Study abroad is a transformative and life changing experience. You can live in a multicultural environment, develop meaningful and lifelong connections, get a different perspective on your studies and grow as a person. The University of Tartu offers high-quality studies, a modern study environment, exciting student life and an unforgettable experience. We welcome you to spend a semester or two in Estonia!
If you would like to study as an exchange student at the University of Tartu, there should be an agreement between our universities. Contact your home university International Office to see if there is agreement between University of Tartu and your home university. You can start the application process after your home university has sent a nomination email. We will contact all nominated students with further information.
Please note that the online application form must be filled in after you have been selected by your home university for study abroad at the University of Tartu. Follow the instructions given in the online application form or see online application instructions.
You need to upload to the online application system the following documents:
Exchange students whose primary language is not English must meet level B2 requirements for English proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please view these requirements here: European Levels - Self Assessment Grid. Documented evidence is needed to demonstrate your English language proficiency - an official letter from a language instructor at your university stating the student's language level on CEFR scale or if you have taken an international test of the English language (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), please send us a copy of the test score. Minimum TOEFL iBT: 75; IELTS (academic): 5.5 p (no part can be below 5.5).
The University of Tartu will start to process the documents after the application deadline (Erasmus students: including singing OLA/LA). Student will get feedback about the documents through the application system: positive feedback means that everything is correct with the application and documents are sent electronically to the academic unit for the approval. If student gets feedback offer, it also gives student further details what must be improved.
The decision of admission will be made within 5 weeks after the application deadline, student will be notified about the decision with accepted offer (including admission letter) through the Dream Apply application system.
Please note! We do not check documents that are sent by email as all required documents must be uploaded to the Dream Apply application system.
Information about English-taught courses, grading system and academic calender is here.
Online Learning Agreement (OLA)
OLA is filled in by a student and signed electronically by a student, sending institution and receiving institution. Please see further instructions here.
Learning Agreement (LA)
In the LA, student should fill in information about receiving institution: University of Tartu (EE TARTU02), Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu.
Contact person: Annika Kalda, annika.kalda [ät] ut.ee, (372) 737 6085.
Responsible person in the academic unit at UT– this part will be filled in by UT.
If not possible, it can be also uploaded without home institution responsible person’s signature.
UT will sign it when we start to process the documents, not beforehand.
Please note! Each student is free to select courses from different programmes and faculties. However, in the inter-institutional agreements partners have mutually fixed ISCED field. So, an incoming student is required to take at least 50% of the courses from the study field fixed in the particular agreement. Student can see their respective ISCED field in the Dream Apply application system by choosing a mobility. Please note that the 50 % rule is important to be respected. At UT, signing of the Learning Agreement is done by the academics and they expect the 50% rule being followed by incoming students.
Each semester begins with an orientation course for new international students. Click here for more information.
University of Tartu Erasmus Code: EE TARTU02
Departmental coordinators in the faculties who are responsible for Erasmus agreements you can find here.
You can apply for the Estonian Intensive Language Courses (ESTILC) here. Student will get an additional certificate about ESTILC.
EU citizens (including European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation) - EU citizens are allowed to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card for the period of up to 3 months. As international students usually stay longer, then they must register themselves as citizens of Tartu and apply for an ID-card. More information here.
Non-EU citizens - Along with the admission letter, students will receive information on how to apply for the long-term (D) visa. More information here.
1. Tartu Student Hostel for short-term students in Tartu and in Viljandi (students staying up to 10 months)
NB! All short-term students need to pay their deposit right after receiving an accommodation offer, since the payment must reach the hostel within 10 days from receiving the offer. Accommodation at the student hostel is provided ONLY for the fixed period (as the period stated in the student's admission letter).
Application period for student housing
Spring semester: January 1-10
Autumn semester: June 1-10
NB! If the studies start any other time, outside semester, the application deadline is not fixed.
2. All other housing options in Tartu are described here.
Student who are nominated to one of UT’s regional colleges in Narva or Pärnu will get information about accommodation procedure directly from the college coordinator.
For all kind of practical information as travel recommendations, cost of living etc. please visit our Welcome Web.
You can read about living in Estonia from the International Student Ambassadors blog.
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