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Program Description


Tallinn Street scene

Not long ago, few people outside the tech world knew of the massive technology start-up scene and digital culture advances happening in the tiny and majestic northern European Baltic countries.  While Skype was created over a decade ago by a group of Estonian tech entrepreneurs, few people anticipated the explosion of technological innovation that gave way to the incredible economic boom now known as the “Baltic Tiger.”
While the building blocks of an agile, efficient, and productive startup ecosystem have been accumulating for more than a decade, the youngest members of Europe’s growing family of tech startup hubs, the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia are now a technological focal point of the world’s attention.
Invest two weeks in the Baltic this summer for an unparalleled adventure through medieval towns, spectacular natural landscapes, and deep insight into the future of digital culture, technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation!
Whether you’re interested in digital culture, leading edge technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and the start-up scene, venture capital, exploring exotic cultures, wandering medieval towns, or exploring magnificent natural landscapes, this program is a “must do” on your bucket list!

Quick Facts

  • July 8 - July 19, 2019
  • Four countries / four premier European cities: Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland
  • Get an insider’s perspective on cutting-edge technology companies, visit incubator and accelerator projects, and more!
  • Learn about digital culture, technology trends, innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and globalization in one of the world’s most explosive tech corridors! 
  • Open to all students, all majors, all campuses!
  • Earn 3 credits, with several general studies designation options.  Organizational Leadership, Global Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies students earn core credit toward their degree!
  • Space is extremely limited on this first year program. Apply now!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Location Details

Vilnius, Lithuania
With its strategic Central Europe location, and a wealth of multilingual tech talent, Lithuania boasts a startup ecosystem that is one of the continent’s fastest-growing.  In addition to being an emerging world leader in innovations with financial (fintech) and blockchain technologies, there are five research and development tech “valleys” housing organizations at the leading edge of industries as diverse as biotechnology, ICT, laser and nanotechnologies, semiconductors technologies, electronics, and maritime technologies.  Annual hackathons, workshops and startup events abound in Lithuania, with the most popular including LOGIN, StartupWeekend Lithuania and SV2B. The country also boasts top quality co-working spaces, including those at StartupHighway, Sunrise Valley, and Namas Hub.
Riga, Latvia
Latvia, with a startup scene that is smaller by comparison to Lithuania and Estonia, is nonetheless making big waves in the world of technology, and is building world-class technological capacity (Latvia currently has some of the fastest internet speeds in the world).  Attracting new entrepreneurs from around the globe, its ecosystem is growing rapidly.  In contrast, Latvia’s capital city, Riga, served as the European Capital of Culture in 2014.  The country is turning its relatively small size to its advantage by positioning itself as the perfect sandbox for companies to test products before expanding internationally into sectors such as fintech, e-commerce, cybersecurity, and drones.
Tallinn, Estonia
For a snapshot of how we might all be living tomorrow, there are few better places to visit than Estonia, and its picturesque capital city of Tallinn, whose winding medieval alleyways offer an elegant contrast to its digital present.  Indeed, Estonia feels like an invitation to travel back to quieter times. What many don’t realize is that this small country is home to well-known high-tech startups and even four unicorns, one of which is Skype.  Estonia, world leader in digital culture, has been hailed as having the most tech-savvy government in the world.  “E-Estonia” is the most ambitious project in technological statecraft today, for it includes all members of the government, and alters citizens’ daily lives. The normal services that government is involved with—legislation, voting, education, justice, health care, banking, taxes, policing, and so on—have been digitally linked across one platform, wiring up the nation. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies. 

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

2.0 GPA
University good standing
Open to ALL Majors


Three credit hours – choose from the following options:

BIS 499 / SGS 499:  Technology and Innovation in the Baltics (3 credits) – BIS 499 open to all students, SGS 499 open to Global Studies students.

OGL 350: Diversity in Organizations (3 credits, “L” & “C” General Studies Designations) – Open to all students.

BIS 360: Organizational Contexts:  Baltic Organizations (3 credits, “SB” General Studies Designation) – Open to all students.

BIS 402:  Technology and Innovation in the Baltics (3 credits, “L” General Studies Designation) – Interdisciplinary Studies students only. 





Faculty Directors

David A. Thomas, Ph.D
(Program Director)
Principal Lecturer
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
(480) 727-7061
Urban & Systems Engineering Building, Room 248

Andi Hess
(Lead Instructor)
Faculty Affiliate - Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies
College of Integrative Sciences & Arts
(480) 727-3265

Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas
Andi Hess
Andi Hess


Baltic City


Program Housing

Conveniently located, clean and well-appointed 2-3 star hotels, twin rooms with private bathrooms.  


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.



Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $4,645

Program Fee includes: Three credit hours of tuition, academic program, accommodations, ASU faculty support 24/7, planned excursions and cultural activities, and  international health insurance.
 Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Program Specific Funding Options


Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/08/2019 07/19/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.