Arrival ABC

We hope that you have received all information necessary to process your visa/temporary residence permit application from our Welcome Web
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 checklists down below in order to keep track of all the most relevant procedures after your arrival at UT. There is one checklist for short-term students and one for degree-seeking students. 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.

Checklist (Short-term/Visiting Students)

Action

Timeframe

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.

Fill out your contact information in the Study Information System. Make sure your contact information is correct and keep it updated!

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 the SIS.

Within the first weeks of the semester.

Pay your tuition fee (if applicable).

Based on the invoice issued by UT. 

C-visa holders: Begin applying for a D-visa (if you will be staying in Estonia for more than 90 days) at the Police and Border Guard Board.

Immediately upon arrival in Tartu!

 

Detailed information available here.

D-visa holders: request an Estonian ID-code (isikukood) at the Tartu Country Government.

As soon as possible.

EU citizens: register as a resident of Tartu at the Tartu Population Registry (Küüni 5) in order to have the right of residence in Estonia and receive your ID-code 

Within one month after your arrival in Estonia.

EU citizens: After completing the above step, apply for an Estonian ID-card from the Police and Border Guard Board (Riia 132) which certifies your right of residence in Estonia and allows you to use various e-services. 

After registering as a resident of Tartu

Send your Estonian ID code (isikukood) to the Study Abroad Centre: studentvisasupport@ut.ee

 

As soon as you have received it.

Checklist (Degree-seeking Students)

Action

Timeframe

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.

Fill out your contact information in the Study Information System (SIS/ÕIS). Make sure your contact information is correct and keep it updated!

As soon as possible. 

Register for courses in the SIS.

 

Within the first two weeks after the beginning of the semester

In order to receive a stipend from UT, open a local bank account and insert the account number into the SIS.

Within the first weeks of the semester.

Sign your tuition fee contract or tuition-waiver scholarship contract at your respective dean’s office (bachelor and master's students of English-taught programmes).

Within three weeks after the beginning of the semester.

PhD students: lndividual study plan added to SIS.

Within two weeks from matriculation

Non-EU citizens: If you will be studying in Estonia for more than 6 calendar months and have not applied for an Estonian Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) yet, begin applying for it at the Police and Border Guard Board. You will receive your Estonian ID-code (isikukood) along with your TRP.

Immediately upon arrival in Tartu!

 

Detailed information available here.

After having received your TRP card (if applicable), register as a citizen of Tartu in the Police and Border Guard Board Office (Riia 132) or at the Population Register Office in Tartu (Küüni 5).

As soon as possible after receiving TRP card

EU citizens: register as a resident of Tartu at the Tartu Population Registry (Küüni 5) in order to have the right of residence in Estonia and receive an Estonian ID-code (isikukood).

Within one month after your arrival in Estonia.

EU citizens: Apply for an Estonian ID-card from the Police and Border Guard Board. 

As soon as possible.

Pay your tuition fee (if applicable)

 Based on the invoice issued by UT.

Send your Estonian ID code (isikukood) to the Study Abroad Centre: studentvisasupport@ut.ee

As soon as you have received it.

My cards

Card

What for?

Obligatory?

Where and how to get?

How much?

ISIC

Proves student status; several discounts internationally.

No

https://www.isic.org/get-your-card/

When opening a bank account at Swedbank or SEB.

Costs regulated by the purchasing power within each country

ESNcard

Proves your status as a member of the Erasmus Student Network; several discounts; benefits in Tartu

No

ESN Tartu office
Pikk 14-206

Tu 19:30-20:30

10 €

UT student card (find out about it here)

Proves UT student status ; discounts in Estonia at public transportation, sports facilities, doctors, dentists…

No

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

Migration Bureau

Riia St. 132

Mo-Fr 9:00-17:00

(Within one month from receiving your right of temporary residence and Estonian ID code)

25 €

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

64  €

Library card

Access to UT library services

Not compulsory for students who use their Estonian ID card as UT library card

Veski 32

Mo-Fr 9:00-19:00

1.6 €

Tartu bus card

Contactless card or sticker for use on all city buses in Tartu; student discounts are available

No

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. 

No

From the cashier or at the info desk of the store 

Varies; generally under 2 

Quick reference guide

UT Support Services
ServiceWebsiteContact
Study Abroad Centre (SAC)SAC

Your study coordinator

UT Main Building (Ülikooli 18) Room 134

Student-to-student support servicesGetting Started-
IT ServicesArvutiabiarvutiabi@ut.ee
Visa assistanceResidence Permits and Visasstudentvisasupport@ut.ee
Financial mattersGetting Started
Counseling for students with special needsmailis.sults@ut.ee
Center for Academic Writing (AVOK)AVOK

avokeskus@ut.ee

Career counseling-

noustaja@ut.ee

Psychological counseling-psyhholoog@ut.ee
Support Services Beyond UT
BankingInfo about banking system-
Student dormitoriesTartu Student Villageinfo@campus.ee
Health careInfo about health care system-
Sports facilities

Info about sports facilities

UT Sports Club

For UT Sports Club: info@tysk.ee
Safety and security

Rescue Service

Police & Border Guard

Emergency number: 112

Police & Border Guard Address: Riia 132

Visas

Police & Border Guard

migrationadvice@politsei.ee

Tartu Population Registry Service (to register your place of residence)

Population Register

rt@raad.tartu.ee
Küüni 5