Studies take place in Estonian and English languages at the University of Tartu. The official teaching language for most Bachelor's programmes is Estonian; however, currently there are three programmes available fully in English:
People holding a secondary school leaving certificate or a corresponding qualification have access to higher education.
The results of state/final examinations passed in upper secondary school are accepted as the basis of admission, additionally some faculties may require entrance examinations.
Candidates are ranked according to their state/final examinations' results and entrance exams (exams are not required for most of the curricula).
In case of international applicants, the results of their state/final examinations are converted into the Estonian national system and competition points are calculated by the university. For some curricula taught in Estonian, international applicants also have to take entrance exams, which usually take place in Tartu, Estonia, in the Estonian language.
Please see the admission requirements as regulated in Admission rules for the II and II level programmes and Entrance requirements of the first cycle curricula for 2015/2016
Only complete application packages will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
International students who have been admitted to an Estonian-language programme, but do not have B2 level in Estonian at the time of admission need to complete the Intensive Estonian Language Course first. The courses are offered on the basis of English and Russian. Applicants who would start to learn Estonian on the basis of English also have to meet the English language requirements.Exception: In the Estonian group of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy studies and the programme of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (specialisation in Estonian language in multilingual environment) students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian at the time of admission to the university. The knowledge of Estonian must correspond to the level of B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Upon applying to programmes listed above, applicants must submit a result of the Estonian language proficiency test (please ask for further info which tests are recognized or acceptable from the International Student Service).
Read more: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Applications can be submitted from January until the deadlines indicated above. The university's Admissions Commission will announce final admissions results:
Bachelor's programmes in English
by 15 June, at latest
Bachelor's programmes in Estonian
by 18 July
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