Social Science Faculty » Summer School 2017

Klaipeda University is the leader of a multidisciplinary national and Baltic Sea Region research and studies, promoter of cultural heritage, and lifelong learning center integrated in international academic networks. There are 120 three-cycle study programs providing the student with research-based modern knowledge and technological based on higher university education level and higher education qualification, develops fully educated, responsible, creative and entrepreneurial personality.

Klaipeda University was established in a specific coastal area of Lithuania from economic, cultural and geopolitical point of view, in the only port city where from Lithuania opens wide prospects for maintaining relations with the Baltic Sea countries and other parts of the world.

This summer school programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge in the fields of political science, economics, social geography, management, media and their cultural knowledge of the country, to give students an experience of life in a foreign country that can be invaluable later in life. The programme includes short Lithuanian language crash course.

We expect that short and intensive programme of the Summer School in the field of Social Sciences will offer  interesting courses and cultural workshops/field trips. It would be a great way to get international experience for the students in a short time.

The Summer School  will take place on August 16–August 31, 2017.

The summer school will consist of lectures, training sessions, workshops and visits to various organizations.

The participants will receive a course package with all course information and reading materials, including articles and datasets prior to the Course.

Course language – English.


Daily schedule for work days (except the opening and closing days)

Morning sessions: 9.00–12.15
Afternoon sessions: 13:45–17:00
Breaks: 10.30–10.45 and 15:15–15.30

Social Policy in Europe. The course examines social dimension of the EU integration, the content, structures, trends and main priorities of social policies. The course analyses legal documents regulating the EU social policy and opportunities of their realisation. It also explores social policy models of the EU member states, the features of the types of countries and their harmonization. The course examines the employment policy, principles and means of unemployment protection, problems of deprivation and poverty reduction, gender equality and women’s social rights guarantees, features of such rights, social welfare and social insurance principles, policies for elderly and programmes of social integration of disabled people in the EU.


Cultural differences: understanding cultural differences; how cultural differences affect business; consequences of cultural differences: stereotypes and prejudices.


Corruption and Prevention. The main aim is to develop expertise in a broad, creative and critical thinking, the need for new interest in preventing corruption in the achievements of global trends. The course analyses:

  1. Local government between state and market
  2. Corruption prevention in Local Government
    1. Public procurement
    2. Public-private interests
    3. Fields of risk in the local government
  1. Risks of the financial crimes in Local Government and links to the corruption
    1. Local government activity, limits of the responsibility, service delivery
    2. Fields of risk in the local government
    3. Risks in the field of public services delivery
    4. Responsibility in the field of finance crimes

Factors of Attractiveness for International Tourism Development in the Curonian Lagoon Region:  a comparative analysis of the processes relating to the development of international tourism in Lithuania in the context of the Baltic States.


Cluster Development Workshop. This workshop will introduce the process of cluster development and equip participants with the necessary skills to nurture their business ideas jointly. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to:

  1. Identify and prioritize their region’s businesses and create added value within the initiative of cluster.
  2. Implement an interactive, collaborative strategy development process by involving key leaders from business, government, education and civic life.
  3. Mobilize business participants in the implementation of action initiatives that directly address regional competitiveness challenges.

The goal of this Cluster Development Workshop is to provide the right for these students jointly to work in teams and develop the business idea in order to enhance their idea competitiveness and establish a dynamic work in teams to get tools to achieve these objectives. With all this baggage accumulated workshop result it will be provided a comprehensive and very specific knowledge of how to work with different companies and ideas in the cluster (companies, institutions and administration), how to create added value with proposed business idea, how to develop initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness, identifying and map the clusters in a territory and its management. Thematic topics include:

  1. Drivers of competitiveness – why, how and when businesses compete?
  2. The Diamond model – is it shining as diamond?
  3. Cluster – what kind of company we are talking about?
  4. Stages of development – what leads to progress/regress?
  5. Roles of different levels of government – are we making business along with government?
  6. Economic strategy – how to make this strategy really alive?

Approx. duration: 1–2 days.


Crash course of Lithuanian: The beginners will acquire basic skills of spoken and written Lithuanian (conversation skills, shopping, travelling, etc.)

The programme of the Summer School will be complemented with lectures and seminars of teachers from Partner Universities as well.

University students, who wish their home university to recognise and award credits for their summer programme, should first check with their home institution if they can assess and award credit as appropriate. Klaipeda University recommends the course is equivalent to 6 ECTS credits. Students will be able to demonstrate their successful course attendance and completion by presenting their Completion Certificate.

  1. Fill in the online APPLICATION FORM till the 15th of June, 2017.
  2. Send 1 page Motivation Letter and a copy of your passport* to erika.zuperkiene@ku.lt.
  3. You may be asked to confirm your participation by paying relevant fees in 2 weeks time after your registration.
  4. All the information about your application along with the admission decision will be sent to you by the 30th of June, 2017.
* Please note that we need to have all the required documentation before the 15th of June, 2017.

Application for the Summer School 2017 deadline is the 15th June, 2017.


The Summer School „Global Challenges from the Local Perspective“ fees per participant:

  • Registration fee – 30 euro;
  • Fee for students from partner institutions (additional bilateral agreement)– 250 euro;
  • Regular fee – 450 euro.

Registration fee deadline is the 15th of June, 2017; final payment deadline is the 15th of July, 2017.

The Course fee includes tuition, all Course materials and cultural programme. Cultural programme will include some lectures, tours around Klaipeda and some sites out of town. Participants are expected to cover the costs of travel, living and accommodation themselves.

Informacija atnaujinta: Friday December 2nd, 2016