Languages and Multilingualism in School

Olga Makina

1 May

Application system opens

1 June

Application deadline

12 July

Admission results

2 September

Academic year starts
Level of study
Study language
Duration and credits
3 years , 180 EAP
Form of study
Regular study
Student places
Tuition fee
free of charges

If you are interested in languages, multiculturalism and education, this curriculum is the best choice for acquiring key professional competencies. You can come to study in the multilingual and multicultural environment of the University of Tartu Narva College. Studying here supports the students' Estonian, English, and Russian language skills as well as general cultural and communicational development.

"Studying here gives me a deeper understanding of language immersion as one of the most effective language learning methods. In addition to pedagogical knowledge, I am gaining a clearer understanding of the philology of the target language, so I can feel confident working as a teacher. After all, Narva, with its multilingual and multicultural college, is the best place to study to become a foreign language teacher!"

Karin Trei, student (2021)

We have a full-time three-year programme. During your studies, you will acquire two specialisations of equal value. You can choose either Estonian or English for the first specialisation, and for the second specialisation, we offer Russian and a language immersion training, which is not taught anywhere else in Estonia.

In addition to in-depth language studies, you will focus on literature, language, cultural history, and intercultural communication. You will gain knowledge of translation and communication psychology, and get a brief introduction to pedagogy and educational sciences.

Our studies include an introductory practice and an observation practice. It will help you decide whether to pursue a master's degree in pedagogy or linguistics.

To graduate, you have to defend a thesis.



Please find more information about courses in ÕIS.

Narva College's innovative building offers excellent conditions for personal fulfilment and development. It hosts a wide range of student-run and academic conferences and other educational events.

The college has an active student council, as student initiatives are very welcome here. Student life is enriched by film evenings, lectures, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and many more events. 

You will have the opportunity to develop yourself and take part in internships at foreign universities to gain valuable experience of living and studying abroad.

Tartu Ülikooli Narva kolledž

A diploma from the University of Tartu Narva College proves a quality education and is a competitive advantage in the job market.

Completion of the Languages and Multilingualism in School curriculum will help you flexibly design different career paths in the future and find a position requiring language skills. Good knowledge of languages ensures that our graduates find interesting and fulfilling jobs in many areas of life.

Graduates of the bachelor's curriculum are welcome to continue their studies in the master's curriculum Teacher of Languages in a Multilingual School at Narva College.

Admission requirements for Languages and Multilingualism in School

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.


Applications are evaluated based on

  • score of the admission interview (yields 100% of the final score)

The interview will take place in English at 1. or 2. July 2024 at 9.00–17.00 in Narva College (Raekoja plats 2) rooms 215 and 217 or online.

The goal of the interview is to evaluate candidate’s:

  • motivation to study in the chosen speciality and analytical abilities;
  • critical thinking and reasoning skills;
  • understanding the teamwork substance and readiness for teamwork; 
  • broad world outlook and understanding of the Estonian educational field;
  • self-expression skills and strong command of the exam language.

Interview structure:

  1. introduction of the applicant (1-2 min);
  2. questions of the members of the committee on the motivation, analytical abilities and readiness for teamwork from the applicant (5-7 min); 
  3. questions regarding the applicant's general outlook and their understanding of the Estonian educational field (5-7 min).

Self-expression and language use will be assessed throughout the aforementioned activities. 

Admission interview topics:

  1. applicant’s motivation and awareness when choosing a field of study;
  2. the current situation, problems and trends of the Estonian education system;
  3. being a citizen and environmental awareness.

Evaluation of the interview:

  • motivation to study in the chosen specialty and the ability to self-analyze (20 points),
  • critical thinking and reasoning and conclusion skills (20 points),
  • understanding the teamwork substance and readiness for teamwork (20 points),
  • broad world outlook and understanding of the Estonian educational field (20 points),
  • self-expression skills and strong command of the exam language (20 points).

Each committee member evaluates the candidate during the interview based on the five criteria above. The overall grade is formed as the average of the grades of the members of the committee. Each criteria is evaluated with a maximum of 20 points.

The maximum score for the interview is 100 points. Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher will be considered for admission.

For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.


How to apply

The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad. 

The application system opens on 1 May and closes on 1 June. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by the application deadline: 

  1. Online application 

  1. Official certified copy of the secondary school certificate and grade list in the original language (must include a description of the grading scale).  
    NB! Applicants from the member countries of EU, OECD, CIS (СНГ), Ukraine, Georgia, IB Diploma programme or graduating with A-level exams who are graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their secondary school certificate issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent grade list (grades for all your high school years up until the moment of application, including the grades/results for the last autumn semester) by the application deadline, 1 June. The grade list should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing school indicating current enrolment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates must post the certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (these must reach us by the end of July at the latest). 
    NB! Applicants from other countries can only apply if they have already obtained their final graduation documents and can submit these by the application deadline, 1 June. 

  1. Official certified translation of the secondary school certificate and grade list into English. We consider the following certified translations: 1) official translations made by the issuing institution (school, exam centre etc) bearing their original signature, stamp etc, or 2) translations certified by a sworn translator or notary. 

  1. Proof of Estonian or Russian language proficieny 

  1. Copy of valid international passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars 

  1. Confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable). All international applicants are required to pay the application fee of EUR 100, unless they have Estonian citizenship and/or have completed their previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the UT has received the fee.  

Submitted applications cannot 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. 

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply. 

Applicants must send the application documents by post after receiving feedback that all application requirements are met. The documents should be posted to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA. 

The documents must reach the university by 30 June. Only applicants whose application documents have reached the UT Student Admissions by the deadline can take the entrance examination. Applicants will be informed via DreamApply when their documents have arrived. 

Requirements for educational documents 
All copies of educational documents (secondary school certificate and grade list/transcript) 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 specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified. Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made based on already certified copies (primary copies are needed). 

A ranking list will be formed based on the entrance examinations that take place in the beginning of July. Admission results will be announced to all applicants via DreamApply by 12 July at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 2 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/defer the beginning of studies to the next academic year. 

The official admission letter will be sent electronically via DreamApply to admitted students who have confirmed the offer. 

NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit in Estonian embassies. 

Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on visa and temporary residence permit applications to be sure where and when the relevant documents need to be submitted.

NB! Please note that this programme is taught in our campus in Narva (184 km from Tartu).  

Housing at the UT dormitory in Narva can be applied for a limited period in July after receiving the admissions offer. 

Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started

Estonian applicants should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS). Further information in Estonian is available here

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