Tutors are the senior UT students, who volunteer to help newly arrived degree-seeking students, both international and Estonians, to adapt into academic environment at the University of Tartu. They are ready to provide additional guidance and information on several matters, ranging from a study system and student life to living conditions in Tartu and in Estonia in general.
All newly admitted international students are divided into groups (approximately 30-40 people in a group), and each group gets a tutor. Tutors will receive e-mail addresses of their group-members and new international degree-seeking students will be contacted by their tutor approximately in July.
If you have questions as how to manage your studies at the University of Tartu (register for courses etc), get adjusted to student life and academic culture of UT, or find important locations (computer classes, lunch rooms etc.), do not hesitate to contact your tutor. Yet, please note that the tutors are volunteers, who are willing and eager to share their knowledge, yet they are not expected and trained to cover all the topics international students come across. For example, the questions linked to visa/residence permits and finding appropriate and affordable housing in Estonia should not be addressed to the tutors. Futhermore, tutors do not get paid for their work, so they should not bear any costs while helping the others.
Here are some examples of most common questions international students have asked over the last years:
How is the credit system arranged at the University?
How to change a password of the University's mail account?
What is already there in dorms (such as kitchen utensils) and what should be brought along?
How far is the dorm from the bus-station?
Where can I study French?
What are the opportunities to practice sports in Tartu?
What is the Estonian national food? Is it also served in restaurants?
Where can I buy products for making Chinese food?
How can I buy a monthly bus ticket?
Where can I buy a second hand by-cycle?
How can I rent a room?
Where can I practice volleyball?
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Support students assist fellow students with special needs. They are volunteers who are prepared to help those in need. Students with special needs and others interested in the subject are welcome to contact the Student Advisor.
More information can be found here.
Ülikooli 18–131, Tartu
E-mail: noustaja [ät] ut.ee
Buddies are a passionate group of international student volunteers whose role is to help new exchange students adapt to the environment at the University and Tartu more generally. The main difference between Buddies and Tutors is that Tutors are local students and are only assigned to degree-seeking students, while Buddies are international students who can provide advice and guidance to short-term exchange students. These are experienced students who know what it is like to come study in Tartu from another country and can offer you firsthand advice online or in-person about how to get settled and alleviate any worries or concerns you might have about making the transition.
ESN (Erasmus Student Network) supports all international students studying at the University of Tartu, not only Erasmus programme students as generally viewed.
It works in close contacts with the Student Council and with the UT Study Abroad Centre. ESN Tartu provides all kind of practical information to international students via mailing list (students [ät] esn.ee), organises leisure activities, such as sports events, trips and parties, that all bring international students closer to local life.
For more information, see www.esn.ee/tartu or e-mail tartu [ät] esn.ee.
University of Tartu Student Council (called TÜÜE) is an University division that represents and protects the interests of our students. The Council consists of 31 elected members whose work is voluntary. It organizes events (University of Tartu annual ball in Vanemuise Concert Hall, Night Library at the University Library, different parties etc.), publishes monthly magazine for students, takes part in developing curricula, university legislation etc.
The Council also sells souvenirs. The Student Council is located next to the University Main Building (Ülikooli 18b) and is opened from Monday to Friday 9 am - 4.30 pm.