Bachelor's and master's studies in Estonian

On this page you can find information about admission to Estonian-taught programmes at the University of Tartu.

In 2024 we offer admission to 102 Estonian-taught programmes: 53 first level programmes and 49 master´s level programmes. 
 

NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year.

According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa or temporary residence permit for studies and are therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.

 

General requirements

  • To be eligible, applicants must have obtained the qualification of the previous study level or be about to graduate in the application year´s spring/summer. For bachelor's programmes the previous required study level is higher secondary education or equivalent and for master's programmes it´s bachelor´s degree or equivalent. For further information please see our country-specific document requirements.
  • At least B2 level proficiency in Estonian language
  • Each programme also has its additional programme-specific admission requirements. For these please consult the admission webpage of the programme of your interest (available only in Estonian).  
  • In order to have the application processed, international applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of EUR 100.

 

Estonian language requirement 

In order to start studies in Estonian, students are required to be sufficiently fluent in Estonian. Proficiency in Estonian must correspond to at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The required level of Estonian language proficiency is proved by:

  • a certificate of Estonian language proficiency at level B2 or C1;
  • the result of the state exam in Estonian as a second language at least at level B2;
  • basic education, secondary education or higher education completed in Estonian - level B2 proficiency in the Estonian language is not proven by secondary education completed in Estonian if the applicant took the state exam in Estonian as a second language but did not receive the certificate of level B2;
  • the final exam result in the Estonian language of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the European Baccalaureate programme of the upper secondary cycle of the European School;
  • B2 level Estonian language test offered by the University of Tartu (more information in Estonian).

If you speak Estonian as your mother tongue, you must also prove your Estonian with the one option listed above.

You can find learning study materials for learning Estonian Education and Youth Board webpage.

University of Tartu offeres Estonian language courses. Further information is on the website https://maailmakeeled.ut.ee/en/content/language-courses.

Level of B2 in Estonian language is not required from international applicants when applying for the following programmes at Narva College:

International applicants who do not have at least B2 level Estonian language skills at the time of applying need to complete Intensive Estonian Language Courses (60 ECTS) if admitted to the above-mentioned degree programme. Proficiency in the Estonian language at least at level B2 must be certified by the end of the first academic year.

In this case, Russian or Ukrainian language proficiency at the level of B2 must be proved upon applying.

The following tests with scores outlined are accepted (NB! Submit the score report by the application deadline):

  1. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) - minimum required result is B2 level;
  2. The European Language Certificate (TELC) in Russian - B2 level;
  3. The European Language Certificate (TELC) in Ukrainian - B2 level;
  4. Estonian state exam in Russian (exams taken in 1997-2013) - 66 points or higher;
  5. Russian language test taken at the Narva College of the University of Tartu - B2 level.

Russian and Ukrainian language requirement may be waived if an applicant:

  • has completed secondary or higher education (degree programme) in Russian;
  • has completed secondary or higher education (degree programme) in Ukrainian.

We will examine the transcript of records of an applicant who belongs to any of the specified exempt categories.

 

Entrance exams

Admission to some bachelor programmes and many master programmes instructed in Estonian is based on an entrance examination which takes place in the Estonian language, generally in Tartu or online in the beginning of July. Obtaining a visa for taking entrance exams in Estonia is the responsibility of the (non-EU) applicant. The University does not issue an invitation letter for a visa for taking part of entrance exams. For further information on entrance examinations, please carefully read through the chosen programme's admissions website (in Estonian). Only applicants who meet the general requirements and submit their complete application timely, will be invited to take the entrance examination.

 

Submitting an application

Applications can be submitted

  • 1 May - 1 June for bachelor's and master's programmes

In order to apply you have to

1) submit an online application via DreamApply (and upload there scans of all the required documents)

and

2) post hard copies of the required documents to 

Student Admissions
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18-133
Tartu 50090
ESTONIA

The deadline for the online application is 1 June. The hard copies must be posted on 1 June latest.

NB! The university will not process incomplete applications, so applicants should make sure all of the required documents reach the University via DreamApply and via regular mail on time.
 

List of documents to be submitted

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

Applicants graduating in the upcoming summer and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline (in July, for example) must send their most recent grade list (transcript) by the application deadline along with the rest of the required documents. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (no later than by the end of July).

In order to apply you have to

1) submit an online application via DreamApply (and upload there scans of all the required documents)

and

2) post hard copies of the required documents to 

Student Admissions
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18-133
Tartu 50090
ESTONIA

The deadline for the online application is 1 June. The hard copies must be posted on 1 June latest.

NB! The university will not process incomplete applications, so applicants should make sure all of the required documents reach the University via DreamApply and via regular mail on time.
 

List of documents to be submitted

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

Applicants graduating in the upcoming summer and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline (in July, for example) must submit their most recent official transcript of records by the application deadline along with the rest of the required documents. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (no later than by the end of July).

 

Announcement of admission results

The University's Admissions Committee will announce admission results by 12 July. Admission notifications will be sent through the DreamApply system. All admitted students must inform the university of their decision to accept or decline the offer within 2 days.

Students accepted to the university cannot postpone the beginning of their studies to the next academic year. Please also keep in mind that students who have already been matriculated at the University of Tartu (and later request for exmatriculation from the university), but would like to be readmitted to the same programme within the following two years, cannot study free of charge.

All students without EU/EEA or Swiss citizenship and not holding visa of another EU member state, need a visa or temporary residence permit (TRP) in order to study in Estonia. For entering Estonia, students need to apply for a long term visa (D type visa) in an Estonian embassy abroad in person and once they are in Estonia, TRP application process can be started, if applicable. To apply for a visa you will need the official admission letter that you received via DreamApply (the electronic document will suffice, there is no need for a hard copy). Please see further information regarding visa and temporary residence permit
 

NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.

 

After admission

Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. 

Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information websites UT Getting Started (Tartu) or UT Getting Started (Narva). 

The university reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, the university will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.

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