The following steps outline the application process for citizens of Non-EU/EEA countries.
Find the programme you are interested in applying to.
Make sure you meet the general requirements which you can see in the description of each study level. Please choose the study level that you would like to study at here.
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.
Make sure you have proof of English language proficiency. Note that the proof of English proficiency needs to be valid at the beginning of studies.
For applicants to Doctoral programmes: Contact the academic unit you would like to begin your Doctoral studies at to find a prospective supervisor. All PhD programmes can be seen here and you can find the contact person on the programme page. Please attach your PhD proposal to the e-mail for reviewing.
International applicants (applicants who do not have Estonian citizenship or right of permanent residence in Estonia) apply through the online application system DreamApply.
Applications and documents are accepted during the admission period announced in Tallinn University’s academic calendar. Admission to Tallinn University’s Bachelor’s and Master’s studies takes place once a year. Admission to Doctoral studies may take place more than once a year. Application deadlines can be seen here.
To apply, you must upload and submit the following documents with your application on DreamApply:
- Copies of education documents required to apply for the programme;
- A copy of the identification page of your passport;
- Proof of English language proficiency. Please remember that the proof of English proficiency needs to be valid at the beginning of studies;
- Specific documents required for the programme you are applying to. You can see programme-specific requirements on the web page of the programme you are applying to. Please see all programmes here. Please note that a programme-specific requirement may also include a written assignment which will be considered a part of your entrance exam;
- A copy of a Sworn Affidavit to Confirmation of Name if you have changed your name or the name stated in your passport differs from your name on any of the other required documents;
- If you are applying for adjustments to be made during the admission exams due to your physical or psycho-social special need, a copy of medical proof of this special need must be submitted;
- Applicants applying for Doctoral level studies must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a thesis proposal signed by a qualified academic supervisor.
Documents that are not in Estonian or English must be accompanied by a translation into Estonian or English, certified by the issuer, a sworn translator or notary. Please read about official translations here.
When submitting the documents, make sure you follow the Country-specific Requirements. If the country you studied in is not listed, no country-specific requirements apply and general requirements are to be followed.
If your previous level of education was not acquired in Estonia, you are required to pay an application fee of €100. Paying the application fee is a prerequisite for an application to be processed and must be paid by the application deadline. The application fee is non-refundable.
We advise you to apply as soon as possible and not leave submitting your application to the last minute. This enables us to give you feedback and a chance for you to update your application, if necessary.
Tallinn University does not accept applications submitted by third parties. You must complete and sign the application form yourself.
Once you have submitted an application with all the required documents, paid the application fee by the application deadline, meet Tallinn University’s admission requirements and receive positive feedback to the written part of the exam (or assignment), you will be asked to take the entrance exam. You will be contacted by the study counsellor of the respective unit for arranging a time for the admission interview. The entrance exam may consist of more written assignments and always includes a Skype interview.
Applicants who have successfully passed the admission exam, will be sent a Conditional Acceptance offer. Within two weeks from the announcement of the offer (unless otherwise instructed by the admissions specialists), an applicant must send the following documents to Tallinn University by post:
- A signed application cover printed from DreamApply. Please see instructions here;
- Certified copies of education documents required to apply for the programme;
- A copy of the identification page of your passport;
- Certified copy of a Sworn Affidavit to Confirmation of Name if you have changed your name or the name stated in your passport differs from your name on any of the other required documents.
Documents that are not in Estonian or English must be accompanied by a translation into Estonian or English, certified by the issuer, a sworn translator or notary. Information about certified copies and translations of documents is available here.
When sending the documents by post, be sure to follow the country-specific requirements. If the country you studied in is not listed, no country-specific requirements apply and general requirements are to be followed.
The address for sending the documents to is:
Academic Affairs Office
Narva mnt. 25
Once your documents arrive, they will be evaluated by the university’s admission specialists. The university has the right to make inquiries, use different databases and institutions as well as submit documents certifying education to the Estonian ENIC/NARIC for the purpose of assessing the qualification. The evaluation process may take up to a month.
Once your documents have received a positive evaluation, you will receive an invoice to pay the tuition fee for the first semester. Once we have received your tuition fee payment, a final accepted offer will be made and you will receive an official Acceptance Letter.
After you have received an accepted offer from the DreamApply system and an acceptance e-mail from the admissions office you should apply for an Estonian Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) for studies and/or an Estonian visa to be able to travel to Estonia.
Candidates who have fulfilled the admission requirements, arrived in Estonia by the required deadline, registered their arrival in the Academic Affair Office and signed the study agreement (except Doctoral students who will sign the study contract according the university’s procedure) will be matriculated.
The university has the right to revoke the admission decision if it appears that the level of education or qualification of an applicant does not provide access to the desired level of higher education. The university is not liable for possible material or non-material damage arising from the revocation of an admission decision.