Here are the fundamentals for those students who are about to arrive or have already arrived at the University of Tartu.
We strongly advise you to use the checklist down below in order to keep track of all the most relevant procedures after your arrival at UT. You are advised to make sure that you do not skip any of the steps. Also, due to all the different cards that students may need to apply for, you will find a table with some brief information as to what to use each card for, whether it is compulsory, etc.
After arrival to UT
Your UT username and password will be sent to you by email. If you have not received your UT username and password, please contact the Study Abroad Centre.
Before the beginning of the semester.
Register for courses in the Study Information System (SIS/ÕIS in Estonian).
By February 26, 2018.
In order to receive a stipend from UT, you are advised to open a local bank account and insert the account number into SIS.
Within the first weeks of the semester.
By February 26, 2018.
Short-term students, who came to Estonia with visa-free access: apply for D-visa at the Police and Border Guard Board.
Right after arrival to Estonia.
D-visa holders (short-term students or degree-seeking students staying in Estonia up to 6 months): request an Estonian ID-code ("isikukood") at Tartu County Government.
As soon as possible.
Send your Estonian ID code (isikukood) to the Study Abroad Centre: email@example.com
As soon as you have received it.
Tuition fee and visiting student: fee is based on the number of credits to be earned.
The invoice will be sent by e-mail at the end of February, after your study plan has been fixed for the semester.
EU citizens: register as a citizen of Tartu at the Tartu Population Registry (Küüni 5) in order to have the right of residence in Estonia.
Within one month from the date of entering Estonia.
Where and how to get?
Proves student status; several discounts internationally.
When opening a bank account at Swedbank or SEB.
Costs regulated by the purchasing power within each country
Proves your status as a member of the Erasmus Student Network; several discounts; benefits in Tartu
ESN Tartu office
UT student card (find out about it here)
Proves UT student status ; discounts in Estonia at public transportation, sports facilities, doctors, dentists…
Your dean’s office
Free of charge
Estonian ID card (EU citizens only)
Proves one's right to stay in Estonia; access to UT library, e-services (banking, digital signing, mobile ID), authentication; different discounts in Estonia
Compulsory for the students from the EU studying in Estonia at least 3 months
Riia St. 132
(Within one month from receiving your right of temporary residence and Estonian ID code)
Temporary residence permit card (non-EU citizens only)
Proves one's right to stay in Estonia; access to e-services (banking, digital signing, mobile ID), authentication
Compulsory for the degree-seeking students from non-EU studying in Estonia more than 6 months. Short-term students (exchange/visiting) do not apply for TRP.
After applying for the TRP, the students are informed when and where they get TRP card
Access to UT library services
Tartu bus card
Contactless card or sticker for use on all city buses in Tartu; student discounts are available
Any R-Kiosk, post office, the bus station, and some stores. A full list of sales points is available here
European Health Insurance Card
Covers some medical services (such as visit to General Practitioner)
Only for EU citizens
Health insurance institution of your home country
Free of charge
Store customer cards
Many stores (e.g., Kaubamaja, Selver, Rimi, Konsum, Maxima and others) offer customer cards that allow you to save money and/or accumulate bonus points when you shop.
From the cashier or at the info desk of the store
Varies; generally under 2 €
Quick reference guide
|UT Support Services|
|Study Abroad Centre (SAC)||SAC|
Your study coordinator
UT Main Building (Ülikooli 18) Room 134
|Student-to-student support services||Getting Started||-|
|Visa assistance||Residence Permits and Visasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Financial matters||Getting Started|
|Counseling for students with special email@example.com|
|Center for Academic Writing (AVOK)||AVOK|
|Support Services Beyond UT|
|Banking||Info about banking system||-|
|Student dormitories||Tartu Student Villagefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Health care||Info about health care system||-|
|Sports facilities||For UT Sports Club: email@example.com|
|Safety and security|
Emergency number: 112
Police & Border Guard Address: Riia 132
|Tartu Population Registry Service (to register your place of residence)|