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.

20 September – 24 September

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.
The emails of the official email account of University of Tartu (name.surname[at]ut.ee) can be forwarded to another email address. It has automatically been done to newly admitted students' personal email addresses for the newly created university email accounts. If you want to end this forwarding, you can do it by following these guidelines.

13 September – 17 September

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 13.

 

Other important first semester dates

 

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.
The emails of the official email account of University of Tartu (name.surname[at]ut.ee) can be forwarded to another email address. It has automatically been done to newly admitted students' personal email addresses for the newly created university email accounts. If you want to end this forwarding, you can do it by following these guidelines.

 

Check out university’s recommendations and guidelines for coronavirus prevention: ut.ee/en/corona

6 September – 10 September

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 13.

 

Other important first semester dates

 

Completion of curriculum

Students are required to complete the curriculum they are registered to. The university checks the students’ progress in completing their curriculum. More info HERE. Students are transferred to the next study year by 15 September.

 

RPL will be for a fee in many cases, including when studying as a visiting student without a study plan

From academic year 21/22, RPL (recognition of prior learning) is for a fee, except when evaluation of courses completed in 2001 or later at the University of Tartu is applied for, or when the application is submitted for completion of the doctoral curriculum. This must also be taken into account when studying as a visiting student in some other university without a study plan. Without the study plan, RPL is needed to transfer the courses. The cost for transfering a credit point is 10 euros.
See other changes that take effect from academic year 21/22.

 

Info session on residence permit application process

On Monday, September 6, at 16.00–17.00 there is an info-session on TRP (temporary residence permit) application process. You are welcome to join the online session to be held in TEAMS here. Learn on TEAMs here

 

Check out university’s recommendations and guidelines for coronavirus prevention: ut.ee/en/corona

30 August – 3 September

Teaching and studies at the University of Tartu in autumn 2021

In order to keep the working and learning environment as normal as possible in the new academic year, the general rule of conduct applies that staff and students who work and study in the university buildings have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and wear masks in public rooms and at crowded events. Students who have not been vaccinated or do not wish to reveal their health data to teaching staff must wear a mask during studies in the university buildings.

 

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 13.

 

Opening of the academic year 2021/2022

The opening of the new academic year takes place on 30 August at 10:00 in front of the university’s main building. UTTV provides a live webcast of the event.
To celebrate the start of the academic year, students will be greeted by Rector Toomas Asser, Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna, Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas, President of the UT Student Union Katariina Sofia Päts and a representative of first-year student Lisett Sigur. At the opening event, we follow the government’s orders and verify the participants’ infection safety.
The vaccination station at the university’s main building is open from 11 to 15.

 

Vaccination opportunities near the University

The vaccination station is open in room 140 of the university’s main building on 30 August from 11 to 15 and on 31 August from 10 to 15.
The vaccination bus will be located in the city centre near the Von Bock House (Lossi street, by the Pirogov Square) on 1–3 September from 11 to 18 (until 19 if needed). Starting from 6 September, by the Raatuse 22 student residence from 12 to 18. The bus will be there for a week.
From September, the closest vaccination opportunity in Maarjamõisa is the vaccination centre of Tartu University Hospital (Puusepa 8).
On 30 and 31 August from 10 to 13, it is possible to get vaccinated in the vaccination bus next to UT Narva College (Raekoja plats 2, Narva).
On 8 September from 10 to 16 it is possible to get vaccinated at the UT Pärnu College (Ringi 35, Pärnu, hall 111).
No booking is needed for getting the vaccine. For vaccination an Estonian ID code is needed. The code can be applied for at the Tartu Welcome Centre. The students of regional colleges, please ask your local coordinators as where the Estonian code is issued. 


New international students!

Please see the recording of the Orientation course, which was held on 26 August, on the Getting Stated website.
Two important items:

  • On Friday, September 3, there is UT library tour with an introduction to library services, please register here. General info and tips for using various UT library services is available here.
  • On Monday, September 6, at 16.00-17.00 there is info-session on TRP (temporary residence permit) application process. You are welcome to join the online session to be held in TEAMS here.

 

RPL will be for a fee in many cases, including when studying as a visiting student without a study plan

From academic year 21/22, RPL (recognition of prior learning) is for a fee, except when evaluation of courses completed in 2001 or later at the University of Tartu is applied for, or when the application is submitted for completion of the doctoral curriculum. This must also be taken into account when studying as a visiting student in some other university without a study plan. Without the study plan, RPL is needed to transfer the courses. The cost for transfering a credit point is 10 euros.
See other changes that take effect from academic year 21/22.

