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  • QS World University Rankings
    =300
  • StatusPublic
  • Research OutputVery High
  • Student/Faculty Ratio7
  • Tuition Fee3800-12000 EUR
  • International Students1,400
  • SizeM
  • Total Faculty1,605

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The main campus of the University of Tartu (UT) is located in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia that is well-known as the Student Capital of Estonia, the Intellectual Capital of Estonia and the City of Youth.

Tartu, Estonia 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). 

UT belongs is 285th in QS World University Rankings. The Estonian university is among the two best universities in emerging Europe and Central Asia region (QS EECA).

But why study in Estonia? Specifically, at the University of Tartu? Tartu is one of the most respected centers of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe and the leading research and training institution in Estonia.

The oldest university in Estonia – Tartu was founded in 1632 – has four faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Medicine.

UT offers a wide range of programs that are taught in English, Estonian and Russian. It currently accommodates 13,000 students, including more than 1,600 international students from 100 countries.

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

UT owns over 100 university buildings all around Estonia.

The “Physicum” and “Chemicum” buildings are among the top education facilities in Northern Europe. The newest study building Delta Centre of the University of Tartu was opened in 2020 and it brings together a vibrant community of students, researchers and innovators in the fields of computer science, business and economics, mathematics and statistics.

The University of Tartu boasts:

  • Library
  • Music facilities
  • Cafés
  • UT Academic Sports Club, incl. 3,000-capacity venue
  • Tartu Observatory
  • Botanical garden (10,000 species of plants)
  • Four museums (University of Tartu Art Museum, Old Observatory, Natural History Museum, University of Tartu Museum)
  • 11 halls of residence
  • Tartu University Hospital, the largest provider of medical care in Estonia

UT provides a wide range of support services for students. The Admission office provides support for students in admission-related questions. The study abroad centre consults students in visa-related issues, health and safety, study abroad opportunities, organizes orientation courses, etc.

Tartu Üliõpilasküla provides housing services for students in 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.

University of Tartu is the biggest university in Estonia with 13,000 currently studying.

There are 1,600 international students (12 percent), coming from 100 countries. 97 percent of Tartu international students would recommend UT (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

There are numerous student clubs and associations for UT students to enjoy, from professional organizations to informal groups like ESN, International Student Ambassadors, sTARTUp Lab.

UT students can enjoy many student events in Tartu, Estonia including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, movie nights, international and cultural days, sports competitions, etc.

University of Tartu students can travel around Estonia and European countries during the holidays. UT has a sports complex equipped with gyms and fitness clubs, and boasts 14 competitive sports.

UT students live in apartment-style dormitories located right in the center of Tartu, Estonia, 10-15 minutes’ walk from campus. Two students live in the same room and share the common area. University of Tartu dormitories have WIFI, bike parking, laundry, etc. Dormitories at UT cost up to €150 per month, depending on the season. UT students can also rent rooms in private accommodation or whole apartments – where rent would cost between €150-400.

Most UT campuses offer a university cafeteria, and students can enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and cafeterias in the city of Tartu.

Students are admitted once a year in spring, with the academic year beginning on the first week of September. 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).

According to the 2019 survey, many of University of Tartu graduates got a job during their studies (Bachelor’s graduates – 54%, Master’s graduates – 67%, Doctoral graduates – 73%), the rest 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%). 

UT provides career-counselling services and has a big network of UT alumni with more than 8,000 graduates. Most alumni contribute to UT activities – offering traineeship opportunities, supervising graduation papers, or answering professional questions. Many UT alumni are willing to mentor students too. The University of Tartu also has the International Student Ambassadors alumni that help prospective students get to know the university and share real experiences of living and studying in Tartu.


The main campus of the University of Tartu (UT) is located in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia that is well-known as the Student Capital of Estonia, the Intellectual Capital of Estonia and the City of Youth.

Tartu, Estonia 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). 

UT belongs is 285th in QS World University Rankings. The Estonian university is among the two best universities in emerging Europe and Central Asia region (QS EECA).

