Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted from 9 January, 2017 until the following deadlines:
- Non-EU/EEA (except applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia) – 15 April, 2017
- Applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia - 1 June, 2017
- EU/EEA citizens - 1 July, 2017
- Deadline for Finnish and Latvian citizens who have obtained general secondary level qualification in Finland or Latvia for Bachelor level programmes (except Audiovisual Media BA) - 15 August, 2017
Please check visa requirements from the webpage of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. I will receive my final diploma after the application deadline. What should I do?
Please contact the International Student Admission Specialist (admissions....at....tlu.ee). Every case will be discussed separately. Please note that application and all other documents have to be sent on time.
3. I need a visa for coming to Estonia and there is no Estonian Embassy in my country. What should I do?
You have to travel to a country that has an Estonian Embassy. Please check the Estonian Representations around the World.
4. How can I get a temporary residence permit?
In order to obtain the right of temporary residence, EU/EEA citizens (who stay in Estonia longer than three months) must register themselves as citizens of Tallinn within three months from the date of entering Estonia and apply for the Estonian identity card (ID-card).
Non-EU/EEA citizens who stay in Estonia for longer than three months are required to apply for the long-stay (D) visa. Non-EU/EEA citizens who stay in Estonia longer than six months have to apply for the temporary residence permit for studying in Estonia.
Bachelor level students who need a visa to enter Estonia must apply for the temporary residence permit for studying prior to their arrival in Estonia at their nearest Estonian Embassy. Master and doctoral level students are also allowed to apply in Estonia.
5. When are the admission exams taking place?
Admission exams are taking place several times a year. For most programmes it is possible to take the exams every month.
6. Do I have to come to Estonia for the admission exam?
Generally you do not have to travel to Estonia in order to take the admission exam. Usually you are asked to send a motivation letter or a creative portrfolio (depends on the programme) and then there will be an admission interview held via Skype (web camera is required). Applicants from neighbouring countries may be asked to come to Estonia for the exams.
7. When I get to know if I am admitted or not?
After the documents have been arrived by post, they will be sent to Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre for evaluation that will approximately take a month. After the results have arrived to the university, the university will check if the applicant has fulfilled all the necessary admission requirements. If everything is okay, the university will send you an accepted offer and guidelines for further steps.
8. Am I eligible to apply with the educational documents from my home country?
If You are eligible to apply for a degree programme in your home country, you can apply in Estonia. The final assessment of your educational documents will be made by the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre after you have sent your documents by post.
9. How much is the tuition fee?
Most of the BA and MA programmes in English have a tuition fee. PhD programmes do not have a tuition fee. The fees are marked here.
10. Do I have to pay the tuition fee all at once?
The student has the right to choose one of the following payment schedules for paying the
Plan A - Paying the tuition fee for the full study year in one single payment during the autumn
Plan B - Paying each semester´s tuition fee in one instalment in each semester
(recommended for students who pay tuition fees from a student loan),
11. Where can I see specific courses offered during the studies?
You can see what are the exact courses that are taught from Study information system ÕIS. There choose Study programmes from the list on the left -> choose the institute that offers the programme -> choose the programme and there you have the list of the courses.
12. What are the living costs per month?
Monthly living costs are about €300–€500 (not including accommodation).
Some examples of the prices:
- student meals: 3–7 EUR
- public transport: free of charge in Tallinn for residents of Tallinn
- theatre ticket: 12–18 EUR
- concert ticket: 8–30 EUR
- movie ticket: 4,5–8,4 EUR
- private sports clubs: 30–70 EUR per month
13. Do you have dormitories? What other possibilities I have for accommodation?
Yes, we have dormitories. One possibility is to book a place in Tallinn University Dormitory that is located on the main campus of Tallinn University. There are double rooms with a price of 150 euros per month. 40 minutes from the Tallinn University main campus by bus is G4S Dormitory. There you have a possibility to book a place in double or single rooms. Monthly cost in double rooms is 205,60 euros and in single rooms 411,20 euros. 5-10 minutes from the university by tram is TeKo Dormitory. There are double and triple rooms for the price of 150 euros per month.
The students also have the possibility to rent an apartment. Monthly rent is 200– 450 euros or more.
You can find more info about the accommodation from here.
14. Do you have study allowances?
Yes, Tallinn University offers study allowances for students admitted to TU. One possibility is to apply for needs-based study allowance for students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. The allowance is 75- 220 euros per month during the studies. More info is available here.
You can also apply for study allowance based on your study results. The allowance is 100 euros per month during one semester. More info is available here.
15. Can I work during my studies and where can I find a job?
Yes, you can. More information on how to find a job can be found here.