Studies at the University of Tartu take place in Estonian and English languages. The official teaching language for most bachelor's programmes is Estonian, however, there are currently also three programmes available fully in English. For further information about the programmes and their step-by-step application guides please see:
Can I apply for more than one programme? It is possible to apply for two programmes.
Upon applying please make sure which documents need to be submitted and when (see the programme-specific admission page). All copies of educational documents (secondary school certificate and grade list/transcript) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution, 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified, therefor please be sure to check important information here.
Applicants graduating in 2020 and having their secondary school certificate issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent grade list by the application deadline. The grade list should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing secondary school indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post the certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (no later than by the end of July).
Admission notifications will be sent through the DreamApply system. All admitted students must inform the university of their decision to accept or decline the offer by the deadline indicated in their admission notification.
If you think that your application was not treated fairly even though you met all the requirements and followed all the guidelines, you can contest the decision of the Admissions Committee. To do that, send your written contestation to the Student Admissions within one week from the announcement of the decision. The International Admissions Coordinator will then forward the contestation to the chair of the Admissions Committee for review in the Disputes Committee. You'll be informed of their decision within 3 working days.
As admission results for all the programmes at bachelor's level will be announced by the middle of June 2020, non-EU applicants might not have enough time to apply for the temporary residence permit in order to travel to Estonia. Getting the permit may take 2-3 months while the academic year starts already on August 31, 2020. Thus, applying simultaneously for a visa is recommended. Please find more information about the application process for the residence permit.
Students accepted to the university cannot postpone the beginning of their studies to the next academic year.
Please be aware that those students who have been admitted to the University of Tartu, and would like to be readmitted to the same programme in the following two years cannot study free of charge. Thus, it is of utmost importance that the students starting their studies at the university would inform the university early enough to make sure that their admission could be cancelled before the beginning of an academic year.
The university reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, the university will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
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"I felt that Estonia is well structured in general compared to other countries. It is well-known for its IT so even when I started to write an application, it was easy and simple to follow procedures and every step was clear. As I had little background in the country, it would have been rough if the system was complicated but it was a pleasant experience in that respect. In addition, Estonia provides high quality of study with affordable price. Its tuition fee and living cost is relatively low and stable. Lastly, my favourite aspect in Tartu is nature. It is beautifully balanced between infrastructure and nature."
Hyeonji, International Student Ambassador from South Korea
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