2024 EBS International Summer School on Digitalisation and Sustainability

Location: Tallinn, Estonia (12-15 August)
& Helsinki, Finland (16 August)

ECTS Credits: 6 ECTS



The Estonian Business School is excited to announce that admissions are now open for our fourth annual International Summer School. A one-week summer school is planned for 12-16 August, with the first four days in Tallinn, Estonia, and the final day, 16 August, at our campus in Helsinki, Finland.


EBS brings together students and speakers from all over the world, allowing for the exchange of ideas on two of the megatrends that change modern societies: digitalisation and sustainability. The challenge of a so-called “twin transition” is clear: the world needs to digitalise to take advantage of the vast advances in digital products, but this needs to be accomplished in a sustainable fashion.


The summer school focuses on trends, uncertainties and complexities in intersections of digitalisation and sustainability on a global level. The course helps participants to learn multifaceted nature of digitalisation and sustainability in national and international level. Through lectures and workshops it demonstrates how to use different social science methods in order to get a better grasp of future trajectories. It also helps participants to summarise and communicate complex issues in the intersection of digitalisation and sustainability in an easily understandable way. The course improves decision-making and teamwork skills through capstone assignments. 


Combining our diverse business, economic, policy, and management perspectives offered by the summer school’s distinguished faculty, lecturers, and speakers will provide fundamental ingredients for generating new ideas. We are well on our way to making this event a summer tradition at EBS, providing a platform for future leaders to gather at EBS and turn their ideas into reality.


The summer school utilises a variety of approaches such as lectures, on-site visits, workshops, company presentations and team assignments. The session would involve a discussion of the critical concepts and empirical analysis. This would be supplemented with reading assignments. The summer school instructors will follow participative methods in class. The instruction will be predominantly through interactive lectures and workshops.  Students are expected to come prepared to the class whenever a reading is prescribed. To make the best use of the learning opportunities, each participant must actively participate and be ready to share his/ her perspective to build the skills of presentation and the attitude of collective learning. Groups of 5-7 students will be formed for the capstone assignment which will be presented on the last day of summer school.

Those who complete the summer school and their capstone project receive 6 graduate-level ECTS credits.


We will take various site visits (last year’s program included a visit to a startup incubator, a tour of Old Town Tallinn and the Estonian parliament, and a museum trip).


There are also online options for streaming over the internet, with the professional support of the EBS IT team.





One of the greatest assets of the summer school is our excellent speakers, who include visionaries from the public and private sectors, including prominent public officials, entrepreneurs, and academics. The speakers covered a range of subjects, tackling issues particular to Estonia, the region, and the world.

  • Meelis Kitsing (EBS)
  • André Küüsvek Nordic Investment Bank) 
  • Maive Rute (European Commission)
  • Fredrik Erixon (European Centre for International Political Economy)
  • Tea Danilov (Foresight Centre, Estonian Parliament)
  • Sandra Reivik (EBS)

Course Credit

The summer school curriculum is for master- and doctoral-level students, advanced undergraduates (final year), or those entering graduate-level programs. The summer school is taught in English.


You will receive an official transcript of records granting 6 ECTS credit points when the summer school is completed and your summer school requirements are fulfilled.

Students will receive either Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade. They will be evaluated on the basis of team presentation and attendance and participation. The weightage given to each of these units is listed below:

  • Class Attendance and Participation                      30%
  • Group Project                                                           70%





Summer school 2024

How to Apply

We welcome participation from advanced undergraduate and graduate students in social sciences, engineering, and other disciplines, who strive for excellence in global business. We also accept a number of those from the business world who want to explore these fields. Special consideration will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and EBS alumni.


To apply, please submit the following info and documents as PDF files to our web form:

  • A resume;
  • An unofficial school transcript with grades (undergraduate or graduate, if available);
  • A short justification (max 1 page) why you would like to participate in this event;
  • The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as our academic committee reviews them. We strongly encourage you to apply early, as our space is limited. Once you are accepted, full tuition payment is due by May 31, 2024,  to secure your spot.

If you have any questions about applying or the programme don´t hesitate to contact us summerschool@ebs.ee.


  • General admission price: 1190 Euros. Price includes tuition fee, study materials, a transcript of record, and certificate;
  • Early bird price: 990 Euros. Your application must be received by May 1 2024 to qualify for the early-bird price;
  • Attendance at the summer school; no credit: 1099 Euros;
  • Online attendance of the entire program with a certificate of attendance:  299 Euros;
  • One-day online attendance: 99 Euros.

Need-based scholarships

  • The organizers will award need-based scholarships on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and EBS alumni.
  • To be considered for a need-based scholarship, please add a separate file to the application package outlining your situation and the amount needed (provide evidence, if appropriate). Partial scholarship waivers are much more likely than full waivers.
  • The need-based scholarship only covers the tuition, while travel and accommodation in Tallinn remain the student’s responsibility.
  • All students will be responsible for their transportation and lodging in Tallinn and Helsinki.

Accommodation and food

Students participating in the summer school are responsible for their own accommodation and travel. Local hotels within walking distance of the Estonian Business School will offer discounted prices to students once they are accepted into the program. These rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. If you want to make different arrangements, there are many accommodations available around EBS through popular booking apps.


Lunches are provided every day at EBS. Please specify in the application web form if you have dietary restrictions or preferences. 

Visiting Tallinn: What to Know

The Baltic region is simply gorgeous in the summer months with moderate temperatures and long daylight hours; Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is one of the jewels.


The city has been notable since its days as part of the Hanseatic League of medieval trading cities. In recent years, Tallinn has become a place of a burgeoning startup scene and ecosystem with nearly 1,300 companies. Six of those startups have been classified as unicorns, making Estonia the European leader in startups, unicorns, and investments per capita.


The Estonian Business School is located within walking distance of Tallinn’s Old Town, which dates back to the 13th century. The Old Town delights first-time visitors with its fantastic medieval walls, cobblestone streets, and many shops and museums. See what else Tallinn and the rest of Estonia have to offer.

Visiting Helsinki: What to Know

EBS has been operating its campus in Helsinki for 12 years and moved to a new location within walking distance of the city center in 2021. Traveling from Tallinn to Helsinki means a 90-minute ferry ride, offered many times a day. Then it’s a short tram ride to the EBS Helsinki campus.


We will not have much time on Friday, 18 August, to see the sights, but for the adventurous, Helsinki and its environs are well worth hanging around for a long weekend. You can learn more about what the city offers at this link.


We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting week in Tallinn and Helsinki in August!

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