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DAAD Summer School 2016

9The title of the international summer school is “European Union and Russia: cross-border cooperation”. The duration makes up 3 weeks, 21 days. It will take place from 14 August till 3 September 2016. The number of participants is 24 people, 12 of which are German students (with DAAD scholarships) and 12 are Russian and international students. Thus international communication between Russian students and professors and German and international students will be provided during the school. The instruction language will be English.

The application must be provided till 31 May 2016. The application includes filling the application form and sending the scanned copy of passport. The form is available below.

Please, fill in the application form and send it together with the passport copy before the deadline to e-mail:

The overall objective is to improve students’ knowledge in the area of international relations, Russian studies and Russian language learning focusing on the Karelian regional features.

The school presupposes lectures, presentations, study visit, debate, meetings with experts, workshop and cultural programme. The total amount of hours makes up 108 academic hours. The number of ECTS is 3.  After the end of the school participants get certificates with indication of getting 3 ECTS.

Within the framework of the school students get knowledge on several blocks:
1) European Union,
2) EU-Russia relations,
3) cross-border cooperation between Russian regions and Europe with special focus on Karelian experience.

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The block about the European Union will include several lectures: the concept “integration”, theoretical basis of European integration, history of European Union, institutional structure, relations between the EU and other main actors of the international scene as well as study visit to the Barents EU Centre. The aim is to provide students with thorough knowledge about the EU. This visit will give students the possibility not only to get theoretical knowledge, but to get information about practical issues on how the EU stimulates research and education in the Republic of Karelia and the Barents region of Russia.

The block about the EU-Russia relations will include several lectures: modern Russian history, Karelian history, Russian foreign policy, cooperation between Russian northern regions and Northern Europe, history and current situation concerning the EU-Russia relations. The materials will be aimed to provide thorough understanding of these relations in general as well as country and region specifics. Thus it will also focus on cooperation in the Northern Europe since Karelia is a part of this region. It also presupposes meeting with Acting Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Petrozavodsk. Students will get information from the official representative of Russia and ask him questions that are interesting for them. The final part will be debates “The EU-Russia relations” during which every participant will make a presentation on his/her point of view in relation to the topic. After it other participants will ask questions and discuss the material. These debated will enable students to develop their skills of analysis, argumentation, public speech and discussion.

The third block will be devoted to cross-border cooperation. The theoretical part will include theories, institutions and programmes. Students will study Karelia as an example of successful cross-border cooperation and get to know other examples of Russian regions that fruitfully develop relations with European border regions. The practical part will include meeting with the head of Petrozavodsk Contact Centre of Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in St. Petersburg and practical course on project management. As a result students will know the features of cross-border cooperation, study Karelian experience and will get new skills on project management.

The fourth block presupposes learning of the Russian language. The number of academic hours of the language course will amount to 28. Students will be divided into 2 groups taking into account their level of knowledge: 1) beginners and elementary level and 2) intermediate and advanced level. The Standard Russian language courses will give beginners, as well as advanced students, the necessary skills in Russian for practical use. Emphasis is put on the basis of grammar and conversation.

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 The cultural programme will include:

1. welcome dinner “Let’s get acquainted!”
2. excursion around Petrozavodsk
3. visit to Kizhi island
The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. This unique historical, cultural and natural complex is a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia. The basis of the museum collection – the Kizhi Ensemble – is the UNESCO World cultural and natural heritage site. Restoration of the Kizhi monuments is being carried out “in front of the world”.
4. Museum Day (options: National museum of the Republic of Karelia, City exhibition hall, Art museum, Museum of industrial history, Museum “Polar Odissey”, House of dolls)
5. excursion to the Botanical garden
6. visit to Kivach waterfall and Martial spa resort
Kivach waterfall is the second largest plain waterfall in Europe. Martial spa resort was the first Russian resort founded by Peter I. It is famous for its healing mineral waters. Both are located in very beautiful and picturesque places.
7. visit to zoocomplex “Three bears”
This is natural complex located on the coast of Syamozero lake where people can enjoy wonderful Karelian nature and get acquainted with its animals.
8. farewell dinner “Let’s make conclusions!

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The concept of the school presupposes getting new scientific, language and professional knowledge as well as international and intercultural communication. Students will get acquainted with new people, their culture and way of life and they will visit new interesting places.

The school professors are highly qualified experts with large scientific and professional experience.

The participation fee depends on the number of students. The group of students with DAAD scholarship will make up 10 people, the fee amounts to 620 euro/person. It includes academic programme, including Russian language course, provision with all necessary study materials, cultural programme.

Please see link bellow for ACCOMODATION  options

If you have any questions, please, contact us:

Liudmila Kulikovskaya
Anohina str., 20, office 401 
Tel.:+7 (8142) 78-41-69
Fax:+7 (8142) 78-26-68


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