But why study in Estonia? Specifically, at the University of Tartu? Tartu is one of the most respected centers of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe and the leading research and training institution in Estonia.

The oldest university in Estonia – Tartu was founded in 1632 – has four faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Medicine.

UT offers a wide range of programs that are taught in English, Estonian and Russian. It currently accommodates 13,000 students, including more than 1,600 international students from 100 countries.

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

UT owns over 100 university buildings all around Estonia.

The “Physicum” and “Chemicum” buildings are among the top education facilities in Northern Europe. The newest study building Delta Centre of the University of Tartu was opened in 2020 and it brings together a vibrant community of students, researchers and innovators in the fields of computer science, business and economics, mathematics and statistics.

The University of Tartu boasts:

  • Library
  • Music facilities
  • Cafés
  • UT Academic Sports Club, incl. 3,000-capacity venue
  • Tartu Observatory
  • Botanical garden (10,000 species of plants)
  • Four museums (University of Tartu Art Museum, Old Observatory, Natural History Museum, University of Tartu Museum)
  • 11 halls of residence
  • Tartu University Hospital, the largest provider of medical care in Estonia

UT provides a wide range of support services for students. The Admission office provides support for students in admission-related questions. The study abroad centre consults students in visa-related issues, health and safety, study abroad opportunities, organizes orientation courses, etc.

Tartu Üliõpilasküla provides housing services for students in 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.

University of Tartu is the biggest university in Estonia with 13,000 currently studying.

There are 1,600 international students (12 percent), coming from 100 countries. 97 percent of Tartu international students would recommend UT (I-Graduate ISB 2019).

There are numerous student clubs and associations for UT students to enjoy, from professional organizations to informal groups like ESN, International Student Ambassadors, sTARTUp Lab.

UT students can enjoy many student events in Tartu, Estonia including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, movie nights, international and cultural days, sports competitions, etc.

University of Tartu students can travel around Estonia and European countries during the holidays. UT has a sports complex equipped with gyms and fitness clubs, and boasts 14 competitive sports.

UT students live in apartment-style dormitories located right in the center of Tartu, Estonia, 10-15 minutes’ walk from campus. Two students live in the same room and share the common area. University of Tartu dormitories have WIFI, bike parking, laundry, etc. Dormitories at UT cost up to €150 per month, depending on the season. UT students can also rent rooms in private accommodation or whole apartments – where rent would cost between €150-400.

Most UT campuses offer a university cafeteria, and students can enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and cafeterias in the city of Tartu.

Students are admitted once a year in spring, with the academic year beginning on the first week of September. 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).

According to the 2019 survey, many of University of Tartu graduates got a job during their studies (Bachelor’s graduates – 54%, Master’s graduates – 67%, Doctoral graduates – 73%), the rest 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%). 

UT provides career-counselling services and has a big network of UT alumni with more than 8,000 graduates. Most alumni contribute to UT activities – offering traineeship opportunities, supervising graduation papers, or answering professional questions. Many UT alumni are willing to mentor students too. The University of Tartu also has the International Student Ambassadors alumni that help prospective students get to know the university and share real experiences of living and studying in Tartu.


University highlights

University of Tartu is one of the top Public universities in Tartu, Estonia. It is ranked #=300 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #501- 550
  • 2014
    #461-470
  • 2015
    #=379
  • 2016
    #=400
  • 2017
    #=347
  • 2018
    #=314
  • 2019
    #=321
  • 2020
    #301
  • 2021
    #285
  • 2022
    #=300

Ranking criteria

34.7
Overall
26
Academic Reputation
15.2
Citations per Faculty
13.5
Employer Reputation
88.3
Faculty Student Ratio
17.5
International Faculty Ratio
24.9
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
10,498

49%
51%

International students
1,400

80%
20%

Total faculty staff
1,605

248
1357

Total students
10,498

49%
51%

International students
1,400

80%
20%

Total faculty staff
1,605

1357
248
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