In order to start studies in Estonian, students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian. Applicants who have a good command of the Estonian language, but who do not have a certificate of the language proficiency need to take an exam prior to their studies, in the end of August (except for the 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 Course 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.
Exception: In the programmes of Medicine (Estonian group), Dentistry and Pharmacy students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian at the time of admission to the university. The knowledge of Estonian must correspond 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), candidates must submit a result of the Estonian language proficiency test (please ask for further info which tests are recognized or acceptable from the Student Admissions).
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.
Upon applying please make sure what documents need to be submitted and when. 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 for 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. 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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