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 the language most widely spoken in the European Union as a mother tongue.
The Department of German Studies at the University of Tartu provides students with an in-depth understanding of the German language, the cultures of the German-speaking countries and the Baltic-German cultural and literary history. The speciality in German Language and Literature covers courses (39 ECTS) in literature studies, culture studies, linguistics and translation studies taught in German using new methods and theories. Our staff includes instructors who speak German as the mother tongue.
Our MA-students benefit from the Erasmus+-project Medienpraktiken der Aufklärung (Media Practices of the Enlightenment) that runs until 2019, bringing together scholars and students from the four universities (Potsdam, Bordeaux, Riga and Tartu) together for seminars, summer schools and conferences and offering internships in Berlin or Potsdam.
Scholars of German studies in Tartu focus on interculturality/multilingualism, migration studies, Baltic studies (linguistics, literature and cultural history) and cultural didactics, translation studies and lexicography. Our students are involved into our ongoing research projects “Tartu – a city of cultural translations“ and “The Baltic-German Dictionary“.
The graduates can enter traditional 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.