Last updated on 3 August (about the amendment of the regulation of the Government of the Republic).
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the University of Tartu has been actively engaged in supporting its Ukrainian staff and students and preparing for the reception of refugees from Ukraine.
An overview of the university's decisions:
The university allows Ukrainian students to study without paying the tuition fee in the spring semester 2021/2022 and autumn semester 2022/2023.
The senate created the possibility for Ukrainian students to apply for a need-based special allowance in 2022.
The university has established a scholarship fund to collect and channel donations to support Ukrainian students' studies at the University of Tartu. We invite the entire university family to donate to the University of Tartu scholarship fund for Ukrainian students and share the word about the fund. Make the donation via ut.ee/donate or by scanning the QR code below (opens the payment page):
To support the opportunities of Ukrainian citizens to acquire higher education, the university extended the admission period to non-Estonian-taught curricula for Ukrainian citizens. They could apply to the first and second level of study until 1 June. In addition, Ukrainian applicants are also exempt from the fee for processing application documents.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research, the university is creating additional tuition-waiver student places for Ukrainian citizens. For the 2022/2023 academic year, the university is ready to create up to 250 additional student places for students from Ukraine. In addition, the university is offering jobs for academic staff arriving from Ukraine.
For Ukrainian university family members, the first point of contact of emergency is the Head of International Cooperation Kristi Kerge (+372 529 7677). Please send written enquiries to email@example.com.
The City of Tartu provides information on donation opportunities and practical guidance for people arriving from Ukraine.
People arriving from Ukraine are kindly asked to contact the Tartu Welcome Centre for assistance with administrative formalities.
MTÜ Ukraina Maja (NGO Ukrainian House) brings together the Ukrainian community in Tartu and elsewhere in Estonia, and helps create links between the local and newly arrived Ukrainians. The NGO provides information support to the Ukrainian community in Estonia, and coordinates cultural and social initiatives aiming to support Ukraine and Ukrainians.
Please send media enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university offers support to its members during difficult times. The university keeps looking for more counselling opportunities, so this list will be updated accordingly.
Students receive psychological support from the university's Counselling Centre. Please register using this webform. Ukrainian students can contact Maarja Sagen, a psychologist at the Counseling Center: email@example.com.
University staff can get psychological support from staff Counsellor-Chaplain Tõnu Lehtsaar at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may contact him in Estonian, English and Russian.
Information on other counseling opportunities can be found on the university's website.
We are a large university family and so there may be people around us who are very closely and personally affected by what has happened. In this situation, one of the ways in which each of us can help is to notice another person's concern and offer first psychological support.
The university allows Ukrainian students to study without paying the tuition fee in the spring semester.
The senate created the possibility for Ukrainian students to apply for a need-based special allowance in 2022.
The university has established a scholarship fund to collect and channel donations to support Ukrainian students' studies at the University of Tartu. We invite the entire university family to donate to the University of Tartu scholarship fund for Ukrainian students and share the word about the fund.
Estonian universities decided to halt cooperation with Russian and Belarusian universities. The decision concerns institutional cooperation between universities. The International Cooperation and Protocol Office will compile information on ongoing cooperation projects and organise the informing of partner universities.
As of 7 March 2022, University of Tartu has decided that citizens of Russian Federation and Belarus can submit applications for first and second level programmes offered in the academic year 2022/2023 only if they hold a residence permit or long-term visa of the European Union or are currently studying in Estonia.
The application deadline for Ukrainian citizens was 1 June for all English-taught first and second level programmes, excluding Medicine and MSc Excellence in Analytical Chemistry. The extended deadline also applied to Russian-taught MA Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language.
Ukrainian applicants are exempted from the application fee.
We are going to offer tuition waiver study places to 250 Ukrainian citizens. Tuition waiver study places will be offered for all programmes with the extended deadline. This does not include Medicine and Excellence in Analytical Chemistry.
Please find the general information about bachelor’s and master’s programmes.
The application has to be submitted online at https://estonia.dreamapply.com/, and you can do it also when your set of documents is not complete yet. The university will review your application and advise you on replacing missing documents, etc.
Please note that Ukrainian applicants can also apply by 1 June if they have not already graduated from the previous education level. However, graduation documents from the previous education must reach the university by the end of July.
Applicants who do not have their educational documents are asked to consult with the Estonian ENIC/NARIC.
Refugees from Ukraine can have their educational qualifications assessed for access to the labour market or further study in Estonia. There is a regulation with the criteria and procedure established by the Government of the Republic of Estonia to ensure the recognition of refugees’ qualifications if any educational document, or the complete documentation to prove educational background, cannot be presented. The Estonian ENIC/NARIC, a structural unit of the Estonian Education and Youth Board, is the competent body to assess the qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons, and persons in a refugee-like situation. The unit can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at +372 697 9215. More information can be found here. Once you have started the recognition process at the ENIC/NARIC, please also inform the UT Student Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language tests
Applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency. The University of Tartu accepts several international English tests.
Applicants who cannot submit an international test certificate can take our own English test either on site (for those already residing in Estonia) or online in April or May. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Transferring from a Ukrainian university
Please note that it is not possible to transfer to degree programmes at the University of Tartu to complete your studies that were interrupted due to the war. You can apply for admission to our degree programmes with a start of studies in September. For more details, please see the info on the admissions above.
Support measures for new students
We are offering the following to support newly admitted degree-seeking students from Ukraine:
Admission of Ukrainian students to the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine
The University of Tartu offers students of Ukrainian citizenship who have already started medical studies in Ukraine (in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) the possibility to continue their studies at the University of Tartu.
