Department of German Studies
German studies play a significant role in Estonia’s humanities as German is a key language for examining the country’s historical sources. At the same time, German studies has become more and more important as part of European Studies, as German is by far the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union (about 20 %).
German studies in Tartu encompasses the broad spectrum of German philology, literature as well as linguistics and German language and the culture of the German speaking countries and regions, also specialized didactics. Due to the particular history of Estonia and the over 700 years of influence of German culture and language, Tartu has a historical focus on Baltic Studies. In addition, film and media studies are offered. The German department in Tartu is particularly distinguished by a professorship with a focus on poetics and poetological anthropology.
The Department of German Studies at the University of Tartu provides students with an in-depth understanding of German language, the cultures of the German-speaking countries and the Baltic-German history and culture.
Our graduates can choose professions in the humanities as well as any field that requires excellent German language and intercultural communication skills. Our department has been the launching pad for many legendary teachers, translators and writers, but also diplomats, entrepreneurs and government officials. Our graduates become cultural mediators between their own country and the German speaking countries and regions.