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Information regarding the war against Ukraine

Last updated on 26 May (updated information about info session about study opportunities for Ukrainian citizens). 

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the University of Tartu has been actively engaged in supporting its Ukrainian staff and students and preparing for the reception of refugees from Ukraine.

An overview of the university's decisions:

  • The university allows Ukrainian students to study without paying the tuition fee in the spring semester 2021/2022 and autumn semester 2022/2023.

  • The senate created the possibility for Ukrainian students to apply for a need-based special allowance in 2022.     

  • The university has established a scholarship fund to collect and channel donations to support Ukrainian students' studies at the University of Tartu. We invite the entire university family to donate to the University of Tartu scholarship fund for Ukrainian students and share the word about the fund. Make the donation via ut.ee/donate or by scanning the QR code below (opens the payment page):

 

  • To support the opportunities of Ukrainian citizens to acquire higher education, the university has extended the admission period to non-Estonian-taught curricula for Ukrainian citizens. They can apply to the first and second level of study until 1 June. In addition, Ukrainian applicants are also exempt from the fee for processing application documents. 

  • In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research, the university is creating additional tuition-waiver student places for Ukrainian citizens. For the 2022/2023 academic year, the university is ready to create up to 250 additional student places for students from Ukraine. In addition, the university is offering jobs for academic staff arriving from Ukraine. 

  • Estonian universities decided to halt cooperation with Russian and Belarusian universities. The decision concerns institutional cooperation between universities. In the 2022/2023 academic year, citizens of the Russian Federation or Belarus who do not have a residence permit or a long-stay visa of a European Union member state or who are not studying in Estonia are not eligible to apply to the university

Important contacts

For Ukrainian university family members, the first point of contact of emergency is the Head of International Cooperation Kristi Kerge (+372 529 7677). Please send written enquiries to ukraina@ut.ee.

The City of Tartu provides information on donation opportunities and practical guidance for people arriving from Ukraine.

People arriving from Ukraine are kindly asked to contact the Tartu Welcome Centre for assistance with administrative formalities.

MTÜ Ukraina Maja (NGO Ukrainian House) brings together the Ukrainian community in Tartu and elsewhere in Estonia, and helps create links between the local and newly arrived Ukrainians. The NGO provides information support to the Ukrainian community in Estonia, and coordinates cultural and social initiatives aiming to support Ukraine and Ukrainians.

Please send media enquiries to avalik@ut.ee.

Current students and staff of UT

The university offers support to its members during difficult times. The university keeps looking for more counselling opportunities, so this list will be updated accordingly.

  • Students receive psychological support from the university's Counselling Centre. Please register using this webform. Ukrainian students can contact Maarja Sagen, a psychologist at the Counseling Center: maarja.sagen@ut.ee.

  • University staff can get psychological support from staff Counsellor-Chaplain Tõnu Lehtsaar at tonu.lehtsaar@ut.ee. You may contact him in Estonian, English and Russian.

  • Information on other counseling opportunities can be found on the university's website.

  • We are a large university family and so there may be people around us who are very closely and personally affected by what has happened. In this situation, one of the ways in which each of us can help is to notice another person's concern and offer first psychological support.

The university allows Ukrainian students to study without paying the tuition fee in the spring semester.

The senate created the possibility for Ukrainian students to apply for a need-based special allowance in 2022.     

The university has established a scholarship fund to collect and channel donations to support Ukrainian students' studies at the University of Tartu.  We invite the entire university family to donate to the University of Tartu scholarship fund for Ukrainian students and share the word about the fund. 

Estonian universities decided to halt cooperation with Russian and Belarusian universities. The decision concerns institutional cooperation between universities. The International Cooperation and Protocol Office will compile information on ongoing cooperation projects and organise the informing of partner universities.    

As of 7 March 2022, University of Tartu has decided that citizens of Russian Federation and Belarus can submit applications for first and second level programmes offered in the academic year 2022/2023 only if they hold a residence permit or long-term visa of the European Union or are currently studying in Estonia.

 

 

Future students: degree and short-term studies

An info session about study opportunities for Ukrainian citizens takes place on 17 May 2022 at 4 pm (GMT+3).

We have extended the application deadline for Ukrainian citizens until 1 June for all English-taught first and second level programmes, excluding Medicine and MSc Excellence in Analytical Chemistry. The extended deadline also applies to Russian-taught MA Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language.

Ukrainian applicants are also exempted from the application fee. 

