Bachelor`s Studies in Estonian
General admission requirements
People holding a secondary school leaving certificate or a corresponding qualification have access to higher education. The results of state/final examinations passed in a general 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/specialisations).
For 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 check: entrance requirements of the first cycle curricula for 2013/2014
Language of instruction
All students admitted to the university and who start their studies in Estonian 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 programmes of Medicine (Estonian group), Dentistry, Pharmacy and 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 medical studies (general Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) or Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (specialisation in Estonian language in multilingual environment), candidates 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).
Applicants who have a good command of the Estonian language, but who do not have a certificate of the language proficiency need to take an exam prior to their studies, in August (except for the applicants of the Estonian group of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy and Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (specialisation in Estonian language in multilingual environment)).
Application Forms and Requirements
Upon application please make sure what documents need to be submitted and when. All copies of educational documents (diplomas, exam certificates and grade lists) must be officially certified: bear an original seal and a signature of an authorized official of the issuing school/university. Official documents must be provided from the institution awarding the secondary school certificate or certified with an Apostille. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certifed.
Students accepted to the university cannot postpone the beginning of their studies to the next academic year.
Only complete application packages will be considered by the Admissions Commission.
Documents to be Submitted
1.Submit the online application form. We ask you to upload the electronic copies of all the required documents to your application. This makes the pre-processing of your application quicker and is especially important for candidates applying to more than one programme. You will receive an applicant code, which gives access to your account to track your application status.
2. Mail the printed and signed application (do not send any documents by e-mail!) with all the required documents by the indicated deadline to:
International Student Service, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
2. copy of the passport page stating the applicant´s personal particulars;
3. official copy of the secondary school certificate and grade list in the original language;
4 certified translations of the secondary school certificate and grade list into English;
5. or applicants starting their studies in English, only the students of the Estonian Intensive Language Course on the basis of English, a proof of knowledge of English, an internationally recognised test score.
For admission to the Faculty of Social Sciences, an applicant is required to take an academic aptitude test (can be replaced with SAT test).
Students applying to other faculties are not obliged to take the test in question, it is an option for applicants. Those who score 80 or more at the academic aptitude test are admitted to a curriculum they would like to be enrolled in.
The academic aptitude test will take place on July 9 2013. Registration takes place from June 24 2013 until July 5 2013. The academic aptitude test can be taken in Estonian and Russian.
Applicants Who Graduate in Spring
Applicants graduating in spring and having their diplomas issued later than application deadlines (in July, for example) should send in the rest of the application package the most recent official Transcript of Records by the indicated deadline. Please inform the International Student Service when the final diploma will be issued. For detailed information contact the Service.
Announcement of Admissions Results
Applications can be submitted from December until the deadlines indicated above. The university's Admissions Commission will announce final admissions results:
Bachelor's programmes in English
by June 3rd, at latest
Bachelor's programmes in Estonian
by July 17th
Admissions notifications will be sent by an e-mail. All admitted students must inform the university of their decision to accept or cancel its offer by the deadline indicated in their admissions notification.
Note to non-EU applicants to Estonian-language programmes: as admission results for the Estonian-language programmes will be announced by 17 July 2013, non-EU applicants might not have enough time to apply for the Estonian residence permit. Getting the permit may take 2-3 months and academic year starts on 2 September 2013.
Upon arrival to the university, all international degree-seeking students must come to show their original education documents at the International Student Service. The documents must be brought to International Student Service in the first week after arrival to Tartu.
If a student has been admitted, but it appears later that education documents submitted were either fraudulent or did not grant access to the particular level of higher education, the university has the right to exmatriculate the student, i.e. delete the student from its matriculation register.
Bachelor's degree programmes
The number of study places in Estonian-language programmes will be announced in the middle of June. Fore more information, please contact the International Student Service.
Descriptions of curricula are available in the Study Information System.
|Faculty of Theology||Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Faculty of Medicine||Physics|
|Medicine (in Estonian)*||Materials Science|
|Medicine (in English)*||Biology|
|Faculty of Law||Geography|
|Law (studies in Tartu or in Tallinn)||Geology|
|Faculty of Philosophy||Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation|
|Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics||Faculty of Social Sciences and Education|
|Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (Estonian Language in Multilingual Society)||Journalism and Communication|
|Literature and Cultural Research||Special Education|
|Philosophy||Educational Science (Humanities)|
|English Language and Literature||Educational Science (Natural Sciences)|
|German Language and Literature||Educational Science (Math and Sciences)|
|Scandinavian Languages and Cultures (Norwegian Language and Literature)||Primary School Teacher *|
|Romance Studies (French Language and Literature)||Early Years Teacher|
|Romance Studies (Spanish Language and Literature)||Psychology|
|Russian and Slavonic Philology||Government and Politics|
|Semiotics and Cultural Studies||Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy|
|Classical Philology||Humanities in Multilingual School|
|Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences||Primary School Teacher in Multilingual School*|
|Physiotherapy||Early Years Teacher in Multilingual Learning Environment|
|Physical Education and Sport||Viljandi Culture Academy|
|Faculty of Economics and Business Administration||School Music|
|Economics and Business Administration|
|Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science|
* Integrated curriculum of Bachelor's and Master's studies
Descriptions of curricula are available in the Study Information System.
|Narva College||Viljandi Culture Academy|
|Youth Work||Culture Management|
|Information and Records Management|
|Pärnu College||Leisure Time Manager-Teacher|
|Entrepreneurship and Project Management||Librarianship and Information Environments|
|Administration of Social Work and Rehabilitation||Jazz Music|
|Tourism and Hotel Management||Theatrical Studies|
|Estonian Native Construction|
|Estonian Native Metalwork|