Academic affairs

Study in University has certain rules and regulations. For successful process, student needs to know, understand and follow these rules and regulations. For example academic calender and important dates etc.

27 January – 31 January

Choosing the modules

We remind you that by the end of the first semester, you have to choose the modules of your specialization in Study Information System. Bachelor’s students can make the selection in SIS. The students of other study levels need to ask help from academic affairs specialist in the institute or dean’s office, if there are modules to choose.
Bachelor’s first year students must choose all modules of major specialization (if there is no other deadline set in the specific curriculum), bachelor’s second year students must choose all the modules necessary for completion of the curriculum. If there are modules to choose in the other study levels, then all their modules must be chosen by the end of the first semester.
Based on student’s selections, the percentage of completing the curriculum is calculated. The percentage of completing the curriculum will be taken into account when applying for allowances and scholarships. For students who study on tuition waiver, the percentage of completing the curriculum determines whether you need to start to pay the tuition fee.

Widget on SIS dashboard asks to give feedback on autumn semester courses

A widget on the SIS dashboard reminds students to give feedback on autumn semester courses and shows about how many courses the questionnaire has already been filled, and how many still need to be answered. Each student has to give feedback on four freely selected courses; who wish can fill the questionnaire about all the courses taken in the autumn semester.
Feedback on courses can be given until the official end of the autumn semester, i.e. 2 February, and the feedback results will be displayed at the beginning of the spring semester. The current feedback questionnaire was used for the first time in the spring semester of the 2018/2019 academic year; then the students could also answer questions about the questionnaire itself. Based on proposals and analysis of answers, the part on disposition to learning was removed from the questionnaire. Now, courses can be assessed from the viewpoint of teaching (part 1) and learning (part 2); in addition, the value of the course for the student can be summarised (part 3). The answers to all the three parts have to be saved separately. When the questionnaire has been successfully filled, SIS gives notice of it and thanks the student for giving feedback. In addition, SIS reminds if some statements have not been assessed.
The aim of feedback on courses is to improve teaching. The formulation of statements enables the teaching and administrative staff to draw conclusions about the good sides of the course and the necessary changes. Questions are asked about the clarity and adequacy of organisation of the course, diversity of teaching methods and opportunities for discussion, about giving feedback and assessment. Conclusively, students can assess if learning increased their interest in the subject and was valuable for them. The questionnaire enables the teaching staff to understand which aspects of teaching the students were not satisfied with or could not understand properly. Explanations and recommendations how to understand and use feedback assessments can be found in
teaching staff guide for interpreting the course feedback questionnaire.
The development of the feedback questionnaire will continue in the spring semester. Now, feedback is not provided on many courses, as answers to the questionnaires with fewer than five respondents are not made public. To get feedback on more courses and to learn the opinion of all students, the courses opened for feedback in the spring semester are assigned at the proposal of programme directors.

20 January – 24 January

Become a tutor!

The registration for Peer Tutoring course of spring semester is open.
Peer tutor is a volunteer student who has completed the Peer Tutoring course and helps the newly arriving students in adaptation process in getting started at University of Tartu. All English-taught study programmes are in need of one or couple of tutors.
To become a tutor, student needs to complete the 1st part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 1. part) in spring semester and after that to have the acceptance from programme manager. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester.
Any I or II level student is welcome to join no matter of the study programme, if the student is ready to learn the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu and if the student is ready to help and support the new students.
See more information in the syllabus in Study Information System

Pay attention that in UT Tutor Programme you can help first-year degree-seeking students as a trained peer tutor, while UT Buddy Programme just matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students. Buddies start already on spring semester, but future tutors will have the full training course on spring semester and carry out the actions next year with newly admitted students as a part of official tutoring practice with ECTS.

