2023 EBS International Summer School on Digitalization and Sustainability

Location: Tallinn, Estonia (14-17 August)
& Helsinki, Finland (18 August)

ECTS Credits: 6 ECTS

The Estonian Business School is excited to announce that admissions are now open for our third annual International Summer School. A one-week school is planned for 14-18 August, with the first four days in Tallinn, Estonia, and the final day, 18 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: digitalization and sustainability. The challenge of a so-called “twin transition” is clear: the world needs to digitalize to take advantage of the vast advances in digital products, but this needs to be accomplished in a sustainable fashion.


The motivation for our summer school is with the understanding that the digital and green transformations in businesses and organizations can only happen with significant changes in our current business models.


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 has a strong critical thinking and analytical component. To graduate, its participants develop a capstone project on a topic of their choosing within the parameters of the issues discussed during the program. Those that complete the summer school and their capstone project receive 6 graduate-level ECTS credits.


Special attention will be given to engaging women and minorities historically underrepresented in global business, especially in top leadership roles. 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.


We are working on solidifying our speaker list for 2023, which we will post when we have solid commitments. Many of our speakers from last year’s summer school have expressed a desire to participate in 2023. You can see a roundup of last year’s program here.

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.



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 30 June to secure your spot.


  • General admission price: 990 Euros. Price includes tuition fee, study materials, a transcript of record, and certificate. 
  • Early bird price: 850 Euros. Your application must be received by 16 June 2023 to qualify for the early-bird price.
  • Attendance at the summer school; no credit: 900 Euros
  • Online attendance of the entire program with a certificate of attendance:  250 Euros
  • One-day online attendance: 90 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!

Scott Abel

Scott Abel

Summer School Co-director; EBS junior researcher and lecturer; Ph.D. student in management
Anna Ebers Broughel

Anna Ebers Broughel

Summer School Co-director; Visiting faculty at EBS; Director of Energy Leadership, Clean Energy Leadership Institute; Lecturer in Energy Economics, The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)