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Each student is required to study a relatively broad range of Indo-European languages as well as the corresponding comparative theory. Independent work is the main form of study, and the student has to be ready to handle secondary literature in a variety of European languages (including English, German and French). The emphasis of studies can be on the lexical or the diachronic side of the Indo-European languages, but usually both are recommended. In-depth studies in Indo-European languages and mastery of the comparative method are considered necessary, and familiarity of the basics of the language technology is recommended.

There is no position earmarked for Indo-European studies in Finland. Success in a scholarly career will largely depend upon the quality of student’s output, but even a high-quality research does not automatically guarantee a position. Students are advised to search for contacts and supervision also outside the program.