University of Tartu
Degree-seeking students are allowed to take courses from different faculties. However, students have to make sure that these courses do not have complusory prerequisite subjects and the classes do not overlap with regular compulsory classes.
Degree-seeking students: the volume of a curriculum per one official standard academic year is 60 credits in the European credit transfer system. Degree students have to gather at least 75 per cent of the credits of their curriculum (45 ECTS) in order to get transferred to the next academic year of the respective full-time or stationary programme.
However, in order to study without paying the tuition fee, a student on a tuition-waiver study place cannot fall more than 6 ECTS short of the nominal study load per semester (30 ECTS).NB! Students who need to apply for the Temporary Residence Permit for their stay in Estonia must meet the full-time enrollment requirement (take at least 22.5 ECTS per semester).
Non-EU students who have been issued a residence permit for studies are allowed to work when it does not interfere their studies. Students holding temporary residence permit must study full-time (at least 22.5 ECTS per semester).
The cold winter does not necessarily mean constant snow; in fact snowfalls are few and far between. When it falls it stays though, and there tends to be a layer of snow constantly on the ground between December and March. Summertime brings unexpected rain showers, so an umbrella and light raincoat are recommended.
Estonians are third-generation city people at most, so almost all families have relatives living in the country. Childhood memories will undoubtedly include summers spent in the country. The somewhat grim and reserved Estonian of the winter months undergoes a significant change in summer: he will ask friends out for a picnic, meet new people, and rather than glaring at anyone causing a disturbance in the street, he will burst into merry laughter.
A foreigner is well advised to bear in mind that in human relations, Estonians try to avoid sentimentality. Much of what other nationalities voice without hesitation, Estonians may reveal only once they know a person quite well.
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