Language requirements for doctoral applicants

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On this page you will find accepted tests and ways to prove your English language proficiency if you are applying for doctoral studies at the University of Tartu.

International applicants to PhD level programmes must provide a proof of English language proficiency at a satisfactory level (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Applicants for the Russian Language and Literature speciality must provide proof of Russian language instead of an English language certificate (more information below).

An accepted English language test must be taken by the application deadline (for the September intake on 30 September at the latest). The University of Tartu does not extend deadlines for submission of the required documents for COVID-19 related reasons.

  • If you take the test by the application deadline and you do not have your English test score at the time you submit your application, you must upload proof of having registered for a language test to your online application.
  • Taking the language test after the application deadline is not accepted.
  • Applicants who are not able to submit the required documents by the given deadline are encouraged to apply in coming application rounds.
  • The University of Tartu only accepts TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic test scores which have been taken no more than 2 years before applying (the test must be valid at least one month after the application deadline).

The following English language tests with scores outlined are accepted


Minimum requirement
  • the minimum required score is 75

The University of Tartu only accepts TOEFL iBT tests (internet based tests) and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition tests. TOEFL Paper-delivered tests and TOEFL ITP tests are not accepted.
 

How to submit your score?

The TOEFL result must be sent directly to the University of Tartu by the Educational Testing Service upon applying. TOEFL institutional code for the University of Tartu is 0133. If a candidate has ordered his/her TOEFL test result to be sent directly to the University of Tartu, the score can be checked online before the paper reaches UT. Please upload your score report to your online application as well.
 


Minimum requirement
  • the minimum required overall score is 6.0 and no part can be below 5.5

The University of Tartu only accepts IELTS Academic tests and IELTS Indicator tests. IELTS General Training tests are not accepted.
 

How to submit your score?

Copy of the Test Report Form must be uploaded to your online application. Results will be verified online by UT.

Minimum requirement
  • the minimum required score is 169

The university of Tartu accepts the following Cambridge English tests.

How to submit your score?

Applicants who have taken above mentioned Cambridge test must order their result to be sent to University of Tartu electronically through Candidate Results Online website. Please upload your score report to your online application as well.

Minimum requirement
  • the minimum required score is 59

The University of Tartu accepts PTE Academic and PTE Academic Online tests.

How to submit your score?

The score must be sent to the University of Tartu electronically via Pearson portal. Please upload your score report to your online application as well.


Minimum requirement
  • minimum B2 level is required

The test is for applicants who are already in Estonia and it has to be taken before applying. More information about the test here.

The University of Tartu accepts the following exams:

  • Estonian state exam in English - minimum required result is B2 level (for exams taken in 1997-2013, 66 points or higher)
  • Finnish ylioppilastutkinto In English, long course - graded at least magna cum laude approbatur (M) 5
  • Russian Federation state exam in English (edinõi gosudarstvennõi eksamen) - minimum required score is 75
  • Latvian state exam in English (centralizētais eksāmens) - minimum required score at least 70% (for exams taken before 2013 grades A or B)

State exam certificate must be uploaded to your online application.

 


These are the only exemptions. If your situation (including the country or region where you previously studied) is not described below, you must take a recognised English language exam listed on this website.

  1. You have completed secondary or university-level higher education (degree programme) in English in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or in any EU/EEA member state.

    What proof is required?
    The language of instruction must be written on education documents (Canada, EU/EEA member states). If this information is not present, you must request an additional official document from the university

    Studies in an offshore campus or online studies cannot be used to indicate language skills, a recognised English proficiency certificate is still required.

  2. You have studied in English (with English as the medium of instruction) as a full-time student for at least one academic semester in a higher education institution in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or in any EU/EEA member state.

    What proof is required?
    The transcript of records must include information stating that the applicant was enrolled in a programme taught in English (Canada, EU/EEA member states). If this information is not present, you must request an additional official document from the university confirming the language of instruction.
     
  3. You have worked in an English-speaking research group for one academic semester in a higher education institution in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or in any EU/EEA member state.

    What proof is required?
    The head of the research group must issue an official letter confirming the working language of the group, the work period and the tasks performed by the applicant. If your work period was shorter than one semester or you worked remotely in a research group and were not present in the country, you need to take a language test listed above.

Russian language requirements


Applicants to Russian Language and Literature must provide proof of Russian language proficiency at a satisfactory level (B2 level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


The following tests with scores outlined are accepted (NB! Submit the score report by the application deadline):

  1. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) - minimum required result is B2 level;
  2. The European Language Certificate (TELC) in Russian - B2 level;
  3. Russian language test taken at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures of the University of Tartu. The test has to be taken before applying. Minimum B2 level is required;
  4. Estonian state exam in Russian (exams taken in 1997-2013) - 66 points or higher.


Russian language requirement may be waived if an applicant:

  •  has completed secondary or higher education (degree programme) in Russian;
  •  has completed higher education in the field of Russian language.

We will examine the transcript of records of an applicant who belongs to any of the specified exempt categories.

 

 

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