Summer School 2016 "European Integration and Economic Development in the South Caucasus"

Summer School

15 – 24 July 2016

Location: Batumi, Georgia

Application Deadline: 1 May, 2016

Selection Deadline: 10 May, 2016

Notification of candidates: 15 May, 2016

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia) as a partner of the Jean Monnet Network "Developing European Studies in the Caucasus" is organizing the forth annual Summer School, deprived from the annual seasonal schools on EU Law in the South Caucasus (EULISC). Following the annual meeting of Georgia's European Way 2016, held in Batumi on 14-15 July, the summer school entitled "European Integration and Economic Development in teh South Caucasus" will be consequently dedicated to European integration, policy and law.

This summer school will host 30 students from all countries of the wider Caucasus region and Europe. During the course of the summer school students will be engaged into the study sessions, seminars and discussions enforced by the teaching staff of the University of Tartu, University of Graz and partner universities of the DESCnet consortium. The main emphasise will be put onto the open lectures and meeting with high representatives that will come along to Batumi for the annual meeting of Georgia's European Way, thus the higher interest is expected to be drawn to the participants and also speakers. The main focus of the school is enlargement of the EU and pre-accession development in the region followed by the geo-political discussion.

The summer school is targeted towards undergraduate and graduate students of various disciplines (political science, law, economics etc.), who wish to obtain knowledge on ENP and have a chance to join the discussions with decision-makers. At the end of the school students will be able to generalise and theoretise on the process of EU enlargement and policy making, assess the need of reforms in the region and analyse the resources available, and strive to start or continue their academic carrier in the field of European studies.


The teaching will provide concise, yet fundamental knowledge of the history and processes of European integration from legal, socio-economic and political perspective. In addition, a special focus will be given to the development of the EU as an international actor, specific external policies and the EU’s relations with strategic partners and international organizations on the global and regional level, especially the countries of the Southern Caucasus. The academic workload of the school is 6 ECTS. Participants will be given a certificate upon successul competion of the course. Working language of the school is English.

The academic part will be smoothly balanced with the cultural discoveries and social interactions. The detailed programme of the event will be made available soon.

How to apply

Candidates are requested to register due 1 May 2016 by filling in the application, send their CV and motivation letter. Applications will be evaluated by the academic supervisors at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia). Candidates will be notified due 15 May 2016 via e-mail.

Practical information

The summer school will be held at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University campus. Participants will be accommodated at the campus hostel in the city center of Batumi. The participation fee covers tuition fee, course materials, catering and accommodation, city tours, sightseeing, cultural programme. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid individually by the participants themselves. The detailed information will be made available soon.

Fees and payment deadline

Participation fee is 130 euros (early bird). Payment deadline: 1 June 2016.

The payment deadline could be extended until 1 July for late payers. Late payer fee is 160 euros. Late registrations will not be accepted.


For more information please visit the DESCnet consortium webpage:

The summer school is held as a part of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Teaching Module "European Law in the Southern Caucasus - EULINK"  (542911-LLP-1-2013-1-G-AJM-MO) and Jean Monnet Network "Developing European Studies in the Caucasus" (565086-EPP-1-2015-1-EE-EPPJMO-NETWORK)