Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia and can be rightfully called a City of Youth – roughly one fifth of its citizens are university students. Tartu has a unique atmosphere of a true European university town and feels like one big campus. ISEP-Direct students have the choice of three different programs:
Russian Studies Program
: The module includes courses in the Russian language, literature, culture and history and is meant for students with a good level of the Russian language who want to improve their command of the language and broaden their understanding of Russian culture and history. Instruction is in Russian in most courses of the module. The spring semester module has a course instructed in English along with courses instructed in Russian. Students admitted to the program study alongside Estonian and international students.
Baltic Sea Region Studies Program
: The Baltic Sea Region Studies program is a one- or two-semester program. It offers a range of academic courses that concentrate on political, cultural, economical and ecological particularities of the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of the program is to introduce to international students distinctive features of regional history, culture, politics, society, economy and nature. Estonian context of the module is emphasized by language studies, presently offering Estonian and Russian language courses on different levels, and culture courses that focus more narrowly on issues in Estonian cultural space. Students can freely combine the courses and construct their own set of courses. The semester offer of the Baltic Sea Region Studies program is primarily intended for students majoring in the humanities or social sciences, but it is open to students from all academic fields. All the courses in the Baltic Studies program are conducted in English and are designed for graduate level but are also available for undergraduate students whose field of study concerns small nations and the cultures of the Baltic Sea Region.
European Union-Russia Studies
: The EU-Russia Studies program is a unique multidisciplinary program combining different disciplines such as political science (comparative politics, international relations), economics, law, history and cultural studies. The program binds together the study of two main regions, giving an understanding about the political, social and economic developments in the European Union and its member states as well as in Russia and its neighboring countries in Eastern Europe and in the Caucasus (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan). All the courses in EU-Russia Studies program are conducted in English and are open for all study levels.