Linguistics is one of the two highest ranked fields of research at the University of Tartu

In the latest "QS World University Rankings", the University of Tartu ranked 151-200 in the world in the field of linguistics.

Alumni Talk: The best place in the world for studying Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages

Join us on 12 January at 5 pm for an Alumni Talk by Merit Niinemägi, who will tell you why Tartu is the best place in the world for studying Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages.

Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics

Research in the Institute covers a broad range of linguistic topics, focusing on Estonian and other Finno-Ugric languages but also including other languages. We teach Estonian and several other Finno-Ugric languages. The quality of our linguistic research and teaching is evident from our placement in the top quarter of the best 1000 universities in the world in the field of linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). Our researchers investigate aspects of morphosyntax, semantics and phonetics as well as sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and computational linguistics.

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Institute in numbers

Our institute has 4 departments, 2 laboratories and 3 centers, including 1 interdisciplinary consortium. The institute employs 101 people, including 6 professors, 13 associate professors, 14 lecturers, 21 researchers, 3 junior lecturer, 28 junior researchers and 2 teachers. The institute has 6 programs, including 1 Bachelor's program, 4 Master's programs and 1 Doctoral degree program. There are 225 students, including 90 in Bachelor's studies, 97 in Master's studies and 38 in Doctoral studies. There are 16% or 37 foreign students in the institute.



Digital Humanities

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MEDAL Workshop: Navigating the Language Archive & other online corpora
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The public event takes place on Thursday, 28 September, in the conference hall of the University of Tartu Library.
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On 12 September, the commission formed for the dean elections registered the dean candidates of the university’s four faculties.
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All university members are invited to nominate candidates who deserve to be awarded the university’s honorary decoration for their outstanding achievements.