Summer Schools

Summer School in Orilampi 26.8.-1.9.2019 (5 cr)

The ExpREES Studies begin with a one-week summer school in Orilampi, which is organised in late August before the beginning of the term. At the summer school the students will get a broad overview of the research that has been conducted on Russia and Eastern European countries from the perspective of different disciplines.

The summer school is an obligatory part of the ExpREES programme. The main language of the summer school is Finnish and if your command of Finnish is not sufficient, you can attend the Petrozavodsk or Kilpisjärvi summer schools instead (see below). Both of these summer schools are held in English.

The Orilampi summer school consist mainly of lectures, but there are also research and working life oriented preliminary and group works. More information on these assignments you can find on the Finnish website.

Deductible price of summer school is 95€ which must be paid on 10th of August 2018 at the latest. Price includes whole week’s accommodation and food on the principle all you can eat! Deductible price should be paid to account FI58 5000 0120 3778 32. Recipient is University of Helsinki and reference 99108803.

Application deadline is on 25th of June and after that participation may be cancelled due to urgent cause no later than 31st of July.

Other summer schools

International Summer School in Karelia 14-19 May 2019, Petrozavodsk (5 cr)

12th International Summer School in Kilpisjärvi 6-14 August 2018 (5 cr)


International Summer School in Karelia 14-19 May 2019, Petrozavodsk (5 cr)

ISSK’19: 16th International Summer School in Karelia

Theme of the year: Northern Approaches to Security & Security Studies

  • What? The International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK) is a meeting-point for Russian, and Finnish, as well as other Nordic and European, university students with a focus on European, Russian and Arctic/Northern studies. Since the initial Summer School in 2003, the goal has been to bring together a limited number (20-30) of students for one week at the Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) in order to further increase their knowledge of Nordic-Russian policies and Arctic cooperation, and promote studies and academic dialogue. The ISSK is organized by Petrozavodsk State University (in Russia), and University of Helsinki and University of Lapland (in Finland).
  • Theme: The main focus of the ISSK’19 International Summer School is “Northern Approach to Security & Security Studies”. This theme aims to inform, critique and expose current analyses and narratives about Northern/Arctic security, as well as examine and (re)define security studies theoretically. What do we mean by Northern security in 2019? How has our understanding of the concept evolved since 1987, or 1996, or 2007? What are the main risks and challenges to the security of the entire Arctic region, and whom is threatened (the most)? Whose security/security for whom are we talking about? What approaches have policy makers taken to mitigate Arctic security risks, and how effective have they been? The ISSK’19 aspires to provide comprehensive, authoritative and current compendium on Arctic security related matters, broadly defined.
  • For whom? ISSK’19 is purposed for the students of international relations, political sciences, other relevant social sciences, and economics, geography, culture and history, as well as students interested in European, Arctic and other Northern, Nordic and Russian studies.
  • How to apply? Go to and follow the instructions. Deadline: Fill the application by 25 March 2019.
  • Five-day course: The ISSK’19 will be organized in Petrozavodsk 14-19 May 2019 (in addition, the travel days Finland-Russia 12 May and Russia-Finland 19 May).
  • Assessment:
    • Active participation in daily workshops.
    • Submit an essay of 10–12 pages on a relevant topic by end of June 2019.
  • Excursion: Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in a full/half-day excursion on 18 May within Karelia, to nearby sites of general interest.
  • Costs: No registration fee. Accommodation in a cheap dormitory. Students will cover their own travel cots and visa cost. (ExpREES students’ can get support for travel costs in Finland).
  • Contact information: Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland, e-mail: lassi.heininen at


12th International Summer School in Lapland 6-14 August 2018 (5 cr)

The 12th International Summer School in Kilpisjärvi goes under the theme “Politics of Nature” and is organized in cooperation with the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Национальный исследовательский университет Высшая Школа Экономики, Moscow) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). The school takes place in the Biological Station of the University of Helsinki, located in Kilpisjärvi, high up in the north-westernmost corner of Finland. The first summer school like this was held in Kilpisjärvi in August 2007, so this year we have reason to celebrate the first decade of the School.

Lying in the most arctic parts of Finland makes Kilpisjärvi biologically exceptional place, but the popularity of the summer school has demonstrated that also students of social sciences and humanities find there tools to understand (post)modern societies. Landscape plays a major role in education and communication. One needs to escape to the limits of civilization, into the silent beauty of the Arctic desert, to take a deeper look at the modern world; a physical escape also means an intellectual departure.

Part of the manners of the human communities and society to separate nations and human beings is drawing borders, physical borderlines or for example dividing lines of morals. The area of Kilpisjärvi gives an excellent opportunity to perceive physical borderlines since the programme includes visits to Sweden and Norway as well as a lecture at the Three-Country Cairn. In this way the summer school observes modernity from different aspects, including philosophy, anthropology, social sciences and economics.

Accommodation will be organised in the Biological Station in double or triple rooms. The price includes bedclothes and a towel. The total capacity of accommodation is some 26–28 students.

Apply by filling in the application form here.  The application period ends on 31st of May 2018 at 11:59 pm, UCT+3.