09.07.2020 (Practical info (visa, accommodation etc. question 1,3,4 updated.)03.07.2020 (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.
As of July 7, D-visa (long-term visa) applications can be lodged for the purpose of studies in Estonian embassies across the world. However, since self-isolation/quarantine requirements for non-EU students are not clear yet, we send info to all admitted students on visa services and further processes once there is clarity in all requirements. At the moment, students admitted for 2020 cannot apply for a D-type visa, unless they come from the countries listed here! This list gets updated in every two weeks.
Students from countries which have visa-free entry to Estonia/Schengen area - if you plan to study in Estonia for more than 90 days, entering the Schengen zone to study for a period of longer than 90 days is not in accordance with the laws and regulations of visa-free travelling. Students pursuing degree not use visa-free travelling, it may cause problems when you reach the Schengen area. The students, who can access the Schengen countries visa-free, must contact studentvisasupport [ät] ut.ee before planning their journey to 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.
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.
It is the student’s responsibility to check upon their specific travel track options.
Please see further information here and also here Please also see information on self-isolation/quarantine requirements for passengers coming to Estonia here
Information on self-isolation/quarantine requirements for passengers coming to Estonia is here. Please note that the self-isolation/quarantine requirements for the students coming from non-EU/non EEA countries are to be specified, we cannot provide definite info yet.
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.