BISS 2008

In 2008 Vidzeme University College (Latvia) will organize the summer school already for the 10th year in row and is proud to say that many of the so far 305 participants from 43 countries have called this event their best summer experience.

Baltic International Summer School (BISS) is a two-week intensive summer program for university and college students from all over the world. Besides lectures and workshops on the summer school topic, students also have an opportunity to learn the Latvian language, explore and discover the Baltic states and also make new friends from all over the world. The program also features a number of exciting field trips to other Baltic towns and social events. If you are a student, you can earn up to 3 ECTS for this summer school, if you take the language classes, you earn one ECTS more!

Baltic International Summer School 2008 will have two thematic dimensions – society integration in the Baltic States will be considered from the perspective of modern communication technologies. The participants will get acquainted with the situation in two Baltic cities that have a large proportion of national minorities – Daugavpils (Latvia) and Narva (Estonia). Both cities are close to Russian border and historically a large part of the inhabitants represent national minorities that mostly communicate in Russian which is not the official language in Latvia or Estonia.

Communication environment in these cities is particularly interesting because the most mass media is produced in the Russian language. The participants of the summer school will investigate the situation in Daugavpils and Narva and prepare interactive multimedia reports on what they have seen. Since the integration of the society in the Baltics is a broad topic, the participants will also have an opportunity to analyse the integration of other minority groups in the society. Therefore along with theoretic lectures on the issues of communication, integration of the society and Baltic majority and minority culture, the participants of this summer school will devote special attention to acquiring practical skills in the field of communication technologies. The participants will learn how to design a webpage, make a multimedia presentation and press photography, work with digital sound and image, as well as acquire other skills.

Summer school will be held from August 1 to 17, 2008 in Valmiera, Daugavpils (Latvia) and Narva (Estonia). During the summer school various excursions to Riga, Vilnus, Tartu and other cities in the Baltic States will be offered.


See also the video made during the Baltic International Summer School 2007!