Information for incoming students

Studying abroad is a transformative and life changing experience. You can live in a multicultural environment, develop meaningful and lifelong connections, get a different perspective on your studies and grow as a person. The University of Tartu offers high-quality studies, a modern study environment, exciting student life and an unforgettable experience. We welcome you to spend a semester or two in Estonia!

If you are a student registered at a foreign university, you can study at the University of Tartu as a visiting student for one semester or a full academic year. Upon completion of studies students receive a transcript with credits (ECTS) earned. Visiting students are classified as follows:

Exchange students
Exchange students are registered students at a university with which the University of Tartu has an exchange agreement. Exchange students need to be nominated by their home university before sending the application documents.

Visiting students
When there is no bilateral exchange agreement between the University of Tartu and student’s home university, students can register for study-units at the University of Tartu on a tuition fee basis, for a period of one semester or one full academic year. This applicant has to be a registered student of another university.



Academic calendar

Autumn semester starts at the beginning of September and ends at the end of January.
Spring semester starts on the second week of February and ends in the middle of June.


English-taught module

From the academic year 2022/23 the institute of education will offer English-taught module for teacher education students in the amount of 15 ECTS. It is held in spring semester and students can additionally select courses from the list of English-taught courses. The module contains following courses:

Maximizing Your Studies Abroad, 3 ECTS

Learning Environment and Teaching in Digital Era, 6 ECTS

Introduction to Inclusion and Communication for Teachers, 6 ECTS


Courses Taught in English and Grading

Application Information for Exchange Students

Application Information for Visiting Students

Living Arrangements

  • EU citizens (including European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation):

    EU citizens are allowed to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card for the period of up to 3 months. As international students usually stay longer, then they must register themselves as citizens of Tartu and apply for an ID-card.
  • Non-EU citizens - Along with the admission letter, students will receive information on how to apply for the long-term (D) visa.
  • Tartu Student Hostel for short-term students in Tartu (students staying up to 10 months). All short-term students need to pay their deposit right after receiving an accommodation offer, since the payment must reach the hostel within 10 days from receiving the offer. Accommodation at the student hostel is provided only for the fixed period (as the period stated in the student's admission letter). If the studies start any other time, outside semester, the application deadline is not fixed. 

    Application period for spring semester 2022 is from 1st of January until 10th of January 2022 and for autumn semester 2022 from 1st of June until 10th of June 2022.
  •  Other housing options in Tartu.