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  • Locations: Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Global Digital Leadership in Estonia
Tallinn Old Town
Tartu & Tallinn, Estonia 
May 14 - 25, 2019

Program Description: This program is designed to educate the technology and/or business student about the power of policy and partnership between public and private sector in a country to effect transformation and change. Students will visit two cities – Tartu and Tallin. Half of the program will be conducted in Tartu and half in Tallinn and both portions will be hosted by the University of Tartu and will use both the professors of University of Tartu and local Estonian practitioners - for example from Estonian Cyber Defense Center etc. The program will include some cultural events in the evenings and local company site visits. 

Program Location: Estonia is a small eastern European country that has transformed itself after the fall of the Iron Curtain to rank in the top 25 digital nations of the world.

Faculty Leaders: The program will be led by Dr. Robin Poston ( and Avanti Pandit ( of the Business Information Technology department.  

Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(subject to change)
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Cultural Activities/ Excursions
  • Corporation Site Visits
  • Tuition for 6 credit hours (Credit by exam - $120)
  • Personal Spending & Incidentals (Estimated $600)
  • Meals
  • International Health Insurance (Estimated $45 - $75)
  • Round-Trip Int'l Airfare

Course Information:  The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in Business Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, along with all Fogelman College students. The course will introduce global leadership to the student through lectures, videos, selected readings, and visits to local corporations and cultural locations in Estonia. Specifically, we will learn how leapfrogging legacy systems, adopting innovative technology and building “border-less” e-policies have helped Estonia become a technology leader in Europe and around the world. 

Credits: The following courses will be offered as "Credit by Exam", which will show as "S" - Satisfactory (Pass) or "U" - Unsatisfactory (Fail) on participants transcripts after they have completed the program. Per the approval of participants' academic advisor, the credits will count but will not affect student's GPA. 

Graduate  Undergraduate 
MIS 6110 (Special Topics) – Global Digital Leadership 1 - 3 credits
MIS 6111 (Special Topics) – Global Digital Leadership 2 - 3 credits
MIS 7650 – Information Systems Global Enterprise - 3 credits
MIS 7170 – Global Info Tech Management– 3 credits
MIS 4110 (Special Topics) – Global Digital Leadership 1 - 3 credits
MIS 4111 (Special Topics) – Global Digital Leadership 2 - 3 credits
MIS 4310 – Global Information Technology - 3 credit
MIS 4321 – Global Outsourcing in Technology – 3 credits

Class Meetings: There will be five class meetings in May prior to the travel to Estonia and five class meetings upon returning. 

Pre-Travel Meeting Dates Travel Dates Post-Travel Meeting Dates
May 6: Historical Rulers of Estonia
May 7: Political Climate
May 8: Governmental Leadership in IT
May 9: Historical Music, Literature, & Art
May 10: Cultural Norms, Language, & Travel
May 16: Depart Memphis
May 17: Arrive in Estonia
May 18 - 26: Lectures, Site Visits, & Cultural Activities
May 27: Depart Estonia  
May 28: Debrief and analysis of lessons
May 29: Assessment of politics, government, history, leadership, and IT
May 30: Assessment of future of Estonia and it’s global IT digitization leadership
May 31: Final Term Papers and/or Presentations

Excursions: Students will be guided through cultural activities and local corporation tours. Excursions may include visits to the American Chamber of Commerce, Tehnopol, Guardtime (blockchain) Transferwise, Skype, e-Estonia corporate, Estonian Health Insurance Fund corporate visit, Now! Innovations corporate visit, Mektory start-up HUB feedback session, Pipedrive corporate, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence corporate visit, and Milrem Robotics. 


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