The programme comprises the following elements:
• Training for public officials, as well as representatives of civil society and academia, from the eligible countries
• Focus on the understanding of the legal, economic and political aspects of international relations, using an interdisciplinary approach that is based on both teaching and practical experience
• Awarding a special Certificate, beyond the scope of individual training courses, and allowing for later possible conversion, at the personal expense of the students, toward a full Masters degree
The course subjects have been selected so as to ensure both the diversity and integrity of the interdisciplinary approach adopted, that has a focus on Law and Economics, with a consideration also of policy issues.
The programme seeks to identify fundamental principles and values in each of the fields included, so as to contribute to the common understanding of such principles and values, in addition to the more technical skills related to international negotiations, institutional cooperation and organisational structures, including the European Union.
Each course has teaching for 6 hours per day, including seminars, study visits, special events and class preparation. The weekly workload is estimated at 30 hours, and each course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits. Participants may also choose an elective English language support during the main modules.
The study visits include experience sharing with institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman. The study visit this year includes the European and international institutions of Brussels and Luxembourg.
The programme is offered free of any cost by the Latvian Government and the international donors.
Cost coverage for the participants will include travel to Riga and accommodation during the 6 week period of each programme module, as well as a modest per diem for living expenses in Riga.
Participants are expected to contribute in the form of active participation and full dedication to the programme during the 6 weeks. Eligible applicants may also request participation based on individual payment and support from other sources.
Participants will obtain 9 ECTS credits for each programme module, which may be recognised when continuing in the Masters programmes at RGSL and at other cooperating educational institutions.
Total programme duration is 12 weeks that is divided into 4 modules of 3 weeks. During each module, the participants will follow 3 courses, which normally cover 1 week each, and which during the third module also include a study visit abroad.
During a normal week, in class teaching covers 3 days, with 1 day set aside for excursions related to the subject matter of the course and 1 day set aside for special events, such as high profile guest speakers as well as cultural events, so as to ensure a comprehensive approach to the learning of both theory and practice.
During the in-class part of each teaching period, participants will have teaching for 6 hours per day, and the excursions and special events, together with class preparation, are calculated also to cover on average 6 hours per day. Thus the weekly workload is estimated at 30 hours, which leads to the award of 1.5 ECTS credits per course.
Excursions in Latvia include experience-sharing with institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman. The study visit abroad includes the national and European institutions of Belgium and Luxembourg.
English language support is offered as an elective with 4 hours per week throughout most of the programme. After each module, participants are requested to provide feedback on the courses and teaching, as well as the organisation of events, which is used for the continuous development of the programme.
Cost coverage for the participants will include travel to Riga and accommodation during the 12 week period of the programme, as well as a modest per diem for living expenses in Riga. Travel and other costs will also be covered for study visits.
Participants are expected to contribute in the form of active participation and full dedication to the programme during the 12 weeks. This spring, a select group of up to 20 participants, will be admitted to the programme.
Courses will be taught in an intensive format and active participation is expected during all programme elements, including the excursions and study visits. A final programme report will form the basis for a successful conclusion of the programme and reception of a certificate.
Participants will obtain 18 ECTS credits that may be recognised when continuing in the Masters programmes at RGSL and at other cooperating educational institutions.