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University of Tartu (UT)

Founded in 1632, the University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. According to QS World University Rankings, the University of Tartu belongs to 1.2% of best universities in the world and is among 5 best universities located in Eastern Europe. There are 14 000 students studying in UT, including more than 1000 international students. The university has 80 partner universities in 31 countries. UT provides 23 study programmes in English language, on bachelor’s and master’s level. Most of UT is located in Tartu, the second biggest town in Estonia; however, its colleges/branches are also located in Tallinn, Pärnu, Viljandi and Narva. Tartu is known as the City of Good Thoughts, Capital of Culture in Estonia and as a lively student city.


  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia offers number of scholarships to Georgian candidates applying for English taught master’s programmes. The scholarship covers two years tuition fee and additional stipend of 400 EUR per month. Please, see more details here.
  2. A number of degree programmes also provide tuition-waiving scholarships.

Currently we are offering these international study programmes (fully in English):



* Tuition-waiver available.

**No tuition fee.

The application process starts in January, 2018.


  • 15 March, 2018 – master’s programmes in natural and exact sciences.
  • 15 April, 2018 – all bachelor’s programmes and master’s programmes in social sciences and humanities.

Each programme has its own requirements, but in general the application process is like this:

There is no such thing as a student visa to study in Estonia – all students have to apply for a residence permit.

Why study at the University of Tartu?

  1. Estonia is a unique small country that strives to be the number one force in the world in IT. Today 78, 4% of population (16-74) is using the Internet and 75% households have Internet access. There are more than 1100 public WiFi networks officially registered. 99,6% of banking transactions are done electronically. Over 86% of citizens have ID-cards that they use to access online banking, e-voting, sign documents etc. 95% of people declare their income electronically and it takes only 15 minutes to establish a firm in the Internet. Schools use e-school where teachers, parents and students can communicate. Estonia is the state where mobile parking system was commissioned first in the world. Skype was developed in Estonia.
  2. Tartu, the second biggest city in Estonia, is the intellectual capital of Estonia and the city of youth due to Estonia’s oldest and most renowned university, University of Tartu. Locals talk about a special Tartu vaim (spirit) that captures everybody who comes to the city. Tartu is a small quiet city that is perfect for studying. In Tartu one can feel like a real student, because the city is designed for students.
  3. The University of Tartu, the biggest and the oldest university in Estonia, is focused on high quality studies and research.
  4. University of Tartu is also the most prestigious university in Estonia;
  5. According to the information on the ISI Web of Science, University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of molecular biology and genetics; environmental science and ecology; biology and biochemistry; botany and zoology; chemistry; geosciences; psychiatry and psychology; clinical medicine; general social sciences; and engineering.A total of 42 University of Tartu’s scientists belong to the top 1% of most quoted scientists in the world;
  6. University of Tartu has 80 partner universities in 31 countries – it means that a student can go on exchange to literally anywhere in the world from the USA to Australia with little to no cost;
  7. Thanks to the University of Tartu’s students, Estonia is now the 41stspace nation in the world. Student satellite ESTCube-1was launched in spring 2013.
  8. University of Tartu is an international university: out of 14 000 students 1000 are international students. ESN Tartu is the main organization that takes care of social life of international students. There are up to 3 events per week that also include trips all around Estonia, Finland and Sweden.
  9. Twice a year in spring and autumn Student Days take place – a festival designed specifically for students by students. The events of Student Days take over the city of Tartu: more than 140 events take place including a boat rally, song festival, dance festival, Walpurgis night, student band competitions, student film festival etc.

Keep yourself up to date via our blog, talk to other international students via Facebook page or contact one of UT International Student Ambassadors. More answers about the University and life in Tartu can be found in FAQs.

Contact information:



Phone: +372 737 6109



Twitter: @TartuUniversity