The European Languages and Cultures master's programme trains students to be cultural mediators (translators, administrators, editors, etc.) by providing knowledge and skills in a modern or classical language and culture. You can choose one of the following specialities:
Classes in the speciality module are taught in the respective language (with the exception of Classical philology, which is taught in Estonian). That is, if you are specialising in English language and literature, your classes are in English, but if you are specialising in French language and literature, they are in French and so on. At the time of admission to the programme, being proficient in the language of the chosen specialty is expected and written as well as spoken language skills are to be demonstrated in the entrance exams (the essay is written and the interview conducted in the language of the speciality).
Students can combine elective courses and practical training module according to specific future career paths. For example, somebody who wants to work in an international organisation can pick an elective module in international relations and do an internship in an international organisation; somebody who wants to become an editor in a publishing house can pick an elective module in translation studies and do editing training. Graduates will be ready to continue their studies at PhD level in all languages of specialisation.
After completing the programme, you:
The graduates will be competitive candidates for careers in professions that require excellent proficiency in foreign languages and cultural competence in state institutions, universities and research institutions, IT companies, museums, publishing houses cultural exchange organisations in Estonia and abroad.
Tuition fee 4,000 EUR/year (intake 2021)
The tuition fee for fee-paying students is 4,000 euros per year. Altogether 22 study places are available on the programme. On the basis of the admission results 17 best applicants will be given tuition waivers. There are 15 tuition waivers available for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants and 2 tuition waivers available applicants with other citizenships. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition waiver separately, as they will be considered automatically for the competition.
NB! Applicants who are not citizens of the member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and do not hold a long-term residence permit in any of these countries are required to pay half of the semester fee after they have been informed of the admission decision (offer) via DreamApply. The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received this payment. The second half of the semester fee is to be paid after the studies have started, by 20 September.
Information about the rules and conditions for tuition waivers as well as tuition fee payments is given here. Information about other scholarships is available here.
"When I saw this programme on the University’s webpage marked as a new one, I just thought that it is a sign for me. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and the European Languages and Cultures programme was a perfect option to broaden my knowledge in this sphere. Moreover, the programme gives an opportunity to focus either on linguistics and translation or literature and culture. There is also a possibility to combine courses from both modules. Within this curriculum, all students can do an internship to apply the knowledge to the practice areas."
Yulia, International Student Ambassador from Russia
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“In depth study of language and culture teaches you to doubt, to ask questions and to think critically and systematically – the answer is never a simple and definitive “yes” or “no” because so much depends on the context. These skills and context-sensitivity are important in solving problems in any area.“
Helena Jeret-Mäe, alumna (English Language and Literature, 2012), Head of Testing, Nortal