It provides a great opportunity to balance work, family life, and studies. As an external student at the University of Tartu, you can study based on a specific curriculum. While not officially a student, a external student is allowed to complete the curriculum, including taking exams and assessments (up to 30 ECTS per academic year), doing internships (except for Erasmus+ international internships), and defending a thesis or taking a final exam. The status of a external student is granted for one semester or one academic year at a time. In terms of academic affairs, external students have the rights and responsibilities similar to those of regular students.
Why pursue lifelong learning?
According to the academic regulations, anyone interested can become a external student. Applicants must have the required educational background for the chosen curriculum and meet the admission requirements specified in the admission regulations (some master's programs may require prerequisite courses, and English-taught programs may require proof of English proficiency at the B2 level). External student can also complete unfinished university studies.
External students sign an agreement and pay tuition fees based on the volume of study credits (ECTS) specified in the agreement or as a semester fee (if a semester fee is established).
For more information about distance learning, you can contact the academic coordinators: