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Areas of Study: Bioengineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Humanities, Materials Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Social Science, Software Engineering
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University of Tartu, Estonia
MAUI-Utrecht Direct Exchange Program

Tartu, Estonia
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia and is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub, especially since it is home to Estonia's oldest and most renowned university. Tartu is the center of southern Estonia. The Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, traverses Tartu.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632. It is the mother university to Tallinn Technical University and Estonian University of Life Sciences. UT belongs to the top 3% of the world’s best universities and ranks 400th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. The University of Tartu, with nearly 18,000 students, is considered the alma mater of Estonia and welcomes all dedicated and motivated students. It is an international research university and the only classical university in Estonia that offers a wide range of study opportunities taught in English and Estonian in a historically rich learning atmosphere. Research-based curricula, high quality, and international collaboration are the three characteristics of education at the University of Tartu. This combination provides graduates with recognized qualifications that make them competitive both locally and internationally.


Quick Facts:        

  • UT has 71 partner universities in 27 countries and over 800 international students from 70 countries.
  • Of UT's international students, 38% are women and 62% are men. 
  • The average age of an international student is 27.
The University of Tartu was founded by the Swedish king Gusayus Adolphus and was modeled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden. UT is located in what is considered to be the intellectual and cultural hub of Estonia, their second largest city Tartu. Tartu is also the center of southern Estonia.
Despite its size, (larger than Denmark and Holland), Estonia’s population is small, making it among the least densely populated countries in Europe. Estonia has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters with temperatures between 18°F and 70°F. There are few snowfalls, but when it does there is a constant layer of snow between December and March. There are rain showers in the summer. Estonia is a member of the EU

Language of Instruction: 

In Estonia, the most commonly spoken languages are Estonian, Russian, English, German, and Finnish. Being able to speak Estonian is not required to take classes; however it does make learning the culture and interacting with Estonians easier. Free online language program available to learn Estonian here.

Courses are Available in the Following Fields:

  • Business Administration
  • Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering and Robotics
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Medicine


Exchange students are allowed to choose between living in either a dormitory or an apartment. International students are placed in Raatuse 22, Narva mnt 25, Pepleri 14, or Purde 27. All dormitories are centrally located and mainly consist of twin rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen (usually 2-3 rooms share a bathroom and kitchen). The chance of getting a single room is very limited. Students should bring or buy their own linen, blanket, pillows and cookware. A set of blanket, pillow and bed linen from the Student Village costs around 55 euros. 


There is no central student cafeteria or meal plans at UT, but most faculties have cafes. For residents of Raatuse dormitory, every block of three rooms is equipped with a shared kitchen and a dining area. There are supermarkets and smaller grocery stores as well as markets, both market hall and open market. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and buffet bars offering traditional Estonian, Russian, Italian, Chinese, and international food and a number of fast food and pizza restaurants. 

Student Life: 

For active students, the University of Tartu has the Aura Water Center and the University of Tartu Academic Sports Club. The Aura Water Center has several swimming pools, slides, and saunas. The UT Academic Sport Club, Estonia’s most successful athletics club in over 100 years, has a sports hall, stadium and gym, gyms for wrestling, gymnastics and general purpose as well as the Emajõe rowing base. There are also many other fitness centers and sports clubs around Tartu that you can join, as well as squash and tennis courts, and bowling clubs.
During every semester there are all kinds of student events such as an international food fest, movie evenings, or sledging. They have the Tartu Academic Male Choir, Tartu University Chamber Choir, Folk Art Ensemble of the University of Tartu, and the Tartu Student Theatre. The highlights of each semester are the Spring and Autumn Student Days which feature a week long celebration featuring events such as “Pancake Morning” with free pancakes and other good food, movie nights, a canoe trip, and more. 

Application Process:

Documents to be submitted:
  • Online application form
  • Transcripts of records issued by a home university
  • Learning agreement (if required by M S&T), submitted with other application documents
  • Application deadlines can be found here                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


If you have more than 2 months before your planned arrival, apply for an  Estonian residence permit at an Estonian embassy. If you have less than 2 months left, master and PhD level students can apply for a visa and enter Estonia without having applied for a residence permit. Bachelor’s level students must apply for the residence permit and then, if needed, apply for the D type visa (long stay-6 months). 

Course Workload:

One credit point corresponds to 26 hours of studies (lectures, seminars, practice, homework or independent work, assessment of learning outcomes)
International short-term students (except PhD studies and practical training) are required to complete courses to the extent of 15 ECTS per semester (about 7.5 US credits). 
Estimated Dates*
Application Deadline
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
May 15 November 1
Housing Application Deadline
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
July 28 December 20
Course Registration Deadline
2 weeks after the beginning of the semester
*For more information, click here.
Estimated Costs
Housing Dorm: About 120 euros per month for students staying in the dorm for up to ten months.
Those staying longer than ten months pay 100 euros per month on average.
These are for one place in a room.
Meals 200-250 euros
Tuition Fees Can be found here
Books 30 euros
Local Transportation 8.63 EU (if monthly ticket is used, otherwise more expensive)
Health Insurance Accepted insurance companies:        
For a full list click here
 General public health facilities are available from the university

 Contact Information

International Student Service
University of Tartu
18 Ülikooli St., rooms 132, 134
50090 Tartu, Estonia
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 13.00-16.00                           
Ms. Kristine Turija
Student Exchange Coordinator
Student exchange within inter-university cooperation agreements
ISEP Coordinator
Tel: +372 737 6270

Visit the MAUI-Utrecht University of Tartu website for more details 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/14/2018 10/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 02/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA