Summer University: Asia and the Middle-East: Differences and Commonalities (13-24.08)

The UT Asian Centre together with the Lifelong Learning Centre is organizing an International Summer University titled Asia and the Middle-East: Differences and Commonalities this August (13-24.08.18).

The Summer University program serves to educate students in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, societies and politics, and thereby contribute to their ongoing studies and/or previous experience. Asia and the Middle-East: Differences and Commonalities is interdisciplinary and future oriented. The aim of the program is to help students to understand, analyse and predict developments in Asia and the Middle East, take advantage of the related opportunities, and mitigate potential threats. The curriculum will include a selection of subjects related to present-day Asia, including Asian political regimes, Asian states in world economy, economic cooperation between the European Union and Asia, etc. By focussing mainly on present-day Asia, an alternative is offered to the existing Asian studies curricula which concentrates on Asian philosophy and ancient culture.

Full program.

Entry requirements

Application deadline - June 30
Admission results - July 3

  • Online application form with the following documents
  • Motivation letter 
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Copy of the passport

PS! Only complete applications including all annexes submitted within the deadline will be considered for selection.

Applications are evaluated based on

Motivation letter (up to 1,5 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, explains his/her expectations about the program and explains how the participation in the summer program is connected with his/hers studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use gained experience and knowledge in the future.


Tuition fee & scholarships

Programme fee: 670 € includes tuition fee, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, the services of the host university with the accommodation in double rooms at student dormitory. Participants can also organise their own housing, then the the programme fee is 370 €. Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. There are also a limited number of scholarships available to UT students, which will be distributed based on the applications.

The summer university programme is supported by the Asian Centre of the University of Tartu.

More information at: