Admission

Application deadline is 15 March, 2021.

Who should apply to the programme

  • graduates with bachelor’ s degrees in physics, chemistry, pharmacy, materials science, natural sciences, engineering, technology or medicine
  • practitioners in analysis and measurement laboratories who are facing the fast development of analytical methods and new regulations (Quality systems, ISO 17025 accreditation, etc)
  • personnel of laboratories, metrology institutes, accreditation, certification and inspection agencies
  • quality managers in various industries

Entry requirements

  • bachelor’ s degree or equivalent qualification in the field of exact or natural sciences, technology, engineering or medicine (must be obtained by the end of July) – please see country-specific document requirements here.
  • prerequisite courses: at least 18 ECTS completed in the previous level  of studies in physics or chemistry (only applicants whose average study result is at least 60% of the maximum are eligible to apply)
  • English language proficiency – acceptable tests and exempt categories are specified here.

Piret Saluveer, Traineeship and Student Exchange Coordinator: we make every effort to offer you a pleasant and fruitful studying experience at Tartu.

Applications are evaluated based on

  • the average grade of the previous study level (yields 50% of the final score)
  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 50% of the final score)
    Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 4600 characters with spaces) based on the following points:

    • Give a short overview of the physical and chemical basis of measurements and chemical analysis.
    •  In which role do you see yourself in your job after completion of the programme and what is your personal motivation to study applied measurement science?
    • What is the role of measurements in the world’s economy and society?

    The motivation letter ranking is composed of the following: (1) fit between the student’s goals and the programme (16 % of the final score); (2) analytical and argumentation skills (16 % of the final score); (3) fluency of written English (8 % of the final score). The motivation letter is part of the application form, and cannot be sent separately. Guidelines and evaluation criteria for the motivation letter are also included in the online application form.

The maximum overall score is 100 points. The application will be considered for admission if an overall score of 66 points or higher is achieved and the score for the motivation letter does not fall below 51 points. Further information on assessing candidates’ academic performance and calculating admissions’ score.

Application process for international students

The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad. Applicants who studied in Estonia should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS) – further information is available here.

Step 1 | Submitting the online application

Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:

  1. online application
  2. motivation letter
  3. official copy of the bachelor’s diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale). NB! Applicants graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their diploma and final transcript issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent official transcript by the application deadline. The transcript should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing institution indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (must reach us no later than by the end of July).
  4. official translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English, translation certified
  5. proof of English language proficiency
  6. copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  7. confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable)

All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 50, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT. Read more about paying the application fee.

Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered.

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

Step 2 | Evaluation and announcement of admission results

The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by May 15 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.

NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.

Terms and conditions of the admission offer

Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.

Step 3 | Sending the documents by post and paying the tuition fee

Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-132, 50090 Tartu, ESTONIA.

The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff).The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach the us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.

Requirements for educational documents

All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either
1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or
2) by a notary, or
3) with an Apostille attached.

The university does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).

NB! Country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.

NB! All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).

Paying the tuition fee

  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to pay the fee for the first semester once they arrive in Tartu (by 20 September at the latest after signing the fee contract, please read more here).
     
  • Admitted students from other countries are required to pre-pay half of the first semester’s tuition fee after they have been informed of their admission decision (have received an offer) via DreamApply. Second part of the fee is due on 20 September. The invoice along with the pre-payment deadline and payment details will be sent to applicants via DreamApply. NB! The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received the pre-payment.
    NB! By transferring the pre-payment to the university, you confirm that you have informed yourself about the process of the visa and temporary residence permit application and you are able to arrive in Estonia by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions please contact studentvisasupport@ut.ee.
Step 4 | Receiving the official admission letter

The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details). 

NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa/residence permit in Estonian embassies.

Step 5 | Arriving in Estonia and at UT

Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. When preparing for travel to Estonia, check the relevant information from UT Welcome Web.

Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information leaflet available on the UT Getting Started website.

Last modified: December 3, 2020

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