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Tiksu to UniTartu - Podcast for International Students

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Tiksu to UniTartu - Podcast for international students

Welcome to the University of Tartu!

As you begin this exciting journey, we're here to help you settle in and get a taste of the vibrant student life awaiting you.

Introducing our new podcast, Tiksu to UniTartu – Podcast for International Students. This is your go-to resource for insights and tips to help you thrive at our university.

But wait, what does "tiksu" mean? Tiksu is our university's beloved mascot (see more), but there's more to it. In Estonian, the verb "tiksuma*" means to tick like a clock, but it also captures the essence of relaxing and passing time in a laid-back way. Sometimes, it also means to spend time until something bigger happens. Essentially, we invite you to chill with us until your studies start.

We've developed this podcast with you in mind to help you feel like you are part of our vibrant community from the start. Topics include travelling to and within Estonia, accommodation, student organisations, health care, and more.

Join us as we explore the journey of international students, share stories and experiences, and create a friendly space for everyone to unwind and enjoy. 

Find us on Spotify (click here), Apple Podcasts (click here), or Amazon Music (click here)!

If you have any questions or suggestions for future topics, please e-mail us at intmarketing@ut.ee 

*Note: "Tiksu" is in the imperative form of speech. 

Latest episodes

In our fourth episode, Vincent discusses accommodation options in Tartu with fellow students Elfi and Cody. Elfi shares her experiences living in a dorm, while Cody talks about his life in private accommodation. They cover each option's costs, pros, and cons and offer tips on where to start looking for information when searching for a place to live.

Useful resources from the episode: 

  • Student Village dormitories (see more)
  • Tartu Welcome Centre provides info about finding housing (see more).
  • Our International Student Ambassadors have also written blogs about this topic (see more).
  • Getting started for international students (see more)
  • Orientation course for new international students (see more)
  • Arrival ABC (see more)

In our third episode, Nicholas, a fellow student from the USA, joins Vincent. Together, they discuss essential tips for travelling to Estonia, what to pack, and key considerations for moving to Estonia. They also explore various travel options within the country. 

Useful resources from the episode: 

  • Tartu Welcome Centre provides info about transportation, where to buy tickets and transportation schedules (see more).
  • Getting started for international students (see more
  • University of Tartu Orientation course for new international students (see more)
  • Arrival ABC (see more)
     

Estonian language teachers Sälly and Gerli and Italian student Rodolfo, who has successfully learned Estonian, discuss the advantages of picking up the local language, share practical tips and tricks, and reveal how to make learning Estonian fun and attainable. 

Useful resources from the episode:

  • University of Tartu language learning hub (see more)
  • Estonian Public Broadcasting free streaming service Jupiter, which features TV shows and movies with Estonian subtitles (see more)

Kateryna from Ukraine shares her inspiring journey to the University of Tartu and what motivated her decision to study here. 

Useful resources from the episode:

  • Arrival ABC (see more)
  • Getting started for international students (see more)
  • Orientation course for new international students (see more)