Estonian Studies

Estonian Studies is a unique MA programme, teaching Estonian language, culture, history, societal and political topics using English.

Estonian Studies enables not only to get a broad-based and interdisciplinary postgraduate degree but enhance the ability to see both the uniqueness and specifics of Estonia, and place Estonia in a global context. Estonian Studies is in many respects the calling card of Estonia and is aimed at everybody who is interested in various aspects of Estonia and wish to acquire a related academic education.

Who are we looking for?

Our main target group are people who are interested in the Estonian language, culture, history and society but who do not have Estonian as their first language.

Our study programme is suitable for you:

  • if you have been learning the Estonian language and culture in one of the universities in the world that teach these subjects, you are interested in Estonian culture, history and society but your Estonian is not good enough to study in Estonian. Estonian Studies will help you to enhance your knowledge on Estonia and develop your language skills.
  • if your BA is in any other field but you are interested in Estonia and you wish to know how Estonian society functions, what is unique to the culture and wish to develop your Estonian language skills up to intermediate level.
  • if you are interested in Estonian literature, you have some knowledge of Estonian language and you wish to translate Estonian literature into your native language in the future.
Why study with us?

Estonian Studies provides knowledge of Estonian language, culture, society, politics and history, as well as opportunities to learn the Estonian language and enhance skills of translating literature. Nowhere in the world can one get better quality knowledge on these topics than in Estonia, taught by the most distinguished scholars in their field.

The MA programme suits not only those who have only passing knowledge of Estonia but also those who have more detailed prior knowledge and wish to enhance their knowledge and skills. All our students will be able to develop their Estonian language skills. Estonian B1 is the minimum requirement for graduation, although the people admitted with higher language level will be able to enhance their skills even further. The learning outcomes of the programme guarantee that by the time of graduation the students have received necessary academic copmetences in Estonian language, culture, history and society.

Read more about the programme in our blog here.

Study support facilities

The Estonian Studies programme is housed within the School of Humanities and utilises all the facilities made available by Tallinn University. The university campus houses a study library, the main university library situated within easy reach in the city centre. The National Library of Estonia is also in the city centre.

Before applying to the programme, one can learn more about Tallinn University while participating in Tallinn Summer School. It is a 3-week programme running in July, combining a wide range of courses with a rich, diverse cultural programme and attracting participants from all over the world. More information here. 

Take a walk around our campus via the virtual tour!

Important information
  • Cost: 830€ per semester
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Study language: English
  • Study form: cycle studies
Contact us
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee
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Important information

  • Cost: 830€ per semester
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Study language: English
  • Study form: cycle studies

Application Procedure

Find out how to apply for a programme at Tallinn University by following the step by step guide for international applicants. Application procedure may be different depending on the basis of your nationality and study language.

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