Author:
Tartu Ülikooli Narva kolledž

Intensive Estonian course 

To start studies in an Estonian-taught curriculum of Narva College, at least a B2 level of Estonian is required. Depending on the curriculum, 50%–80% of courses are taught in Estonian. Some courses are taught in Russian or English.  

However, it is possible to apply to three of our curricula without previous knowledge of Estonian. 

International applicants to the curricula

  • "Information Technology Systems Development"
  • "Languages and Multilingualism in School" or
  • "Youth Work"

do not have to know Estonian before applying.

If admitted, the University students are expected to complete the intensive Estonian course of 60 ECTS before starting to take the courses of their curriculum. At the end of the intensive Estonian course (60 ECTS), the students admitted in 2024/25 academic year have to pass an Estonian language B2 level state examination (for more info see https://harno.ee/en/examinations-tests-and-studies/examinations-tests-and-certificates/estonian-language-proficiency) or the Tartu University Estonian B2 level test before the next 2025/2026 academic year.

NB! Depending on the curriculum only one or both of the aforementioned options can be chosen from.

If the student cannot pass the Estonian B2 language examination by the end of the first academic year, the student will be exmatriculated from the University.

Completing the intensive Estonian course extends the student's standard period of study by one year. 

To continue their studies and find a job in their field, students are expected to keep improving their Estonian skills in the following years.