Courses and People
Programme structure for Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages (MA)
Total: 120 ECTS
|Basic module with three submodules (48 ECTS)|
|Estonian language and culture (18 ECTS)||Finno-Ugric languages and cultures (18 ECTS)||Language technology and corpora (18 ECTS)|
|Specialisation module (15 ECTS)|
|Estonian (15 ECTS)||OR||Finno-Ugric Languages (15 ECTS)|
|Masters School of Linguistics and Translation Studies (9-15 ECTS)||Electives module (6–12 ECTS)
Elective courses or semester abroad
|Optional courses module (0–6 ECTS)|
|MA thesis or project module (36 ECTS)|
|MA thesis or project (30 ECTS)||AND||(Masters seminar 6 ECTS)|
- Estonian Language, Culture and Linguistics. In addition to a foundation in Linguistics, this specialisation includes in-depth studies in Estonian, allowing students to test for placement and begin studies at the appropriate language level. Students will also gain an overview of the structure of Estonian and Estonian history and culture.
- Finno-Ugric Languages, Culture and Linguistics. In addition to a foundation in Linguistics, this specialisation gives an overview of the history and comparison of Finno-Ugric languages and cultures. Students have the opportunity to learn three or more Finno-Ugric languages.
A highlight of the programme is language teaching by native speakers in Estonian, Hungarian, Finnish, and Komi. Other Finno-Ugric languages are also taught by fluent speakers with experience with the communities where the languages are still spoken.
The faculty on the programme bring diverse research profiles and come from various language backgrounds, revealing the diversity of linguistics and linguistic experience. Faculty include: Gerson Klumpp (Finno-Ugric Studies), Liina Lindström (Modern Estonian), Birute Klaas-Lang (Estonian as a Foreign Language), Virve Vihman (Psycholinguistics), Joshua Wilbur (Digital Humanities, Language Documentation, Saami), Eva-Liina Asu-Garcia (Phonetics), Pärtel Lippus (Phonetics), Nikolai Kuznetsov (Komi language, Finno-Ugric Studies), Elena Markus (Finnic languages).
Guest lectures, conferences, seminars
We have an active, always evolving programme of seminars, conferences, guest lectures which bring top international scholars in the field to our institute and our students throughout the semester.
The Uralic Winter School has been held annually since 2013, organised each year by one of the network members in Europe.
The TÜling lecture series offers scholarly talks on a wide range of linguistic topics every week for the whole institute.
Students will also have opportunities for fieldwork and language documentation, within Estonia and across the border in other countries where Finno-Ugric languages are spoken.