We are going to offer tuition waiver study places to 250 Ukrainian citizens. Tuition waiver study places will be offered for all programmes with the extended deadline. This does not include Medicine and Excellence in Analytical Chemistry.

Please find the general information about bachelor’s and master’s programmes

The application has to be submitted online at https://estonia.dreamapply.com/, and you can do it also when your set of documents is not complete yet. The university will review your application and advise you on replacing missing documents, etc.  

Please note that Ukrainian applicants can also apply by 1 June if they have not already graduated from the previous education level. However, graduation documents from the previous education must reach the university by the end of July.  

Applicants who do not have their educational documents are asked to consult with the Estonian ENIC/NARIC.   

Refugees from Ukraine can have their educational qualifications assessed for access to the labour market or further study in Estonia. There is a regulation with the criteria and procedure established by the Government of the Republic of Estonia to ensure the recognition of refugees’ qualifications if any educational document, or the complete documentation to prove educational background, cannot be presented. The Estonian ENIC/NARIC, a structural unit of the Estonian Education and Youth Board, is the competent body to assess the qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons, and persons in a refugee-like situation. The unit can be contacted by email at enic-naric@harno.ee or by phone at +372 697 9215. More information can be found here. Once you have started the recognition process at the ENIC/NARIC, please also inform the UT Student Admissions at admissions@ut.ee.  

English language tests 

Applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency. The University of Tartu accepts several international English tests.

Applicants who cannot submit an international test certificate can take our own English test either on site (for those already residing in Estonia) or online in April or May. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us at admissions@ut.ee.  

Transferring from a Ukrainian university

Please note that it is not possible to transfer to degree programmes at the University of Tartu to complete your studies that were interrupted due to the war.  You can apply for admission to our degree programmes with a start of studies in September. For more details, please see the info on the admissions above. 

Support measures for new students

We are offering the following to support newly admitted degree-seeking students from Ukraine: 

  • getting housing at university dormitories in Tartu (to be paid by the student, monthly fee approximately 150 euros); 
  • upon arrival one-time financial aid in the amount of 500 euros to cover living costs in Estonia; 
  • national health insurance coverage after receiving temporary protection;
  • opportunity to apply for need-based scholarship during studies. 

Admission of Ukrainian students to the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine

The University of Tartu offers students of Ukrainian citizenship who have already started medical studies in Ukraine (in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) the possibility to continue their studies at the University of Tartu.

Studies in the curricula of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy are free for the students who are admitted to the special programme. The language of instruction is Estonian, and the studies are preceded by one year of intensive Estonian language study on the basis of English. Students who successfully complete the intensive course in Estonian (acquired proficiency in Estonian at least B2 level) will be able to continue studies in the academic year 2023/2024 in the specialisations they started in Ukraine. The University of Tartu diploma in medicine will give the students the possibility to continue studies and work in the Republic of Estonia and other member states of the European Union.

 

Eligibility requirements for the special programme

  • Ukrainian citizenship
  • Studies started at a Ukrainian institution of higher education in a medical specialisation (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy)

An electronic application must be submitted by 1 June 2022.

 

Required documents:

  • an electronic application for continuation of studies (indicating in which higher education institution and specialisation you have previously studied in Ukraine and the curriculum in which you want to continue studies at the University of Tartu);
  • a copy of passport;
  • documents certifying secondary education;
  • transcript of records of current studies;
  • motivation letter (2000–2500 characters)
  • certificate of English language proficiency at least at B2 level. Information on accepted tests and minimum results is available here: https://ut.ee/en/english-language-requirements. Applicants can also make an English language test offered by the University of Tartu on site at the university or online (in this case, please register at admissions@ut.ee).

 

Entrance tests

Academic aptitude test takes place on 6 June 2022 in Russian. Applicants who are in the Republic of Estonia can take the written academic aptitude test at the University of Tartu. Applicants who are outside Estonia can take the test online (they will receive an invitation to the academic test). The academic aptitude test is used to assess the applicant’s readiness for studies at the university. The test also assesses the applicant’s logical reasoning skills. The pass threshold of the academic aptitude test is 51%.

Interview takes place on 7 or 8 June 2022. The interview is conducted in English and only applicants who exceed the pass threshold of the academic test can participate in the interview. Applicants who are present in the Republic of Estonia can take the interview at the University of Tartu. Applicants who are not in Estonia can participate in the interview online (they will receive an invitation to the interview). During the interview, the applicant’s motivation to study in the programme, and communication skills in English are assessed.

