Department of Scandinavian Studies
Scandinavian languages and cultures have played a formative role in the development of Estonian culture and have had a deep impact on the whole Baltic Sea region. Today, Scandinavian companies have wide business ties with the region and this creates the need for specialists in Scandinavian languages and cultures.
Students can major in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish language and literature. General language courses can also be chosen by all students at the University of Tartu who wish to enhance their skills in Scandinavian languages. The graduates of the department work for different state offices (ministries, embassies), schools and universities, and the private sector. There is a close cooperation with the Nordic embassies, as well as the Swedish Institute in Sweden, SIU in Norway and Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet Styrelsen for Videregående Uddannelser in Denmark who have been a remarkable supporter in finding guest lecturers from their countries to give our students a unique opportunity to learn from native speakers.
The main areas of research of the department are Scandinavian mythology and folklore, Scandinavian literature, contemporary Scandinavian languages. The department has visiting lecturers who are native speakers of different Scandinavian languages and an active roster of international academic events. The department is well-known for its active student life and numerous cultural events.