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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


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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 Baltics 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 6 - July 18, 2020
  • 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, 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. 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.


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Location Details

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.

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.

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. 

Entwined with the Baltic's bays, inlets and islands, Helsinki's boulevards and backstreets overflow with magnificent architecture, intriguing drinking and dining venues and groundbreaking design. (Lonely Planet)

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


Students will enroll in one of the following courses for a total of three credits: 

  • IDS 315 / SGS 499:  Technology and Innovation in the Baltics (3)
    • BIS 499 open to all students, SGS 499 open to Global Studies students.
  • OGL 350: Diversity in Organizations (3, “L” & “C” General Studies Designations)
    • Open to all students.
  • OGL 365: Organizational Contexts:  Baltic Organizations (3, “SB” General Studies Designation)
    • Open to all students.
  • OGL 598: Special Topics (3)
    • Open to graduate students.

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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

Kathryn Terzano, Ph.D.
Faculty of Leadership & Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Integrative Sciences & Arts



Baltic City


Program Housing

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

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.  Students must be able to walk long distances (usually 3-5 miles per day), climb steep and narrow stairs that are sometimes uneven, and walk on cobblestone streets.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.  For example, in Estonia, many older buildings are not accessible for persons with disabilities. In general, public transportation in Estonia is not accommodating to people with mobility limitations, although select public buses, trams, and trolleys in Tallinn are specially equipped to assist persons in wheelchairs.  In Latvia, most buildings are not yet accessible to persons with disabilities. Although Latvia has made efforts to improve access for persons with disabilities, you will rarely find easy-access public transportation and taxis.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  For example, in Estonia, LGBTQIA travelers should consider exercising caution, especially when expressing affection in public, as there have been reports of verbal or physical assault based on perceived LGBTQIA identity.  In Latvia, while there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations, there have been reports of widespread intolerance and discrimination against LGBTQIA persons.  In Lithuania, the LGBTQIA community is protected by anti-discrimination laws, but there have been reports of verbal and sometimes physical harassment.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,100.

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 2020 03/08/2020
Rolling Admission 07/06/2020 07/18/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.