Non-Degree / Dates: 9-27 July 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 summer 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:
09:30 – 11:00 Language lessons
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 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 summer period of the program 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 summer 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

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

NB! For the Estonian Language course there is an opportunity to apply for the scholarship.