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The University of Tartu is known for its high reputation of the quality of studies and research. Students choose our university, because they can count on the excellent reputation of the diploma they receive upon graduation.


The University of Tartu is one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1632 by King Gustavus Adoplhus of Sweden. The university, modelled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, was intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplies. It has continued to adhere to this tradition.

The University of Tartu is the leading centre of research and training and the only classical university in Estonia. It preserves the culture and language of the Estonian people. For many Estonians higher education equals with the University of Tartu.

TOP 3% of the world's BEST universities

The University of Tartu belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities (THE World University Rankings) and is in the top 10 of the best universities in the Eastern region (Interfax). It is the highest ranked university in the Baltics.

Estonian science, led by the University of Tartu, belongs to the upper 50% of the world's countries in all 22 fields of research specified in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database. According to the ESI, the University of Tartu has reached the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in environmental sciences and ecology, clinical medicine, plant and animal science, and chemistry.

STRONGEST RESEARCH university in Estonia

The University of Tartu is the strongest research university in Estonia. It is the only Baltic university that has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of reowned research universities, and it also belongs to the Utrecht Network. The university's hall of fame includes physicists Moritz Hermann Jacobi and Emil Lenz, chemists Carl Claus and Wilhelm Ostwald, physiologist Carl Schmidt, pharmacist Johan Georg Dragendorff, anatomist August Rauber, naturalist Karl Ernst von Baer, founder of cultural semiotics Juri Lotman, and many more.

High-level research is conducted as well by the university's Centres of Excellence. 2 research teams have been granted the The European Research Council (ERC) grant. UT is an innovative R&D partner for small entreprises and multinational corporations.

Satellite EstCube-1 made Estonia the 41st space nation in the world. IdeaLab of the university connects students from different faculties to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

BIGGEST university in Estonia

The University of Tartu includes 9 faculties and 4 colleges. Most of the university is located in Tartu; however, it also has colleges in Pärnu, Narva and Viljandi and a representation in Tallinn. The University of Tartu is the biggest university in Estonia, there are about 15 000 students. Every year more than 1000 international students from around 70 countries study at the university.

MODERN study system and HIGH-QUALITY education

The University of Tartu follows the Bologna process in the organisation of its studies and programmes. The quality of study programmes is assured through programme-based organisation of study designed to pay more attention to the needs of society and prospective employers. Annual polls are conducted among graduates of the university to evaluate their initial success in the labour market. Relevant findings contribute to the development of further curricula.

Several joint-degree programmes at the University of Tartu hold the prestigious status of Erasmus Mundus programmes, awarded to selected curricula in the EU as a sign of high quality. Several of UT's international master's programmes have received the "Most Attractive International Master" national award from the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. And last but not least, the International Master in Applied Measurement Science has been awarded a "EuroMaster" label.


Internationalisation is an important part of the university's stragic plan. The University of Tartu has many partner universities all around the world and it cooperates with many world-class universities: the University of Helsinki, Moscow State University, Tsinghua University, University of Melbourne, Uppsala University, Lund University, Hokkaido University etc. The university's scientists conduct research with global companies like Samsung, Philips, Mercedes-Benz and ImmonoQure. Students have an opportunity to study abroad through various student exchange networks (Erasmus+, ISEP, AEN etc.). The University is a member of many prestigious international networks.


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