Non-Degree / Dates: 12-23 July 2021

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 online summer course in Estonian Language and Culture offers an opportunity to improve your language skills during real-time online lessons. 

After a short test and online interview, students will be divided into groups based on their initial proficiency in the Estonian language. Please note that participants in one group might have slightly different levels, more advanced students can ask for additional tasks.

Students will further develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills.

Why this online 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.

  • The course has a long history, as the first Estonian language summer school took place in the beginning of 1990s.

  • 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 for more than 10 years.

Timetable for language classes

Real time video classes in Zoom (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection).
Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +3 hours (Check the time difference to your location)

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

NB! The timetable may vary depending on the group, if all the students in one group prefer to start a bit earlier or a bit later. On the first day of the course, all groups start at 10am.


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.

Credit points

2 ECTS. The number of classes equals 40 academic hours (10 days of classes). 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.

"Very good teacher and work material/load. I am very pleased with the online class. I learned a lot! Online classes are indeed very convenient. The group was a bit heterogenous. But we worked well together indeed! It was my first experience with Zoom and it worked out quite well."

Francoise, Sweden
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