23 August – 27 August

Teaching and studies at the University of Tartu in autumn 2021

In order to keep the working and learning environment as normal as possible in the new academic year, the general rule of conduct applies that staff and students who work and study in the university buildings have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or wear masks.

 

Opening of the academic year 2021/2022

The opening of the new academic year takes place on 30 August at 10:00 in front of the university’s main building. UTTV provides a live webcast of the event.
To celebrate the start of the academic year, students will be greeted by Rector Toomas Asser, Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna, Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas, President of the UT Student Union Katariina Sofia Päts and a representative of first-year student Lisett Sigur. At the opening event, we follow the government’s orders and verify the participants’ infection safety.
The vaccination station at the university’s main building is open from 11 to 15.

 

Vaccination opportunities near the University

The vaccination station is open in room 140 of the university’s main building on 30 August from 11 to 15 and on 31 August from 10 to 15.
The vaccination bus will be located in the city centre near the Von Bock House (Lossi street, by the Pirogov Square) on 1–3 September from 11 to 18. Starting from 6 September, by the Raatuse 22 student residence from 12 to 18. The bus will be there for a week.
From September, the closest vaccination opportunity in Maarjamõisa is the vaccination centre of Tartu University Hospital (Puusepa 8).
No booking is needed for getting the vaccine.

 

First-year student? Learn how to use the library

Is this your first year at our university? During your studies you will definitely need the help of the library, therefore, take a look at some tips about using our services.

 

See the changes in Study Regulations starting from academic year 2021/2022

Starting from the new academic year there are some changes in Study Regulations document.

 

From the new academic year the Regulations for Doctoral Studies will take effect

So far, the organisation of doctoral studies has been regulated by three separate bylaws – the Procedure for Awarding Doctorates, the Study Regulations and the Procedure for Publication of Graduation Theses and Dissertations. Now, it is consolidated into one document. The Regulations for Doctoral Studies take effect on 30 August and apply to all doctoral students.

The use of the terms “main supervisor” and “co-supervisor” has been abandoned to emphasise the equal position of supervisors in the case of joint supervision. One of the supervisors will be appointed as the supervisor in charge based on the decision of the faculty council or the council of the institute managing the curriculum.

The biggest changes concern the terms used for doctoral theses as well as their minimum requirements.

  • The term “doctoral thesis” is used instead of “dissertation” and “doctoral dissertation”.
  • A doctoral thesis may be formalised as an integrated collection of research publications, as a monograph or as artistic research.
  • Instead of the requirement to have at least three published research publications, the future minimum requirement will be to have written at least two articles accepted for publication. The third article may have passed peer-review by the editorial board of a leading international research journal or collection or by two internationally recognised independent researchers selected by the council awarding doctoral degrees. In the case of a monograph, the article may be either published or accepted for publication.
  • In addition to the possibility of replacing a research article with a patent or patent application, it can now be replaced by an applied solution.
  • The council awarding doctoral degrees, based on a calculated and justified decision, has the right to allow a doctoral thesis to be defended if it contains fewer publications than required, but at least one of them must include research at an internationally outstanding level and the applicant for a doctoral degree must be the leading author of that publication.

The review procedure of the doctoral thesis remains the same, the decisions about sending a thesis to review and allowing it to be defended will be made by the council awarding doctoral degrees. The unpublished article must meet the same quality requirements as the published article.

In addition, the regulations allow for faculty-specific requirements in the organisation of the progress review meeting based on the procedure established by the faculty council. The meeting may be a public meeting, a private meeting or held using two-way audio-video communication. The requirements for the involvement of supervisors in the meeting are approved by the faculty council. In the course of progress review, the doctoral student must have the opportunity to give feedback on the supervision and the progress review committee has been given the right to make proposals on the obstacles to the progress of the doctoral student based on the submitted materials and the resulting assessment.

 

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and extension of studies

As you know, the extension of studies can be due to studies abroad or for any other reason. The students holding TRP for studies and considering the extension of studies please read more information here.

 

Courses registration

Courses registration deadline for the autumn semester is August 29. Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 13.

 

Extension of studies

The students whose end of studies is approaching (check SIS for the final date of your studies) need to submit an application for extension before the final date of studies to the respective dean’s office, institute, or college.

 

Tuition fees 2021/2022

There is no increase in the tuition fees for the students currently enrolled in the English taught programmes at UT.

 

UT Library opening hours in summer

In summer, to 29 August the library is open on workdays 12–18 and closed on weekends. The library is closed also on Friday, 20 August due to the national holidays.