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.

5 July – 19 August

We hope to continue in-class studies in the autumn

The beginning of the new academic year is two months away and a lot may happen in this period. We hope that Covid-19 vaccination is progressing smoothly but we still have to be prepared for the spreading of new virus strains and for new waves of the pandemic.
We recommend all students who have not been vaccinated yet to do it during the summer so that we could start studies in the autumn as normally as possible. We have promised that regardless of the spread of the virus, students will have the possibility to listen online to lectures for one hundred and more participants, if the specific course allows. We want to offer better digital support to courses than ever before.
We look forward to welcoming international students to Tartu at the earliest opportunity. However, if travel restrictions or self-isolation rules apply, we are prepared to offer distance learning opportunities until 1 October in most programmes. All international students can also get a vaccine.
There are sanitisers in all academic buildings, and we follow the physical distancing recommendations to control the spread of the virus.
We keep an eye on the situation in Estonia and give more precise guidelines about organisation of studies in the autumn semester at the end of August, before the beginning of the new academic year.


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.


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 and fill in the registration form by June 30th, 2021!


UT Library opening hours in summer

In summer, from 28 June 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.


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.


Announcement for fresh graduates

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.
* You can access Study Information System until the last date of your studies at UT.
* If you are continuing at UT as a degree-seeking student of any other programme, please contact for renewing your TRP.

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