24.07.2020 (Information for non-EU students question 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
23.07.2020 (Information for non-EU students, COVID-19 testing, EU students, Practical info question 1, 2)
30.07.2020 (Practical info (visa, accommodation etc. question 1,3,4 updated.)30.07.2020 (Practical info question 4 added. Admissions question 8 updated.)
The following FAQs answer your most important questions about the coronavirus and its impact on the University of Tartu. These FAQs are updated continually.
The following information applies to the students who depart or transit from the countries NOT listed here.
You can start your D-visa application process if you agree to follow the rules under Question 3.
You must sign a formal confirmation form before you start your D-visa application process. Having received a signed confirmation form from you, UT will immediately inform Estonian embassies and you can proceed with D-visa application process.
Before you start with visa application process, please make sure you can 1) travel to the country where the Estonian embassy is located and 2) travel to Estonia and passing all the countries on your way to Estonia is possible.
Yes. All non-EU students must do this, regardless of whether your country is currently listed here.
If the country that you depart or transit from is not listed here, you must follow these rules:
Please use a face mask when travelling.
Please keep in mind that you must travel ONLY if you are healthy (there are no symptoms of COVID-19).
If, on your way to Estonia, you stay for two weeks in the country with a coronavirus infection rate not higher than 16, you are not required to stay in self-isolation and follow other measures. Once again, the source to be checked for that purpose is the same website here. The list of countries from which unrestricted travel (no self-isolation requirement etc) to Estonia is possible gets updated every week.
Yes, new students (starting in 2020) in Tartu and in Narva, if they stay alone in their room, not sharing it with anyone. The students returning to continue studies, please spend your self-isolation period elsewhere (hostel etc). If you stay alone in the room, you can self isolate in dormitory, but arrival date must be the same with all the flatmates. Please coordinate your arrival with your flatmates. This difference in procedure rules is due to difference in arriving times.
For general info, please note that we have limited options to offer housing at the dormitories in Tartu.
The students sharing a flat must make sure that:
- students staying in the flat arrive at the same time;
- each student has a separate room.
If you get sick with COVID-19 during self-isolation, you must immediately inform the university by e-mailing studyabroad [ät] ut.ee. You must bear all the costs (medicine, food etc.).
If you do not follow the self-isolation and other rules set by the government and the university, you are in the risk of losing your student status and we will file an application to terminate your D-visa/residence permit.
Once you have obtained your D-visa and arranged your travel, you must fill in a form to notify us of the time, date and route of your travel and your address in Estonia. We will provide you a link to the form shortly.
You must self-isolate for 14 days upon your arrival in Estonia. You can work/study if you do it online.
There is no need to be in Estonia by the official start of the academic year. Most English-taught programmes allow later arrival and will offer online studies in the beginning of the academic year.
Yes, if possible. Since most of the students cannot do that, they need to follow classes online during their self-isolation period or before arriving to Estonia.
No. When you are in quarantine, you cannot leave your accommodation at all - this happens when you test positive for COVID-19. Self-isolation means that you must refrain from unessential contacts and you may leave your place of residence or permanent place of stay only to see a doctor, to purchase food, essentials and medicines, or in the event of an emergency.
Yes you can, we inform embassies electronically. We do not send the confirmation about receiving your form, you can start with the visa application immediately once you have sent the signed form to UT.
If the country that you depart or transit from is not listed here, you must take the COVID-19 test once you arrive in Estonia.
As of July 23, the free from testing are:
All others must take the COVID-19 tests. Please check for the latest info here.
Contact e-mail address about COVID-19 test: iro [ät] ut.ee
After arrival to Estonia you need to be tested twice for COVID-19: 24 hours within arrival and on the 14th day of the arrival
You can get tested in SYNLAB in different Estonian cities or in Medicum in Tallinn at the following addresses:
Read more about testing at SYNLAB here. You have to book an appointment in advance!
Read more about testing for the virus (Estonian Health Board) here.
For booking you would need to give your name, date of birth, phone number, e-mail.
If you arrive in Estonia on the weekend, stay in self-isolation and go get tested on Monday. Only Synlab Tallinn testing point is opened on Sunday from 13.00-16.00.
