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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.
Suppose you are interested in Estonian or Finno-Ugric languages like Hungarian, Finnish or Komi, and you're looking for a master's programme in Language and Linguistics. In that case, this is the programme for you! You can begin your studies right away without first developing your language skills.
There are two specialisations:
The programme courses are available on the University of Tartu Study Information System. You can select the "2022/23" version.
A highlight of the programme is language teaching by native speakers in Estonian, Hungarian, Finnish, and Komi. Other Finno-Ugric languages are also taught by fluent speakers with experience with the communities where the languages are still spoken.
The faculty on the programme brings diverse research profiles and comes from various language backgrounds, revealing the diversity of linguistics and linguistic experience.
We have an active, constantly evolving programme of seminars, conferences, and guest lectures that bring top international scholars in the field to our institute and our students throughout the semester.
The Uralic Winter School has been held annually since 2013, organised by one of the REMODUS network members in Europe.
From 2023, the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics is the head of the international MEDAL consortium. During the next 3 years, numerous summer schools and masters courses will take place with a focus on methodological excellence in linguistics.
The TÜling lecture series offers scholarly talks on a wide range of linguistic topics every week for the whole institute.
Students will also have fieldwork and language documentation opportunities within Estonia and across the border in other countries where Finno-Ugric languages are spoken.
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.
NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year.
According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa or temporary residence permit for studies and are therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.
Each candidate should write a motivation letter (in English, 2000-2500 characters including spaces) describing:
· Why the candidate wants to study in the EFUL program;
· The candidate's background relating to Estonian and/or Finno-Ugric languages;
· The candidate's general interest in linguistics;
· Which specialty (Estonian or Finno-Ugric languages) the candidate would choose and why.
The following aspects will be considered in assessing the motivation letter:
· Reasons for entering the programme and previous knowledge about linguistics and Finno-Ugric languages; 60%
· The candidate's analytical skills, language skills and ability to structure ideas. 40%
Admission interviews take place between 12-19 April 2024. The exact interview date and time for each qualifying applicant will be specified in early April when the motivation letters have been evaluated.
Based on the assessment of the motivation letter, a candidate may then be selected for an online admission interview (15 minutes). The admission interview will be in English. The questions will be partly based on the motivation letter and are intended to find out more about:
· The candidate's motivation for studying Estonian and/or other Finno-Ugric languages (40 points);
· The candidate's general orientation concerning linguistics (40 points);
· The candidate's ability to express themselves effectively in English (20 points).
For each assignment, the maximum score is 100 points and minimum score 51 points to be considered for admission. The applicant needs to receive at least 51 points for the motivation letter, in order to qualify for the admission interview. After the interview, the final admission score is calculated. The total admission score will be the weighted sum of the score of the motivation letter and the interview. The maximum number of final points is 100. Only applications which receive 66 points and above as a combined score from both indicators will qualify for admission.
Further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score.
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by 15 March:
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by April 30 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit at an Estonian embassy.
Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website.
NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.
For housing alternatives please find further information on Tartu Welcome Centre website. Travel information can be found here. Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.