Opportunities for Studying Abroad as an Exchange Student
Students of the University of Tartu have the possibility to study abroad for one or two semesters as exchange students with the help of grants provided under partnership agreements, international programmes and organisations as well as governments and funds.
- The majority of students in Bachelor's and Master's programmes use the European Union's Erasmus programme for higher education to study at a foreign university or to do a traineeship abroad, as the programme offers student exchanges with more than 450 foreign universities. Participation in the programme guarantees free tuition and a grant. The amount of support is set separately for each academic year and, depending on the cost of living in the host country, students may have to cover some costs themselves.
- A substantial number of student exchanges take place under the student exchange agreements entered into with the partner universities of the University of Tartu in Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America. Similar to the Erasmus programme, students of the University of Tartu are exempt from tuition fees; as far as grants are concerned, applicants should examine every offer - many universities provide both free accommodation and meals or a monthly allowance, but there are also offers which do not include scholarship.
- In addition, the University of Tartu has joined international student exchange programme ISEP, which offers study opportunities in America (ca 200 universities) and other parts of the world (ca 100 universities). Foreign universities guarantee free tuition, accommodation and meals or allowance to cover meal costs.
- As a member of the Utrecht Network, the University of Tartu can also send exchange students to the universities of AEN and MAUI networks. AEN unites 7 universities in Australia and MAUI 14 universities in the US. Exchange students are guaranteed free tuition; financial support is not available.
- As a member of the Coimbra Group, the University of Tartu also participates in the Coimbra Group Student Exchange Network (Coimbra SEN). About half of the universities belonging to the Coimbra Group participate in SEN - 21 universities (in addition to Tartu) from 12 European countries. Exchange students are guaranteed free tuition; financial support is not available.
- To study abroad for a maximum of one year, Master's and Doctoral students can apply for support from Kristjan Jaak programme (intermediated by the Archimedes Foundation). Students are guaranteed a one-off travel allowance and monthly subsistence allowance. In order to apply for support, students must gain the consent of a foreign university for their admission as exchange students. To obtain this, students must contact the university they are interested in themselves.
- It is also possible to study abroad as an exchange student with the help of grants offered by different countries and intermediated by the Archimedes Foundation. Grant rules vary by country, but in most cases students can apply via the Archimedes Foundation. In addition, there are several organisations and funds that support studying abroad as an exchange student - the important thing is to find the most suitable offer.