Language courses and tests

The University of Tartu Institute of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers various language courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. In the autumn semester of the 2023/2024 academic year, you can choose between 17 languages: Ancient GreekChinese, Czech, English, Estonian, French, German, ItalianJapaneseLatin, Latvian, Lithuanian, NorwegianPolish, Russian, SpanishSwedish and Ukrainian.

Many of them are taught on the basis of Estonian, but a variety of courses are also taught on the basis of English. Pick the language you would like to learn and read more about the courses taking place this semester. 

All course schedules are based on the university's academic calendar. The spring semester starts in February and the autumn semester in September. All language courses usually last for 15-16 weeks. Registration for the spring semester courses begins on 15 December and registration for the autumn semester courses on 15 May. 

Below, you can find more information on how to register to the courses as a student (incl. international exchange students or visiting students at the University of Tartu), non-student (continuing education learner) or as a visiting student from another Estonian university or higher education institution. Participating as a continuing education learner is available for everyone interested learning languages with us. 

Register as a student

Register as a continuing education learner

Register as a visiting student from an Estonian university

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