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.

27 June – 1 July

Become a Buddy and help new exchange students

Study Abroad Centre of UT is looking for the students, who are ready and willing to give a helping hand for new international exchange students prior to their arrival to Tartu and also at the beginning of their stay. UT Buddy Programme has been created to provide practical information to international newcomers and help them adjusting in Estonia and in Tartu.

Everybody interested in sharing their experiences with newcomers, please consider our Buddy Programme. Read more about the programme on https://ut.ee/en/content/buddy-programme and fill in the registration form by June 30th, 2022!

 

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and extension of studies

At the end of the academic year, some students may need to extend their studies at UT. Please note that the extension of TRP beyond the nominal study period time is possible only in some study-related circumstances, such as study abroad for a year (not a half year) or other adequate yet exceptional reason that hinders graduating within the nominal period of study. The students extending their TRP need to provide additional explanation to the Police and Border Guard Board why the TRP extension is needed. Please note that after the expiry of the TRP, students have a legal basis to stay in Estonia for additional 270 days (9 months) for finishing studies or for any other arrangements. The students not able to graduate within the additional 9 months, need to apply for a D-type visa. See further info here.


Some requests for fresh graduates of 2022!

Congratulations on completing your degree! As your time at the University of Tartu comes to an end, we would like to draw your attention to some aspects.

* Remember to return all materials you have checked out from the library, unless you plan to remain in Tartu as a resident of the city;
* Be sure to pay any outstanding dormitory invoices. As stated in your dormitory agreement, dormitory accommodation is offered until graduation, not longer.
* If you currently have a temporary residence permit for studies (TRP), you have the right to remain in Estonia for an additional 270 days after its expiration date. You may also work in Estonia during these 270 days. However, if you wish to travel abroad during this period, you need to contact the Police and Border Guard Board apply for a special sticker which indicates that you still have the right to return to Estonia. You will have to go in person to the Police and Border Guard to get this sticker. Further instructions are given here.
* The students holding TRP and leaving Estonia permanently - after getting back home, please send your TRP card by post to the PBGB (Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet | Pärnu str 139 | Tallinn, 15060).
* If you leave Estonia permanently, close your Estonian bank account and deregister yourself at the Population Registry. For that you need to visit the registry in person or contact Tartu Welcome Centre. Please see more information here.
 

The fresh graduates continuing at UT as a degree-seekers of any other programme and willing to apply for the next TRP, please inform the Study Abroad Centre of your TRP application by filling the following formUT will send the TRP invitation directly to PBGB, not to a student. We expect that most you will do the process in August. 

 

Most important changes taking effect in „Procedure for Applying for, Granting and Payment of Stipends and Study Allowances“ from academic year 2022/23:

  • Need-based study allowance and need-based special allowance cannot be applied for by students who study in Estonia on the basis of TRP for studies (students from outside EU).  
  • European Union-funded specialisation stipends can be applied for only by students of the respective study programmes who were admitted before academic year 2022/23, and only until the end of academic year 2022/23.  
  • Doctoral allowance and doctoral student’s performance stipend can be received only by doctoral students who were admitted before academic year 2022/23.

 

From 1 August 2022 the new Regulations for Doctoral Studies will take effect.

 

Tuition fees in academic year 2022/23

13 June – 24 June

Become a Buddy and help new exchange students

Study Abroad Centre of UT is looking for the students, who are ready and willing to give a helping hand for new international exchange students prior to their arrival to Tartu and also at the beginning of their stay. UT Buddy Programme has been created to provide practical information to international newcomers and help them adjusting in Estonia and in Tartu.

Everybody interested in sharing their experiences with newcomers, please consider our Buddy Programme. Read more about the programme on https://ut.ee/en/content/buddy-programme and fill in the registration form by June 30th, 2022!

 

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and extension of studies

At the end of the academic year, some students may need to extend their studies at UT. Please note that the extension of TRP beyond the nominal study period time is possible only in some study-related circumstances, such as study abroad for a year (not a half year) or other adequate yet exceptional reason that hinders graduating within the nominal period of study. The students extending their TRP need to provide additional explanation to the Police and Border Guard Board why the TRP extension is needed. Please note that after the expiry of the TRP, students have a legal basis to stay in Estonia for additional 270 days (9 months) for finishing studies or for any other arrangements. The students not able to graduate within the additional 9 months, need to apply for a D-type visa. See further info here.


Some requests for fresh graduates of 2022!

Congratulations on completing your degree! As your time at the University of Tartu comes to an end, we would like to draw your attention to some aspects.

