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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

The University of Tartu was established in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. In the 19th century, it became the 11th largest German-language university in the world. UT scientist Wilhelm Ostwald received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909. University of Tartu has been an Estonian-language institution since 1919, but today also offers study programmes in English.

What are the admissions criteria?

Applicants use the school's online application system to apply between January 4th and April 56th.  The application includes transcripts and a motivational letter.  SATs are not necessary but, if the applicant has taken them, they should note it in the motivation letter as it is looked on positively. Students from non-anglophone countries require English proficiency tests, and all applicants must include a copy of their passports. Admission decisions are issued by June 15th through email. For the medicine program, admissions decisions are based entirely on the biology SAT subject test (a minimum score of 640) and the motivation letter. Applicants must also have a high school diploma (can apply in their senior year) and submit a copy of their passport with the application.

What is student life like?

AISEC, an international student organization, is active in Tartu.  In addition, international students attend an orientation at the beginning of the school year which involves being assigned a local student ("tutor") to help with acclimatization.  There are several student associations to join that center around academics, arts, socialization, and sports.  There are also student events held each semester including an international food fest, movie evening, sledding, and sauna days. 

The University of Tartu Sports Club offers an abundance of fitness facilities and sports at a discounted student rate.

Scholarships & Funding

Tuition waver scholarships are offered to the top accepted applicants.  These offers are noted in the admission letter.

Housing options.

Housing is not guaranteed but the university helps international students find accommodation through Tartu Student Village. Rooms are primarily doubled with 2-3 rooms sharing a kitchen and bathroom and cost around 120 euros per month.  Students can also rent apartments in town, which tend to cost from 160-450 euros per month. 

Dining information

Most building have cafes, but there are not dining halls or cafeterias.

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