Tallinn University is the largest university teaching humanities in Tallinn and the third largest public university in Estonia. We have almost 7,000 students and almost 400 lecturers and researchers. Every tenth lecturer in our university is from a foreign country, the share of foreign students and the university’s contribution to international research increases year by year.

Tallinn University has been represented in the world university rankings since 2019. Tallinn University is represented in two of the world´s most well-known rankings – the QS World University Rankings (QS WUR)  and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE WUR). The university is also valued in regional and area-specific rankings.

Tallinn University promotes research in Estonian language, aimed at the development of Estonia by concentrating on five focus fields: educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and society and open governance. 

Professional development and international cooperation is an important part of the working life. Participation in international academic work is inevitable from the perspective of the university’s development. Internationalisation is not an aim in itself, but primarily a tool for ensuring and improving academic quality in all the main fields of activity of the university. Various opportunities have been created for supporting employees’ mobility. Employees can develop themselves also within the university: by undergoing trainings, learning languages, working with mentors.

Tallinn University has set a goal to be the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. Above all, intelligent lifestyle means science-based decisions for the better coping of the society and citizens. In cooperation with enterprises, the public and the third sector, the university helps to apply its know-how and experiences for shaping new products and services.

In Tallinn University, degree studies are conducted on three levels of education, on the basis of the study programmes of professional higher education, Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctoral study programmes, or Bachelor’s and Master’s integrated study programmes. The academic year begins in September and divides into spring semester and autumn semester. Important information concerning the studies, information systems and documents can be found here.

Read more:
Tallinn University Study Regulations
Tallinn University Statute of Study Programme

Academic Career Model

As of 01.09.2019, Tallinn University transferred to a career model that ensures the possibility of career advancement from the beginning to end for academic employees. This means that an academic employee who works under an indefinite employment contract must pass an evaluation after a certain period of time (fulfil the criteria of assessment/promotion). After passing the evaluation successfully, a proposition to take up a new position or positions (on a higher level in the career model) is made to the employee. The conditions for the assessment of academic work (duties, volume of work, job requirements) have been established in Tallinn University Employment Relations Rules and the annexes.

Central to the academic career model of Tallinn University is the tenure track system with professor positions of stable job security.

The position of an academic employee is filled by way of public competition or without it if the employee is appointed, movement on the career track occurs or he/she is invited to the position of a visiting employee.

Please find information on competitions for filling academic positions here.