We rambunctiously support higher education.  We love semiotics.  When we received a request over the weekend from the University of Tartu Department of Semiotics — that combined both of our passions — we were delighted to help!

Here’s how the request was formed in our Inbox:


I am Stanislav Voronovski a student of The University of Tartu and I am helping The Department of Semiotics of Tartu University to conduct a research on the subject of success of the masters program (for foreign students) when a tuition fee is introduced. I would be very thankful if You could post the following message to Your blog, so that students who are interested in semiotics could give answers to the research!

Thank you very much in advance!

Best regards,
Stanislav Voronovski

Here is the formal message where Stanislav calls you to action:

The Department of Semiotics of Tartu University is conducting a research on the subject of success of the masters program (for foreign students) when a tuition fee is introduced. Participating in the research will take only about 5 minutes of your time and would be very valued by the Department of Semiotics of Tartu University.

University of Tartu, which was founded in 1632, is Estonia’s leading center of research and training. As Estonia’s national university, UT stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. International MA programme in Semiotics was launched in 2009/2010 and won the title of “cool curricula.” Students come from all around the world (Mexico, Turkey, USA, Italy, Ukraine, etc.), creating a truly interesting studying environment. The main research subjects are semiotics of culture, theoretical semiotics, semiotics of translation, ecosemiotics and biosemiotics.

Link to the research can be found here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/310267/Tartu-University-s-Department-of-Semiotics-masters-program-research

Further information on the Department of Semiotics and University of Tartu can be found on the links below!

All of your answers are strictly anonymous and would be used for research only.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Let us know what you think of the survey — and if you have any questions for Stanislav — go ahead and ask here in a comment!


  1. Interesting survey. I didn’t even realize that the Estonian language was closely related to Finnish. One of my primary concerns in thinking about studying abroad — not that I would do so given that I just got married — would be comfort in not knowing a single word of the country’s language.

    1. I agree the program looks incredibly interesting, Gordon. It would be fascinating to attend a program — based in semiotic teaching — and see how far a spoken language takes you versus a visual one.

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