Tallinn University and its opportunities for international students in Autumn 2020


Tallinn University is glad to say that most international students can come to study in Estonia this Autumn. However, there are still strict requirements in place, which are explained below. The international student community is an integral part of Tallinn University and we acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many. We do hope that the solutions, which are offered, provide some relief in the current circumstances.

The Government of the Republic of Estonia has issued order no. 169 on 12 June 2020, titled „Imposition of temporary restrictions on crossing the state border in order to prevent a new outbreak of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing the COVID-19 disease“. According to the order, in connection with the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus and identification of the spread of the virus within Estonia and in order to prevent new mass infections, the crossing of the Estonian border is temporarily restricted.

Although the university has the right to invite students to the country for the purpose of studying, the exact procedure and the risks are still unclear (e.g. the additional expenses for the university). On 17 July 2020, the Senate of Tallinn University made the following decisions about bachelor’s and master’s degree studies in order to have all of the necessary methods in place to avoid the spread of the virus among new students:

  • international applicants from countries with a low infection rate are allowed to come to Estonia for studies if their country of residence is listed on the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s website by 3 August 2020;
  • international applicants, whose country of residence is not marked on the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s website with a low infection rate, can start their studies online. The students are allowed to come to Estonia once their country is marked on the website with a low infection rate;
  • admissions to three programmes will be cancelled, because it is not possible to carry out studies online and the number of applicants is insufficient for starting studies in a regular manner. The programmes are Screen Media and Innovation, Open Society Technologies, and Educational Innovation and Leadership;
  • international applicants, who have been qualified for admittance, are also given the opportunity to defer their studies until the next academic year if they wish to do so. The conditions of the programmes will remain the same.