The University of Tartu (in Estonian, Tartu Ülikool) was founded in 1632 and is consistently recognized as one of the oldest and most esteemed universities on a national and a global scale. Ranked among one of the top 2% of universities in the world, as well as one of the world’s top 400 universities, the campus blends history, modernity, and top-notch academics, ensuring a dynamic and fulfilling learning environment. Additionally, UT students have access to high-quality housing, a library, a sports center, and more. Composed of 9 facilities, 4 colleges, and 17,500 students, the University of Tartu is an excellent place to study abroad.
Tartu, Estonia is a quintessential ‘college town,’ bursting with culture, art, history, and industry. Located a short distance from the Russian border with a population of about 1.3 million people, the city is decorated with cafés, restaurants, cathedrals, and museums. Tartu’s atmosphere transports its visitors back in time through classicist architecture and historic landmarks. Still, it remains a progressive city with a formidable stake in the today’s world. Estonia itself is geographically diverse, home to beaches, old-growth forests, and over 1,000 lakes. The rich culture and environment is enriched by cultural events, sporting events, and concerts that ensure a unique and unforgettable way to discover Europe.
Fall semester (August-December)
Spring semester (February-June)
Academic year (August-June)
The University of Tartu assigns international exchange students with double rooms in a residence hall located within walking distance from the study buildings and city center. Rooms are equipped with kitchens and a monthly meal stipend is provided.
Students pay NWU tuition, room, and board and use their home financial aid package.
For more information about housing options, please email email@example.com.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Everything that helps you pay for NWU will still help you pay for your study abroad at UT.
PLUS because the University of Tartu is an Exchange program, students who choose the University of Tartu qualify for an NWU Education Abroad Grant. There are also special scholarships and stipends available.
Apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant and learn about other study abroad scholarships.
Program costs paid to NWU – students pay NWU tuition. You will also pay to NWU room & board as if you are living in a single in Centennial Hall and using a Gold meal plan for the semester(s) you spend at UT.
Estimated Additional Costs
||$700 - $1000
||$700 - $1000
|1Essential Living Expenses
||$400 - $700
||$800 - $1400
|Books and Materials
||$100 - $150
||$200 - $300
||$25 - $50
||$50 - $100
||$235 - $650
||$375 - $1300
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses
||$5770 - $10285
||$10910 - $22335
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $1000
||$1000 - $2000
1Essential living expenses include toiletries, a cell phone/SIM card, emergency funds, laundry, etc. Approximately 190-250 EUR per month is required to cover basic expenses.
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and purchases miscellaneous items/souvenirs.
Please note that the "additional costs" above are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices are listed in USD unless otherwise specified.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. When planning for estimated additional costs, students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about estimated costs.
Several degree programs are offered in English, including Baltic Studies, Semiotics, Business, and Russian Studies. Students may also study the Estonian or Russian languages. The University of Tartu offers more than 200 courses in English.
As part of the exchange program between NWU and the University of Tartu, professors from NWU’s Chemistry and Business departments have visited the University of Tartu.
To learn more about taking courses in Chemistry, please contact Dr. Fackler (email@example.com).
To learn more about studying Business at UT, Dr. Jackman (firstname.lastname@example.org) may provide further information.
Like most European universities, UT uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). (2 ECTS credits = 1 US credit).
As part of the exchange program, students can take any semester program or build their own study plan from courses taught in English. UT requires students to take at least 15 ECTS credits per semester. Most NWU students take 24-30 ECTS credits.
For more detailed course information, please contact email@example.com
Estonian language requirements
There is no language requirement of Estonian for the University of Tartu.
|Outside the Classroom
Students who pursue extracurricular activities can grow their understanding about Estonia, its rich culture, and its authentic student life. The University of Tartu offers a wide variety of student events such as international food festivals, movie evenings, sledging, sauna days, and skiing. Additionally, UT organizes ‘Spring and Autumn Students Days,’ in which students participate in a variety of events, both entertaining and educational, including competitions and festivals. Tartu also offers plenty of athletic opportunities, including the university sports hall, several well-equipped gyms and fitness clubs, squash and tennis courts, bowling clubs, and swimming pools. For those with a passion in the arts, UT offers an academic male choir, a university chamber choir, a folk art ensemble, and student theatre.
To explore more about student life at the University of Tartu please visit http://www.ut.ee/en/studies/practical/student-life.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms will open up on August 1st. After opening, the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. The Tartu application has a 2-part application process, so students are encouraged to complete their NWU application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.