Student life in Tartu
Every semester there are a lot of student events in Tartu, such as the international food fest, movie evenings, sledging, sauna days etc. The highlights are definitely the Spring and Autumn Student Days with dozens of entertaining and educating events, competitions and festivals. Tartu offers plenty of opportunities for sports: the university sports hall, several well-equipped gyms and fitness clubs, squash and tennis courts, bowling clubs, swimming pools.
In addition to studying, the Skytte Institute also offers many other opportunities for self-development, leisure, and enjoying student life.
Autumn School in Kääriku
Autumn School is a great opportunity to listen to good speakers, have interesting discussions and spend quality time with your colleagues. The school combines lectures with informal activities, providing an excellent setting for socialisation and networking among students and teaching staff.
Kääriku Sports Centre is lovely with beautiful nature around and several hiking trails nearby. The programme usually also includes sauna, which plays an important role in the Estonian culture. The brave ones can jump into the lake, too!
Kääriku autumn school, 2017
Lossi 36 is a student-led news platform, which seeks to rally people who are passionate about the post-socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia (CEERE) around a common project.
It is run by young people for young people because we are convinced that the changes we want to see in the world will not occur without connecting, educating and empowering the youth.
Lossi 36 aims to become:
– a leading specialised medium providing accessible and reliable coverage of CEERE to a young and non-expert audience;
– a growing platform of people from different nationalities and backgrounds who are united by common values and interests;
– a channel for dialogue that encourages and develops a greater understanding between different perspectives on the major political, social and cultural issues currently shaping CEERE.
The Society of International Relations
The Society of International Relations (in Estonian Rahvusvaheliste Suhete Ring – RSR) is a student organisation at the University of Tartu that was founded on October 7th, 1963. It unites students from different faculties who are interested in international relations. RSR organises lectures and radio broadcasts dealing with a different international topic every week.
The events are mostly in Estonian, but once a year they also organise an international event Tartu Model United Nations, which has the educational aim of promoting democracy and exchanging ideas through the concept of modelling the real work of United Nations. In 2020, the event takes place from 3 to 5 April.
While studying in the Skytte Institute, you will have the opportunity to attend several study trips to make the school year more interesting. Both cultural and professional study trips are organised.
For example, thanks to our good contacts with the German Embassy in Tallinn, the students have had the opportunity to visit the Ämari Airbase, which is the location of one of the two tactical military units of the Estonian Air Force, and which also serves as a base for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission.
Students and staff visiting the Ämari air base, 2017
In the framework of different courses, our master’s students visit the European Parliament and the European Council in Brussels. The aim of the study trip is to introduce students to the functions and working processes of the European Union institutions after they have spent an entire semester learning about European integration.
Study trip to Brussels, 2018
For master’s students from EU-Russia Studies (EURUS) programme, it has become a tradition to take a trip to Latvia during the first month of studies for bonding and immersing ourselves in academic discussions through meetings with representatives from local think-tanks, Latvian government, and international organisations. You can read the students’ impressions from their trip to Latvia here.
EURUS study trip to Latvia, 2018
Students of our International Relations and Regional Studies (IRRS) and Democracy and Governance (DG) master’s programme have conducted various site visits related to their object of study. For example, the IRRS students have visited Kosovo to learn about the progress made with regard to conflict resolution over the last decade, as well as to talk about the most recent proposal to normalise relations between Kosovo and Serbia through a land swap deal. They met with local politicians, representatives of international organizations, and activists.
Study trip to Kosovo, 2018
The aim of the seasonal schools is to provide intensive courses focusing on a specific topic and take students out of their regular learning environment, introduce the teaching methods of other universities, widen the students’ international network, etc.
Our oldest and the most popular seasonal school is the traditional winter school at Kääriku, bringing together students from Moscow Higher School of Economics and the Skytte Institute. The learning process features lectures and interactive classes based on the inclusive participation of students, and includes topical presentations and group debates.
Winter school, 2018
As a student you can participate in the Tartu Model United Nations simulation (Tartu MUN). The Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) and V-Dem Regional Center for Eastern Europe and Russia organise regular guest lectures and conferences, which bring many well-known researchers all over the European Union, Eastern Europe and Russia to Estonia. Center of IT impact studies (CITIS), which is dedicated to understanding and improving the way public e-services impact the daily functioning of the state, gives students a special opportunity to participate in the development of an emerging field of research.