Price for one test is 78 € in SYNLAB/75 € in Medicum. You can pay on spot by card or cash or SYNLAB online (available only in Estonian).
You must pay yourself for both tests.
Test results will be issued within 1 working day. Results will be sent to your e-mail, you will receive a code for opening the results file on your mobile phone. The answers to analyzes will arrive also to the patient portal MINU.SYNLAB.EE no later than the next working day and they will also become available in digilugu.ee environment provided that you have the Estonian ID.
Positive results (you have the virus): you will be contacted by phone and advised further.
Negative results: you can order a certificate in English for 13 € SYNLAB/10 € Medicum (while pre-booking the appointment).
You must notify the university of the results of your tests HERE.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by phone and advised further by the Estonian Health Board specialist.
You can consult with family doctor's advice line about your treatment by phone number: 1220
or Dr. Ruth Kalda, phone: +37256985599.You must notify the university of the results of your tests HERE.
No. You must take 2 tests in Estonia.
Yes, as long as your country is not listed here.
The students of EU countries, information on self-isolation/quarantine requirements for passengers coming to Estonia is presented here.
If you come from a country where the number of new infections per 100 000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is over 16, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
As of July 7, D-visa (long-term visa) applications can be lodged for the purpose of studies in Estonian embassies across the world.
Students from the non-EU countries, which have visa-free entry to Estonia/the Schengen area for 90 days within the 180-day period - you also need a D-type visa for entering Estonia.
The usual visa application procedure is described here, there are no changes in the application process due to COVID -19 outbreak in the world. All visa applications must be handed in personally at an Estonian embassy. We are aware that travel restrictions across the countries are still in place. Unfortunately, we cannot help students to find out as how they can travel to the country where an Estonian embassy is located. Neither can we predict as when the travel restrictions will be lifted for different countries. Please also see info on crossing borders for entering Estonia here. This website is updated once a week, on Fridays!
For visa/TRP application, students need to present their admissions letter (scanned version). In order to receive your admissions letter, all documents need to be properly submitted as stated under Admissions questions 3 and 8.
Please see further information here and also here Please also see information on self-isolation/quarantine requirements for passengers coming to Estonia here
The students of non EU/EEA-citizenship - if the country that you depart or transit from is not listed here, you must upon arrival in Estonia either use the transportation provided by the university or take taxi to reach your destination. UT will arrange transport from Tallinn to Tartu (Pärnu) or from Narva to Tartu within a fixed time period. This time period will be announced once we know the approximate students’ arrival time. However, the students arriving earlier or later need to use taxi service for getting from Tallinn to Tartu, from Tallinn to Pärnu or from Narva to Tartu. In this case, the following private taxis with fixed prices that were agreed by UT can be used:
Please use a face mask when travelling.
Please keep in mind that you must travel ONLY if you are healthy (there are no symptoms of COVID-19).
We agreed accepting travel health insurance without COVID-19 coverage as well. Please just purchase regular insurance as insurance is needed for the whole period of visa duration. In the case, there will be a need for additional medical costs in the case of possible COVID-19 infection, you just have to be prepared to pay for these.
International degree seeking and visiting students should apply for housing in UT dormitories or in other housing facilities in Estonia once international travel is no longer limited, meaning air and other connections have been restored and visa services, if needed, are available. There is no need to worry about being late for housing and not getting a place. There is an option to find an apartment/ a room outside UT dormitories.
UT housing application system is open throughout summer.
You can also look for a private housing. More info can be found here and you can also contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee.
It is the student’s responsibility to check upon their specific travel track options.
Find the guidelines on finding housing in Tartu here
We suggest you provide the following information in your first email to your real-estate agent:
• Name and age
• Where you study or work
• The number of people that will live in your apartment
• The number of bedrooms needed
• Your expectations regarding the furniture (fully furnished or not), maximum cost of rent and utilities, information on parking spaces, pets, etc.
• Period of the contract
Please be realistic! Food and other basic costs in Tartu are around 400-500 EUR per month. It can be around 350 EUR (with utility costs) or more for a private flat somewhere in the centre and less expensive in the regions more distant from the centre.
For additional information please contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee
It is unlikely to happen, unless somebody definitely wants to stay in the dorm where we have limited availability. There should be sufficient offer of other type of housing - hostels, private flats etc.
More info can be found here and you can also contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee.
Yes, all non-EU students need to inform UT on their arrival time to Estonia and their place of stay in Estonia (exact address in Estonia). If their place of stay during self-isolation time is different from their place of stay after the self-isolation, the students must also inform UT of their place of stay during the self-isolation time.
While you are allowed to leave your accommodation during the self-isolation period to purchase food and other necessities, you can also order everything home (or pick them up from a parcel locker or a store with limited contact).
Groceries: Selver (only in Estonian, use Google Translate or any other automatic translation programme), Prisma
Food delivery from restaurants: Tellitoit, Wolt, Bolt Food.
No. It is up to you to find a suitable accommodation. We do not offer separate accommodation for self-isolation period. The students either stay at the dormitory or in their flat (or whatever type of housing they have) during the self-isolation period.
We expect to have more free places (rooms) in November based on last years’ experience. Thus, we suggest booking a place (room) now and as soon as a place (room) becomes available, we shall inform you.
We try to do our best and make sure that our extended deadlines would help you as much as possible. UT also needs some extra time to process the documents submitted by extended deadlines. Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that all information you provide to UT is true and accurate. Failure to provide true information may result in the termination of your offer.
No. Admissions for the University of Tartu is on schedule which means that the application period closed on March 15 for master’s programmes and on April 15 for bachelor’s programmes. Next admission will open on Jan 2, 2021 via DreamApply Estonia.
Considering the situation, we have extended the deadline for uploading the English language test result to DreamApply until June 30, 2020 (applies for bachelor´s and master´s programmes only). The extended deadline applies to the applicants who had registered for a test, but their initial test was cancelled or postponed. For us to be aware of your situation, send an e-mail to your admissions coordinator at UT that includes a proof of the test cancellation and a date for taking a new test. Your coordinator’s e-mail address is at the end of your DreamApply UT notifications.
Please note that as an alternative to traditional language tests, we also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test result. For further information please see English language requirements.
Considering the situation, we have extended the deadline for submitting the required documents. The date by which the documents must reach us is June 30, 2020 (applies for bachelor´s and master´s programmes only). Please note that we will issue an official admission letter only after we have received all your documents, and these meet our established requirements (check country-specific requirements). In some cases, we might also accept electronic education documents, if these are sent directly from the institution issuing the documents (school/university).
NB! All admitted students, who need to use the extended deadline must contact their admissions coordinator and inform their coordinator of a possible date for delivering the required documents. All such cases will be reviewed individually.
We are aware that this summer graduations (final exam/thesis defence) may take place later than usual. However, we need to have a proof of your graduation before the beginning of our academic year, no later than August 24, 2020. Thus, if you graduate this summer and already know that you cannot submit your graduation documents by the end of July, please definitely inform your admissions coordinator when your graduation is due, either in August or earlier. Only then we can see whether submitting the final proof of your graduation by the last week of August is possible.
No. UT does not practice deferment, meaning we do not have a system of taking a gap year.
Yes. The scholarships listed cannot be transferred to the academic year 2021/22. Please note that the payments of the named scholarships will start once a scholarship holder is in Estonia, we do not make payments to those still abroad.
We intend to start the new academic year at the usual time – this year on 31 August, 2020. With regard to the arrival of international degree and exchange students who start their studies, we are flexible and take the situation into account. In English-taught programmes we will allow international students who have difficulties with entry to Estonia to take part in the studies via online tools and, if necessary, on an individual basis until the end of October (or the end of the first semester, depending on the programme) or until most international students have arrived to Estonia. The final decision regarding the form and beginning of studies will be made depending on the study programme. The admitted students will be notified. In case we need to delay the start of the new academic year, we will inform our admitted students immediately.
The official admission letter will be issued to you after we have received by post all the required application documents that were indicated in the offer letter. The admission letter will be sent to you electronically via DreamApply.