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University of Tartu 1632

Tartu (Estonia)

50090 University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

Tel. +372 737 5100

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Year of establishment: 1632

The University of Tartu is a rapidly developing international research university, the centre of academic spirit in Estonia as a national university, and a leader in social development. UT belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's best universities.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 and therefore is the oldest institution of higher education in Estonia. UT includes four faculties: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, and Science and Technology. The University of Tartu is the largest university in Estonia with 13 000 students. More than 1300 international students from around 90 countries study at UT every year and the university has over 100 buildings all across the country. University of Tartu is a member of several reputable international networks and alliances, such as the Coimbra Group, Utrecht Network and The Guild. Internationalisation is an important part of UT’s strategic plan. UT has many partner universities all around the world and it cooperates with international companies (e.g. Mercedes-Benz, ImmonoQure) and participates in various student exchange networks (Erasmus+, ISEP, AEN). UT belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment & Ecology, Geosciences, Plant & Animal Science, Social Sciences, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavior, Psychiatry and Psychology (ESI Web of Science 2018). Researchers at UT have patented numerous inventions of practical application, including a glass of changing transparency, a linked manipulator operating as an actuator in artificial muscles, space cameras with extremely high image quality and a sensor which detects toxic gas. Satellite EstCube-1, developed by UT staff and students, made Estonia the 41st space nation in the world. Indian students who have been issued a residence permit for studies are allowed to work unlimited hours when it does not interfere with their studies. Once you have already progressed with your studies it will depend on your area of specialty and language skills whether it is possible to find a job in Estonia. For example, it is common for international students to work in the field of IT. However, most jobs require you to speak basic Estonian. The students have a possibility to learn Estonian at the university. Four centuries of student traditions and the city’s young population are the main reasons why Tartu is considered to be the student capital of Estonia. It is easy for a student to “get lost” in a big city, but in a student city you can really feel that you are special. There are a lot of options for extracurricular activities, such as joining a sports team, our student choire, language cafes and many more exciting possibilities.

HEI International Masters
HEI International Bachelors
Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance
Biosciences Biosciences
Business, Management and Marketing Business, Management and Marketing
Chemistry Chemistry
Computer Science and Information Systems Computer Science and Information Systems


Field of study: Humanities Philosophy Semiotics Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies European Languages and Cultures Field of study: Social Sciences Educational Technology European Union - Russia Studies Democracy and Governance Information Technology Law Innovation and Technology Management International Law and Human Rights International Relations and Regional Studies Quantitative Economics Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management Field of study: Science & Technology Actuarial and Financial Engineering Applied Measurement Science Computer Science Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society Robotics and Computer Engineering Software Engineering Erasmus Mundus programmes coordinated by UT Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (EACH)


The University of Tartu offers three bachelor's programmes in English: Medicine, Business Administration and Science and Technology. Medicine: 6-year programme in Medicine is designed to teach students the core competencies required to become highly skilled doctors. Business Administration: Studies involve analysing real life cases, lectures by company representatives, group works, home assignments that engage several courses at once, company visits, drafting a business plan etc. Students are also expected to complete an internship in companies. Science and Technology: Students can choose a combined specialization in either genetics and biotechnology; bioengineering and robotics; or chemistry and materials science.


Most of the English taught study programmes, still not all, offer tuition-waiver scholarships. The tuition-waiver scholarship covers the tuition fee if the student meets the nominal study load requirement. Nominal study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students on tuition-waiver study places fail to complete sufficient amount of credits per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned. For example, in our Computer Science master's programme at least 90% of students will receive tuition-waivers for full-time studies. The tuition waiver scholarships are allocated at the time of admission. It will be noted in the admission letter whether a student is granted a tuition-waiver scholarship or a tuition fee based study place. We also offer a wide variety of other scholarships for living costs etc.

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