University of Tartu : Rankings, Fees & Courses Details | Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
    285
  • StatusPublic
  • Research OutputVery High
  • Student/Faculty Ratio9
  • ScholarshipsNO
  • International Students1,613
  • SizeM
  • Total Faculty1,518

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The University of Tartu (UT) is located in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia that is well-known as the Intellectual Capital of Estonia and the City of Youth. Tartu is famous for its student traditions and dynamic student life as every fifth resident in Tartu is a student. The city was announced as one of the best living environments for students (LivCom Awards 2019). Estonia is famous for its digital society in the world: 99% of state services are conducted online. It is also the first country in the world to launch online voting and e-residency.

UT belongs to the top 1.2% of best universities in the world and takes 285th position in QS World University Rankings. It is among the two best universities in emerging Europe and Central Asia region (QS EECA). According to The Times Higher Education (THE), the provider of the most reliable university rankings in the world, the University of Tartu is ranked in the top 300 universities (in the range 251–300). The University of Tartu is also in top 1% of the world’s most highly cited science institutions in 12 fields. 

UT is one of the most respected centres of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe and the leading research and training institution in Estonia. It is the oldest university in Estonia: the University was founded in 1832. It comprises four faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Medicine. UT offers a wide range of unique, interdisciplinary and creative study programmes that are taught in English, Estonian and Russian. Our teaching stuff comprises internationally respected and prominent professors and lecturers who are not just educators, but they are top specialists and practitioners in their fields. Each year the university attracts an increasing number of international students from around the world. It currently accommodates 13 000 students, including more than 1 600 international students from 100 country. 

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University of Tartu owns over 100 university buildings that are equipped with advanced study facilities, excellent libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories. Such modern study campuses as “Physicum”, “Chemicum” buildings are among the top research and education facilities in Northern Europe. In 2020, our students have gotten an opportunity to study at “Delta Centre” - the entrepreneurial hub that is one of the most modern centres of digital technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship in the Nordic region. Our new renovated library belongs to the biggest libraries in Estonia and includes approximately 3.9 items and different facilities such as gym, music, individual rooms, cafes etc. There is only one teaching hospital in Estonia that belongs to UT. UT also has 3000-capacity venue for conferences and sport competitions and offers 14 different competitive sports at UT Academic Sports Club. The facilities are not limited to Tartu Observatory – a modern space research centre, Botanical garden with 10000 species of plants, 4 museums: University of Tartu Art Museum, Old Observatory, Natural History Museum, University of Tartu Museum, 10 residence halls, etc.

UT provides a wide range of support services for students. The Admission office provides a support for students in admission-related questions along with faculty departments that assist with organization of a study process. Study abroad center consults students in visa-related issues, health and safety, study abroad opportunities, organises orientation courses, etc. Accommodation office provides housing services for students in our UT dormitories. Counselling center includes career counselling, psychological counselling and counselling students with special needs. There are also Students to Students Services such as tutors, international student ambassadors, buddies, ESN, UT Student Council. For instance, new students can apply to have a tutor, the student who will guide them throughout the settlement process or ask questions from international ambassadors about life in Tartu and studies at UT. The level of satisfaction with support services at UT among international students is 93.5% (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

University of Tartu is the biggest university in Estonia: there are 13000 students studying here. UT is truly diverse and brings together 1 600 international students (12%), coming from 100 countries all over the world. 97% of our international students would recommend UT for studies (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

UT has numerous student clubs and associations, varying from professional organizations to informal groups based on shared interests (ESN, International Student Ambassadors, sTARTUp Lab, etc.)  There are many student events taking place every day in Tartu: concerts, festivals, exhibitions, movie nights, international and cultural days of different countries, sports competitions, etc. During the holidays, students can travel around Estonia and to other European countries. The university also has a sports complex equipped with gyms and fitness clubs.

UT students are provided with places in comfortable apartment-style dormitories located right in the center of Tartu, 10-15 minutes’ walk from the educational buildings. Two students live in the same room and share the common area. There are WIFI, bike parking, laundry, etc. available at our dormitories. The cost of living in dormitories is up to 150 euros per month, depending on a season. Students can also rent rooms in private accommodations or rent the whole apartment. In this case, the rent will be from 150 to 400 euros. In every campus of UT, there is a university cafeteria, and the city has many restaurants, cafes and cafeterias that offer lunches for students at affordable prices.

Students are admitted once a year in spring, with the academic year beginning on August 30. Everyone, regardless their country of origin, who has completed their previous level of education (secondary school for bachelor’s studies, and a bachelor’s degree for master’s studies) can apply for degree programmes at UT. If you graduate later in spring or summer 2021 you can still apply for the programme with your latest grade list or transcript of records from your school.

