Applications are evaluated based on
The application will be considered for admission ranking if a total score of 66 points or higher is achieved. Admission is guaranteed for applicants who receive a total score of at least 70 points (i.e. the threshold value) of the maximum 100. If there remain vacant study places in addition to applicants accepted on the basis of the threshold value, the rest of the places are filled on the basis of the general ranking list. Further information on assessing candidates' academic performance and calculating admissions' score.
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad.
The application system (DreamApply Estonia) opens on 2 January. The application closes on 15 April for all applicants (regardless of citizenship) who wish to compete for a study place with a tuition waiver. NB! EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can also apply later, until June 30, but will then only be eligible for a tuition fee based study place.
The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by the application deadline:
Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered.
Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by 15 May at the latest. Those EU/EEA/Swiss citizens submitting the application after 15 April (by 30 June) will receive results by 13 July at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone/defer the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the Admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach the UT Student Amdissions by the deadline, UT has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed via DreamApply when their documents have arrived.
All copies of educational documents (secondary school certificate and grade list/transcript) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified. Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see Step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit in Estonian embassies.
Once the admission letter is issued, admitted students may proceed further with arranging their travel and arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. When preparing for travel to Estonia, check the relevant information from UT Welcome Web.
Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information leaflet available on the UT Getting Started website.
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Estonian applicants should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS). Further information in Estonian.