University of Tartu

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Type of institution: Public University

Number of students: 13 000

Number of international students: 1600



Contact person: Ms Eveli Soo

Phone: +372 737 6114


Website: University of Tartu

Address: Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, Estonia


About University of Tartu


Founded in 1632, the University of Tartu (UT) is the largest and most comprehensive university in Estonia and one of the most respectable centres of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe. It belongs to the top 1.2% of world's best universities and is the top 301st university in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). UT is home to 13 000 students, including 1600 international students from over 100 countries.

UT is famous for its research-based education. On average, the university awards over 100 PhD degrees and university researchers publish about 3,000 scientific articles annually. UT is in the top 1% of the world’s most cited universities and scientific institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Psychiatry and Psychology, Pharmacology and Toxicology (ISI Web of Science). A total of 54 UT scientists belong to the top 1% of most cited scientists in the world.

The university is an active member of international associations such as the Guild, LERU, U4 and the Coimbra Group. The university has over 75 partnership agreements with universities around the world and participates in student exchange programmes and networks such as Erasmus+, ISEP, AEN, etc.

UT offers international degree, semester, and summer programmes with instruction in English, and each year attracts an increasing number of international students from around the world. Currently, there are 27 international study programmes available fully in English, including business administration, medicine and software engineering. Some of the university’s study programmes are truly unique, such as semiotics, philosophy, EU-Russia studies and wellness & spa management.

Quick facts about UT:

  • Founded: 1632
  • Language of instruction: Estonian, English
  • Ranking: TOP 1.2% of world's best universities (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Faculties:
    • Social Sciences
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Science & Technology
    • Medicine
  • Centres of Excellence:
    • Centre of Excellence for Genomics and Translational Medicine
    • Centre of Excellence in Molecular Cell Engineering
    • Advanced materials and high-technology devices for energy recuperation systems