Country-specific requirements for doctoral applicants

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On this page you can find country-specific requirements for submitting your education documents. Applicants to PhD level programmes must submit their bachelor´s and master´s documents (certificates and transcripts). The following requirements apply to documents acquired at both levels.

  • If your qualification was awarded in one of the countries listed below, you must submit your education documents following the instructions.
  • If the country where you acquired your degree is not on the list below, please follow the general instructions on this website.
  • Documents must be sent to the following address: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-132, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
  • If your previous universities are required to send official copies of your education documents by post directly to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope, you must send a separate printed and signed online application from the DreamApply application system, plus simple copies of your passport and English language certificate.
  • When sending documents by post, applicants must ask their previous educational institution to send their Transcript of Records and certified copy of the diploma (degree certificate) directly to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope. This applies to bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions of African countries.
  • It should be noted that the Higher National Diploma and degrees classified as "3rd Class Honours" or "Pass" do not grant access to master's or PhD level programmes.
  • Any discrepancies between name and/or birthdate on your documents must be explained with official documentation by the issuing institution that confirms change of name/birthdate or new documents with corrected name and/or birthdate must be requested from the issuing institution. A sworn affidavit will not suffice.

When sending documents by post, applicants must ask their previous educational institution to send the official copy of their diploma and Transcript of Records directly to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope. This applies to bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions in Bangladesh.

All applicants from Canada must ask their Transcript of Records from their previous educational institution and have it sent directly to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope.

  • All applicants to PhD level programmes who have aquired their previous higher education degrees in China must order to the University of Tartu:
  1.  a verification report (in English) for their degree certificate from the China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center
  2.  a verification report (in English) for their official transcript from the China Higher-education Student Information and Career Center
  • Verification reports must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline.
  • Additionally, copies of the degree certificate, graduation certificate and final transcript must be submitted as well (in the original language with official translation into English). This applies to bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions in China.

When sending documents by post, applicants must ask their previous educational institution to send the official copy of their diploma/qualification certificate and Transcript of Records/grade list directly to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope. This applies to bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions in India.

Degree certificates must be awarded by the University and not the College.

Official translations into English must be made at a Translation Office accredited by Ministry of Justice.

Translations must be certified by two following institutions:

  1. Department of Official Translators Affairs of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  2. Minsitry of Foreign Affairs.

Applicants to PhD programmes must have the copies of educational documents certified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). This applies to copies of bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions in Pakistan.

When sending documents by post you must arrange the official transcript of records to be sent in a sealed envelope directly from your previous educational institution to the University of Tartu. This applies to bachelor´s and master´s documents issued by higher education institutions in South-Korea.

All applicants from the USA must order their official transcript to be sent from the previous education institution they attended and have it mailed to the University of Tartu in a sealed envelope.

Alternatively, the transcript can be sent to the University of Tartu's admission office (to phdadmissions@ut.ee) via an official online verification system if this is available.

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