In order to start studies in Estonian, students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian. Proficiency in Estonian must correspond at least to the level of B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Estonian language exam can be taken at Foundation Innove. Applicants who have a good command of Estonian language but do not have a recognised certificate of the language proficiency, need to take an exam prior to their studies in the end of August (this option is unavailable for applicants of the Estonian group of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy).
All students admitted to the university who do not speak sufficient Estonian need to complete the Intensive Estonian Language Courses first. The courses are offered on the basis of English and Russian. Applicants who would start to learn Estonian on the basis of English also have to meet the English language requirements. Requirements for Russian language proficiency are specified here.
Exception: Applicants interested in the programmes of Medicine (Estonian group), Dentistry and Pharmacy are required to be proficient in Estonian at the time of applying. The language skills in Estonian must correspond at least to the level of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Upon applying to medical studies (general Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy), results of Estonian language proficiency exam (B2 or C1) must be submitted by the application deadline (additional certificates which are recognised are specified here).
Read more: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
University will not process incomplete application packages, so applicants should make sure all of the required documents reach the University by the deadline.
Applicants graduating in 2018 and having their final certificates issued later than the application deadline (in July, for example) must send their most recent grade list (transcript) by the required deadline along with the rest of the required documents.
All copies of educational documents (secondary school certificate and grade list/transcript) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified: 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution; 2) by a notary; 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified: important information for non-EU applicants is available here.
Only complete application packages will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
To apply to the programmes Psychology and Dentistry, applicants have to take the academic aptitude test (can be replaced with the SAT test). Other applicants do not have to take the academic aptitude test, but can do that if they want to. Those who score 65 or more at the academic aptitude test are admitted to a curriculum they would like to be enrolled in.
The academic aptitude test will take place on 24 March and 4 July 2018 in Estonia. The academic aptitude test can be taken in Estonian and Russian. Please contact Student Admissions for further information.
The university's Admissions Committee will announce admission results by 13 July.
"Estonia is an amazing place filled with beauty and serenity. Tartu is a small and cosy student city. At first, I was amazed by how international this place really was. You will meet people for all over the world either studying or working here. Also, by staying in Estonia you will get a chance to visit or just further explore wonders of Northern Europe."
Luka, International Student Ambassador from Montenegro
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