* Remember to return all materials you have checked out from the library, unless you plan to remain in Tartu as a resident of the city;
* Be sure to pay any outstanding dormitory invoices. As stated in your dormitory agreement, dormitory accommodation is offered until graduation, not longer.
* If you currently have a temporary residence permit for studies (TRP), you have the right to remain in Estonia for an additional 270 days after its expiration date. You may also work in Estonia during these 270 days. However, if you wish to travel abroad during this period, you need to contact the Police and Border Guard Board apply for a special sticker which indicates that you still have the right to return to Estonia. You will have to go in person to the Police and Border Guard to get this sticker. Further instructions are given here.
* The students holding TRP and leaving Estonia permanently - after getting back home, please send your TRP card by post to the PBGB (Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet | Pärnu str 139 | Tallinn, 15060).
* If you leave Estonia permanently, close your Estonian bank account and deregister yourself at the Population Registry. For that you need to visit the registry in person or contact Tartu Welcome Centre. Please see more information here.

 

The fresh graduates continuing at UT as a degree-seekers of any other programme and willing to apply for the next TRP, please inform the Study Abroad Centre of your TRP application by filling the following form. UT will send the TRP invitation directly to PBGB, not to a student. We expect that most you will do the process in August. 

 

Graduation ceremonies in 2022

 

If you cannot participate in graduation ceremony...

6 June – 10 June

Graduation ceremonies in 2022

 

If you cannot participate in graduation ceremony...

 

Most important changes taking effect in „Procedure for Applying for, Granting and Payment of Stipends and Study Allowances“ from academic year 2022/23:

  • Need-based study allowance and need-based special allowance cannot be applied for by students who study in Estonia on the basis of TRP for studies (students from outside EU).  
  • European Union-funded specialisation stipends can be applied for only by students of the respective study programmes who were admitted before academic year 2022/23, and only until the end of academic year 2022/23.  
  • Doctoral allowance and doctoral student’s performance stipend can be received only by doctoral students who were admitted before academic year 2022/23.

 

From 1 August 2022 the new Regulations for Doctoral Studies will take effect.

23 May – 3 June

Scheduled interruption in university’s information systems on 26 May

On 26 May from 20–22, there will be an interruption in the work of the university’s information systems. During this period, several central services of the university will not be available: SIS1, SIS2, intranet, login with the university's account (SSO, incl. login to several university-wide websites), the use of TAAT services (incl. eduGAIN), DHIS, all services of www.is.ut.ee (finance web, travel workflow, grant web, etc.).
It will be possible to continue to use the university’s website, email, MS Teams (and other Microsoft online services) and Zoom. Moodle can also be used, but data exchange with SIS will not work.
During the interruption, you can find updated information on
https://ut-ito.statuspage.io/. On the same page, we will inform you should the interruption period be extended.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the IT helpdesk: 737 5500 (5500),
arvutiabi@ut.ee. We apologize for any inconvenience!

 

University starts to use the state authentication service TARA

From 26 May, it is possible to use the state authentication service TARA for the university's internal information systems (incl. SIS, intranet and DHIS).
On the university's login page, the option to use a username and password will remain, but instead of the current separate options of authentication by ID-card, mobile-ID and Smart-ID, there will now be a link to the state authentication service.
The state authentication service allows the user to log in using either the Estonian ID card, mobile-ID or Smart-ID, and also supports the use of other relevant EU authentication tools.
After successful authentication in the TARA system, the user will be redirected to the University of Tartu system.
When using mobile-ID and Smart-ID, the code requests sent to your phone will say "Tartu Ülikool SSO" in Estonian and "University of Tartu SSO" in English.
Before entering your PIN, we strongly recommend checking the name of the service displayed and the verification code sent to your phone.

 

Graduation ceremonies in 2022

16 May – 20 May

Registration for courses starts on May 16 at 21.00

Registration for courses of autumn semester opens in Study Information System (SIS) on May 16 at 21.00 and closes in most of the cases before the beginning of the new semester, August 28. On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner also before the registration opens (guidelines), thus preparing for the new semester. Using the planner, you can simultaneously register for all the courses of the new semester when the registration opens. In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap. See also guidelines for registration for courses.

 

Tuition fees in academic year 2022/23

9 May – 13 May

Timetable for the new semester can be planned in the SIS even before registration for courses

On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner (guidelines), thus preparing for the new semester. Using the planner, you can simultaneously register for all the courses of the new semester from 16 May at 21:00. In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap. If you cannot add some of the spring semester courses to the planner, contact the responsible lecturer or academic affairs specialist.

