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  • Locations: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Program Terms: Winter School
  • Restrictions: Only Study Overseas applicants may apply through GLAS
  • Budget Sheets: Winter School
  • Please read the Program Description for how to apply.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Click here for a definition of this term Study Areas: Computer Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Academic Level: Postgraduate, Undergraduate Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Program Description:
2019 Estonia
Applications have closed for this program. The details listed below are for information only and may be subject to change in 2020. Applications for the June/July 2020 intake of this program are expected to open in February 2020. 

Selected students undertaking the following programs will visit Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia for a program centred around digital security (with an optional extended program to Ravensburg, Germany):
  • Honours Research Project in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Science in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)
  • Honours in the School of Computer Science

As part of their project, students will be spending two intensive weeks in Tartu and Tallinn, working closely with the host university collaborators. Students will be attending a Cyber Security Summer School organised through Tartu University.

Please note: Students must be pre-selected by the program coordinators, Dr Matthew Sorell (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) or Dr Nickolas Falkner (Computer Science) before applying for this program. Selection criteria will include academic performance, as well as other supporting statements to determine eligibility and suitability. Students are expected that their project work will be focused on network and digital security.



This program runs from 27 June to 12 July, 2019 (including travel).

Students completing the optional extension of the study tour in Ravensburg, Germany will have their program run from 23 June to 12 July, 2019 (including travel).


The fee for this program is AUD$3,000 (plus AUD$500 for the optional German tour). This includes Cyber Security Summer School fee, most meals, accommodation, ground transport and public transport, local mobile SIM and staffing. Follow the link for the program fee cost breakdown.

Students are responsible for their own airfare (estimated at up to AUD$2,500). For the German extension, this includes shuttle flight to Tallinn from Stuttgart.

Students will need to pay for their own extra-curricular activities. If students wish to extend their travel, they may do so at their own expense.

Please note the University of Adelaide tuition costs also apply for students who are advised to enroll in an associated course via Access Adelaide.

Financial Assistance:

Thanks to the Global Learning Travel Grant, students receiving credit for this study tour will each receive AUD$500 from the University of Adelaide.

Eligible students may also access up to AUD$6,791 of funding from an OS-HELP loan.

Comprehensive Travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program .

Sponsorship of up to $1000 per student may be available (subject to negotiation). Please contact Dr Matthew Sorell for further details.

Course Content

This study tour is part of the collaborative research projects between the University of Adelaide, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten and the Tallinn University of Technology.

The program includes:
  • Familiarisation with historical Tallinn, including a visit to the KGB Museum.
  • Meetings and visits with key government, military and private sector organisations.
  • Extensive opportunities to collaborate on research projects with Estonian colleagues.
  • Participation in the 2019 Cyber Security Summer School at Tartu University.
  • Presentation of original research at a student papers day at the Tallinn University of Technology.
  • There is an opportunity to extend your travels at your own expense.
  • For the German extension, it also includes a two day IoT hackathon hosted by Hochscule Ravensburg-Weingarten.

This program is by invitation only.

For postgraduate students, this program is available only to those who are participating in the Cyber Security Research Excellence Course run by the Tallinn University of Technology, The University of Adelaide, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten and HITSA.

For students in Electrical Engineering programs, you must be enrolled in ELEC ENG 4068A and ELEC ENG 4068B Honours Project in 2019.

All Computer Science students will be undertaking project work and preparation in related areas of research prior to attending the summer school, with supervision from local supervisors and staff from the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

For information about academic and course details, please contact Dr Matthew Sorell or Dr Nickolas Falkner.

Academic Credit

Eligible students may receive 3 units of credit towards either their Bachelor of Engineering (EXCH1303ELEC) or Computer Science Studies (EXCH1303COMP). Students should consult their school course adviser to ensure that the 3 units of credit is acceptable within their degree program. This credit will be granted on successful completion of the study tour and additional work, with all commitments completed prior to the commencement of Semester 2, 2019.

Applications and Deadlines
  • Students must be pre-selected before applying for the program. Students will be selected on merit, based on personal statements of interest and academic track record.
  • Due to the nature of the program, non-Australian and dual citizenships must be disclosed and may restrict or exclude participation. Please contact Dr Matthew Sorell for further details.
  • Make your application by clicking 'Apply Now' above, on or before the deadline.
  • Deadline application date: 25 March, 2019.

Preparation and Expectations
  • Successful applicants will be expected to prepare for the research component of the program with preliminary reading in December 2018 and January 2019 and development of a project proposal in collaboration with students in Estonia and Germany and supervisors by 28 February 2019.
  • English is widely spoken with a high level of fluency in Estonia. Students will receive an introduction to Estonian culture and language before departing, in collaboration with the Adelaide Estonian Society.
  • This program is both an in-depth research project with Estonian collaboration, and a broad introduction to Estonian e-Society. It is an expectation that students will make a significant contribution to publishable research in aspects of cyber-security, forensics or defence.

Contact Information

For more information about the Digital Security in Estonia Study Tour program including academic and program information, please contact Dr Matthew Sorell

For more information about applications and administration of this program, please contact Study Overseas.


Please read the Program Description for how to apply.