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Full time August MA 2 years

About the course

Semiotics is the general study of sign processes, or semiosis. Semiosis makes the world meaningful.

Today's world, where processes have a disbalance of global and local dimension, challenges us to understand the need of individuals and societies for defining their identity. Semiotics is centrally relevant to achieve this understanding.

The 2-year Master´s programme in Semiotics provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific study. The programme binds together the theory of semiotics and three core modules - cultural semiotics, biosemiotics and

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Entry Requirements

- General requirement: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, natural sciences or humanities. Previous studies in semiotics are not required;

- English language proficiency


4000 EUR

 Course Content

Where is University of Tartu



Tuition-waiver scholarships cover the tuition fee of an international master's programme at the University of Tartu.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3400 - 9000 EUR


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

Application Procedure

All students who apply to a master's programme at the University of Tartu are automatically considered for the tuition-waiver scholarship.

Further Information

The grant can be awarded to a person:

who is a full time international master’s student at the University of Tartu;
who is not a citizen of Estonia;
whose country of residence is not Estonia;
who does not have a permanent residence permit/long-term residence permit;
who has not been in Estonia for more than one year during the past three years (does not apply for 2nd year students).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Apporximately 350 EUR per month


First-year international master level students: the grant can be applied for during the application process to the University of Tartu, thus the applicants interested in receiving the grant, please tick the appropriate box in your application in DreamApply system. There will be no later application for the first year students. The grants are allocated on the basis of admissions' results, thus based on admission's ranking. The applicants who are awarded the grant will be informed either at the time of announcing admissions results or a bit later.

Application Procedure

The grant for foreign master’s students is paid if the grantee has studied for one whole calendar month.
The grant is not paid during academic leave.
The payment of the grant is suspended for the time of studying abroad (over 30 days).
The payment of the grant is terminated as of the month when the student no longer meets the requirements for receiving the grant.
If a student is deleted from the matriculation register in relation to completing the curriculum, the grant is paid for the whole calendar month.

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