Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme
Erasmus+ programme is for the first time open to non EU countries through the Erasmus + International Credit Mobility, which is a higher-education sub-program of Erasmus+ program proposed by the European Commission. Our students can study as exchange students at partner universities that are not located in EU Member States or other programme countries such as in Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Macedonia.
Partnercountries and agreements
Erasmus exchanges are based on bilateral agreements that have been signed for study areas between the UT and partner universities. Students can only apply for Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility exchanges within the framework of the Erasmus agreements that have been signed concerning fields of study relevant to the applicant's current field of study. Below you will find the partner list of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility partner institutions listed along with the terms and conditions agreed under the student mobility agreements.
- Find a foreign university of your interest from the partners list of your academic unit;
- Pay attention to the study field and level of studies (1st, 2nd, 3rd) the exchange is opened to;
- Find out how many students are accepted per academic year;
- Take a look on the foreign university's website for incoming exchange students - what are the courses they offer, what is the language of instruction, how does their academic calendar suits you etc.
- Consult your Program Director, supervisor or Traineeship and Student Exchange Coordinator Piret Saluveer when choosing the host university.
General terms of Erasmus student exchange for studies
- You must be a degree-seeking student at the University of Tartu (UT) during the student exchange competition and during your studies abroad;
- You must have completed your first year of studies at the UT before going to study abroad (does not apply to Master's or PhD students);
- You must remain enrolled at the UT during your entire period of studying abroad;
- You can study 1 semester (3-5 months) at one partner university;
- You may participate in the Erasmus program for studying or being trained abroad several times, totalling up to 12 months maximum per each level of study. Your former pariticipations in the Erasmus programme will be taken into account.
Regulations for studies abroad
- You have to take at least 15 ECTS per semester at a foreign university and apply for these to be credited in your UT study programme. Some host universities require more credits to be taken;
- You will be considered not to have interrupted your studies at UT and your standard period of study will be extended (applies to students matriculated as of the academic year 2013/2014) by the number of semesters spent at the foreign university, provided you spend at least 3 months of the semester at the foreign university and the courses taken there are taken into account in the completion of your curriculum to the extent of 15 ECTS (the extension of the standard period of study will be formalised after the studies at the foreign higher educational institution have been completed and the study results have been transferred).
- You must sign a learning agreement before studying abroad and submit it to the Dean's office in order to be registered as a student studying abroad.
Tuition fee and grants
- The host university cannot demand tuition fees or additional charges (fees for the course, registration, examinations or lab use) from exchange students. You can be charged small fees only, e.g. insurance, membership of student unions and study materials (photocopies and lab resources) on the same basis as local students.
- If you have a self-funded (non-state-funded) student place at the UT, you must pay 30% of your tuition fee to the UT during your studies abroad;
- It's possible to study abroad and get the regular study allowance (unless otherwise decided by the faculty, please also check http://www.ut.ee/en/double-scholarships-what-keep-mind/double-scholarshi...);
- You are granted with monthly Erasmus European Commission's grant 650 euros per month and travel support depending on the distance of the partner university.
Erasmus student exchange competition
A competition is announced in January-February for applying to become an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility student. During the main competition you may apply for studies abroad for the upcoming fall or spring. If necessary, additional competition for spring semester is organised in August (deadline in the middle of September) but it's recommended to apply already during the main competition to be on safe side. There are less places available during the additional competition and the additional competition only takes place in case of not having enough applicants during the first round.
Choosing the host university
If you would like to take the opportunity and study abroad under the Erasmus programme, you should first find out whether your faculty has signed student mobility agreements for your study area with foreign higher education institutions: check the list of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility partner institutions.
It is important to find out, either by exploring the homepage of the partner institution or directly communicating with them, whether the partner institution offers courses which are related to your field of study and taught at the study level and in the language suitable for you. Similarly to the University of Tartu, in many partner institutions the number of courses taught in a foreign language is different in every field of study. Often the courses of some field of study are taught only in the local language or there are only a few courses taught in a foreign language. This kind of information changes often, so make sure to check that on the web page of the partner institution.
Documents which are usually required for applying (next application period will be announced in January-February 2017)
To apply, submit the following documents (signed hard copies) to Traineeship and Student Exchange Coordinator:
- Erasmus student exchange application;
- Statement of purpose (letter of motivation);
- Transcript of records (ask Dean's office); Master's and PhD level 1st year's students must also submit a Diploma Supplement of the previous study level (ask for that at the International Student Service from your coordinator);
- Certificate indicating command of the language of instruction at the partner university. All international tests or tests taken in Estonia, including that of the UT College of Foreign Languages and Cultures are accepted.
Traineeship and Student Exchange Coordinator
International Student Service
Ülikooli 18-134, Tartu
piret.saluveer [ät] ut.ee