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University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Estonian, Russian Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
Program Description:

The University of Tartu is an international research university and the only classical university in Estonia that offers a wide range of study opportunities 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. There are currently nearly 18,000 students enrolled, among them 800 international students. 

Tartu is a unique university town with a young population. English is the most-used language of international communication in academic circles of the university. It is also broadly used in Tartu's everyday life. Taxi and bus drivers will speak some English; documents in the migration office are available in English. A lot of signage in the streets and public places is in English, as are the menus in restaurants. 

The University prides itself on integrating a positive academic and living environment for its students. At the beginning of each semester, the International Student Service offers an orientation course for all new international students. The course, organized jointly by the International Student Service and the academic units of the university, is designed to help international students get to know each other, the university and the town. The university also has a strong athletics facility and there are also many fitness centers and sports clubs all around Tartu.
Tartu University is located in Tartu, Estonia, the second largest city in Estonia. Tartu has been inhabited since the 5th century AD. The Republic of Estonia is located in Northern Europe.  It is separated from Sweden and Finland in the north by the Baltic Sea. Estonia was a communist country until 1991. Today Estonia is a parliamentary democracy home to over 1 million inhabitants, 1/4 of whom are Russian in descent.


Academic Calendar
OSU University of Tartu
Fall Fall Semester:
Late August-Late January
Spring Spring Semester:
Early February-Late June

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

OSU students studying at Tartu University have taken courses in social sciences, mathematics, English, Russian, computer science, business, geography, environmental sciences, physics, and more!
  • Click Here for Courses Taught in English
    • Click on "Courses"
    • Find the appropriate faculty or department for your studies
  • You may also visit: Courses Taught in English
    • Retrieve the excel spread sheet with the course listings
Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

Most international students are accommodated in modern, centrally located residence halls (5 min walk to Tartu’s main square, 10 min to the University main building). The residence halls consist of apartments, each comprising 2-3 twin bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Bedrooms include essential furniture and blankets. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and a stove. Students need to have their own pillows, bed linen, cookware and utensils. Students will receive information about the housing application once admitted. A place in a twin room costs about 120 EUR/month. Internet connection and laundry facilities are available at the residence hall. Click here for more information.

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. A long-stay visa may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia with a period of stay up to 180 days and with a period of validity up to twelve months. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

Helpful Links
Website for Exchange Students
Welcome Guide
Practical information about living in Estonia

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/02/2018 03/30/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/02/2018 03/30/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 06/30/2018 08/18/2018 TBA TBA