Top reasons to choose the University of Tartu

Welcome to the University of Tartu, Estonia! We believe that internationalisation is one of the most important aspects of the university. Sharing innovative ideas, broadening your skills and cooperating with people from all over the world paves the road to academic excellence. 

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Why choose the University of Tartu?

High-quality education 

The University of Tartu is in the top 350 of the world's universities (see Rankings and Surveys). It is the leading university in Estonia and one of the top universities in Northern Europe.

The University of Tartu is also one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1632 by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. The University of Tartu is the only classical university in Estonia. It preserves the culture and language of the Estonian people as Estonia's National University.

Research that matters

The University of Tartu is the strongest research university in Estonia. We belong to various networks of renowned research universities, such as ENLIGHT, the Coimbra Group, LERU, etc.

Read more about the research at the University of Tartu here.

University of entire Estonia

We teach in five of the largest cities in Estonia, with most of our units located in Tartu, the student capital of Estonia. Tartu is also known as the Intellectual Capital of Estonia and the City of Youth and is considered one of the best living environments for students (LivCom Awards 2019). In 2024, Tartu is the European Capital of Culture (read more here).

Other cities include Narva, Pärnu, Viljandi and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Study what you want

You can choose from a wide variety of international degree programmes based on your passion. Search for your perfect programme using our degree search feature here.

Tuition waiver student places are available for the best applicants. Read more here

Travel the world

International students can enjoy many study abroad opportunities offered by the University of Tartu. 

Take a look at the opportunities here.

Be who you want to be

Our graduates are competitive in the job market at home and abroad, and many enjoy successful careers in international companies, government organisations, and within Europe and Estonia's leading businesses and institutions.

Live in a digital country

Estonia is famous for its digital society and has the highest number of startups per capita in Europe. 93% of our international students say they feel safe living in Estonia.

Explore Estonia here.

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Open calls in doctoral studies

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This spring, the University of Tartu will open 189 doctoral student places