The university now known as Tallinn University came into existence on 18th March 2005. However, the history of the university is much longer.
Tallinn University developed as the result of the merger of several research and development institutions in Tallinn (the Academic Library, Tallinn Pedagogical University, the Institute of History, the Institute of Ecology and the Estonian Institute of Humanities). This year also Baltic Film and Media School was established. Tallinn University’s main academic strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, as well as a strong and constantly growing competence in the field of the natural and exact sciences. The university has a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research being the innovator in Estonian education and the largest provider of teacher education since 1919. Study at Tallinn University is research-based with an emphasis on practical training and cross-disciplinary approach.
Tallinn University is the third largest university in Estonia, consisting of 19 institutes and 6 colleges. Study and research is conducted in six different disciplines: educational sciences, humanities, arts, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences.
There are around 10,000 students at Tallinn University, including approximately 600 foreign students from 54 countries and a significant number of foreign academics (9.4 per cent of the academic staff are foreigners, which is one of the biggest percentage among Estonian universities). In order to ensure and enhance our international teaching and learning capabilities, Tallinn University collaborates with various institutes abroad, having bilateral cooperation agreements with 51 partner universities in 29 countries worldwide. We participate in the programmes Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus. It’s the fastest growing university in Estonia.
Tallinn University offers qualified international students 29 study programmes taught in English (5 bachelor's programmes, 10 Master's Programmes, 14 PhD programmes). In addition, Tallinn Summer School offers a 3-week programme in July, which includes courses in various fields presented by the best Estonian and foreign internationally acclaimed academics, opinion leaders and intellectuals. Similar programme, however with less courses is also offered in January in Tallinn Winter School. It is one of the most international universities in the Baltic area.
How to apply
Tallinn University uses the 3+2 system (i.e. three years of bachelor studies + two years of master studies). Bachelor level (BA) applicants are required to have completed their secondary education and possess university eligibility. Master level (MA) applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Applicants also need to show proof of proficiency in English. All internationally recognised language proficiency tests, such as IELTS or TOEFEL are accepted. Depending on the programme, there are additional entrance tests such as an interview, written essay, portfolio etc.
Student Scholarships and Exchanges
The university maintains 25 inter-university agreements with universities from several European countries, US, Japan, Russia and some others and more than 360 Erasmus exchange agreements with European universities. The University also organises summer schools and short-term courses for foreigners.
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