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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

University of Tartu (UT)
University of Tartu


Rector Professor Volli Kalm
Address International Student Office
Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia
Tel. No. +372 737 6109
Fax No. +372 737 5153
E-mail address
Faculties & Colleges University of Tartu comprises 10 faculties
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Tartu runs a number of applied curricula in five University Colleges:
  • Türi College (environmental studies)
  • Pärnu College (tourism studies)
  • Narva College (teacher training)
  • EuroCollege (European studies)
  • Viljandi Culture Academy (music ad arts)

  • Institute of Technology
  • Estonian Marine Institute
  • Institute of Physics
  • Full-time Degree programmes
    (for international students, language of instruction - English)
    Master of Science in Engineering - Applied Measurement Science
    NO TUITION FEE for 2 years for all students admitted in 2008!+scholarship for academically best This 2-year interdisciplinary programme prepares specialists for quality assurance laboratories, inspection, certification and accreditation agencies in various industries, bridging the gap between physical and chemical measurements, metrology and related economic and legal aspects. Gaining practical experience through internship placement is part of the programme.

    Master of Arts in Social Sciences – Baltic Studies
    This 2-year interdisciplinary programmes has options to specialize in:
    • Baltic Studies
    • Media and Communication
    • Business Administration
    Completion of this degree gives access to academic research in doctoral studies and careers in the public or private sector.

    Master of Arts in Social Sciences - European Union-Russian Studies
    This 2-year programmes has options to specialize in EU studies or Russian studies.

    Master of Arts in Humanities – Foreign Language
    UT offers master level programmes in several foreign languages:
    • English Language and Literature (in English)
    • German Language and Literature (in German)
    • Russian and Slavonic Philology (in Russian)
    • Scandinavian Languages (in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish)
    • Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (in Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian)
    • Romance Languages and Literature (in French and Spanish) )

    Master of Science in Natural Sciences – Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
    This 1-year programme prepares specialists in quantitative methods of risk assessment and hedging for the financial sector, banking and insurance companies. It provides knowledge and skills in two major areas – mathematics of derivative pricing and actuarial (insurance) mathematics. Prerequisites: four years of university studies completed prior to application.

    Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes:
    University of Tartu teaches 1-year module of these 2-year programmes, in cooperation with other European Universities
    NordSecMob - Security and Mobile Computing
    IMESS – International Master in Economy, State and Society

    Doctoral Studies
    The University of Tartu boasts six Centres of Research Excellence, of which two are also European Commission Centres of Excellence:
    - UT Institute of Physics
    - Centre of Behavioural and Health Sciences
    - Centre of Excellence in Basic and Applied Ecology
    - Centre of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
    - Centre of Excellence in Gene and Environmental Technology
    - Centre of Excellence in Chemistry and Materials Science
    These high-level research units conduct world-renowned research and are closely connected with doctoral studies. More than 60% of the doctoral theses completed in Estonia each year are defended at UT. There are 900 doctoral students studying and conducting research at the University. Completion of an average of 160 credits over four years of study is required for completion of the doctoral programme.
    Semester or academic year studies
    (for international students, with English as the language of instruction)
    European Union Studies
    The programmeme focuses on the political, legal and economic aspects of the constantly developing European Union. Highlighted are the history of making the EU as well as the dynamic interrelation between the supra-national and the intergovernmental character of the European Institutions.

    Eastern European Studies
    This programmeme focuses on the current political, socio-economic and cultural changes in the region, the connection between Russian and European history, theories and practices of democratic and market- oriented transformations in Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Politics and Society of the Baltic States
    This programmeme is focused on political matters, analysing different societies in the region from historical as well as contemporary perspective. The Baltic Sea Region consists of 10 countries and is one of the most economically dynamic, technologically advanced and culturally diverse region in Europe. The following modules will broaden your academic knowledge and practical proficiency about the matters of the Baltic Sea Region.