 

Tuition fees in academic year 2022/23

 

IT Office and the Institute of Computer Science tested the passwords of university members

The university uses a number of cloud services. At a time when external attacks on users' accounts have increased significantly, accounts have been taken over almost every week due to password leaks or guesses. 
To minimize password leaks and guesses, the IT Office and the Institute of Computer Science tested the strength of university members' passwords against both online and self-created Estonian dictionaries. During the test, the computer tried out passwords made up of words from dictionaries and a few added symbols. The test was performed in a separate secure environment and did not affect any UT information systems. 
The results revealed that UT members often use passwords that computers can easily guess. An example of such a password is "Parool1234". 
Owners of passwords that were easily guessed by the computer received a personal email. The IT Office asks them to create a new password as soon as possible in the university's password change environment
A good and strong password 
  • consists of several words and additional symbols;  
  • is one you can remember without writing it down;  
  • contains more than eight characters, including upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. Putting the upper-case letter at the beginning or end of the password is not recommended;  
  • does not contain umlaut characters (like ä, ö, ü) for better compatibility.  
If you have questions, you can get help and advice from the IT helpdesk by phone (737 5500) or email arvutiabi@ut.ee or on the portal it.ut.ee
 

Until 12 June, you can give feedback to curricula

From 2 May to 12 June you can give feedback to curricula in the Study Information System (SIS). Results of the curriculum questionnaire will be used by the programme directors of the curricula for curriculum development and improving the organization of studies and by the Office of Academic Affairs for the development of support services.

Answers to the curriculum questionnaire are expected from the second and last-semester learners of bachelor’s and professional higher education studies, the last-semester learners of master’s studies, and the second, sixth and tenth-semester learners of integrated bachelor’s and master’s studies. The SIS has already sent a notification to students who are expected to respond. In May and June, reminders are sent to the students who have not answered (on 16 May, 27 May, 6 June and 9 June).

To ensure that curricula are up to date and relevant, the University of Tartu regularly inspects and develops curricula. Students’ learning experience provides a particularly valuable input to curriculum development. Each answer counts! The more students answer, the better information we get for making decisions. Programme directors will inform students what will improve as a result of the feedback.

 

Students can take courses on the popular learning platform Coursera

Until October 2022, all UT students can take one free Coursera course, which they can also use towards the completion of their curriculum if they wish.

 

Coursera is an online learning platform offering courses by over 200 universities and companies worldwide. UT students can choose from more than 200 future skills courses on various topics, such as digital literacy, data analysis, creativity and learning, career planning and development, personal development, environmental management, diversity and gender equality, and entrepreneurship.

 

Students can take one course of their choice per year and will be awarded a certificate. The course may be started at a time convenient to the student and must be completed independently. To transfer a course completed on Coursera to one's curriculum by RPL, the student must submit a study plan before the course. The university does not recommend transferring courses of a very low volume. Coursera also offers the possibility to complete an unlimited number of smaller projects.

 

The Coursera learning platform can be accessed with the UT user account. The e-learner's handbook contains information on how to transfer courses completed on Coursera to one's curriculum, the terms of use and how to log in to the learning platform.

If you have further questions with Coursera, please contact eope@ut.ee.

25 April – 6 May

Students can take courses on the popular learning platform Coursera

 

Until October 2022, all UT students can take one free Coursera course, which they can also use towards the completion of their curriculum if they wish.

 

Coursera is an online learning platform offering courses by over 200 universities and companies worldwide. UT students can choose from more than 200 future skills courses on various topics, such as digital literacy, data analysis, creativity and learning, career planning and development, personal development, environmental management, diversity and gender equality, and entrepreneurship.

 

Students can take one course of their choice per year and will be awarded a certificate. The course may be started at a time convenient to the student and must be completed independently. To transfer a course completed on Coursera to one's curriculum by RPL, the student must submit a study plan before the course. The university does not recommend transferring courses of a very low volume. Coursera also offers the possibility to complete an unlimited number of smaller projects.

 

The Coursera learning platform can be accessed with the UT user account. The e-learner's handbook contains information on how to transfer courses completed on Coursera to one's curriculum, the terms of use and how to log in to the learning platform.

If you have further questions with Coursera, please contact eope@ut.ee.

 

Studied semester

By now (from April 18), a half of the semester is passed and the current spring semester is 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 now 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.

11 April – 22 April

Assessment committee will visit the university

From 11 to 14 April, the institutional accreditation assessment visit takes place at the university. During the visit, the assessment committee will give initial feedback on external evaluation.
The international assessment committee have read the university’s self-evaluation report and during the visit they will see whether what is written in the report corresponds to reality. Based on the self‑evaluation report and the information gathered during the assessment visit, they will compile an assessment report describing both our strengths and aspects that need development.
According to the schedule of the visit, the assessors meet
* on 11 April, with representatives of study programmes (programme directors, teaching staff, students, alumni and employers);
* on 12 and 13 April, with representatives of the university governance, support staff, faculties and UTSU.
On 14 April at 14:00 in the university assembly hall, the committee provides initial feedback on external evaluation. All staff and students of the university are welcome to attend the meeting, or watch it on UTTV.
Members of the university family who wish to meet the committee members outside the schedule and discuss work issues related to the accreditation standards, should inform Hillar Bauman (hillar.bauman@harno.ee) of their request on 13 April at the latest. The meetings will take place on 14 April from 9–11, five minutes per person.
More information about institutional accreditation is available on the university’s website. On the same webpage, you can also watch a video explaining what external evaluation is, what is being evaluated and how to prepare for the assessment visit.

 

The Government of the Republic lifted the obligation to wear masks as of 3 April 2022. University’s recommendations and guidelines for coronavirus prevention: ut.ee/en/corona

 

Studied semester

By April 18, 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 18 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.

4 April – 8 April

The Government of the Republic lifted the obligation to wear masks as of 3 April 2022. University’s recommendations and guidelines for coronavirus prevention: ut.ee/en/corona

 

Studied semester

By April 18, 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 18 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.

28 March – 1 April

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, bank account 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.

14 March – 18 March

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

The students, who would like to pay their tuition fee in cash, please note that payments in cash can be made at the Tartu office of the Coop Pank, located at Ülikooli street 4, Tartu. When paying your tuition fee, please make sure to have your invoice and personal ID document with you.

 

Admission to international master's programmes ends on March 15

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

7 March – 11 March

Recommendations and support to students

The situation in Ukraine concerns all members of the university family, directly or indirectly. Some of us are thinking of their close ones in the war zone, others are affected economically by the crisis. Most of us follow the news from Ukraine with concern. Feeling anxious and confused in this situation is a natural and understandable reaction. If possible, it is a good idea to keep to your daily routine, take time for your favourite activities and avoid overwhelming yourself with news. You can find a lot of good materials on mental health care on the website peaasi.ee.
If you feel that your life and coping is disrupted, please do not hesitate to ask for help. You can get initial support from people close to you, your family, friends, fellow students. Psychological support is available from the university’s Counselling Centre as well as from other organisations, many of whom also offer their services in English:
*UT Counselling Centre (in Estonian, English or Russian)
*Online counselling: Lahendus.net (in Estonian), Peaasi.ee (in Estonian and Russian)
*Phone counselling: Eluliin.ee (in Estonian, English and Russian)
*Emotional support helpline from 19:00–7:00: 655 8088 (in Estonian), 655 5688 (in Russian)
*At the Psychiatry Clinic of the Tartu University Hospital, a doctor is on call round the clock; phone 731 8889
* Katriito Kliinik
* Ambromed
* E.G.U. Erapraksis
* AJK Kliinik
* OÜ Jaanson & Lääne
* ProVida Kliinik
* Eesti Pereteraapia Keskus
The quickest way to get help outside the university is to ask your family physician for a referral to psychological counselling.
Let’s stick together and support each other! 

 

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

 

Admission to international programmes has started

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

28 February – 4 March

Admission to international programmes has started

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

Online Open Doors Week 28 February – 3 March 2022

 

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

21 February – 25 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.

 

Admission to international programmes has started

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

Online Open Doors Week 28 February – 3 March 2022

14 February – 18 February

Admission to international programmes has started

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

Online Open Doors Week 28 February – 3 March 2022

7 February – 11 February

Start of spring semester

By February 7 the spring semester has started. The deadline of registration for courses is over (if there is no other deadline set in the syllabus).

 

Completion of curriculum

Students are required to complete the curriculum they are registered to. The university checks the students' progress in completing their curriculum by the date preceding the start of the new semester. The percentage of completing the curriculum will be taken into account when applying for allowances and scholarships. For students who study on tuition waiver, the percentage of completing the curriculum determines whether you need to start to pay the tuition fee.

 

Admission to international programmes has started

UT’s international programmes are open for application!

The deadlines are following:

  • 15 March for the master’s programmes and
  • 15 April for the bachelor’s programmes and the Medicine programme.

Further information can be found at admissions website.

 

University’s recommendations and guidelines for coronavirus prevention: ut.ee/en/corona