Students admitted to the English-taught programmes either pay for their studies or may have received a tuition-waiver student place. Please check whether a particular programme has tuition-waivers or is fee based - read the admission information of the programme you are interested in. All Estonian-taught degree programmes are free of charge for full-time students. The links below decribe the principles of financing options in more detail.
You have to start paying the tuition fee only if you fail to meet the nominal study load requirement. In general, tuition-waiver student place can be maintained as long as a student fulfills full time workload requirement (completes 75 % of the courses out of the 30/60 ECTS): 22.5 per semester and 45 per academic year. Yet, tuition-waiver student place has its conditions: students can study free of charge if they collect as many credits per semester as indicated in this table below. Semester's workload is 30 ECTS and that of the academic year is 60 ECTS. The payment threshold is 6 ECTS: if you receive 24 ECTS by the end of the semester, you do not have to pay yet. However, you need to receive 54 ECTS by the end of the second semester: credit points are calculated cumulatively per semester. If you get 20 ECTS by the end of semester, you have to pay for 4 ECTS on the basis of the invoice prepared at the beginning of the next semester. Information about credit point prices can be found here.
How many courses do I need to take to study free of charge?
Students can take more than 30 ECTS per semester, no fees are charged for extra courses. If you collect more than 30 credits per semester, this surplus allows you to have a semester with fewer credits to be obtained.
The document regulating the terms of tuition fee payment is Conditions of Compensation of Study Expenses in Formal Education (Chrome users can open documents by clicking "open link in new window").
Tuition-waiver student place contract
You will sign the tuition-waiver student place contract at the beginning of the semester. Tuition-waiver student places are offered to the best applicants of most English-taught degree programmes and to all students admitted to Estonian-taught degree programmes. The tuition-waiver student place covers your tuition fee if you manage to study full time.
The tuition-waiver student place contract needs to be concluded within two weeks after the student has been matriculated. The students will have the contracts sent to their e-mail address and the signed contracts, either digitally signed or signed on paper, need to taken back to the Office of Academic Affairs, main building room 134. If you do not sign the tuition-waiver student place contract by the required deadline, the university may cancel the tuition-waiver. Then, tuition fee will be charged on the basis of the credit point price and the number of credits to be obtained for the courses for which the student has registered. If the student has not paid the autumn semester fee by 20 October, the student will be deleted from the matriculation register.
Do I have to take courses only from my curriculum to study free of charge?
In order to be able to study free of charge, the students need to keep in mind that they are obliged to complete their curricula (including a minor specialisation, and optional courses to the maximum extent allowed). If the student takes many courses, meaning in terms of credits completed fulfils the requirement, but the courses are taken form another curriculum, the students need to pay for the missing credits (the number of credit points collected cannot fall more than six credit points short of the mandatory number of credit points to be obtained - see the blue table above).
What about the courses transferred from my previous studies with the help of RPL?
Students can have their earlier studies transferred (according to the UT regulations). Credit points obtained for earlier studies and work experiences are also counted towards the number of credit points obtained when calculating the student’s tuition fee.
Please remember that upon calculation of the student’s tuition fee, the number of credit points to be obtained is calculated only on the basis of the courses of the curriculum (and the modules chosen in the curriculum) and optional courses to the maximum extent allowed by the curriculum.
Full time students pay a semester fee. The deadlines for paying the tuition fee are 20 October in the autumn semester and 20 March in the spring semester.
NB! For students admitted in 2021 different payment deadlines apply.
Tuition fees (semester fees and credit point prices) in academic year 2021/22
You will sign the tuition fee contract at the beginning of the semester and after that will receive the invoice.The tuition fee contract needs to be concluded within two weeks after the student has been matriculated.
The tuition fee contracts are prepared by the dean’s offices of respective faculties. In the case of colleges, the units responsible for the contracts are central administrative offices.
If you do not sign the tuition fee contract with two weeks from your matriculation, and do not submit an application for deletion from the university’s matriculation register, the university will charge the tuition fee on the basis of the credit point price and the number of credit points to be obtained for the courses for which the student has registered.
If you cancel the studies before 20 September (only first semester students), you are not required to pay the tuition fee. If you cancel the studies after the payment deadline (20 September, only first semester students), you must pay the tuition fee of the current semester.
All Estonian-taught degree programmes are free of charge for full-time students. You have to start paying the tuition fee only if you fail to meet the nominal study load requirement. A full-time student is supposed to obtain 30 ECTS per semester and 60 ECTS per academic year. The payment threshold is 6 ECTS: if you complete 24 ECTS by the end of semester, you do not have to pay yet. However, you need to receive 54 ECTS by the end of the second semester: credit points are calculated cumulatively per semester. Information about credit point prices can be found here.
The University does not sign separate contracts with the students on Estonian-taught programmes.