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.
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Language courses on the basis of English:
- HVLC.04.016 German for Beginners I (on the Basis of English), Level 0 > A1.1 (6 ECTS)
- HVLC.04.019 German Grammar II (100% web-based), Level B1 (3 ECTS)
Find the complete list of German 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.
More than 100 million people in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have the German language as their native tongue. It is also widely spoken in South Tyrol (Italy), Northern Schleswig (Denmark), Luxembourg and in some minor areas of both Belgium and France.
German is a Germanic language that belongs to the Indo-European language family. Probably the most distinctive feature of German is the fact that all nouns are written with a capital letter. Moreover, each noun has a specific article, either der (masculine words), die (feminine words) or das (neuter words). For example:
der Stuhl – chair; der Raum – room
die Wand – wall; die Tafel – chalkboard
das Fenster – window; das Seminar – seminar
Other distinctive features include the letter ß (so called long "s") in words such as die Straße (street), weiß (white), fließen (to flow) as well as umlauts ä, ö, ü.
German is also known for long words. Try and pronounce Fußbodenschleifmaschinenverleih. While in German you have just one word for it, it takes a fair amount of words to explain it in English – namely a shop that hires out floor sanding machines.