About University of Tartu

Founded in 1632, the University of Tartu (UT) is the largest and most comprehensive university in Estonia and one of the most respectable centres of education and research in Northern Europe. It is the 300th university in the world which means it belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s universities (QS Rankings 2021). UT is home to 13 000 students, including 2200 international students from over 100 countries. UT is famous for its research-based education. UT belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Plant and Animal Science, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Social Sciences, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Psychiatry and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Geosciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Microbiology. 64 UT scientists belong to the top 1% of most-cited scientists in the world (ESI 2021). UT is an active member of international associations the Guild, LERU, U4 and the Coimbra Group. The university has partnership agreements with universities around the world and participates in student exchange programmes and networks Erasmus+, ISEP, AEN, etc. UT offers international degree, semester, and summer programmes with instruction in English, and each year attracts an increasing number of international students from around the world.

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University of Tartu offers two bachelor’s programs (three years): Business Administration and Science and Technology and one combined bachelor’s and master’s program in Medicine (six years) in English. The general requirements for bachelor’s programs: • Secondary education or a corresponding qualification • Proof of English language proficiency The application process is conducted online. Candidates should submit the online application with electronic copies of all the required documents via from January 2 - April 15.



University of Tartu offers 23 master’s degree programs taught in English and one master’s degree program taught in Russian. The duration of master’s studies varies from one to two years depending on a study programme. The subjects include such fields as philosophy, semiotics, folkoristics, languages, education, international relations, political science, regional studies, law, economics, business management, finances, chemistry, measurement, engineering, robotics, geoinformatics, computer science, bioengineering, materials science and technology, contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern studies, sound and visual technology.


PhD Programmes

The University of Tartu offers 35 PhD programmes in a wide variety of fields. A PhD programme lasts for 4 years. There is no tuition fee for PhD studies. Full-time PhD students receive a doctoral allowance of 660 euros per month plus an additional performance stipend of 400 euros per month.




The vibe of the university and the cosiness of the city of Tartu is the perfect environment for starting to build your life the way you want it to be. Here I learned to prioritise and find my focus. My career in Estonia has been a chain reaction, which started at the University of Tartu. 

Anna Selecka; Graduation, 2016

UT helped me to extend my analytical competencies and taught me to always have an open mind and heart. Qualified teachers and a large number of international students made my overall experience close to perfect. 

Christopher Martin; Graduation, 2015 

Studying at UT was the most astonishing experience of my life. It pushed my career growth and gave me an opportunity to socialise in a multicultural environment. What I appreciate the most is the diversity in studies, culture, activities, and people. I was inspired to see the faculty members eager to improve and elevate the education standards. 

Wajid Khilji, 2014

I had a ton of attention and guidance from my supervisor. I felt that the work we were doing was state of the art and meaningful for the field of machine learning. The research work and overall curriculum made me a more competent computer scientist in the industry. I was hired by Google to be a software engineer. 

Theodore Heiser, 2018