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University of Tartu

Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia and is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub, especially since it is home to Estonia's oldest and most renowned university. Tartu is the center of southern Estonia. The Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, traverses Tartu.

The University of Tartu is an international research university and the only classical university in Estonia that offers a wide range of study opportunities in a historically rich learning atmosphere. Research-based curricula, high quality, and international collaboration are the three characteristics of education at the University of Tartu. This combination provides graduates with recognized qualifications that make them competitive both locally and internationally.

The University of Tartu, with nearly 18,000 students, is considered the alma mater of Estonia and welcomes all dedicated and motivated students. They offer a wide range of study programs taught in English or in Estonian.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15


Contact person for incoming students Piret Maiste,, tel: +372 737 6270 International Student Service, Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu, Estonia
Contact person for outgoing students Piret Maiste,, tel: +372 737 6270 International Student Service, Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu, Estonia
General University Website
International Office/Website for Incoming Students
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students Exchange students can choose courses from all faculties and study programmes. Courses taught in English:
Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English
Business - Business Administration
Business - Marketing
Computer Science
International Relations
Political Science
Pre-Law or Law
Are graduate areas open for exchange? Yes
Areas of study open to graduate exchange students Exchange students can choose courses from all faculties and study programmes. Courses taught in English:
Open graduate areas of study taught in English Exchange students can choose courses from all faculties and study programmes. Courses taught in English:
Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses? Is possible but depends on the course and student
Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses? Yes
Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties Medicine
Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students Medicine
Websites for course offerings
Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)? No
Orientation session(s) for incoming students Not mandatory but highly recommended. Autumn semester: 27-29 August 2014; spring semester: 4-6 February 2015.
Academic Calendar Autumn (First) semester 2014/15: 01.09.2014-01.02.2015 (Christmas holiday: 22.12.2014-04.01.2015).
Spring (Second) semester 2014/15: 09.02.2015-28.06.2015.
Examination period(s) Autumn semester: the official exam period is January.
Spring semester: the official exam period is June.
Application deadline for each term Autumn semester: May 1
Spring semester: November 1
Application website
Application documents have to be sent by regular mail.
How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates? No difference
Course registration deadline Two weeks after the beginning of the semester: autumn 2014/15: 15.09.2014; spring 2014/15: 23.02.2015.
Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival? Both; during two weeks before the beginning of the semester and during the first two weeks of the semester (online Study Information System)
Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country? No; Students who hold the passport of USA can enter Estonia without visa/residence permit and need to apply for the residence permit at the beginning of the semester in Estonia
Language Requirements for autumn semester: July 28;
for spring semester: December 20.
More information given in the admission package.
Language test certificate required? Exchange students must meet level B2 requirements for English proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( Documented evidence is needed to demonstrate student's English language proficiency. This could include an official letter from a language instructor at student's home university stating the student's language level on CEF scale. International language tests (TOEFL, IELTS) are also accepted.
Preparatory language course for incoming students? No
Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection? Services that assist on registration for courses: from the website students can find guidelines for using the Study Information System (video tutorial and general guideline on how to search and register for courses); students can also ask help from their tutors (senior students who help international students).
Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange No maximum limits. Minimum requirement for students who need to apply for the Estonian temporary residence permit for study: 22,5 ECTS per semester
Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed? Yes; accommodation at the dormitory is guaranteed but only in case student submits the application for housing by the deadline. Instructions are sent together with the admission letter.
Housing options Place in a twin room in the dormitory. All dormitories are centrally located. Dormitories mainly consist of twin rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen (usually 2-3 rooms share a bathroom and kitchen). The chance of getting a single room is very limited.
Housing Website and Contact Person(s) Contact person: Janika Hango,
Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate? Separate housing application. Information about the housing application and deadlines will be sent together with the admission letter.
Is housing available between breaks in the term? Yes
Is there a campus meal plan? No
Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)
-Housing about 120 EUR (dormitory)
-Meals 200-250 EUR
-Books 30 EUR
-Local Transportation 8.63 EUR (If monthly ticket is used; otherwise more expensive)
-Health Insurance Price depends on the insurance. Information about recommended insurances:
Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed? Yes; Allowed, provided that the insurance covers all requirements set for health insurance. More information is available at:
Are health facilities available at the university? General public facilities available.
Are internships available? Limited possibilities, must be agreed beforehand.
Are student jobs available/allowed? Very limited possibilities
Other important notes Study related information:
Non-study info:
Last update of this information December 16, 2013