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Baltic International Summer School gathers more than 80 participants from 16 countries in 2011
Organized by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Baltic International Summer School (BISS) will be held this year from the 31st of July till the 14th of August gathering more than 80 students and lecturers from 16 countries

During this year’s BISS two programmes will take place at the same time – the Erasmus Intensive Programme “Environment Awareness. Communication. Interpretation” organized with financial support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, and „Learn and Experience Baltics: Nature, Culture and Spa Tourism” organized in cooperation with Pärnu College, University of Tartu. Both programmes will be held in English.

During the programme „Learn and Experience Baltics” students will spend 7 days in Latvia and 7 days in Estonia. From the 31st of July till the 4th of August and from the 11th till the 13th of August the programme will be provided in Latvia by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. From the 4th till the 10th of August participants’ activities in Estonia will be maintained by Pärnu College, University of Tartu. During the programme students will have lectures on nature, culture and spa tourism in the Baltics. The lectures will be combined with various study trips. The planned number of participants is 38. Great interest has been shown about scholarships of the Latvian Government and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences – there were about 60 applications from students of different countries (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Greece, Belarus etc.) and 16 were approved. 15 scholarships are guaranteed by Latvian government and one by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.

The second programme – „Environment Awareness. Communication. Interpretation” is the result of cooperation of 8 universities and is supported by the European Commission. During two weeks various classes are planned at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences as well as study trips to the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, the Gauja National Park and the Gaiziňkalns Nature Park. The programme will include issues of nature protection, sustainable business and environment communication, as well as case studies of sustainability in tourism and hospitality. 46 students and 13 lecturers from Latvia, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will take part in this programme.

The local families of Valmiera will also have a chance to participate in BISS activities by offering to the foreign students and teachers to spend the evening of the 9th of August with their family. The idea of the “family night” is to create an opportunity to get to know Latvia, its people and their daily lives more closely. Detailed information is available at the home page

Information prepeared by:

Jânis Rubulis

Baltic International Summer School

Public Relations Manager

Mobile Phone: +371 28735705





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