    History and Culture of the Baltic States
    This programmeme is designed around cultural issues which are interconnected with society, religion and social identities of the BSR. The Estonian context of the programme is emphasised by language and culture courses that focus more narrowly on issues in Estonian cultural space.

    Business and Administration
    This programmeme is for students interested in developing their business and administration skills in the context of Europe and the Baltic Sea Region, which in today’s world is an inevitable part of successful business management. Students of this programmeme can take any course from Baltic Studies.

    Russian Language, Literature, Culture
    The programmeme is for students with a good level of Russian who want to improve their command of the language and broaden their understanding of Russian culture and history. Instruction is in Russian.

    Creation of the Rule of Law Society in Post-Communist Europe
    This programmeme is focused on dynamic aspects of sweeping transitions carried out in Estonia in a relatively short period of time, and offers insights into European traditions of human rights, rule of law and marketplace economics from the perspective of a society faced with the daunting challenge of filling the void left from the collapse of communism.

    International summer university SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Social Sciences (end of July – mid August):
    • European Integration and Russian Foreign Policy
    • Global Business from the Local (CEEC/Baltic) Perspective
    • Procedures in European International Courts • Building Information Society and E-Government

    Languages (end of July – mid August):
    • Estonian for English and Finnish speakers
    (levels: elementary to advanced) • Practical Russian for English speakers (elementary and intermediate level)
    Length of courses Bachelor degree programmes – 3 years
    Master degree programmes – 2 years
    Doctoral programmes – 4 years
    Semester/Academic Year Programmes – 1or 2 semesters
    International Summer University – 2-4 weeks
    Date of commencement Autumn semester: late August to late January
    Spring semester: early February to early June
    International Summer University: mid July to mid August
    Application deadlines Autumn semester: non- EU – May 1, EU- June 1
    Spring semester: non-EU and EU - November 1
    Summer programmes – June 1
    Class size Average student/teacher ratio at the University of Tartu varies by faculty:
    18/1 - for bachelor level studies
    8/1- for master studies
    6/1 - for doctoral studies
    Accommodation There are eight student dormitories at the Student Village of the University of Tartu. All international students are accommodated in modern dorms in the centre of town. Double rooms start at 100 EUR per person per month (plus utilities).
    In addition to housing costs, students need to plan on spending 160-200 EUR a month on food and basic living expenses.
    Financial assistance - Applied Measurement Science Master - NO TUITION FEE for 2 years for all students admitted in 2008, + a monthly stipend for best students
    - Baltic Studies Master – up to 2 one-time grants for up to 2000 EUR towards tuition or living expenses for academically best applicants
    - EU-Russian Studies Master - up to 2 one-time grants for up to 2000 EUR towards tuition or living expenses for academically best applicants
    - Actuarial Math Master - up to 2 one-time grants for up to 2000 EUR towards tuition or living expenses for academically best applicants
    - Student scholarship of the compatriots programme for young Estonians living abroad.
    - Estonian studies at Tartu University: for international students interested in studying Estonian language and culture
    Top recruiters of graduates of TU The competitive ability of the University’s graduates both at home and abroad as well as the continuously growing body of foreign students speaks of the high quality of instruction given at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.
    Most of the active members of the Estonian Academy of Sciences are either faculty members or alumni of UT. 70% of all Estonian Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Tartu.
    Exchange partner schools University of Tartu is part of Erasmus and ISEP exchange programmes, and has also many partner agreements with universities around the world.
    Admission requirements Admission requirements vary by faculty/programme. For current information regarding specific programme admission requirements, students should check the University website. Typical admission package includes:

    • application form;
    • certified or notarized copy of the diploma and diploma supplement (transcript) in its original language for previously completed education;
    • official certified translation of the diploma and diploma supplement (transcript) into English;
    • for non EU applicants: official translation of the high school diploma;
    • for students planning to study in English and for whom English is not a native language test of English language proficiency. University of Tartu accepts: TOEFL (min of 550, or 213 computer based, 79/80 Internet based), British Council IELTS (6.5), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (C), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (B)
    • copy of identification document
    • other documents (essay, Master thesis topic, etc)
    Student profile Total students: 18 000 (70% female)
    International students: 600 (50% female)
    Average student age at the University of Tartu is 25.
    Contact for application International Student Service
    University of Tartu
    Ülikooli 18
    50090 Tartu
    Tel: +372 737 5152
    Fax: +372 737 5153


    Faculties and Colleges


    Dean: Prof. Peeter Burk
    Dean’s Office:

    The Faculty unites the following academic units: Estonian Marine Institute, Institute of Physics, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Institute of Technology, Institute of Ecology and Geography. There is a 2-year Master programme in Applied Measurements Science with instruction in English, focused on physical and chemical measurements.

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Eiki Berg
    Dean's Office: Tiigi 78, Room 116, 50410 Tartu, Estonia

    The faculty offers semester/year studies for international students, with English as the language of instruction. Students can build their own study plan by choosing from a number of courses that concentrate on political, cultural, economic and ecological particularities of the Baltic region. Also available are courses in Journalism, Transition Studies and Culture Studies.

    There is a 2-year interdisciplinary master’s programme in Baltic studies leading to Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences (language of instruction – English).

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Valter Lang
    Dean's Office: Lossi 3, Room 224 - 229, 51003 Tartu, Estonia

    The faculty offers semester/year studies for international students, with English as the language of instruction. Courses are open to students from all fields interested in culture, communication, and culture as communication, particularly in Estonian culture as a unique amalgamation of indigenous elements with Western and Eastern influences. The faculty also offers courses in Philology and Regional Studies, as well Estonian and Russian as Foreign Languages.

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Dr. Riho Altnurme
    Dean's Office: Ülikooli 18, Room 310, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

    The faculty offers semester/year studies for international students, with English as the language of instruction. Lectures are designed for students who wish to broaden their understanding of the Old Testament and for those who are interested in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern studies, especially in learning old Semitic languages and dialects, also Sumerian and Hethite. The programmes are taught by the Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies who offers a chance to annually participate in excavations in Syria, in cooperation with the University of Tübingen (Germany).

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Kalle Merusk
    Dean's Office: Näituse 20, Room 305-306, 50409 Tartu, Estonia

    The faculty offers (only in autumn semester) a programme “Law: Transitional Societies” for international students, with English as the language of instruction. The courses are of interest to students of political science, sociology and other disciplines whose professional interest includes study of transitional societies.

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Mati Kilp
    Dean's Office: Liivi 2-210, 50409 Tartu, Estonia

    The faculty offers semester/year studies for international students, with English as the language of instruction. Courses in math and IT include functional analysis, programmeming, databases, computing, combinatorics and more. Most courses are for upper-level Bachelor and Master level students and have some prerequisites for enrolment.

    To request more information please contact us.


    Dean: Prof. Toomas Asser
    Dean's Office: Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu, Estonia

    Undergraduate degrees, with Estonian as the language of instruction, are available in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.

    Doctoral degree studies in English are available in medical science, pharmacy, neurosciences. To request more information please contact us.


    Address: Lossi 3 - 310, 51003 Tartu Estonia

    The EuroCollege offers semester studies for international students, with English as the language of instruction, focusing on European, Eastern European and Transition Studies for undergraduate students. The programmemes are structured around Central and Eastern European transition experience, the current restructuring of the European Union, as well as issues and dilemmas defining Russia’s political and economic development. An additional, recently added course examines nationalism and nation-building in the Eastern European context.

    To request more information please contact us.

    Other faculties and colleges of the University of Tartu currently only offer full degrees or semester studies with Estonian as the official language of instruction. For information on degree opportunities and semester studies in Estonian at the University of Tartu, please visit the University website.


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