The College of Foreign Languages and Cultures will start teaching in the autumn semester of the 2020/21 academic year on September 7. Classes lasts for 15 weeks (see the academic calendar).
NB! The university transfers to a new study information system. This may cause errors in the course links that provide more detailed information. Should this occur, we kindly ask you to contact the coordinators of the college.
Click on the course to see the time-tables, course descriptions, requirements etc in the study information system.
You can find the schedule of the course in SIS II by clicking on the “Event” button under the name of the course.
Language courses on the basis of English:
- HVLC.03.006 French for Beginners I, Level 0 > A1.1 (6 ECTS)
- HVLC.03.009 French for Beginners III, Level A1.2 > A2.1 (6 ECTS)
- HVLC.03.010 French for the Pre-Intermediate Level I, A2.1 > A2.2 (6 ECTS)
Language courses on the basis of English and French:
- HVLC.03.012 French for the Intermediate Level I, B1.1 > B1.2 (6 ECTS)
Find the complete list of French courses on our Estonian homepage.
The courses are generally free of charge for the students of the University of Tartu and for students from other Estonian higher education institutions (See which institutions and universities have a partnership with the University of Tartu).
Visiting students from foreign higher education institutions need to pay for their language courses only if they are fee-paying students at the University of Tartu. In case of the latter, consult with the foreign student office regarding the credit point costs and conditions.
French is spoken by more than 200 million people around the world. About 77 million people have French as their native language. French is an official language in 29 countries. In Europe, French is an official language – aside from France – in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco. Many who speak French as a first language reside in the Canadian province of Quebec and in Francophone Africa. French is also one of the six official languages in the United Nations along with Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish.
At first it may seem that one of the most notable phonological features, namely the uvular r is the hardest part of studying French pronunciation. However, soon you will realise that various nasal vowels and sibilants prove to be even more challenging.
Numerous loan words originate from French. Some of these include for example portrait, pétanque, parterre, champagne and pension – these words don’t even need translating!