Academic affairs

Study in University has certain rules and regulations. For successful process, student needs to know, understand and follow these rules and regulations. For example academic calender and important dates etc.

6 April – 9 April

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students, please see (information is updated regularly): https://sisu.ut.ee/eriolukord2/english

Satisfaction survey among doctoral students

Until 4 May, all doctoral students of the UT are invited to share their opinion on their studies to help the university plan changes in doctoral studies.
The University of Tartu is planning major changes in doctoral studies in the coming years. The vision for the development of doctoral studies has been prepared. The requirements for doctoral theses are being updated. Besides, the university has supplemented the doctoral students’ income by the performance stipend.
Now, all doctoral students have the chance to influence the direction of the planned changes. For that, all doctoral students are asked to respond to the survey on their satisfaction with doctoral studies at the UT. Invitation to participate in the survey was sent by e-mail to all doctoral students on 2 April. The survey will close on 4 May 2020.
The survey is organised by the UT Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) in cooperation with the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition to the survey, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Rector’s Strategy Office are using UT databases to analyse the general situation of doctoral studies at the university.
Additional information: Monika Tasa, project manager of the survey, monika.tasa@ut.ee

UT Library’s contact-free borrowing of books

UT Library is closed due to the emergency situation, but as of 25 March, users can request books via the e-catalogue ESTER. The requested books can be picked up from the Smart Lockers in the library lobby. Read more on webpage. About requesting digital copies here.

Studied semester

By April 20, a half of the semester will be passed and the current spring semester will be counted as "studied" semester. It is important to understand the essence of studied semester, for those planning to take academic leave this semester! A student, who takes the academic leave as of April 20 or later must be aware that this semester is considered a regularly completed (=studied) semester for him /her, meaning required amount of ECTS credits must be earned for this semester in order to fulfill the expected work load. Student's progress towards the completion of the curriculum is measured on the basis of completed (=studied) semesters, the standard volume for each completed semester is 30 ECTS credits.
Definition: a studied semester is a semester during which a student attends courses for more days than a half of the semester’s duration (more than 70 days) and during which the student is on academic leave and/or on extended standard period of study for less than a half of the semester.

Due to the state of emergency declared by the government of Estonia, the University of Tartu has canceled face-to-face classes until 1 May 2020. Follow constantly updated information and instructions about coronavirus for the university’s students and staff: https://www.ut.ee/en/corona

30 March – 3 April

Teams Live Event: teaching and studies during emergency situation

In a Teams Live Event on 31 March at 14, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Aune Valk speaks about teaching and studies during the emergency situation and answers the questions posted by UT staff members and students. The event is held in English.

Watch online here.

UT Library’s contact-free borrowing of books

UT Library is closed due to the emergency situation, but as of 25 March, users can request books via the e-catalogue ESTER. The requested books can be picked up from the Smart Lockers in the library lobby. Read more on webpage. About requesting digital copies here.

UT Counselling Centre supports students through online

The UT Counselling Centre supports students and offers advice on organisation of studies, career and psychological counselling remotely through videoconferencing, regular phone calls and e-mails. See the contacts: https://ut.ee/en/counselling
For the questions linked to the reorganization of studies due to the emergency situation, please consult your faculty’s academic affairs specialist and check “Frequently asked questions”
Hotline 1247 provides information on issues related to coronavirus. The hotline is available 24/7 and it is free of charge for the callers. Hotline 1247 also offers psychological first aid, see more here
International students, who do not have health insurance and/or family doctor, please read on coronavirus treatment here

Aune Valk, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of UT confirms that life at UT goes on despite the emergency situation and high-quality teaching and research activities continue.

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students, please see (information is updated regularly): https://sisu.ut.ee/eriolukord2/english

Studied semester

By April 20, a half of the semester will be passed and the current spring semester will be counted as "studied" semester. It is important to understand the essence of studied semester, for those planning to take academic leave this semester! A student, who takes the academic leave as of  April 20 or later must be aware that this semester is considered a regularly completed  (=studied) semester for him /her, meaning required amount of ECTS credits must be earned for this semester in order to fulfill the expected work load. Student's progress towards the completion of the curriculum is measured on the basis of completed (=studied) semesters, the standard volume for each completed semester is 30 ECTS credits. 
Definition: a studied semester is a semester during which a student attends courses for more days than a half of the semester’s duration (more than 70 days) and during which the student is on academic leave and/or on extended standard period of study for less than a half of the semester. 

Due to the state of emergency declared by the government of Estonia, the University of Tartu has canceled face-to-face classes until 1 May 2020. Follow constantly updated information and instructions about coronavirus for the university’s students and staff: https://www.ut.ee/en/corona

23 March – 27 March

Due to the state of emergency declared by the government of Estonia, the University of Tartu cancels face-to-face classes to 1 May 2020. Instead, e-learning and other forms of distance learning will be used. Students who stay in residence halls are recommended to return home, if possible. But there are no restrictions to staying in residence halls. Please follow the guidlelines given by the residence halls team members.
Follow constantly updated information and instructions about coronavirus for the university’s students and staff: https://www.ut.ee/en/corona

Look at UT leaders broadcast on 20 March, where they answered university members’ questions regarding the changes introduced due to the emergency situation. Broadcast you can find here: https://ut.ee/en/news/20-march-ut-leaders-will-answer-university-members-questions-regarding-changes-introduced-due

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students

Organisation of studies during the state of emergency for students look for (information is updated regularly): https://sisu.ut.ee/eriolukord2/english

16 March – 20 March

Due to the state of emergency declared by the government of Estonia, the University of Tartu cancels face-to-face classes to 1 May 2020. Instead, e-learning and other forms of distance learning will be used. Students who stay in residence halls are recommended to return home, if possible. But there are no restrictions to staying in residence halls. Please follow the guidlelines given by the residence halls team members.

