In addition to guest lecturers, the Department of Semiotics cooperates with several internationally well-known semioticians in the framework of several scientific grants and projects. They also hold longer intensive courses in Tartu. Three of them have been named the honorary doctors of the University of Tartu:
Thure von Uexküll (1993)
Umberto Eco (1996)
Vilmos Voigt (2010)
The Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics from the Purdue University (USA), Myrdene Anderson has been a guest lecturer in the Department of Semiotics several times and has also co-supervised doctoral thesis.
Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media (Middlesex University, UK) visits the University of Tartu every study year and is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Sign Systems Studies.
Malcolm Evans is a well known practitioner in the field of applied marketing semiotics and he has consulted several international companies. He has worked in the companies Semiotic Solutions and Added Value as a consultant and he is the founder of the company Space Doctors.
Roger Parent (Alberta University, Canada) who has worked as a guest lecturer in the Department of Semiotics, applies semiotics, more specifically cultural semiotics of the Tartu-Moscow School, to resolve intercultural conflicts and communication problems.
Patrick Sériot, Professor of Slavic philology from the University of Lausanne is one of the greatest researchers of the Tartu-Moscow Semiotics School in the French-speaking world. His main areas of interest are Slavic, specially Russian philosophical, linguistic and ideological sociocultural issues.
Department of Semiotics has exchange programmess with several centres of Semiotics in the world, enabling both student and staff exchange.
Here is the list of current Erasmus+ exchange partners (for the study year 2014/2015):
Aarhus University (Denmark)
University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy)
Bologna University (Italy)
University of Dortmund (Germany)
Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
University of Helsinki (Finland)
University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic)
University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rome Sapienza University (Italy)
New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
University of Torino (Italy)
University of Western Macedonia (Greece)
Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw (Poland)