In order to apply, candidates should submit the online application with electronic copies of all the required documents via Estonia.Dreamapply.com before the deadline. All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. With one application fee, applicants can apply for two programmes. The admission criteria is different for each certain programme. Find out more here.

The required documents:

  • previous education documents with supplements (with official certified translation into English if the document is in other language than English) - see country-specific document requirements here.
  • copy of valid international passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  • proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
  • motivation letter 
  • Skype / portfolio /  SAT / etc. depending on each particular study programme 

Almost every international degree programme at UT offers tuition-waiver scholarship for the best applicants based on a ranking admission list. Everybody applying for international bachelor’s and master’s studies will be automatically considered for the scholarship, thus there is no need to apply for it separately. Students receiving this scholarship do not have to pay the tuition fee if they complete a full-time study load of 30 ECTS per semester. Additionally, students can apply for the stipends covering the costs of living in Estonia. Find out more here.


Application deadlines

 

  • Bachelor's programmes: January 2- April 15 (there is an extended deadline until 30 June available for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens applying for fee-based study places in the BBA programme).
  • Master's programmes: Excellence in Analytical Chemistry: November 11 - January11, Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: January 2 - March 15 (extended deadline until 30 June for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens) and for all other master's programmes: January 2 - March 15.
  • PhD programmes: May 1- May 15 (there are separate calls for certain programmes throughout the year).

 

Graduates of the University of Tartu are well-equipped with knowledge and are successful on the work market in Estonia and worldwide. Our alumni run their own successful businesses, work for national or international companies or in public institutions. According to the survey that was conducted in 2019, many of our graduates had a job in their profession already during the studies (Bachelor’s graduates – 54%, Master’s graduates – 67%, Doctoral graduates – 73%), the rest have found their job either in two months after graduation (Bachelor’s graduates – 26%, Master’s graduates – 20%, Doctoral graduates – 13%) or within the period of 2 to 6 months (Bachelor’s graduates – 7%, Master’s graduates – 7%, Doctoral graduates – 6%). 

In addition, UT provides career-counselling services that helps students make decisions related to their work and education, plan and develop their career and develop their job searching skills. UT also has a big network of UTalumni that currently includes more than 8000 graduates. Most of the alumni have agreed to contribute to the university’s activities – by offering traineeship opportunities for students, supervising graduation papers or answering professional questions. In addition, many of them are willing to mentor students. It is easy to find an alumnus of your speciality or field of study to help you. We also have International Student Ambassadors alumni that help prospective students get to know the university and share real experiences of living and studying in Tartu. 

The University of Tartu (UT) is located in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia that is well-known as the Intellectual Capital of Estonia and the City of Youth. Tartu is famous for its student traditions and dynamic student life as every fifth resident in Tartu is a student. The city was announced as one of the best living environments for students (LivCom Awards 2019). Estonia is famous for its digital society in the world: 99% of state services are conducted online. It is also the first country in the world to launch online voting and e-residency.

UT belongs to the top 1.2% of best universities in the world and takes 285th position in QS World University Rankings. It is among the two best universities in emerging Europe and Central Asia region (QS EECA). According to The Times Higher Education (THE), the provider of the most reliable university rankings in the world, the University of Tartu is ranked in the top 300 universities (in the range 251–300). The University of Tartu is also in top 1% of the world’s most highly cited science institutions in 12 fields. 

UT is one of the most respected centres of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe and the leading research and training institution in Estonia. It is the oldest university in Estonia: the University was founded in 1832. It comprises four faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Medicine. UT offers a wide range of unique, interdisciplinary and creative study programmes that are taught in English, Estonian and Russian. Our teaching stuff comprises internationally respected and prominent professors and lecturers who are not just educators, but they are top specialists and practitioners in their fields. Each year the university attracts an increasing number of international students from around the world. It currently accommodates 13 000 students, including more than 1 600 international students from 100 country. 

Our social media include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, VK, Telegram and YouTube

University of Tartu owns over 100 university buildings that are equipped with advanced study facilities, excellent libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories. Such modern study campuses as “Physicum”, “Chemicum” buildings are among the top research and education facilities in Northern Europe. In 2020, our students have gotten an opportunity to study at “Delta Centre” - the entrepreneurial hub that is one of the most modern centres of digital technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship in the Nordic region. Our new renovated library belongs to the biggest libraries in Estonia and includes approximately 3.9 items and different facilities such as gym, music, individual rooms, cafes etc. There is only one teaching hospital in Estonia that belongs to UT. UT also has 3000-capacity venue for conferences and sport competitions and offers 14 different competitive sports at UT Academic Sports Club. The facilities are not limited to Tartu Observatory – a modern space research centre, Botanical garden with 10000 species of plants, 4 museums: University of Tartu Art Museum, Old Observatory, Natural History Museum, University of Tartu Museum, 10 residence halls, etc.

