Study & Training

CEURUS organizes and hosts short-term, certificate-awarding programmes such as summer schools, winter schools and training programmes on Russian and Eurasian politics, society, economics, foreign policy and culture. CEURUS-affiliated scholars teach in a variety of degree programmes (BA, MA, PhD) offered at the UT, notably at the Johan Skytte Institute for Political Studies, as well as at the faculties of Law and Economics. CEURUS seeks to offer an intellectually stimulating environment for students interested in Russian and Eurasian studies, as well as EU-Russia relations. The Centre and its constituting units welcome international students into their study programmes.

Short Term Programmes

CEURUS organizes a number of short-term programmes, such as summer and winter schools and programmes on a variety of topics on contemporary Russia and Eurasia, including politics, society, economics, foreign policy and culture, in addition to language acquisition. The Centre actively cooperates with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in providing intensive Russia-focused training programmes for civil servants and diplomats, with teaching conducted in Russian and in English. For example, an international training school was held in February 2020 and another in November 2020.

As part of the NearEU Jean Monnet module, CEURUS offers free of charge massive open online courses (MOOCs). The upcoming MOOC “Common Challenges of Competing Regionalisms“, runs from August 29 until October 9, 2022. Registration deadline is open until August 25, 2022. The course will focus on the multifaceted nature of regionalism in different geo-territorial and geo-political contexts in Europe and Eurasia and on its conceptual and theoretical definition by looking at the relevant cleavages in contemporary societies and at the fluid and ever-changing nature of inter- and intra-state interaction and supranational/intergovernmental trends of integration. The following course received the “E-course of the Year 2022” award, given by Estonia’s Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (Eesti Kõrg- ja Kutsehariduse Kvaliteediagentuur – EKKA).

The Module will offer its highly popular course “Impact of Changing EU-Russia Relations on the Development of Eastern Partnership“ again in the spring of 2023, which will be available between March 6 until April 9. The course registration is not open yet – but all interested in the course can contact MOOC coordinator – Anna Beitane, The course will introduce participants to the logic and structure of Eastern Partnership as well as its evolution in light of geopolitical developments in the region and changing dynamics of EU-Russia relations.

The previous MOOCs of the Module included Understanding EU-Russia Relations: Foreign Policy Actors, Institutions and Policy-Making. The course has previously received an e-course quality mark award and attracted more than 1500 participants from all around the world. The main aim of the MOOC is to give participants an introduction to and  an overview of the EU’s and Russia’s foreign policy actors, institutions and frameworks of both entities’ interactions.

Other recent training programmes include four training schools for PhD students and postdocs organized in the framework of the UPTAKE project, a series of joint winter schools with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, autumn schools with Freie Universität Berlin and the Aleksanteri Institute, as well as a series of summer schools for Ukrainian graduate students and young professionals supported from the Development Cooperation programme of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  CEURUS is ready to offer tailor-made programmes on Russia and Eastern Europe, and is open to collaboration with a wide variety of partners, including universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations to meet the needs of diverse target groups.

Short-term programme offers leaflet

Info about trainings in Estonian

MA Programmes

Scholars affiliated with CEURUS teach in a number of MA Programmes offered by the UT faculties and institutes. The University of Tartu is also a member of two university consortia centred around offering internationally-focused master’s degrees relevant to the field of work at CEURUS. See more at:

PhD Programmes

Scholars affiliated with CEURUS supervise doctoral projects focusing on various the region.

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