Students from at least 30 countries
Every year the University of Tartu hosts over 800 international students in its degree and semester programmes. International students come from more than 30 countries from all over the world.
To ensure that the international members of the university and town community feel comfortable in Tartu, the city has launched a series of events to raise awareness and understanding among the town citizens for the representatives of the world's many cultures who choose Tartu for studies and research.
International academic staff
From its founding in 1632 the University of Tartu has been a highly international institution and this academic value is at the core of the university's DNA. Over 100 international staff members teach and work at the University of Tartu every year. Many more come to deliver lectures and short courses.
Study abroad opportunities
The University of Tartu places high priority on providing international experience to its students and staff. Every year the number of foreign exchange opportunities increases, as does the number of students and staff using them. All students have the opportunity to spend a semester or two at one of partner universities of the University of Tartu around the world.
International student organisations
All major international student organisations, like ESN, AIESEC and AEGEE, are represented in Tartu. ESN is the main student organisation that coordinates international student social life and events.
English language in Tartu
English is the most-used language of international communication in academic circles of the university. It is also broadly used in Tartu's everyday life. Taxi and bus drivers will speak some English, documents in the migration office are available in English. A lot of signage in the streets and public places is in English, as are the menus in restaurants.
The University of Tartu recognises the need for international students and staff to be informed of what is going on inside and outside the university. Marketing and communication office publishes a weekly electronic newsletter for the international community at the university. An international edition of the university newspaper comes out once at the middle of every semester. The Study Information System and University Intranet are also partially in English.