UT provides a wide range of support services for students. The Admission office provides a support for students in admission-related questions along with faculty departments that assist with organization of a study process. Study abroad center consults students in visa-related issues, health and safety, study abroad opportunities, organises orientation courses, etc. Accommodation office provides housing services for students in our UT dormitories. Counselling center includes career counselling, psychological counselling and counselling students with special needs. There are also Students to Students Services such as tutors, international student ambassadors, buddies, ESN, UT Student Council. For instance, new students can apply to have a tutor, the student who will guide them throughout the settlement process or ask questions from international ambassadors about life in Tartu and studies at UT. The level of satisfaction with support services at UT among international students is 93.5% (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

University of Tartu is the biggest university in Estonia: there are 13000 students studying here. UT is truly diverse and brings together 1 600 international students (12%), coming from 100 countries all over the world. 97% of our international students would recommend UT for studies (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

UT has numerous student clubs and associations, varying from professional organizations to informal groups based on shared interests (ESN, International Student Ambassadors, sTARTUp Lab, etc.)  There are many student events taking place every day in Tartu: concerts, festivals, exhibitions, movie nights, international and cultural days of different countries, sports competitions, etc. During the holidays, students can travel around Estonia and to other European countries. The university also has a sports complex equipped with gyms and fitness clubs.

UT students are provided with places in comfortable apartment-style dormitories located right in the center of Tartu, 10-15 minutes’ walk from the educational buildings. Two students live in the same room and share the common area. There are WIFI, bike parking, laundry, etc. available at our dormitories. The cost of living in dormitories is up to 150 euros per month, depending on a season. Students can also rent rooms in private accommodations or rent the whole apartment. In this case, the rent will be from 150 to 400 euros. In every campus of UT, there is a university cafeteria, and the city has many restaurants, cafes and cafeterias that offer lunches for students at affordable prices.

Students are admitted once a year in spring, with the academic year beginning on August 30. Everyone, regardless their country of origin, who has completed their previous level of education (secondary school for bachelor’s studies, and a bachelor’s degree for master’s studies) can apply for degree programmes at UT. If you graduate later in spring or summer 2021 you can still apply for the programme with your latest grade list or transcript of records from your school.

In order to apply, candidates should submit the online application with electronic copies of all the required documents via Estonia.Dreamapply.com before the deadline. All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. With one application fee, applicants can apply for two programmes. The admission criteria is different for each certain programme. Find out more here.

The required documents:

  • previous education documents with supplements (with official certified translation into English if the document is in other language than English) - see country-specific document requirements here.
  • copy of valid international passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  • proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
  • motivation letter 
  • Skype / portfolio /  SAT / etc. depending on each particular study programme 

Almost every international degree programme at UT offers tuition-waiver scholarship for the best applicants based on a ranking admission list. Everybody applying for international bachelor’s and master’s studies will be automatically considered for the scholarship, thus there is no need to apply for it separately. Students receiving this scholarship do not have to pay the tuition fee if they complete a full-time study load of 30 ECTS per semester. Additionally, students can apply for the stipends covering the costs of living in Estonia. Find out more here.


Application deadlines

 

  • Bachelor's programmes: January 2- April 15 (there is an extended deadline until 30 June available for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens applying for fee-based study places in the BBA programme).
  • Master's programmes: Excellence in Analytical Chemistry: November 11 - January11, Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: January 2 - March 15 (extended deadline until 30 June for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens) and for all other master's programmes: January 2 - March 15.
  • PhD programmes: May 1- May 15 (there are separate calls for certain programmes throughout the year).

 

Graduates of the University of Tartu are well-equipped with knowledge and are successful on the work market in Estonia and worldwide. Our alumni run their own successful businesses, work for national or international companies or in public institutions. According to the survey that was conducted in 2019, many of our graduates had a job in their profession already during the studies (Bachelor’s graduates – 54%, Master’s graduates – 67%, Doctoral graduates – 73%), the rest have found their job either in two months after graduation (Bachelor’s graduates – 26%, Master’s graduates – 20%, Doctoral graduates – 13%) or within the period of 2 to 6 months (Bachelor’s graduates – 7%, Master’s graduates – 7%, Doctoral graduates – 6%). 

In addition, UT provides career-counselling services that helps students make decisions related to their work and education, plan and develop their career and develop their job searching skills. UT also has a big network of UTalumni that currently includes more than 8000 graduates. Most of the alumni have agreed to contribute to the university’s activities – by offering traineeship opportunities for students, supervising graduation papers or answering professional questions. In addition, many of them are willing to mentor students. It is easy to find an alumnus of your speciality or field of study to help you. We also have International Student Ambassadors alumni that help prospective students get to know the university and share real experiences of living and studying in Tartu. 

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