On this page you can find information as to who peer tutors are at the University of Tartu and how they can help you. Below you can also find instructions on how to become a peer tutor.
New students at the University of Tartu are supported by specially trained fellow students called peer tutors. Peer tutors are UT students who have completed a Peer Tutoring course and who volunteer to help newly arrived degree-seeking students, both international and Estonian, to adapt to the academic environment at the University of Tartu.
If you have selected, as part of the DreamApply application form, agreement to share your e-mail address with the peer tutors, they will receive your e-mail addresses and will contact you approximately in July. Thereafter they will continue as peer tutor until the end of the first semester.
If you did not agree, peer tutors will not contact you, but feel free to conctact the peer tutor for your study programme yourself (see the list below).
NB peer tutors are assigned by study programme (see the list below). If your study programme does not have a peer tutor then you do not have one and no one will contact you, even if you agreed to this on the DreamApply application.
Peer tutors are ready to provide guidance and information on various matters ranging from the study system and student life, to living in Tartu and in Estonia in general.
If you have questions as to how to manage your studies at the University of Tartu (register for courses, etc.), how to adjust to student life and the academic culture of UT, or how to find important locations (computer classes, lunch rooms, etc.), do not hesitate to contact your tutor. Please note that tutors are volunteers who are willing and eager to share their knowledge, yet they are not expected or trained to cover all the topics that international students can come across. For example, questions relating to visa or residence permits, and finding appropriate and affordable housing in Estonia should not be addressed to the tutors. Furthermore, tutors are not paid for their work, so they should not be asked to bear any costs when helping students.
Here are some examples of most common questions international students have asked over the years:
Here you can find the list of assigned peer tutors for English-taught study programmes at the University of Tartu. To see the list of Estonian study programmes, please visit the Estonian peer tutoring page.
FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Estonian and Finno-Ugric Languages (master)
European Languages and Cultures (master)
Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (master)
Tomas Londoño Mora
Sound and Visual Technology (master)
There is no peer tutor, with questions please contact the programme manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Business Administration (bachelor)
Nicole Innes Of Edingight
Central & East European, Russian & Eurasian Studies (master)
Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (master)
Tomas Londoño Mora
Educational Technology (master)
Information Technology Law (master)
There is no peer tutor, with questions please contact the programme manager (email@example.com)
Innovation and Technology Management (master)
International Relations and Regional Studies (master)
Quantitative Economics (master)
Politics and Governance in the Digital Age (master)
Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management (master)
There is no peer tutor, with questions please contact the programme manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FACULTY OF MEDICINE
Ellen Katarina Lindström
Laura Priya Mody
Clinical Nutrition (master)
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Actuarial and Financial Engineering (master)
There is no peer tutor, with questions please contact the programme manager (email@example.com)
Applied Measurement Science (master)
Computer Science (master)
Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (master)
Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society (master)
Materials Science and Technology (master)
There is no peer tutor, with questions please contact the programme manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robotics and Computer Engineering (master)
Science and Technology (bachelor)
Software Engineering (master)
The tutors were very welcoming and showed us around the city. They planned some nice activities.
Been able to communicate with someone living in the environment I was about going into was really helpful. My study program tutor was always there to answer any question. So her presence really made me feel welcome to the university before arriving.
Tutor always helped, always prepared for our possible questions. When I first arrived I had troubles integrating, tutor supported me a lot. Also created events for all of the students to meet.
Tutor was way to contact and answered all possible questions before even we even got to Tartu.
To become a tutor it is necessary to take part in the Peer Tutoring course. For more information on this course (such as the topics taught, responsibilites as a peer tutor, etc.) in SIS, please go to Peer Tutoring (P2OO.00.007). Registration opens together with general registration for spring semester courses, according to the academic calendar.
After completing the spring part (P2OO.00.007, 1. part) of the course, tutors will be assigned groups (study programmes) in cooperation with tutor trainers and programme managers. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2nd part) in the autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester, so availability by e-mail in summer and presence in Tartu for the autumn semester are necessary. Please check the timetables for the spring part of the course, as attendance at the seminars is a compulsory part of completing the course.
If you are passionate and want to help and support new students and represent UT in the role of a peer tutor, while also being ready to learn more about the regulations and organisation of study at the University of Tartu, please do not hesitate to join the course or ask for more information. Contact us at email@example.com.
In addition to being able to help others, gain the gratitude of many students and university staff and make new friends among those who follow your specialty as well as in other disciplines, tutoring provides an excellent opportunity for personal development. This experience can help develop the skills you need in every area of life, such as public speaking, leadership, organisation and communication skills, etc. You will also receive optional course credit points for completing the Peer Tutoring course.
You get to feel the excitement of “starting your studies” again and again, which is very precious
A wonderful experience full of new people and self-discovery
Why you should become a tutor? In every student’s life there is the initial point of uncertainty – “How will I get there?”, “Where will I live?”, “How will I adjust?”, “Are there scholarships?” etc. By becoming a tutor you will be trained with social skills and knowledge that will be used to assist the next cohort of students. Also if you are a lifelong learner these skills will empower you.
As a tutor: