The Society of International Relations (in Estonian Rahvusvaheliste Suhete Ring – RSR) is a student organization at the University of Tartu that was founded on October 7th, 1963. It is uniting students from different faculties interested in international relations. RSR organizes lectures and radio broadcasts dealing with a different international topic every week. Once a year, RSR chooses the best writer on foreign policy in Estonian media and awards the author a prize. About once a month, the members of the RSR also write articles on foreign affairs for the Estonian newspaper Müürileht. What is more, RSR’s quiz on international relations is held every autumn and spring as part of the student days at the University of Tartu. At least once a semester, a field trip abroad is organized where institutions dealing with foreign affairs are visited. Our guests-lecturers include politicians, civil servants, researchers/scholars, businessmen and other people active in international relations. Our alumni include several prominent figures who also visit our lectures from time to time.
Every Tuesday at 6 o’clock in the evening (plus “an academic quarter”, meaning 6:15) RSR meets up. The lectures are held in Estonian and/or English, depending on the lecturer.
Kirke Katariina Siimso
President of the Society of International Relations