In order to start studying in Estonian, international students are required to have sufficient Estonian language proficiency. Most programmes require at least B1 level in Estonian, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Applicants interested in the programmes of Medicine (Estonian-tought group), Dentistry and Pharmacy are required to submit the results of Estonian language proficiency exam at level B2 (80 points minimum) or C1.
How to prove Estonian language proficiency?
Estonian language exam can be taken at Foundation Innove in Estonia and Finland. The exam should be taken in May at the latest (please upload the registration proof to the test to your online application in DreamApply). The required language proficiency is also proved by basic education, secondary education, vocational education or higher education obtained in Estonian. B1 level proficiency exam can be taken at the University of Tartu in the end of June.
How to improve your Estonian language skills and take sample tests to know your current level?
You can find learning materials from here. We also recommend you to visit the Innove language proficiency testing environment TESTEST and the language learning environment KEELEKLIKK.
Programmes without the language requirement.
Level of B1 in Estonian language is not required when applying for the following programmes:
Applicants who do not have at least B1 level Estonian language skills at the time of applying need to complete Intensive Estonian Language Courses (60 ECTS) if admitted to the above-mentioned degree programme. The language courses are offered on the basis of English or Russian. Students who would start to learn Estonian on the basis of English also have to meet the English language requirements upon applying. Requirements for Russian language proficiency are specified here.
In order to apply for the University of Tartu the candidate has to submit an online application form. The candidate is required to upload scanned copies of all the documents indicated below onto their online application form.
The candidate has to mail the printed and signed application with hard copies of all the required documents by June 1 to:
University of Tartu
NB! The university will not process incomplete applications. Applicants should make sure all of the required documents reach the university via DreamApply and via regular mail by June 1.
Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.
All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT. Read more about paying the application fee.
Applicants graduating in summer 2020 and having their final certificates issued later than the application deadline (in July, for example) must send their most recent grade list (transcript) by the application deadline along with the rest of the required documents. 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).
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; 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified: important information for non-EU applicants is available here.
Only complete application packages will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
To apply to the programmes Psychology and Dentistry, applicants have to take the academic aptitude test (in Estonian or Russian, can be replaced with the SAT test). Other applicants do not have to take the academic aptitude test, but can do that if they want to. Those who score 65 or more at the academic aptitude test are admitted to a curriculum they would like to be enrolled in.
The academic aptitude test (instructed in Estonian or Russian) will take place in March and July 2020 in Estonia.
The university's Admissions Committee will announce admission results by 14 July.
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