutions and/or media firms. The program awards 6 ECTS credits (usually equivalent to 3 US credits).
WEEK 1 LECTURES AND SEMINARS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TARTU IN ESTONIA
The lectures will include Soviet collapse from the Baltic perspective; the issue of Russian-speaking minority; the politics of memory; Estonia and the European Union; challenges of the economic transition; challenges of judicial reform. Visits to the Parliament and European Commission are also part of the program.
WEEK 2 LECTURES AND SEMINARS BY UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA IN LATVIA
TBD in Spring 2014
WEEK 3 LECTURES AND SEMINARS BY KYIV-MOHYLA ACADEMY IN UKRAINE
The lectures will include: History of Ukraine to the present; Cultural Identity of the Independent Ukraine; the transition period in Ukraine: challenges to the system of social protection and equity; political system in Ukraine: presidential and parliamentary elections; Ukraine and the international community; gender situation in Ukraine. Meetings with Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats are part of the academic program.
HOW TO LIST THIS PROGRAM IN THE ISEP APPLICATION
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must the ISEP Language Proficiency Report. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.
See the Membership Directory for details.
Tentative Dates: June 30 to July 19, 2014
May 1, 2014
HOUSING AND MEALS
The program cost covers tuition, double-occupancy housing, and transportation during the program from Estonia to Latvia and to Ukraine. All housing is in renovated hostels or hotels. Bed linens, blankets, and towels are provided. NOTE: Cooking facilities are provided in Tallinn; however, meals are not included in the program cost.
Cultural excursions are part of the program and are outlined in the week-by-week Courses section above.
The program is offered by three leading universities in three different countries in the Baltic region:
University of Tartu — established in 1632 and one of the most well-known and oldest universities in the Baltic Sea area
University of Latvia — established in 1919 and listed as one of the leading universities in Latvia
Kyiv-Mohyla Academy — established in 1654 and recognized as the most forward-looking university in Ukraine
The northernmost of the three Baltic States, Estonia has historically served as a crossroads between East and West. Situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea with a population of about 1.5 million, Estonia is slightly larger than Denmark. It also offers students a great case study of successful transition from Soviet past to democracy and recent accession to the European Union.
Latvia, on the Baltic Sea, shares borders with Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, and Russia and Belarus to the east. It is a central part of the Baltic States, with a population of 2.5 million people. As a result of the intense Russification during the Soviet occupation from 1945 to 1991, ethnic Latvians make up only 56 percent of the population. Riga, its capital, was founded in 1201 and is by far its largest city; it is also one of Latvia's major ice-free seaports that handles considerable shipping to and from Russia.
With a population between 2.7 and 4.0 million, Kiev is the largest city in Ukraine. It is also one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, with official history dating back to the 5th century. Ukrainians are proud of their role in establishing European civilization in Eastern Europe and are hospitable and eager to help visitors navigate this exciting city.
WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
“The trip was a blast. I’d like to give a big thanks to ISEP and Mart Susi, who put on an incredible program!” – James Radcliffe, Whitworth University (Washington, USA)