Understanding EU-Russia Relations – 5 Week Online Training

Deadline: 30 January 2020
Open to: everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations
Benefits: digital certificate of completion by the University of Tartu


Course authors:  Anna Beitane, Andrey Makarychev, Thomas Michael Linsenmaier, Stefano Braghiroli, Alina Clay, Leonardo Pataccini Alvarez, Irakli Sirbiladze
Language:  English
Training volume:  2 ECTS
Course duration:  5 weeks
Course dates: 03.02.2020 to 08.03.2020
The course is organized into five issue specific modules, which discuss such topics as
  • historical and institutional framework of EU-Russia relations;
  • EU and Russia’s relevant foreign policy actors and institutions;
  • contested areas of EU and Russia’s interactions in shared neighborhood;
  • EU-Russia energy relations.
The course provides students with both theoretical knowledge (which is delivered through explanatory audio podcasts, video round-table discussions and academic commentary) and guest interviews from various practitioners coming from HEIs, NGOs and EU institutions such as members of the European Parliament, representatives of the Union of European FederalistsEstonia -Russia CBC programme and Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation. At the end of the course, students will also be able to apply their acquired knowledge in practice through completing a short mini-project, focused on media analysis of sources dealing with state of EU-Russia affairs.


Everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations, especially master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science.
The course also serves as an introductory course for the students interested in, or accepted to, the master’s degree programme in EU-Russia Studies offered by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.
Basic knowledge of EU-Russia relations terminology is suggested. However, the course will provide useful background material to any student, who is interested in European Union – Russia relations and international affairs in general.


The students who have successfully passed the course will be issued a digital certificate of completion by the University of Tartu.
The certificate of completion is free of charge. Please read the technical requirements for downloading and opening the digitally verified document here.

How to Apply?

For more information and in order to apply please visit the official website.