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Getting started for international students


Academic year 2023/2024 at the University of Tartu (UT)

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

Orientation course for new international degree and exchange students will be held on August 31 - September 1, 2023. Further information is here.

Festive opening ceremony for all UT students will be held on September 4, 2023. Further information regarding the festive opening ceremony and other opening events taking place in institutes will be added to the website over the summer.

Be sure to participate in the opening events! You will receive important information about studying at UT and meet your professors and fellow students.




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 webiste.  

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 upcoming academic year. Newly admitted students can sign up for the autumn semester courses as of 28 August from 21:00 in the Study Information System (SIS) and registration is open until 18 September, 2023.

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. If more convenient, please forward your emails from your UT email account to your personal email address.

Newly admitted students can have their Estonian ID codes inserted to SIS after 19.08.2023, once matriculation is completed. 

More detailed info 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).


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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