Covering the Cost of Tuition
If you have to pay tuition fee
You will sign the tuition fee contract at the beginning of the semester and after that will receive the invoice. The tuition fee contract needs to be concluded within three weeks after the student has been matriculated, that is by 20 September at the latest.
The tuition fee contracts are prepared by the dean’s offices of respective faculties. In the case of colleges, the units responsible for the contracts are central administrative offices; please consult your coordinator at the International Student Service or Programme Manager, if necessary.
Full time students pay a semester fee. The deadlines for paying the tuition fee are 20 October in the autumn semester and 20 March in the spring semester. You can also pay the tuition fee as a lump sum for the entire academic year. In that case, the deadline is 20 October.
If you do not sign the tuition fee contract by 20 September, and do not submit an application for deletion from the university’s matriculation register, the university will charge the tuition fee on the basis of the credit point price and the number of credit points to be obtained for the courses for which the student has registered.
For the tuition fee rates applicable for the students admitted in 2018/2019, click here
If you get tuition-waiver scholarship
You will sign the tuition-waiver scholarship contract at the beginning of the semester. Tuition-waiver sholarships are offered to the best applicants of most English-taught degree programmes and to all students admitted to Estonian-taught degree programmes. The tuition-waiver scholarship covers your tuition fee if you manage to study full time.
The tuition fee contracts are prepared by the dean’s offices of respective faculties. In the case of colleges, the units responsible for the contracts are central administrative offices. The tuition-waiver scholarship contract needs to be concluded within three weeks after the student has been matriculated. If you do not sign the tuition-waiver scholarship contract by the required deadline, the university cancels the scholarship. Then, tuition fee will be charged on the basis of the credit point price and the number of credits to be obtained for the courses for which the student has registered. If the student has not paid the autumn semester fee by 20 October, the student will be deleted from the matriculation register.
In general, tuition-waiver scholarship can be maintained as long as a student fulfills full time workload requirement (completes 75 % of the courses out of the 30/60 ECTS): 22.5 per semester and 45 per academic year. Yet, tuition-waiver scholarship has its conditions: students can study free of charge if they collect as many credits per semester as indicated in this table below. Semester's workload is 30 ECTS and that of the academic year is 60 ECTS. The payment threshold is 6 ECTS, thus if you get 24 ECTS by the end of semester, you do not have to pay yet. However, you need to get 54 ECTS by the end of the second semester: credit points are calculated cumulatively per semester. If you get 20 ECTS by the end of semester, you have to pay for 4 ECTS on the basis of the invoice prepared at the beginning of the next semester. For the credit point price, see http://www.ut.ee/en/tuition-fees-1
How many courses do I need to take to study free of charge?
Students can take more than 30 ECTS per semester, no fees are charged for extra courses. If you collect more than 30 credits per semester, this surplus allows you to have a semester with fewer credits to be obtained.
The document regulating the terms of tuition fee payment is Conditions of Compensation of Study Expenses in Formal Education.
Do I have to take courses only from my curriculum to study free of charge?
In order to be able to study free of charge, the students need to keep in mind that they are obliged to complete their curricula (including a minor specialisation, and optional courses to the maximum extent allowed). If the student takes many courses, meaning in terms of credits completed fulfils the requirement, but the courses are taken form another curriculum, the students need to pay for the missing credits (the number of credit points collected cannot fall more than six credit points short of the mandatory number of credit points to be obtained - see the blue table above).
What about the courses transferred from my previous studies with the help of RPL?
Students can have their earlier studies transferred (according to the UT regulations). Credit points obtained for earlier studies and work experiences are also counted towards the number of credit points obtained when calculating the student’s tuition fee.
Please remember that upon calculation of the student’s tuition fee, the number of credit points to be obtained is calculated only on the basis of the courses of the curriculum (and the modules chosen in the curriculum) and optional courses to the maximum extent allowed by the curriculum.