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Five Reasons to Study at the University of Tartu, Estonia

Founded in 1632, The University of Tartu (UT) is the oldest university is Estonia and one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. UT is known for its high reputation of the quality of studies and research. In this article, we will talk about the reasons why applicants choose to study at the University of Tartu in Estonia.

High rankings

The University of Tartu is one of the most respected centres of education and research in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Estonia’s largest and the most comprehensive university. Belonging to the top 1.2% of the best universities in the world (QS World University Rankings), UT is among four best universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Students choose UT, because they can count on the excellent reputation of the diploma they receive upon graduation.

International environment

The University of Tartu is an international university: out of 13,400 students, 1,660 are international students. Tartu itself has four centuries of student life. There are many international student organisations (IdeaLab, International Student Ambassadors, EstCube, etc.) tutors and international student coordinators, Erasmus student network and others to take care of the social life of international students. There are also faculty-based clubs, UT Sport club, an orchestra, various choirs and a theatre for students to join.

Exchange opportunities 

Students have great study abroad opportunities. UT has 72 partner universities in 26 countries – it means that a student can go on exchange to literally anywhere in the world from the USA to Australia with little to no cost. Students can use Erasmus or Dora plus programmes as well as many other study abroad scholarships.

Comfortable stay

UT has its campuses at five cities across the country – Tartu, Viljandi, Narva, Parnu, and Estonian capital – Tallinn. The main university campus is located in Tartu – an intellectual capital of Estonia where every 5th person here is a student. The city feels like one big campus, where everything is within walking distance. The University provides apartment-type freshly renovated dormitories that are located in 5-10 minutes distance by foot from the main campus of UT.

Strongest Research in Estonia

The University is the major science and research centre of Estonia – a unique small country that strives to be the number one force in the world in IT. It is the birthplace of Skype and many e-solutions such as e-government, e-parking, e-elections. UT also represents the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of molecular biology and genetics, environmental science and ecology, biology and biochemistry, botany and zoology, and many other areas (Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators).

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