International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK)

The ISSK’16 is a one week intensive course that will study issues on resources and security universally/globally, as well as regionally and locally, taking both more holistic and interdisciplinary approach as well as that of IR/Political sciences, and History. Through bringing together recognised experts from Finland and Russia, the ISSK’16 will provide students with an overview of state sovereignty in theory and in praxis in Northern Europe through case studies.


The School (ISSK'16) is a meeting-point for Russian, 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 cooperation, and promote studies and academic dialogue. ISSK is organized by the Petrozavodsk State University and two Finnish universities, University of Lapland, and Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki.

For whom?    

For students of IR, political science, other relevant social sciences, and economics, geography and history, as well as students interested in European, Arctic and other Northern, and Nordic and Russian studies.

How to apply?    

Go to and follow the instructions.


Send your application by 21 March, 2016.


Active participation in daily workshops. Submit an essay of 10–12 pages on a relevant topic by 21 June 2016.


No registration fee. Accommodation in a cheap dormitory.

Five-day course    

The ISSK’16 will be organized in Petrozavodsk 16-21 May 2016. In addition, the travel days Finland-Russia 15 May, Russia-Finland 22 May.


Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in a full/half-day excursion in Karelia.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Lapland
Begin date16.05.2016
End date21.05.2016
Registration deadline21.03.2016
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmesPolitical science and civics
Teaching placePetrozavodsk, Russia
Teaching termSpring/summer
Tagseconomicsfield schoolsummer schoolpoliticsbarentsinternational relationshistoryissk
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