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Getting started for international students


Academic year 2024/2025 at the University of Tartu (UT)

A very warm welcome to the University of Tartu! This Getting Started website hopefully helps new international students to find some relevant and useful information.

The academic year at UT begins on 2 September, 2024. Orientation course for new international degree and exchange students will take place on August 28-30. Further information will be provided here.

The full academic calendar 2024/2025 can be found here.

Before your arrival to Tartu

Practical information for incoming exchange and degree seeking students prior the arrival in Estonia. To help you getting started smoothly you will find answers to all kind of practical questions such as travelling to Tartu, housing etc. from Tartu Welcome Centre website. 

Tartu Welcome Centre


If your studies are taking place in the University of Tartu Narva College, School of Law in Tallinn, Pärnu College or Viljandi Culture Academy, you can find practical information from the respective websites or by contacting directly your study programme coordinators.


Visa and residence


Getting to Tartu

University of Tartu virtual tour




Student essentials 

UT username and course registration

Your UT username and password (login credentials needed for course registration) will be sent to you by the UT IT department before the beginning of the semester. Newly admitted students can sign up for the courses in the Study Information System (SIS) as soon as they have received their login credentials. Course registration is open until 16.09.2024.

You can find information regarding your curriculum and timetables in SIS. It is possible to see courses, timetables, and curricula information also without logging in the SIS.

All first-year degree-seeking and exchange students will receive the UT email address in the format and this address is used for communication with the University of Tartu.

More detailed information on various courses for learning Estonian can be found from UT language learning hub

Important dates in the 1st semester 2023/2024 (degree-seeking students only)- to be updated for 2024/2025.


Study Information System (SIS) and academic calendar

Study instructions for degree-seeking students

Support services for students


Throughout the academic year the Office of Academic Affairs informs degree-seeking students about important study-related information and other related topics. Topics like academic affairs, training courses, seminars, possibilities of studying abroad, scholarships and allowances, internship and job possibilities are updated weekly in the student newsletter. 

Student newsletter




UT Sports Club

Internship and job offers

UT Library

E-learner's handbook

Checklist for new international student



Find your hidden skills during your study abroad with SkillMill!

In studies abroad, internships and working life, we constantly face new situations that require us to understand, improvise, communicate and adapt.

SkillMill is here to help! SkillMill is a mobile app that bridges international studies and employability by helping users translate relevant international experiences into soft skills learning experiences. It provide users with a safe and personal step-by-step reflection process, which helps them connect personal experiences with labour market skills and employer perspectives.

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