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Institute of Cultural Research

The Institute of Cultural Research belongs to the field of humanities of the University of Tartu and consists of three departments: the Department of Literature and Theater Studies, the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore and the Department of Ethnology. Since 2011, the Institute of Cultural Research includes the Center for Oriental Studies and since 2021 the Arctic Studies Centre. The institute also has a professorship in the liberal arts and the UNESCO Chair on Applied Research of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Admission and studies


About the institute

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The aim of academic education is, on the one hand, to prepare professional specialists who offer solution to various problems, but, on the other hand, drive innovation and social development. The …
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Master's studies are available in three Estonian languages ​​(ethnology, folklore and applied anthropology, literary and theater studies and cultural management) and one English language curriculum (…
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Until October 2022, all UT members can take one free Coursera course. Students can also use it towards the completion of their curriculum if they wish.   Coursera is an online learning p…
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On Thursday, 31 March, from 16:15–18:00, a panel discussion on the Russian-Ukrainian war takes place at the Delta Centre. It is organised by Ukrainian students and staff members of the University of …

Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore

Department of Ethnology

Department of Literature and Theatre studies

Arctic Studies Centre

Centre for Oriental Studies

UNESCO Chair on Applied Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Professor of Liberal arts