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Sommerschule, Study Tour,

Studienreise, Bildungsreise

Academic Lectures

Academic lectures (3-6 lessons / day) are held by local experts with excellent command of the English language. Topics can include the following:


  • The past in the present

  • The historic legacy of state socialism and its traces in today’s economy and society.

  • Transformations: the path from the communist planned economies during the past 30 years 


  • Geopolitics: positions in the international setting

  • International Integrational Processes

  • Social issues: foreign donors' assistance projects

  • Local politics: controversial issues

  • Governance: how does the state act locally? Modes of public management and modernization efforts. 


  • The economic environment: opportunities for business

  • Foreign capital and its influence on economic modernization.

Culture and sociology

  • Intercultural challenges

  • Corruption and informal economic practices and their insertion into local culture.

  • Specificities of the local business culture. Rule-evasion and the importance of person-oriented trust relations.

  • Consumer values. Local consumption trends. Conspicuous consumption. Perception of foreign and local goods.