Follow constantly updated information and instructions about coronavirus for the university’s students and staff: https://www.ut.ee/en/corona

The deadline for paying the tuition fee is March 20 for students who have to pay the tuition fee. If student notifies that they are unable to pay the tuition fee in due time due to the emergency measures taken in their home country or in Estonia, the faculty has the right to allow, in justified cases, payment of the fee in instalments, according to an agreed payment schedule.

9 March – 13 March

The deadline for paying the tuition fee is March 20 for students who have to pay the tuition fee.

Admission to English-taught master’s programmes will end on 15 March

The application deadline for the master’s programmes is 15 March.
Admission to English-taught bachelor’s and medicine programmes continues until 15 April.
Estonian-taught Master's programmes are open until July 1.
Further information can be found at our admissions website (ENG, EST).

2 March – 6 March

Opportunity for doctoral students: international intern for your own research project

BARI (Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships) provides doctoral students the opportunity to take international interns for the period between June 1 and October 16 who would like to contribute to their research projects in the field of Life Sciences, Photon & Neutron Science and Welfare State within the Baltic Sea Region.
To offer an internship you have to register at the BARI Portal and submit your internship before March 8. The offer must be supported by the doctoral student’s supervisor.

The deadline for paying the tuition fee is 20 March for students who have to pay the tuition fee.

Admission to Master's programmes is open

23 English-taught and 45 Estonian-taught programmes are open for application. March 15 is the deadline for applying to the English-taught programmes. Estonian-taught programmes are open until July 1.
Further information can be found at our admissions website (ENG, EST).

25 February – 28 February

Check your contact data in SIS

Please check, add or update, if needed, your contact data in Study Information System (SIS). SIS needs to include functioning and currently used e-mail address, Estonian mobile phone number and home phone number and address in Estonia. It is student's responsibility to guarantee that personal contact data is always updated throughout studies at the University of Tartu.
It is for your benefit to ensure that in the case of need, the university can contact you immediately.
Please also insert your bank account number in order to receive the stipends/allowances.

17 February – 21 February

Admission to Master's programmes has started

23 English-taught and 45 Estonian-taught programmes are open for application. The deadline is March 15 for the English-taught programmes and July 1 for the Estonian-taught programmes. Further information can be found at our admissions website (ENG, EST).

Opportunity for doctoral students: international intern for your own research project

BARI (Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships) provides doctoral students the opportunity to take international interns for the period between June 1 and October 16 who would like to contribute to their research projects in the field of Life Sciences, Photon & Neutron Science and Welfare State within the Baltic Sea Region.
To offer an internship you have to register at the BARI Portal and submit your internship between February 1 – February 23. The offer must be supported by the doctoral student’s supervisor.

10 February – 14 February

Start of spring semester 

By February 10 the spring semester has started. The deadline of registration for courses is over (if there is no other deadline set in the syllabus). 

Become a tutor!

The registration for Peer Tutoring course of spring semester is open until February 13. If the group is full, it is possible to register for the waiting list. 

Peer tutor is a volunteer student who has completed the Peer Tutoring course and helps the newly arriving students in adaptation process in getting started at University of Tartu. All English-taught study programmes are in need of one or couple of tutors.
To become a tutor, student needs to complete the 1st part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 1. part) in spring semester and after that to have the acceptance from programme manager. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester.
Any I or II level student is welcome to join no matter of the study programme, if the student is ready to learn the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu and if the student is ready to help and support the new students.
See more information in the syllabus in Study Information System
Pay attention that in UT Tutor Programme you can help first-year degree-seeking students as a trained peer tutor, while UT Buddy Programme matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students. Buddies start already on spring semester, but future tutors will have the full training course on spring semester and carry out the actions next year with newly admitted students as a part of official tutoring practice with ECTS.

Admission to Master's programmes has started

23 English-taught and 45 Estonian-taught programmes are open for application. The deadline is March 15 for the English-taught programmes and July 1 for the Estonian-taught programmes. Further information can be found at our admissions website (ENG, EST).

Opportunity for doctoral students: international intern for your own research project

BARI (Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships) provides doctoral students the opportunity to take international interns for the period between June 1 and October 16 who would like to contribute to their research projects in the field of Life Sciences, Photon & Neutron Science and Welfare State within the Baltic Sea Region.
To offer an internship you have to register at the BARI Portal and submit your internship between February 1 – February 23. The offer must be supported by the doctoral student’s supervisor.

No reason to fear people arriving from China

We have a large academic community with many students and staff, and some of us may have recently visited the regions or the surrounding areas of coronavirus 2019-nCoV. We kindly suggest following the Estonian Health Board’s request by staying calm and not seeing the students and staff members from China, or those who have recently visited China, as a potential threat. Most often, spread of 2019-nCoV from person-to-person happens among close contacts. For staying healthy and preventing the spread of respiratory viruses, please follow everyday preventive actions including: regularly washing hands with soap and water, covering your cough or sneeze and avoiding close contact with people who are sneezing and/or coughing.
Anybody who feels that they cannot or should not commence studies due to 2019-nCoV, either attending or teaching classes, since they have recently been in the very region of virus or have had their flight cancelled, please inform your fellow students or any UT staff member. Together we shall find a solution.
People, who feel the symptoms of 2019-nCoV, please immediately contact your family doctor or in the case of severe symptoms, call ambulance.
Further info:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public