Record number of applications submitted to Tallinn University

The deadline for submitting admission applications was 1 July. The university received 7858 applications, which is 1000 more than in the last few years. 6114 applications were submitted for Bachelor's and professional higher education programmes, 1688 applications for Master's programmes and 56 applications for doctoral programmes. International students can submit applications until the end of August. Over 1300 applications have been submitted so far.


The following study programmes received the most applications at the first level of higher education: Psychology in regular study (630 applications), Early Childhood Education in cyclical study (328 applications) and Public and Business Management in cyclical study (317 applications). In Master's studies, the following programmes received the most applications: Organisational Behaviour (152 applications), Social Pedagogy (147 applications) and Educational Leadership (87 applications). All of these are cyclical study programmes.

As usual, competition is the most intense for study places in Bachelor's programmes that have also been popular in previous years. The fiercest competition in our university and the entire country is for study places in our Psychology regular study programme, with 15.75 students competing for one place. This is followed by Public and Business Management in cyclical study (12.68 applications per study place), Physical Education in cyclical study (11.8 applications per study place), Advertising and Public Relations in regular study (11.27 applications per study place) and Special Education in cyclical study (9.96 applications per study place).

Tallinn University's Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Priit Reiska  is pleased with the results of this year's admissions. He added that it is nice to see a significant rise in interest towards programmes that have not received too many applications in the past. "One positive is definitely the rise in the number of applications for teacher training programmes," said Reiska. "For example, the Master's programme for Teacher of Estonian Language and Literature received 47 applications, which is an all-time high."

He added that the number of applicants who want to study in the Master's programme for Teacher of Natural Sciences in Secondary School has almost doubled. "Overall, 18 programmes had a 50% increase in applications compared with last year," rejoices Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Priit Reiska.

Our future students show great interest in cyclical studies at both Bachelor's and Master's levels. In cyclical studies, students also have time for work and other responsibilities. Considering that around 80% of students of Tallinn University work and study simultaneously, Reiska said that increasingly more programmes are available in cyclical studies, including most of the Master's programmes. "This is a calculated decision by the university," added Reiska. "Our aim is to offer flexible ways to study and thus support life-long learning."

Around 1000 more applications were submitted to Tallinn University compared with previous years. Priit Reiska believes that the crisis is partly responsible for the increased interest in education. "Interest in higher education also increased during the previous crisis," said Reiska. He added that being able to predict a looming crisis, Finland gave an additional 124 million euros to higher education this year to create 4800 new study places.

In Tallinn University, admissions were open for 45 Bachelor's and 57 Master's programmes. 81 of them are in Estonian and 21 in English. In addition, the university has 14 doctoral programmes.

Admission exams in Tallinn University take place between 3 July and 15 July. The university will admit students who have exceeded the admission threshold, using achievement-based raking. The list of students who have been admitted to Bachelor's studies will be published on 17 July 2020. The lists for Master's and doctoral programmes will be published some time after admission exams. Tallinn University will admit around 2500 students for the next academic year.

After the applicant has been notified of their admission, they must inform the university of their decision within three days if they wish to start studies in the autumn semester.