Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the application deadline?
The next admission for academic year 2018/2019 will be opened from January, 2018.
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.
It is possible to apply for the temporary residence permit at the nearest Estonian Embassy or after arrival to Estonia.
5. When are the admission exams taking place?
Admission exams are taking place several times a year. Please see here.
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, then generally 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?
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. The University mediates places between dormitories and the students. There are three dormitories where Tallinn University international students can be accommodated: Tallinn University Dormitory, G4S Dormitory and TeKo Dormitory.
It should be kept in mind though that applying for a dormitory place does not automatically mean that there is a place available. The places in the dormitories are limited and therefore not all the students can be accommodated in the dormitories. We will make a waiting list and your name will be added to the waiting list after your documents have been accurately submitted in the online application system and you have received positive feedback from the university. There are two waiting lists - one for exchange students and one for degree students.
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.