*This programme profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).
The 2-year master's programme in Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages (EFUL) is unique in combining in-depth language learning with comprehensive, English-based studies in linguistics. We offer specialisations in either Estonian or Finno-Ugric Languages. Whichever you choose, you will have access to shared modules on theoretical and methodological aspects of synchronic and diachronic linguistics, with an emphasis on active language learning, combining theory and practice.
The programme also emphasises the development of digital skills. It offers modules on computational linguistics and programming in collaboration with the University of Tartu 's Centre for Digital Humanities and Information Society.
Why study Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages at the University of Tartu?
- The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's universities (300th position in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
- Study Estonian in Tartu, the best place in the world to study Estonian.
- The programme provides excellent opportunities for studying other Finno-Ugric languages like Finnish, Hungarian, Komi, etc.
- You can choose between two specialisations Estonian or Finno-Ugric Languages.
- The programme emphasises the development of digital skills and offers computational linguistics and programming modules.
- After graduation, you can work in language teaching, translation, diplomacy, tourism, enterprise, international cooperation in multilingual environments or continue your academic career at the doctoral level.
Graduates of this programme will be highly trained for employment requiring language skills in Estonian or the other Finno-Ugric languages, both in Estonia and abroad. This includes jobs in language teaching, translation, diplomacy, tourism, enterprise, or international cooperation in multilingual environments. Students completing the programme will learn analytical and digital skills and practice communication and teamwork. Graduates are well-placed for employment in cultural heritage fields and museums.
The programme affords opportunities to learn big data processing and data analysis skills, which are transferrable to many jobs outside of traditional linguistics. Graduates will be qualified for jobs that require multiple language skills or facilities with processing language data, depending on their coursework choices.
The MA programme also gives a solid foundation for continuing studies at the PhD level. Our courses give students a taste of serious linguistics research, helping them decide whether a research career is their path.
University of Tartu Institutional Accreditation 2015-2022: The Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education decided to accredit the University of Tartu for seven years.
The next accreditation will be conducted in 2022.
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Programme StructureThere are two specialisations:
- Estonian. In addition to a foundation in Linguistics, this specialisation includes in-depth studies in Estonian, allowing students to test for placement and begin studies at the appropriate language level. Students will also gain an overview of Estonian and Estonian history and culture structure.
- Finno-Ugric Languages. In addition to a foundation in Linguistics, this specialisation gives an overview of the history and comparison of Finno-Ugric languages and cultures. Students have the opportunity to learn three or more Finno-Ugric languages.
Examples of courses:
- Estonian Literature and Culture
- Comparative Grammar of Finno-Ugric Languages
- Structure of Estonian
- Corpora and Language Technology Tools for Finno-Ugric Languages
- Digital Fieldwork and Documentation Methods
- History of Finno-Ugric Languages
- The Culture of Finno-Ugric Peoples
We welcome all students interested in Estonian or Finno-Ugric languages.
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies Languages Linguistics
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July)
- English language proficiency
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International4000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
National4000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Tartu
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Tuition waivers are available.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.