European Languages and Cultures

University of Tartu    Masters Programmes

Full time September MA 2 years
Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of European languages and cultures with the European Languages and Cultures master's programme at the esteemed University of Tartu. This programme equips students with the skills to become cultural mediators, such as translators, administrators, and editors. Choose from a range of specialities including English, French, German, Russian, Scandinavian, Spanish, and Classical philology. With a curriculum consisting of modules in your chosen speciality, graduate school, electives, and practical training, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of language and culture. Upon graduation, you'll be in high demand for careers in government institutions, universities, research institutions, and more. Join us and embark on an exciting linguistic journey.

About the course

The European Languages and Cultures master's programme at the University of Tartu 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:

  • English language and literature
  • French language and literature
  • German language and literature
  • Russian and Slavic philology
  • Scandinavian languages and literature
  • Spanish language and literature
  • Classical philology

Classes in the speciality module are taught in the respective language (except for Classical philology, which is taught in Estonian). 

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Entry Requirements

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (the degree must be obtained by the end of July)
- English language proficiency
- Proficiency in the respective language of the chosen speciality (will be assessed during entrance exams)


4,000 EUR per year

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Student Profiles

Vlada McCormick

Why did you choose to study this programme?

When I started learning about the potential programmes, I concluded that this particular one would be a logical continuation of my human sciences background. It is not stuck on philology only, but rather incorporates interdisciplinary elements, allowing one to explore connections between language, culture, history, politics, and more. Thus, this programme offers a modern and practical-oriented view of the humanities in general. I was also considering my choice from the point of view of furthering my career. This programme embraces many fields, which in turn broadens the potential choice of career paths. Thus, students can choose an appropriate direction, whether it's education, international business, event management, linguistics, cultural institutes, or translation.

Why Estonia?

Here's my previous university and teachers to "blame" for my decision to come here, because they spoke extremely well of both the humanities and the university as a whole. I couldn't help but become "infected" by their enthusiasm, especially when it concerned stories about Juri Lotman, who is a prominent figure for students of humanities and who also worked at the University of Tartu. That's why I knew about the existence of the University of Tartu since the 1st year of my bachelor's degree, and later I decided to explore what it could offer for obtaining a master’s degree. I was also attracted by the look of the city and its structure as a proper student town. So, if you want to know what it is like to live between Dead Poets Society and Monsters University, you are definitely welcome, because in Tartu you can find places of these two great representations of the student environment.

Cody Stevens

Why did you choose to study this programme?

I chose to study German language and literature as I have many family members who came from Germany. I had taken various classes to learn German at the university, but I really wanted to improve. I wanted to study in a programme where the main language of instruction was the language I was learning. I can say that my language skills have really improved even in a short time. I also was not really sure what I wanted to do at the time, but I really appreciated that the European Languages and Cultures programme at the University of Tartu was quite flexible. You have the potential to build the programme yourself to suit your needs. So, if you want to work with translation, linguistics, editing, etc. anything is possible. Therefore, I enjoyed taking a variety of classes to decide what I liked best.

Why Estonia?

I never thought that I would end up in Estonia. However, I initially applied as it was the sister school of my former university in the United States. I knew a couple of friends from my home state who had previously studied at the University of Tartu, and they had amazing experiences, so I felt like it would be a good option to apply for. I applied to various universities throughout Europe, however, upon doing my interview for my programme I knew it was the place for me as the professors and staff were quite friendly and it felt more like a family rather than a university. I was really looking for a smaller city as well and Tartu really fits everything that I was looking for. Now, I cannot imagine choosing somewhere else.


Most of the English-taught master´s programmes, still not all, offer student places with a tuition waiver. A tuition waiver student place means that the student does not have to pay the tuition fee if the nominal study load requirement is met. The nominal study load is completed if no more than six credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students on tuition-waiver student places fail to complete a sufficient amount of credits per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3800 - 9000 EUR


You must be admitted to the University of Tartu. Eligibility criteria depends on the programme.

Application Procedure

All applicants to English-taught master´s programmes are automatically considered for the scholarship, and no additional application is needed. The tuition-waiver student places are allocated at the time of admission according to the general admission ranking list. It will be noted in the admission letter whether a student is granted a tuition-waiver or a tuition fee-based student place (need to pay for studies).

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