Applicants are informed of the results by 22 June at the latest.

Estonian language proficiency at least B2. The admitted applicants will study in an intensive Estonian language course for one academic year and at the end of the course, take the Estonian language exam (in spring 2023). UT will pay a monthly scholarship for future medical students during the language year. The number of scholarships is approximately 10. The scholarship will be sufficient to cover living costs in Estonia (approximately 800 euros per month).

Applicants who have acquired Estonian language proficiency at least at the B2 level will be matriculated to the University of Tartu and the students can continue studies in medical specialisations in the autumn semester of 2023. The year in which a student can continue studies depends on how many of the previously studied courses can be recognised. The decisions related to the recognition of previous courses will be made in autumn 2022.

Information about our Estonian language preparation programme (required before entering our Estonian-taught curricula): https://maailmakeeled.ut.ee/en/content/estonian-preparation-year 

There will be approximately 50 free student places for Ukrainian citizens in the preparation year.

If you have any further questions about the Estonian language preparation programme, please contact keeled@ut.ee. 

After you have completed the Estonian language preparation year, you can apply for admission in Estonian-taught degree programmes with a start of studies in the academic year 2023/2024.

Ukrainian students currently enrolled at the Ukrainian universities can study at the University of Tartu (UT) as exchange students in the autumn or spring semester of 2022/2023 and there is no tuition fee. 

We no longer admit short -term students for the current (2021/22) spring semester.

Please see the full list of courses offered in English next semesters here. When selecting the courses, please consider your own academic background as much as possible. Please note that for taking classes in English, knowledge of English at the level B1 is required. The students with lower language level should pay attention to learning English at UT, not so much of other subjects.

Application process is described here. Application deadline is June 1. Exchange students are usually nominated through their home university. Please first contact your home university to find it out if your home university can nominate you as an exchange student. If your home university cannot send the nomination or you cannot contact them, no need to worry, please just contact studyabroad@ut.ee and we can assist you further.

UT has Erasmus+ scholarships that we will pay to our exchange students. The scholarship is sufficient to cover living costs in Estonia (approximately 1000 euros per month). Additionally, there is an opportunity to apply for housing at UT dormitories in Tartu (to be paid by student) and all exchange students will have national health insurance coverage after receiving temporary protection.

Please see the academic calendar of the University of Tartu. 

Please note that it is not possible to transfer to degree programmes at the University of Tartu in order to complete your studies that were interrupted due to the war.  You can apply for admission in our degree programmes with a start of studies in September. For more details, please see the info on the admissions above. 

The University of Tartu offers a wide range of summer courses in different fields. For citizens of Ukraine, there are tuition waivers available. The tuition waivers cover the course fee and cultural programme. Accommodation and daily expenses are not included. Contact information: isu@ut.ee.

Arrival to Tartu

Please contact first the Tartu Welcome Centre for assistance with administrative formalities.

If you want to apply for an academic position at the University of Tartu, please write to ukraine@ut.ee.

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General information

Victims of war can be supported through a number of initiatives.

  • Humanitarian aid and helping refugees.
    • In cooperation with Toidupank, Fraternity Ugala is collecting food at its Tartu house (Kuperjanovi 16, every day from 10:00 to 20:00)

    • Through Estonian Refugee Aid, you can support the provision of humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

    • The University of Tartu Academic Sports Club is collecting sports equipment for war refugees in Tartu.

    • As a public initiative and with the help of the employees of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, a Facebook group “AITAN KAITSTA – teeme koos varjevõrke” (HELP PROTECT – weaving camouflage nets together) has been set up. The initiative’s aim is to organise a nationwide campaign to produce camouflage nets for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

  • Making donations.

Past events

  • Article by Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Aune Valk
  • The University of Tartu Senate’s address to the people of Ukraine
  • Public address (in Estonian) by the Department of Slavic Studies
  • A list of reliable information channels compiled by researchers of the University of Tartu Institute of Social Sciences
  • Antiwar declaration (in Russian) from the participants of the international congress "Juri Lotman's semiosphere"
  • An appeal by The Guild network to European governments and the European Union  
  • statement by the University of Tartu Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies 
  • Rector Toomas Asser's address to the Ukrainian members of the university and the entire university family

For updates on the security situation, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For information about how to help the Ukrainian people, call the state information line 1247.

Please send media enquiries to avalik@ut.ee.

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