Non-Degree / Dates: 8-26 January 2018

Across the globe there are millions of people who can speak English, but only one million speak Estonian. The language is part of the Finno-Ugric group, related to Finnish and Hungarian. Tallinn University’s winter course in Estonian Language and Culture offers an opportunity to study an unusual and entrancing language, all amongst the backdrop of a well-preserved medieval city. The course aims to familiarize a wide range of international students not only with the Estonian language, but also with the country’s rich culture, history, art and lifestyle.

After a short written test, students will be divided into groups based on their initial proficiency in the Estonian language.

The courses will then foster skills at the following levels:

Beginner – students will develop basic Estonian communication skills and master day-to-day conversation. The course programme includes pronunciation practice, listening comprehension and easy communication.

Intermediate – students will further develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. The students should be familiar with basic Estonian structures. The course programme includes activities on various everyday-life situations.

The languages of instruction are Estonian and English and course materials are distributed during the course.

Timetable for language classes

From Monday to Friday:
10:00 – 11:30 Language lessons
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Language lessons

NB! The timetable may vary depending on the group. On the first day of the course, all groups start at 10am.

In the afternoons following language classes, specialised lectures and discussions will take place. Read more about Cultural Programme.

Further instruction outside of the winter period of the programme is available through a follow-up online course offered by instructor Mall Pesti.


The course is suitable for students of all levels of competence in the Estonian language, from complete beginners with no practical experience to conversationally capable speakers. The three week intensive course contains 60 academic hours of teaching language.

Credit points

A total of 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits will be awarded for the combined linguistic and cultural elements of the program. In order to get the winter school certificate, students have to participate in at least 75% of the classes and pass a test at the end of the course.

Course fee

440 EUR. For students 390 EUR. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.


Archimedes Foundation offers foreign students (enrolled at non-Estonian universities) 2 free places at Estonian language course at Winter School organised by Tallinn University. The free places are only for students whose proficiency in Estonian is at least at A2 level at the time of applying. Unfortunately, there are no free places for beginners. All applicants must send a confirmation letter from their Estonian lecturer or teacher. The application form and its appendices should be sent to Archimedes Foundation by 20 October 2017.
For more information, please check Archimedes Foundation’s website.

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