The following steps outline the application process for international students considering applying for an Estonian-based programme in Tallinn University.

  • Find the programme you are interested in applying for. Familiarize yourself with the programme's description and programme-specific requirements which are described on the web site of the programme you are interested in. You can find the list of programmes here. Please note that for applying to an Estonian degree programme, the minimum level of Estonian proficiency is B1.
  • Make sure you know the Country-specific Requirements that apply to the country you graduated from your previous level of studies in. If the country you studied in is not listed, no country-specific requirements apply and general requirements are to be followed.
  • For PhD applicants – please find a prospective supervisor by contacting the respective unit. All PhD programmes can be seen here and you can find the contact person on the programme page. Please attach your PhD proposal for reviewing to the e-mail.
  • Take your documents to Estonian ENIC/NARIC centre for evaluation.
    NB! Please note that getting the evaluation from the Estonian ENIC/NARIC centre takes approximately one month. You should have the ENIC/NARIC's decision on your qualification by the time you apply. If you graduate the same year and do not have time to send the documents to ENIC/NARIC, please send the scans of the documents and passport to
  • Apply through SAIS if you have an Estonian ID-code, Mobile-ID or Smart-ID. If you do not have access to SAIS you can come to university and the admission specialist can submit the application with you. When submitting the documents, make sure you follow the Country-specific Requirements.

The application deadlines:

January 29 – July 1 at 15:00 – English programmes (Bachelor's and Master's programmes)

May 1 – July 1 at 15:00 – Estonian Master's programmes 

June 14 – July 1 at 15:00 –  Estonian Bachelor's programmes 

Dates of the entrance exams can be found here: Bachelor's programmes, Master's programmes.

If you need help applying or want to bring the education documents to university you can come on 26 or 28 June (times will be announced here).

* Bachelor level applicants are expected to send their secondary education documents; Master level applicants are expected to send their Bachelor level documents or documents certifying a corresponding qualification; Doctoral level applicants are expected to send their Bachelor and Master level documents or documents certifying corresponding qualifications.

** At least 60% of the possible maximum results is expected from the previous degree(s) when applying to studies in Tallinn University

  • You will be notified of the time and place of the admission exam. The admission exams take place in July.

Once you have received an accepted offer you should apply for Estonian Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) for studies if you are from a Non-EU/EEA country.

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). Please read here