Studies in the curricula of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy are free for the students who are admitted to the special programme. The language of instruction is Estonian, and the studies are preceded by one year of intensive Estonian language study on the basis of English. Students who successfully complete the intensive course in Estonian (acquired proficiency in Estonian at least B2 level) will be able to continue studies in the academic year 2023/2024 in the specialisations they started in Ukraine. The University of Tartu diploma in medicine will give the students the possibility to continue studies and work in the Republic of Estonia and other member states of the European Union.
Eligibility requirements for the special programme
An electronic application must be submitted by 1 June 2022.
Academic aptitude test takes place on 6 June 2022 in Russian. Applicants who are in the Republic of Estonia can take the written academic aptitude test at the University of Tartu. Applicants who are outside Estonia can take the test online (they will receive an invitation to the academic test). The academic aptitude test is used to assess the applicant’s readiness for studies at the university. The test also assesses the applicant’s logical reasoning skills. The pass threshold of the academic aptitude test is 51%.
Interview takes place on 7 or 8 June 2022. The interview is conducted in English and only applicants who exceed the pass threshold of the academic test can participate in the interview. Applicants who are present in the Republic of Estonia can take the interview at the University of Tartu. Applicants who are not in Estonia can participate in the interview online (they will receive an invitation to the interview). During the interview, the applicant’s motivation to study in the programme, and communication skills in English are assessed.
Applicants are informed of the results by 22 June at the latest.
Estonian language proficiency at least B2. The admitted applicants will study in an intensive Estonian language course for one academic year and at the end of the course, take the Estonian language exam (in spring 2023). UT will pay a monthly scholarship for future medical students during the language year. The number of scholarships is approximately 10. The scholarship will be sufficient to cover living costs in Estonia (approximately 800 euros per month).
Applicants who have acquired Estonian language proficiency at least at the B2 level will be matriculated to the University of Tartu and the students can continue studies in medical specialisations in the autumn semester of 2023. The year in which a student can continue studies depends on how many of the previously studied courses can be recognised. The decisions related to the recognition of previous courses will be made in autumn 2022.
Information about our Estonian language preparation programme (required before entering our Estonian-taught curricula): https://maailmakeeled.ut.ee/en/content/estonian-preparation-year
There will be approximately 50 free student places for Ukrainian citizens in the preparation year.
If you have any further questions about the Estonian language preparation programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have completed the Estonian language preparation year, you can apply for admission in Estonian-taught degree programmes with a start of studies in the academic year 2023/2024.
Ukrainian students currently enrolled at the Ukrainian universities can study at the University of Tartu (UT) as exchange students in the autumn or spring semester of 2022/2023 and there is no tuition fee.
We no longer admit short-term students for the autumn semester of 2022/2023.
Please see the full list of courses offered in English next semesters here. When selecting the courses, please consider your own academic background as much as possible. Please note that for taking classes in English, knowledge of English at the level B1 is required. The students with lower language level should pay attention to learning English at UT, not so much of other subjects.
The application process is described here. The application deadline for the spring semester of 2022/ 2023 is November 1. Exchange students are usually nominated through their home university. Please first contact your home university to find it out if your home university can nominate you as an exchange student. If your home university cannot send the nomination or you cannot contact them, no need to worry, please just contact email@example.com and we can assist you further.
UT has Erasmus+ scholarships that we will pay to our exchange students. How many scholarships can be allocated for the students studying at UT in the spring semester 2023 will be known in September 2022, not earlier. The scholarship is sufficient to cover living costs in Estonia (approximately 1000 euros per month). Additionally, there is an opportunity to apply for housing at UT dormitories in Tartu (to be paid by student) and all exchange students will have national health insurance coverage after receiving temporary protection in Estonia.
Please see the academic calendar of the University of Tartu.
Please note that it is not possible to transfer to degree programmes at the University of Tartu in order to complete your studies that were interrupted due to the war. You can apply for admission in our degree programmes with a start of studies in September. For more details, please see the info on the admissions above.
The University of Tartu invites Ukrainian and Georgian citizens to participate in a free micro-credential course “Technology use in contemporary learning”. If you have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, this course is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge on using technology in education.
Application deadline: 24 July 2022 (incl.)
Duration: 15 August 2022 – 31 January 2023
Price: 1020 euros, free for Ukrainian and Georgian citizens
Teaching volume: 17 ECTS (442 academic hours (70 hours of lectures, 372 hours of independent work))
Ukrainian citizens can come to Estonia without a visa, including those who do not have a biometric passport or a Schengen visa. However, you need to follow the orders given by Ukraine, so please consult with your local authorities first to find out what documents you need for crossing the border of Ukraine.
Upon arrival to Estonia, please apply for temporary protection (which gives you a one-year residence permit) as soon as possible at the Police and Border Guard Board office.
For the latest updates regarding the arrival and stay of Ukrainians, Estonian public services etc., please follow “information for Ukrainians”.
If you want to apply for an academic position at the University of Tartu, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victims of war can be supported through a number of initiatives.
In cooperation with Toidupank, Fraternity Ugala is collecting food at its Tartu house (Kuperjanovi 16, every day from 10:00 to 20:00)
Through Estonian Refugee Aid, you can support the provision of humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
The University of Tartu Academic Sports Club is collecting sports equipment for war refugees in Tartu.
As a public initiative and with the help of the employees of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, a Facebook group “AITAN KAITSTA – teeme koos varjevõrke” (HELP PROTECT – weaving camouflage nets together) has been set up. The initiative’s aim is to organise a nationwide campaign to produce camouflage nets for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The University of Tartu scholarship fund collects donations to support the studies of Ukrainian students. You can donate via ut.ee/donate or by scanning the QR code below.
At ukrainaheaks.ee you can make a donation to help Ukrainians.
On the page Come Back Alive you can support the Ukrainian army.
On the page Voices of Children you can support affected children.