Cost of tuition
The document establishing the conditions and procedure for study costs in degree study at the University of Tartu is called Conditions of Reimbursement of Study Costs in Degree Study. The following summarizes some of its content.
If you study full-time in an Estonian-taught curriculum or have tuition waiver scholarship for English taught curriculum, you do not have to pay the tuition fee if you complete the prescribed volume of the curriculum: 30 ECTS per semester and 60 ECTS per academic year. A full-time student will have to start to pay the tuition fee if the student is more than 6 ECTS short of the prescribed volume by the start of the next semester. The threshold is 24 ECTS in the first semester, 54 ECTS in the second semester, 84 ECTS in the third semester, etc. Starting from the second semester, you will have to pay tuition fee for each credit point exceeding the permitted threshold of missing credit points (6 ECTS) in previous semesters.
Example: The standard full-time study load per semester is 30 ECTS. The payment threshold in the first semester is 24 ECTS. If you manage to get only 22 ECTS in the first semester, you will have to pay the tuition fee for 2 credit points.
Credit points are calculated per semester cumulatively. This means that if you took more courses (and got more ECTS) in one semester, you can take fewer courses (and get less ECTS) in the next semester: e.g. 36 ECTS in autumn and 24 in spring.
The completion of the study volume is assessed at the beginning of each semester as of the date preceding the first day of the semester.
How many courses do I need to take to study free of charge?
When calculating credits for the purpose of the tuition fee payment, only the compulsory, elective and optional courses (incl. courses of the minor) set out in the student’s curriculum are counted towards the completed volume of study (30 ECTS) to the extent specified in the curriculum. The volume of study completed by the recognition of previous studies and work experience is taken into account as well. Optional courses exceeding the volume of optional courses prescribed in the curriculum are not counted towards the completed volume of study.
The completion of the volume of study is not checked in the semester following the semester(s) of studying abroad, provided that this period lasts at least three months and you transfer at least 15 ECTS worth of courses under the curriculum.
A student transferred from part-time study to full-time study does not have the obligation to pay the tuition fee in the first semester of full-time study.
A student studying full-time in an integrated Estonian-taught curriculum of bachelor’s and master’s studies in the Faculty of Medicine is released of paying the tuition fee during the nominal period of study of the curriculum.
Payment of the tuition fee when studying part-time in an Estonian-taught curriculum
Part-time students pay the tuition fee for the current semester on the basis of the credit point price. The basis for calculating the tuition fee is the volume of the courses registered for at the beginning of the semester. A student transferred from full-time study to part-time study will pay the tuition fee in the current semester starting from the semester of transfer to part-time study on the basis of the credit point price. A contract for compensation of study expenses will be concluded with the student within three weeks from transferring to part-time study.
Payment of the tuition fee in an English-taught curriculum
Full-time students studying in an English-taught curriculum must pay the tuition fee as a semester fee for the current semester while studying full-time. Part-time students pay the tuition fee on the basis of the credit point price or as a semester fee, depending on their choice. The recipients of tuition-waiver scholarships of English-taught curricula will pay for the studies on the same grounds as full-time students of the Estonian taught curricula (see above).
Payment of the tuition fee in doctoral studies
You do not have to pay the tuition fee in full-time doctoral studies. If you are a part-time doctoral student, you have to pay the tuition fee as a semester fee for the current semester. Part-time doctoral students are also required to pay the semester fee if they take up studies at a foreign university and during their extension period.
Payment of the tuition fee upon recommencement of studies
You must compensate for your study expenses if:
- you have been deleted from the matriculation register and are matriculated in the same curriculum within two years;
- you start studies at the same level of tertiary education for the second time before the triple nominal period of study of the curriculum in which you studied before (in the event of integrated bachelor and master’s studies, the double nominal period) and you have not compensated for the study expenses at the same level of tertiary education at least to the extent of a half of the nominal period.
Upon recommencement of full-time or part-time studies in an Estonian-taught curriculum, the tuition fee is paid on the basis of the credit point price and the volume of credit points registered for at the beginning of the semester. Upon recommencement of studies in an English-taught curriculum full-time and in doctoral studies, the tuition fee is paid as a semester fee.
Payment of the tuition fee upon the extension of studies
In the first extension semester, a full-time student studying in an Estonian curriculum will pay the tuition fee for each missing credit point short of the prescribed number of credit points to be obtained under the curriculum.
A part-time student studying in an Estonian curriculum pays on the basis of the volume of credit points registered upon extension of the studies.
Upon extension of studies, a student studying in an English-taught curriculum will pay, based on their own choice, the tuition fee as the semester fee or on the basis of the number of registered credit points. The choice of the mode of payment of the tuition fee must be submitted in writing along with the application for extension of studies.
Release from the tuition fee
On the basis of an application, a full-time or part-time student who has commenced full-time studies in an Estonian curriculum will be released from paying the tuition fee if he/she:
- has a moderate, severe or profound disability (a valid document certifying the disability must be submitted), or
- is a parent or guardian of a child of up to seven years of age or of a disabled child of up to 16 years of age (the birth certificate of the child and, in the event of a disability, a document certifying the disability must be submitted), or
- studies in a teacher training curriculum and works as a teacher. At the beginning of each year, the student must submit a certificate of working as a teacher, specifying the institution, job title, weekly workload (should be at least 18 hours) and the date of issue of the certificate.
Students can apply for a release from the tuition fee until 15 September (autumn semester) and 15 February (spring semester).
Those recommencing studies at the same level of tertiary education cannot apply for exemption from the tuition fee before the triple nominal period of study of the curriculum in which the student studied before has expired (in the event of integrated bachelor and master’s studies, the double nominal period) and the student has not compensated for the study expenses at the same level of tertiary education at least to the extent of a half of the nominal period (except for a teacher training student who works as a teacher). The same also applies to students who have been deleted from the matriculation register and been re-matriculated in the same curriculum again within two years.