Summer/Winter Schools

International Summer University

July-August 2018, University of Tartu 

The University of Tartu in Estonia welcomes you to International Summer University. Gain an international academic experience from one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in the Baltic States. We welcome applications from all adults including university students, professionals and other experts, regardless of educational background. Explore the selection of interdisciplinary and subject specific summer programmes in English or find a suitable Estonian language course.

Summer University Programmes 2018

After the Empire: the Collapse of Communism and Beyond 3-week programme in cooperation with the University of Latvia introduces the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms in the Baltic States and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale.

1-21 July in Riga, Tallinn and Tartu 

After the Empire: the Collapse of Communism and Beyond 2-week programme in cooperation with the University of Latvia introduces the crucial changes in two Baltic societies, brought up by the collapse of communism.

1-14 July in Riga and Tallinn 

European Encounters: Diversity and Integrations from West to East in cooperation with the Utrecht University’s Summer School will study both the development towards a united Europe and the enduring diversity of national policy, law and geopolitical background that the member states have to deal with in the process of European integration.

1-28 July in Utrecht, Tartu and Pärnu 

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture offers deeper understanding of cultural mechanisms and a set of tools for practical analysis of culture – cultural texts as well as cultural processes – that would afford new insights into contemporary cultural dynamics. Scholarships available.

2-13 July in Tartu 

Social Dimension: Estonian Business Environment, EU-Russian Relations and Baltic Regional Security will give an overview of Estonia’s efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy. Matters of foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region and the ever-changing EU-Russian relations illustrate the complexity of Estonian development.

8-28 July in Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu

Social Dimension: Estonian Business Environment and EU-Russian Relations introduces the EU-Russia relations from the perspective of a country that has become a successful EU member state despite of its post-Soviet past.  Scholarships available.

8-21 July in Tallinn and Tartu 

Social Dimension: EU-Russian Relations and Baltic Regional Security  shows the complexity of the Baltic Sea region’s security issues due to the ever-changing EU-Russian relations and Russia’s geopolitical interests. Scholarships available.

15-28 July in Tartu and Pärnu 

Craft Camp introduces Estonian handicraft by giving an overview of traditional handicraft techniques from Estonia and to learn the modern usage of those techniques.

8-14 July in Olustvere

Estonian Language on different levels according to the language skills. Scholarships available.

23 July - 3 August  in Tartu 

7th Martens Summer School on International Law  deals with the comparative aspects of international law and human rights, focusing particularly on the issues related to Russia and Eurasia.

23-27 July  in Pärnu 

Asia and the Middle-East: Differences and Commonalities is interdisciplinary and future oriented. Our aim is to teach students to understand, analyse and predict developments in Asia and the Middle East. Scholarships available.

13–25 August in Tartu

Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation examine the development of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in the digital era and introduce different innovative ways of implementing technology-enhanced activities in education. Scholarships available.

21-30 August in Tartu


Summer School in Algebra and Topology

12-15 September 2018, Université catholique de Louvain

Within the project "Attractivité internationale et collaborations de recherche dans le cadre du Coimbra Group" the Université catholique de Louvain organizes a Summer school in algebra and in topology:

The speakers will be professors Maria Manuel Clementino (, University of Coimbra), Alberto Facchini (, University of Padova) and Tim Van der Linden (Université catholique de Louvain, These mathematicians are internationally well known for their scientific contributions in topology, algebra and category theory, respectively.

The mini-courses will be addressed to Master and PhD students, and will also be of interest for more experienced researchers in these fields. There is a limited funding to partially cover the local expenses for students (deadline: April 30).

The programme will consist in three mini-courses:

This event is part of a joint project of the Université catholique de Louvain with the universities of Coimbra, Padova and Poitiers, promoting the research collaborations within the Coimbra Group. The project is funded by the UCL for the period January 2018-December 2020. 

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Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture

30 July-24 August 2018, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest

In 2018 Eötvös Loránd University is planning to run again the ELTE Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture between 30 July-24 August 2018 which is built up of three main blocks: intensive Hungarian language course, lectures on Hungarian culture, arts, and history, cultural programs/social activities.

It is a great programme to those who are interested in Hungarian language and culture to improve their Hungarian during summertime in a multi-cultural and stimulating environment.


Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018

For more information:


AU Summer University

3-20 July & 23 July-10 August 2018, Aarhus University

This year AU Summer University offers 74 courses in English and 2 courses in Danish at Bachelor’s level or Master’s level within the following academic areas: Business Economics and Management, Communication, Culture and Society, Health, Law, Political Science, Science and Technology. Course information:

Each course has its own dates stated on the course website. Most courses follow the main terms in 2018:

Term I July 3rd – 20th July 2018
Term II July 23rd – August 10th 2018

The application system is open until the March 15th.


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 2018 Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory

25 June-6 July 2018, Bologna

‘The world found nothing sacred in the abstract nakedness of being human,’ so wrote Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1976). Arendt’s questioning of the adequacy of the category ‘human’ in rights discourse in the wake of the Nazi-era terror and the plight of the stateless, resonates in the twenty-first century in ways unimaginable in her time.

Not only are we witnessing a staggering increase in stateless and displaced people around the globe – 65 million by some current estimates – and the sheer inadequacy of the language of human rights in addressing this crisis. We also stand on the threshold of a transformation in the very meaning of the term ‘human,’ as it comes under increasing pressure from anthropogenic climate change and the accelerated biotechnological transformation of life worlds. Conceiving the human as a geological agent that has irrevocably transformed our planet, or as an intelligent being co-extensive with advanced computational machines, is to question the modern foundations of our critical thought and practice. The human is entangled with the natural and the technological in ways inconceivable even half a century ago. And yet, migrants and radical movements such as Black Lives Matter or Ni una menos still advocate their claims as ‘humans’.


The 2018 edition of the Academy will explore theories of race, violence, new materialism, technology and the environment as they bear on the question of what it means to be human in our time.

Up to 40 participants will be selected and required to attend all plenary lectures, the two morning courses, and at least one afternoon class per week.

For the second time this year will be active the Bologna Social Practice Lab directed by Pedro Lasch in collaboration with Rossella Mazzaglia. Up to 20 participants at the Summer School will be selected to contribute, along with students at University of Bologna, artists, performers, and activists, to a social art project called Polit(t)ico: Interventions for Bologna (2017-2018). If you are interested, do not forget to check the box in the application form and attach your material in the pdf among your application documents.

The Academy and other sponsors offer several grants covering fees, accomodation and/or travel.

Applications must be submitted by April 9, 2018 at 3.00 pm (GMT+1).

For more information:


Graz International Summer School Seggau 2018 (GUSEGG)

1-14 July 2018, Seggau Castle, Leibnitz, Austria


You can earn university credits (6 ECTS).

Deadline: 2 March 2018 

Detailed information about the summer school programme:


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