Non-Degree / Dates: 8-26 January 2024

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.

Students will be divided into groups based on their initial proficiency in the Estonian language. The number of groups depends on the number of participants, usually there are 3 groups. Please note that participants in one group might have slightly different levels, more advanced students can ask for additional tasks.

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.

Why this course?

  • You can be one of the few people capable of speaking a very unique language, spoken natively by only about 1.1 million people.

  • You will be able to find out if Estonian language is really one of the hardest languages to learn or it’s just a myth.


All our Estonian language teachers are native speakers, some of them have been teaching at Tallinn Summer School and Tallinn Winter School for more than 10 years.

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

The number of classes equals 60 academic hours (15 days of classes, 3 ECTS). Students are expected to attend 4 lessons a day. 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

600 EUR. For students – 550 EUR.

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

"I felt confident enough to go into a store and try to buy something while speaking Estonian for the first time after taking the Estonian language course."

Roman Cole, Canada
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