The School (ISSK) 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 international relations, political science, other relevant social sciences, and economics, geography and history, as well as students interested in European, Arctic and other Northern, Nordic and Russian studies.

How to apply?    

Go to https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/40493/lomake.html and follow the instructions.


Send your application by 23 March, 2015.


- Active participation in daily workshops.
- Submit an essay of 10–12 pages on a relevant topic by 18 June 2015.


No registration fee. Accommodation in a dormitory.

Five-day course

The ISSK’12 will be organized in Petrozavodsk 18-22 May 2015. In addition, the travel days Finland-Russia: 17 May, Russia-Finland 24 May.


Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in a full/half-day excursion within Karelia, to nearby sites of general interest.

For more information, see the attached information leaflet and the draft program.