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Introduction to Estonia and Finno-Ugric Cultures and Nations

6 days
100 EUR/full
100 EUR/full
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A 6-lecture series on Finno-Ugric Studies provides an overview of the Finno-Ugric nations’ history, culture, and modern developments.


As scientists found out, the Finno-Ugric peoples have inhabited the European continent for around ten thousand years. Mainly, they live in the territory of Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Hungary. How are these countries connected? During the lecture series, we will study how the Hungarians, Finns, Estonians, Sami, Komi, Mansi and many other Finno-Ugric nations are related to each other, how they settled so far from each other, and what the roots of their origin are. The topics covered by the course include not only the history of the Uralic peoples, but also contemporary politics, modern forms of cooperation, and cultural trends. We will have a chance to meet the basics of some Finno-Ugric languages and talk to representatives of some organizations working with Finno-Ugric issues (for example, NPO Fenno-Ugria, NGO Komi Cultural Society). 

Programme Structure


  • Origin and history of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Current socio-economic situations and modern political developments in Finno-Ugric regions.
  • Building a Finno-Ugric State: Comparative Historical Introduction to Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian History.
  • Representing Estonian National Identity in the 21st Century.
  • Finno-Ugric traditional and modern culture. Current Finno-Ugric cooperation: institutions; youth, scientific and cultural forums; bi- and multilateral cooperation.
  • Meeting with the representatives of NPO Fenno-Ugria, NGO Hõimulõimed.
  • Meeting with the representatives of NGO Komi Cultural Society


The course is open to everyone interested in the topic.


Anna Kuznetsova and David Edwards

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 days
    • 3 hrs/week

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Optional: Students will be awarded 1 ECTS for full participation and satisfactory completion of a 2000 word written assignment.


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

The course is open for anyone interested in the topic. Please notice that it can be taken as an “after-class” course in addition to other courses. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    100 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 100 EUR for the full programme during 6 days.
  • National

    100 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 100 EUR for the full programme during 6 days.

Living costs for Tallinn

598 - 948 EUR /month
Living costs

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