|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
|Tuition fee||€913 per semester|
|Application fee||€100 one-time|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Persons having a Bachelor’s degree, a diploma of professional higher education or a corresponding qualification may apply to Master’s degree programmes in Tallinn University.
At least 60% of the possible maximum results is expected.
Please see a list of required documents here: www.tlu.ee/en/masters
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
All required documents must be uploaded with the application by the application deadline. Please do not send your documents by post until you have personally been asked to do so. Please also read the country-specific requirements (www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements). There may be specific requirements for which documents need to be uploaded.
Once you have been asked to send your documents by post, please make sure that the copies of education documents have been officially certified (www.tlu.ee/certified-copies-and-translations-educational-documents).
The address for sending your documents is:
Please read about the application procedure here: www.tlu.ee/en/application-procedure
Only applicants who have completed their previous levels of education or their previous studies fully in English in the United States, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand or the EU/EEA countries (attested proof from the previous educational institution required), will be exempted from submitting an international language test as a proof of their English proficiency.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component). Copy of the IELTS Test Report Form is accepted as it will be verified online by Tallinn University.
B2 First (First Certificate in English): 162 (with a minimum of 162 in each component)
Candidates presenting Cambridge English tests should make their results available in the online system for Tallinn University to be verified.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) internet based (TOEFL iBT® Test): 72 (with a minimum result of 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing component). The test result has to be sent directly to Tallinn University, by the test centre. It is also possible to order the test results to be sent to Tallinn University online (Tallinn University Code number is: 0449).
PTE academic (Pearson test of English): 51 (with a minimum of 51 in each component). Test result has to be sent to Tallinn university through the secure PTE portal.
Tallinn University only accepts English language test scores which have been taken no more than 2 years before the beginning of studies.
Students graduated from International Baccalaureate studies with ENGLISH B Level HL at least grade 6 or ENGLISH A Level with at least grade 5 do not have to prove their English proficiency for B2 level.
NB! Students coming from Finland do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least “cum laude approbatur” (pitkä oppimäärä) in their matriculation certificate.
Students coming from Latvia do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least grade “A” or “B” in their General Secondary Education Certificate.
More information is available here: www.tlu.ee/en/proof-english-proficiency
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Inserting a motivational letter is required for this programme.
1) Motivation letter and statement of research interests (should be uploaded to online application system DreamApply in .pdf format)
In your motivation letter you should explain how you and this particular programme ‘match’ (why you wish to follow this particular programme at Tallinn University, how will you profit from this experience, your career plans related to this degree etc).
In your statement of research interests you should look closely on the MA programme and explain which topics and areas covered in the programme specifically fascinate you; how would you research them; what materials and sources you believe will be necessary for it; any problems related to researching the topic that you think you may encounter etc. The statement of research interest is like a mini MA thesis proposal and should show that you are able to envisage yourself doing some research within the framework of this MA programme on a specific topic that fascinates you.
3) Student candidates who wish to specialise on translating Estonian literature should also upload a two page sample of a translation (from Estonian into their native language and the Estonian original).
Admission interview is a part of the application process and can be taken during the admission period. The objective of the interview is to meet in person with applicants and discuss their motivation letter. The applicant’s language competence in English will also be evaluated. Interviews can be done via internet, e.g. using Skype (NB! a web-camera is required).
Students with long-term medical conditions, may encounter obstacles in higher education. Aiming to provide equal education students have the opportunity to apply for adjustments to compensate for the disadvantage that their condition may result in. Lectures have the right to give reasonable adjustments, but not an obligation. Applicants applying for adjustments to be made during the admission exams due to their physical or psycho-social special need must submit a copy of medical proof of this special need.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements
Country specific requirements may not apply to all countries, please see if Your country is on the list.
Estonian Studies is a unique MA programme, teaching Estonian language, culture, history, societal and political topics using English. Estonian Studies enables not only to get a broad-based and interdisciplinary postgraduate degree but enhance the ability to see both the uniqueness and specifics of Estonia, and place Estonia in a global context. Estonian Studies is in many respects the calling card of Estonia and is aimed at everybody who is interested in various aspects of Estonia and wish to acquire a related academic education.
Lectures will be held usually from Thursday to Saturday.
During their studies the students must pass a compulsory module of Introduction to Estonian Studies which consists of courses like Estonian Regional Studies, Estonian Contemporary Culture, Language and Society, Estonian Politics and Society.
The study programme provides opportunities for practical activities like Research Project in Speciality and Master Seminar; the Estonian language level will be enhanced.
Within the electives of Estonian Language, Culture, History and Society students will have a choice of courses: History and Memory, Contemporary Issues of Estonian Society, Estonian Literature, Translation of Fiction and others. During the whole two year study period the students will be able to enhance their Estonian language skills and the students specialising in translation of fiction have opportunities to develop relevant skills.
See the general course outline: www.tlu.ee/en/estonian-studies#course-outline
See the nominal distribution of courses over the two year period of studies (sample): www.tlu.ee/en/ht/studies/nominal-distribution-masters-studies#estonian-studies-2019
Our graduates will have a balanced knowledge on Estonian language, culture, history and society and have acquired Estonian language at least at B1 level. Such knowledge provides pre-requisites for working in ones home country or in Estonia in the fields of cultural, economic or business relations, as a diplomat, export culture or engage in any type of creative industry. Our graduates will have necessary skills to start translating Estonian literature into foreign languages.
Our graduates will be able to continue their studies at PhD level either in Estonia or abroad.
See what our graduates say: www.tlu.ee/en/estonian-studies#our-students-and-alumni-