Young people from Russia, Finland, but also for example from Japan, Serbia, Turkey, France, US, Romania and Italy have already signed up to spend three weeks of their summer vacation in Tallinn in order to learn Estonian language at the Tallinn Summer School, intensive language course organized for the fifth year in a row by the Tallinn University.
In fact, even though the Tallinn University summer program offers 16 different courses, including Russian, English, Spanish and Italian language, but also for example Social Marketing, Digital Photography, and Creative Writing in English, it is the Estonian course that is most popular, and is offered both for beginners as well as on advanced level. Twenty scholarships were offered to the best applicants by the Estonian Institute, the association supporting the teaching of Estonian language abroad and to foreign students.
Altogether, over 250 people from more than 30 countries have already signed up for one of the Tallinn Summer School courses, which is almost one fifth more than a year ago. The subscription is still open until June 5, so the number of the participants might even grow, Kirsimägi mentioned. She added that about one fourth of the participants are also from Estonia – most poplular courses being the ones for learning Italian and Spanish.
Fees for the courses at the Tallinn Summer School remain between 125 and 420 euro in general, depending on the length and type of the course. One exception is the course on Digital Film making, that includes both theory and practice and costs 750 euro for three weeks. The course also welcomes the famous Finnish film maker Aku Louhimies as guest lecturer.
In addition to the traditional program introducing Estonian culture and organizing weekend trips, a dance workshop is offered to the participants, led by Chris Härm, Australian dance teacher with Estonian background, who introduces traditional Estonian folk dances.