In order to start studies in Estonian, students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian. Proficiency in Estonian of an applicant must correspond at least to the level of B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Estonian language exam can be taken at Foundation Innove in Estonia and Finland. The required language proficiency is also proved by basic education, secondary education, vocational education or higher education obtained in Estonian or by the University of Tartu's test of Estonian as the language of instruction taking place in the end of June.
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.
UT is offering intensive language courses on the basis on English in the format of the Estonian language preparation year. Preparatory courses are designed to give you the Estonian language skills you need to succeed at UT if you are interested in pursuing your degree in Estonian. Please note that attending a preparation year does not give a student status, but a status of continuing education learner. Once you have acquired B1 level of Estonian, you can apply to our degree programmes taught in Estonian. Further information on preparatory courses is available here.
Admission to many master's programmes instructed in Estonian is based on an entrance examination which takes place in the Estonian language, generally in Tartu in the beginning of July. Obtaining the visa for taking entrance exams in Estonia is the responsibility of the (non-EU) applicant. The University does not issue an invitation letter for a visa. For further information on entrance examinations, please carefully read through the chosen programme's admissions website (in Estonian). Only applicants who meet the general requirements and submit their complete application timely, will be invited to take the entrance examination.
The university will not process incomplete applications, so applicants should make sure all of the required documents reach the University via DreamApply and via regular mail by 1 June.
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 2021 and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline (in July, for example) must send their most recent official Transcript of Records by the application deadline along with the rest of the required documents. Admitted candidates are required to post 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 (degree certificates and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) 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.
The university's Admissions Committee will announce admission results by 13 July.