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A Step-by-Step Guide for Admission

10.03.2017 12:12:57

Each year, hundreds of students navigate in the crazy wilderness that is the university admission process in their quest to be admitted to their perfect degree programme. Our International Admission Specialists Nele and Triin have gathered here the most important information to help you out in this process and to ease your journey to Estonia.

Application Deadline

International applicants have different deadlines based on their nationality, level of studies and the programme that they are applying. Be sure to review the following application deadlines to determine when is the deadline for you:

  • Non-EU/EEA (except applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia) – 15 April, 2017
  • Applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia – 1 June, 2017
  • EU/EEA citizens – 1 July, 2017
  • Deadline for Finnish and Latvian citizens who have obtained general secondary level qualification in Finland or Latvia for Bachelor level programmes (except Audiovisual Media BA) – 15 August, 2017

Step by Step Application Process

  1. Apply online:
  2. Upload all required documents to the online application system:
    – Copy of the identification page of passport.
    – Copy of a secondary education certificate / Bachelor’s degree certificate or the equivalent / Master’s degree certificate or the equivalent.
    – Transcript of Records.
    – Proof of English proficiency.
  3. Submit the written part of the admission exam and pay the application fee (80 EUR). Wait for an initial feedback to your application from the admission specialist.
  4. Admission interview. You will be contacted by the study counsellor of the respective unit for arranging the time for the admission interview.
  5. If the documents uploaded to the application system are sufficient and you pass the exam you will be asked to send following documents to the university:
    – Application cover printed and signed from the online application system.
    – Copy of the identification page of passport.
    – Copy of a secondary education certificate for Bachelor level / Copy of Bachelor´s degree certificate or the equivalent for Master level / Copy of Bachelor´s degree certificate or the equivalent and Master’s degree certificate or the equivalent for PhD level.
    – Transcript of Records. Translations are requested if the educational documents and Transcript of Records are not in English; both copies and translations must be attested by a notary.
    – Proof of English proficiency.

For further in depth information regarding the application process, check Tallinn University webpage.

English language requirement

International applicants are required to provide a proof of their English language proficiency. Exceptions are made only for applicants who have completed one of their previous levels of education or their previous studies fully in English in the United States, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand or the EU/EEA countries (attested proof from the previous educational institution required).

The tests and exemptions that are accepted by Tallinn University admission are listed here. If you cannot prove your English language proficiency with one of the approved English tests listed there, and you do not belong to any of the listed exempt categories, your application will not qualify for admission.

Tuition fee and Scholarships

  • Tuition fee

Tuition fee BA and MA programmes in English at Tallinn University have a tuition fee. However, all doctoral studies in Estonia are without tuition fee. Tuition fees for the degree-seeking students at Tallinn University are in the range of 1660-4352 EUR per academic year.

  • Monthly scholarships for degree students
    Most scholarships are for master´s and doctoral students, but some bachelor´s scholarships are also available.
  1. Estonian Governmental Scholarships for international Bachelor`s, Master`s and Doctoral level students. Scholarship amount: 350 EUR per month for the undergraduate and graduate students and 422 EUR per month for PhD students. Please see the further information from here.
    Deadline: 05.2017
  2. Dora Plus scholarships for foreign master’s and doctoral students. The scholarship for foreign Master’s students is 350 euros per month. The scholarship amount for the PhD students will be set by the state budget every year. Please see the further information from here.
    Deadline: 10.09.2017
  • Tuition waivers

School of Humanities offers tuition waiver scholarships for students applying for  School of Humanities programmes. The tuition waiver scholarship means that the students receiving this scholarship do not have to pay the full tuition fee, if they complete a full-time study load. The exact percentage of the tuition waiver and the number of students receiving the waiver is still pending and will be announced by the School of Humanities.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarships for applicants from Ukraine, Georgia and Afghanistan.

In 2017, four stipends are available for applicants from Afghanistan, Georgia and Ukraine for the following programmes (one full scholarship per programme):

International Relations programme

Human-Computer Interaction programme

Digital Learning Games programme

Communication Management programme

The scholarship covers the tuition fee for two years and will provide a stipend of 300 EUR per month for two years (18 months). Please see the further information from here.

  • Speciality grant
    Speciality grant is for students who are studying either Applied Computer Science, Computer Science (BA), Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Learning Games or Educational Technology. The grant is 160 euros per month. Please see the further information from here.

Tips for Your Application Process

  • While the admission process may seem complicated, a little organization and attention go a long way. Read carefully the information given on our admission
  • Make sure that you have thoroughly researched the programme that you are applying to, so that you are certain that it meets your expectations and that you have the appropriate qualifications to meet all entry requirements.
  • Speak to international admissions staff and alumni of the study programs that you are interested in so that you can build up a picture of what is expected of you as an applicant and as a student.
  • Start early. Coming to study abroad is a long process, thus set yourself early deadlines for completing written assignments, collecting required documents and submitting all the necessary applications.
  • Read carefully and act according to the feedback received from DreamApply admission system. The admission specialist will guide you through the application process and inform you via email if any feedback is given to you by the university.

Good luck with the process!


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