European Languages and Cultures

University of Tartu

M.A. On Campus
24 months
4000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
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The 2-year MA trains students to be cultural mediators (translators, administrators, editors, etc.) by providing knowledge and skills in a modern or classical language and culture.


The European Languages and Cultures MA programme covers 7 areas of speciality (students focus on one):

  • English language and literature
  • French language and literature
  • Spanish language and literature
  • Russian and Slavic philology
  • German language and literature
  • Scandinavian languages and literature
  • Classical philology

Graduates will be ready to continue their studies in PhD programmes in all languages of specialisation or will be able to enter careers in professions that require excellent proficiency in foreign languages and cultural competence in state institutions, universities and research institutions, IT companies, museums, publishing houses and cultural exchange organisations.

Why study European Languages and Cultures at UT?

  • UT is ranked in the top 250 universities in linguistics and English language and literature (QS Rankings 2020).
  • Combine elective courses and practical training to build your career. For example, you can pick an elective module in translation studies and do your practical training in language editing and proofreading or study international relations and do an internship in an international organisation. 
  • Using your proficiency in foreign languages and cultural competence, you can work as a specialist in state institutions, universities, companies, museums and publishing houses. 


Programme Structure

The curriculum contains 6 modules:

  • Speciality module (English language and literature, French language and literature, Spanish language and literature, Russian and Slavic philology, German language and literature, Scandinavian languages and literatures, Classical philology) (39 ECTS)
  • Graduate school module (students choose between the linguistics and translation studies graduate school and history, literature and cultural research graduate school) (15 ECTS)
  • Electives module (12 ECTS)
  • Optional courses module (6 ECTS)
  • Practical training module (6 ECTS)
  • MA thesis (42 ECTS) or MA project (42 ECTS) module
  • Students are recommended to spend one semester (and complete 15 ECTS worth of coursework) in a university in the country where the language of the speciality is spoken as the first language.


    Professor of English Language and Literature Raili Marling, Programme Director 

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines




    120 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    • English language proficiency

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      4000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      4000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


    Tuition waivers are available for the best candidates.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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