Student Life and Organisations
During every semester there are a lot of student events: international food fest, international film nights, sledging, sauna days, bog walking week-ends, and many more. The definite highlights of each semester are Spring and Autumn Students Days, filled with dozens of entertaining and educating events, competitions and festivals. Tartu offers plenty of opportunities for sports and exercise: the university sports hall, several well-equipped gyms and fitness clubs, classes on yoga, step, aerobics, squash and tennis courts, bowling clubs, swimming pools. For those with talent there is Tartu Academic Male Choir, Tartu University Chamber Choir, Folk Art Ensemble of the University of Tartu, Tartu Student Theatre. Find what works for you!
Tartu has numerous student clubs and associations, ranging from professional organizations to informal groups based on common hobbies and interests. Tartu has a unique, extensive network of student societies and so-called corporations that were originally established in late 1800s and early 1900s. Banned in the Soviet period for their strong pro-independence orientation, these organizations were re-established in the late 1980s and have now revived old traditions, including peculiar rules of conduct and honour, academic and social events, torch parades, Volber-night festivities, etc, adding colour and excitement to student life in Tartu.
The Student Council of the University of Tartu is the largest student organization in Estonia; its mission is to represent the interests of all Tartu University students within the university administration, the Estonian government and society. First established in 1923, forced to shut down by the Soviet occupation, and re-established in 1990, the Student Council is an assembly that is democratically elected by the student body. The union services include: providing up-to-date information on various state and city economic assistance for students; organizing students' Autumn and Spring Days (biannual student festivals); managing an apartment data bank and generally being a voice on behalf of the students and their interests in Estonia. The Student Council is located next to the University Main building at Ülikooli 18b. Phone: 375 400; E-mail: info [ät] tyye [dot] ee , Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00-15:00.
Student Council is the representative body of all students in the University of Tartu. There are different sub-committees (educational, informational, social, cultural) to deal with current problems in respective fields.
ESN-Tartu (Erasmus Student Network) is an organization that aims to support visiting students of the University of Tartu. It works in close contacts with the Student Council and with the International Student Service. ESN-Tartu provides all kinds of practical information to students via mailing list (students [ät] esn [dot] ee); it helps organize free time activities, such as sports events, trips and parties, that all bring foreign students closer to local life. For more information, please check http://www.esn.ee or email info [ät] esn [dot] ee. If you have any questions or problems, ESN-Tartu has an office hour every week in the Student Council Building (Ülikooli St. 18b).