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 Central and Eastern Europe. It belongs to the top 1.2% of world's best universities and is among top 200 universities in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2017/18). UT is home to 14 000 students, including 1300 international students from more than 90 countries.

UT is famous for its research-based education. On average, the university awards over 100 PhD degrees and university researchers publish about 3,000 scientific articles annually. UT is in the top 1% of the world’s most cited universities and scientific institutions in the fields Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment and Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Psychiatry and Psychology (ISI Web of Science 2017). A total of 42 UT scientists belong to the top 1% of most quoted scientists in the world.

The university is an active member of international associations such as the Utrecht Network, the Coimbra Group of Universities, and the Baltic Sea Region University Network. The university has 80 partnership agreements with universities around the world, over 800 Erasmus agreements and a connection to over 300 universities through ISEP network.

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. Currently, there are 23 international study programmes available fully in English, including business administration, medicine and software engineering. Some of the university’s study programmes are truly unique, such as semiotics, philosophy, EU-Russia studies and wellness & spa management. 



Type of institution: Public University

Founded: 1632

Language of instruction: Estonian, English

Number of students: 14 000

Number of international students: 1300

Ranking: TOP 1.2% of world's best universities and among top 200 universities in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2017/18).

Faculties: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Science & Technology, Medicine

Centres of Excellence: Institute Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity Research, Centre of Excellence for Translational Medicine, Centre of Excellence in Chemical Biology, Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory, Centre of Excellence in Mesosystems - Theory and Applications, Centre of Excellence in High-technology Materials for Sustainable Development


International student office:

Contact person: Ms Eveli Soo

Phone: +372 737 6114



Address: Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, Estonia