About the institute
The Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics conducts in-depth teaching and world-class research on Estonian and related languages in comparison with other world languages. The institute is home to some of the field’s top researchers, including 12 international faculty members, and 50 PhD students.
BA, MA and PhD programmes in Estonian, Finno-Ugric and general linguistics are taught here. Students can choose to specialise in Estonian language, Estonian as a foreign language, computational linguistics, Finnish language and culture, Finno-Ugric languages, Hungarian language and culture or general linguistics. Teachers of Estonian language and literature are also trained here at the MA level.
Leading researchers at the institute investigate written and spoken Estonian, dialects and related languages. Intensive projects focus on the history, structure and sustainability of Estonian, and new digital solutions are diversifying methods in language teaching, research and applications.
The institute collaborates in teaching and research with partners across the world, but especially with universities in Europe, such as those in Helsinki, Turku and Oulu in Finland, and in Budapest, Hungary, to name a few.
The institute is the flagship of research on linguistics in Estonia, hosting three of the Estonian national professorships. The QS World University Rankings table ranks linguistics in Tartu in the 101st-150th range, thanks to the diverse, high-quality research conducted here.
Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics consists of
and three centres: