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Estonian learning opportunities for international students (incl. doctoral students)

International students of the University of Tartu are encouraged to take language courses. In addition, there are numerous other opportunities at the university to practice and improve Estonian.  


Knowing Estonian gives you the opportunity to 

  • make coping with your studies easier and studying more varied; 
  • create a nice social network and find Estonian-speaking friends; 
  • get more first-hand experience of the unique people and culture and the student life; 
  • get used to Estonia and Estonians more quickly and comfortably; 
  • participate more actively in the activities of the University of Tartu; 
  • link your future career with Estonia. 

 International students admitted in the academic year 2023/2024 to foreign-language curricula of the first and second levels are required to learn Estonian, thus to take 6 ECTS of Estonian language courses during their studies.  


Estonian language courses offered 

General language courses aim to teach the basics of Estonian grammar and basic Estonian vocabulary. The Institute of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers general language courses for different levels, from basic (A) to proficient users (C), both as e-learning and face-to-face classes. 

Find a suitable course for levels 0 to C1.1

Find a suitable course for levels B2.2 to C2

The Estonian language summer courses take place at the end of July and the beginning of August every year.  

The course is open to anyone interested in learning Estonian and aged 16 or over. Participants can choose between five language levels, from beginner to advanced. The lessons build vocabulary and grammar and develop reading, writing, listening and conversation skills. The cultural programme, which is part of the course, introduces Tartu through engaging activities that provide a great opportunity to interact with other participants. 

Further information and registration

See other opportunities for learning Estonian

KeeleKohting offers an opportunity to make new friends, exchange ideas and find inspiration, share and discover the Estonian language and culture. 

At KeeleKohting, anything of interest is discussed in pairs, in Estonian. After a while, the partners change. We try to make sure that there is one native Estonian speaker and one learner of the Estonian language in each pair. The one-on-one free-form conversation will expand your vocabulary and your circle of friends. Many who have once been to KeeleKohting have returned for more. 

KeeleKohting takes place on the last Wednesday of every month from 18:00 to 19:30 in the lobby of Lossi 3. 

Read more on the website of the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics

In tandem learning, learners with different native languages form language learning tandems where each member teaches the other their native language and learns the native language of their partner. One of the languages learned in the tandem must be Estonian, the other can be any other foreign language. 

The tandem language learning course welcomes both students and staff who want to learn Estonian or another language. 

Register for tandem learning

The communication course with a language friend takes place as a pair work of two students: one native speaker of Estonian and one with a non-Estonian mother tongue. The native Estonian partner helps the learner of Estonian to practise Estonian conversational language and learn about Estonian society and culture.

Register to the communication course

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