University of Tartu
The University of Tartu, established in 1632, is Estonia´s only classical university. It has ca 17 000 students, 4 faculties and 28 institutes. The mission of the University is to lead the development of knowledge-based society and guarantee its sustainability in Estonia. The colleges are established to develop regional higher education and they have the same responsibilities and tasks as the faculties.
Narva College, located in the north-east of Estonia, is a regional college of the University of Tartu and a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The College was founded in 1999. It is the only institution of higher education in Estonia which focuses mainly on the preparation of teachers for Estonian schools with Russian as the language of instruction (the state language of Estonia is Estonian). The role of the College is special due to the fact that 26 % of the population in Estonia, 76% in Ida-Viru County and 96% in Narva town are Russian native speakers.
Students: ca 650
Languages of instruction: Estonian, Russian and English
Forms of studies: full-time learning, the Open University, in-service courses, re-training
Divisions: Divisions of Civic Studies, Psychology and Pedagogy, Estonian Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Foreign Languages