22 years of summer courses ...
... and lots of experience.
We started out in 1998 with 9 students forming one group. Year after year, the interest grew and today, about 60 students learn Estonian each year at 4-5 different levels. Since 2002, the Estonian Summer Courses are a part of the International Summer University of the University of Tartu.
Who take part in the summer school?
|People with Estonian roots||People connected to Estonia because of their job||People connected to Estonia because of romantic relationships||People seeking for exoticism||Simply eager learners|
The summer university is special because multicultural and heterogeneous people gather to Tartu to study the Estonian language and culture.
|Age: 12-73||Male/Female: 45/55% (in 2018 – 51/49% respectively)|
Some countries of origin: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Russia, South-Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine, the USA, Venezuela..
Students can be divided into different groups based on their origin, age, motivation, etc. Yet in the classroom, a 16-year-old may be deskmates with a 60-year-old learner who may have quite different reasons for studying Estonian. Forecasting the expectations and interests of such groups is necessary for planning the courses and compiling study materials. A variety of teaching methods are used in the courses to meet the different needs of the students. Since 2007 a new, specially compiled material for the Estonian Summer Courses was taken into use, firstly on beginner levels and later on all other levels. The materials are continuously edited year after year.