Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics
Admission is based on motivation letter and interview.
1. Motivation letter (80%). The motivation letter (1.5–2 pages, 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt font size) can be submitted in Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish or German with other documents required for applying.
Requirements for the content of the motivational letter:
- includes information about the candidate’s prior education, provides an overview of the candidate’s prior experience with the Estonian language and/or other Finno-Ugric languages;
- demonstrates the candidate’s motivation to study in the curriculum of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics, including the candidate’s knowledge about the content of the curriculum;
- includes information on whether the candidate is aware of the options for living in Estonia and Tartu and which measures they intend to use to cover the costs of living and studying in Tartu.
2. Inteview (20%). The interview focuses on the candidate’s prior learning experience, future plans and goals. The interview aims to determine the candidate’s motivation to study at the University of Tartu and interest in the curriculum of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics. The interview is done in Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish or German and lasts for 15–20 minutes.
Assessment. The committee assesses the candidates on a scale of 100, the written part gives up to 80 points and the oral part up to 20 points. Candidates who receive the highest possible score (80 points) for the written part do not have to take the oral part of the test. The professional test is considered passed if the score is at least 51 points. The minimum score for an application in order to be considered for admission is 66 points. Candidates are admitted on the basis of a general ranking list of the curriculum.
Both parts of the professional test assess:
- the candidate’s skill to explain their choice of specialisation and motivation to study at the University of Tartu;
- clarity of self-expression and logic of reasoning.
Interview in July 2020 to be specified. Candidates who are unable to be in Tartu in time for the interview must attend the interview via Skype.
Candidates who receive the highest possible score (80 points) for the written part do not have to take the oral part of the test.