DAAD Summer School 2018

The title of the international summer school is “New Trends of Russia-EU Relations”. The duration makes up 3 weeks, 21 days. It will take place from 13 August till 2 September 2018.

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 2018. 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: beuc.petrsu@gmail.com.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 objectives are

  • To provide students with knowledge about Russian history, Russian political and economic systems, Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations and cross-border cooperation
  • To visit departments and get acquainted with experts involved in development of cooperation between Karelia, Northern Europe and the European Union 
  • To improve students’ knowledge of Russian language
  • To visit Karelian places of interest
  • To provide culture and knowledge exchange through communication and education

The content and programme of the school corresponds to the overall objective and objectives. The school presupposes interactive lectures, presentations, study visit, debates, meetings with experts and cultural programme. The total amount of hours makes up 144 academic hours. The number of ECTS is 4.

Within the framework of the school students get knowledge on 4 blocks:

1) Russian and Karelian history,

2) Russian political and economic systems and foreign policy,

3) EU-Russia relations and cross-border cooperation with special focus on Karelian experience,

4) Russian language.

The block about Russian and Karelian history will include lectures on various stages of Russian history with focus on modern Russian history. It will also cover the main points of the Karelian history and formation of the Republic of Karelia. In this block students are to choose the event in the Russian history that is the most interesting for them and to make presentation about it. 

The second block will be devoted to description of the political and economic system of Russia, foreign policy institutions as well as foreign policy of Russia in various areas and in relation to different major actors of the international scene. 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 third block is aimed to provide students with knowledge on the history and current situation in the EU-Russia relations as well as the specificity of cross-border cooperation. The study visit to the Barents EU Centre will be organized.

The EU Centre in Barents Region was found on the basis of the EU Information Centre of Petrozavodsk State University in December 2011. The Centre unites 5 leading universities of Barents Region, namely Petrozavodsk State University, Murmansk State Technical University, International Institute of Business Education, Syktyvkar State University, as well as North (Arctic) Federal University.

Its overall objective is to improve overall awareness and knowledge among lecturers, students, officials, CSIs and general public in the Barents area of Russia on EU related issues. Main Activities include gathering, exchange and spreading of the information on the EU; implementation of conferences and seminars; support of the research and educational cooperation on the study of the EU; creation of educational programmes, study courses on the EU history, EU member-states; training of lecturers and staff members of organizations that cooperate with the EU; preparation of publications; assistance in the implementation of students’ and lecturers’ exchange; provision of consulting services on the opportunities of academic mobility and project activity.

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 part of the third block 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 debates will enable students to develop their skills of analysis, argumentation, public speech and discussion.

The practical part also include meeting with the Deputy Minister of economic development and industry of the Republic of Karelia who is directly engaged in conducting cross-border cooperation of the republic. As a result students will know the features of cross-border cooperation and study Karelian experience.

The fourth block presupposes learning of the Russian language. The number of academic hours of the language course will amount to 45. 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. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity of improving their command in both oral and written language. The courses are developed in interesting and attractive manner and students get fast progrress.

The content of the school is aimed to provide knowledge and skills that will be useful for students in general and take into account Russian and Karelian specifics. Students will be able to use them in their future educational and professional life. 


The cultural programme will include:

  •  welcome dinner “Let’s get acquainted!”
  •  excursion around Petrozavodsk
  •  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”.

  • Museum Day (National museum of the Republic of Karelia, City exhibition hall, Art museum)
  • Evening of interactive and table games
  • Excursion to the Botanical garden
  • 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.
  • Farewell dinner “Let’s make conclusions!”

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 is 630 euro/person. It includes academic programme, including Russian language course, provision with all necessary study materials, cultural programme.  

For information about DAAD scholarships please visit https://goeast.daad.de/

Options for accommodation:

Host Family

Living with a host family has certain advantages. It facilitates language learning as well as studying Russian customs and traditions. Besides students will learn very soon what Russian hospitality means; and in case students need any help, hosts will never say "no". Students will live with a family selected by the university. Students will have meals (breakfast, dinner) with them. The cost excl. food is 10000 RUB (about 150 EUR) per month / incl. food is 15000 RUB (about 230 EUR / with breakfasts) per month, 19000 RUB (about 300 EUR / with breakfasts and dinners) per month.

Dormitories probably lack the comfort of a luxurious hotel, but they have certain advantages. Students find it easier to adapt to the new conditions there. Students, their neighbors, are sure to help you any time you need. Costs are considerably lower than those in any hotel. Student will have a study/bedroom in the dormitory shared by roommate. Bathroom and toilet facilities are often shared. The cost is approximately 20 EUR per month.

Private flat

If a student wants to be more independent, they are free to choose a private flat. PetrSU will help to choose the best one. It is possible to rent a private single room flat not far from the University with all facilities (price varies from around 15000 - 17000 RUB per month depending on the district).

There are eight hotels and several hostels in the downtown near the Main Building of the University. Most are well equipped and of good quality. The scale of hotel prices in general in Russia, except for Moscow and St. Petersburg, is relatively low. Hostel rooms are extremely inexpensive, and normally do not exceed 2000 RUB per day. As a rule, one can obtain a good quality room (shower, toilet, telephone, TV).

DAAD 2017 School materials:

Application form


Contact information:

Galina Parikhina

Tel.:+7 (8142) 71-96-14

Fax: +7 (8142) 71-96-14

e-mail: galina.parikhina.petrsu@gmail.com