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Courses Taught in English and Grading

The University of Tartu offers many English-taught courses in different disciplines for international students.
International students have to register for courses through the Study Information System (SIS) within the first two weeks of a semester. For registration to courses in the Studies Information System, one must have a username and password which would be sent to all new international exchange/visiting students by the beginning of a semester. If you have not received your username, please contact your coordinator at UT.

Courses taught in English and other languages  

English taught courses: Academic year 2022-2023 

Please note that the list of English taught courses is updated continuously as soon as we get new information from the academic units. Overall information on all the courses offered at UT is in the Study Information System (SIS). SIS is the system where all UT students register for their courses and keep an eye on their progress etc.

International short-term students (except PhD and traineeship students) is required to complete courses at least to the extent of 15 ECTS per semester! 


Study Information System

Here is more detailed description of the Study Information System, including the instructions for course registration.


Grading system

UT uses both a differentiated and a non-differentiated grading system to assess the academic progress of students.

  • Differentiated assessment:, the students’ achievement level of learning outcomes is graded with letter: A- excellent, B – very good, C – good, D –satisfactory, E – sufficient, F – insufficient.  The letter expresses achieving of the learning outcomes. In Estonia, according to the current legislation, the letters are not translated into a numerical grade (either % or any other number), but into learning outcomes.
  • Non-differentiated assessment: the students are considered to have passed the course, if all the requirements set forth in the syllabus have been fulfilled. Students will be given either pass or fail.

Please keep in mind that courses assessment method is fixed and cannot be changed in accordance with a student’s needs or wishes. Make sure you know what your home university’s requirements are!

Transcript of Records is issued only by student’s request and are not sent automatically. It is a student responsibility to contact dean’s office at the end of the studies and inform them whether the document should be sent by email or by post.

Please see further information about credits and assessment 

The system of credits in use (ECTS) is a cumulative calculation of credit points based on the workload of a student. It is a student-centred credit system to measure the workload required to achieve the objectives and learning outcomesof a curriculum. One credit point corresponds to 26 hours of studies (lectures, seminars, practice, homework or independent work, assessment of learning outcomes) performed by a student. ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) are allocated to course units and are awarded to students who successfully complete the course by satisfying the assessment requirements.


Lecture period

Lecture period is usually from the beginning of the semester until the third week of December/end of May. Exam period is usually from mid-December/May until the end of the semester

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