Widget on SIS dashboard asks to give feedback on autumn semester courses

A widget on the SIS dashboard reminds students to give feedback on autumn semester courses and shows about how many courses the questionnaire has already been filled, and how many still need to be answered. Each student has to give feedback on four freely selected courses; who wish can fill the questionnaire about all the courses taken in the autumn semester.
Feedback on courses can be given until the official end of the autumn semester, i.e. 2 February, and the feedback results will be displayed at the beginning of the spring semester. The current feedback questionnaire was used for the first time in the spring semester of the 2018/2019 academic year; then the students could also answer questions about the questionnaire itself. Based on proposals and analysis of answers, the part on disposition to learning was removed from the questionnaire. Now, courses can be assessed from the viewpoint of teaching (part 1) and learning (part 2); in addition, the value of the course for the student can be summarised (part 3). The answers to all the three parts have to be saved separately. When the questionnaire has been successfully filled, SIS gives notice of it and thanks the student for giving feedback. In addition, SIS reminds if some statements have not been assessed.
The aim of feedback on courses is to improve teaching. The formulation of statements enables the teaching and administrative staff to draw conclusions about the good sides of the course and the necessary changes. Questions are asked about the clarity and adequacy of organisation of the course, diversity of teaching methods and opportunities for discussion, about giving feedback and assessment. Conclusively, students can assess if learning increased their interest in the subject and was valuable for them. The questionnaire enables the teaching staff to understand which aspects of teaching the students were not satisfied with or could not understand properly. Explanations and recommendations how to understand and use feedback assessments can be found in
teaching staff guide for interpreting the course feedback questionnaire.
The development of the feedback questionnaire will continue in the spring semester. Now, feedback is not provided on many courses, as answers to the questionnaires with fewer than five respondents are not made public. To get feedback on more courses and to learn the opinion of all students, the courses opened for feedback in the spring semester are assigned at the proposal of programme directors.

13 January – 17 January

Choosing the modules

We remind you that by the end of the first semester, you have to choose the modules of your specialization in Study Information System. Bachelor’s students can make the selection in SIS. The students of other study levels need to ask help from academic affairs specialist in the institute or dean’s office, if there are modules to choose.
Bachelor’s first year students must choose all modules of major specialization (if there is no other deadline set in the specific curriculum), bachelor’s second year students must choose all the modules necessary for completion of the curriculum. If there are modules to choose in the other study levels, then all their modules must be chosen by the end of the first semester.

Based on student’s selections, the percentage of completing the curriculum is calculated. The percentage of completing the curriculum will be taken into account when applying for allowances and scholarships. For students who study on tuition waiver, the percentage of completing the curriculum determines whether you need to start to pay the tuition fee.

Widget on SIS dashboard asks to give feedback on autumn semester courses

From today, a widget on the SIS dashboard reminds students to give feedback on autumn semester courses and shows about how many courses the questionnaire has already been filled, and how many still need to be answered. Each student has to give feedback on four freely selected courses; who wish can fill the questionnaire about all the courses taken in the autumn semester.
Feedback on courses can be given until the official end of the autumn semester, i.e. 2 February, and the feedback results will be displayed at the beginning of the spring semester. The current feedback questionnaire was used for the first time in the spring semester of the 2018/2019 academic year; then the students could also answer questions about the questionnaire itself. Based on proposals and analysis of answers, the part on disposition to learning was removed from the questionnaire. Now, courses can be assessed from the viewpoint of teaching (part 1) and learning (part 2); in addition, the value of the course for the student can be summarised (part 3). The answers to all the three parts have to be saved separately. When the questionnaire has been successfully filled, SIS gives notice of it and thanks the student for giving feedback. In addition, SIS reminds if some statements have not been assessed.
The aim of feedback on courses is to improve teaching. The formulation of statements enables the teaching and administrative staff to draw conclusions about the good sides of the course and the necessary changes. Questions are asked about the clarity and adequacy of organisation of the course, diversity of teaching methods and opportunities for discussion, about giving feedback and assessment. Conclusively, students can assess if learning increased their interest in the subject and was valuable for them. The questionnaire enables the teaching staff to understand which aspects of teaching the students were not satisfied with or could not understand properly. Explanations and recommendations how to understand and use feedback assessments can be found in
teaching staff guide for interpreting the course feedback questionnaire.
The development of the feedback questionnaire will continue in the spring semester. Now, feedback is not provided on many courses, as answers to the questionnaires with fewer than five respondents are not made public. To get feedback on more courses and to learn the opinion of all students, the courses opened for feedback in the spring semester are assigned at the proposal of programme directors.

23 Detsember – 3 January

Become a tutor!

The registration for Peer Tutoring course of spring semester is open. 

Peer tutor is a volunteer student who has completed the Peer Tutoring course and helps the newly arriving students in adaptation process in getting started at University of Tartu. All English-taught study programmes are in need of one or couple of tutors.
To become a tutor, student needs to complete the 1st part of the Peer Tutoring course (
P2OO.00.007, 1. part) in spring semester and after that to have the acceptance from programme manager. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester.
Any I or II level student is welcome to join no matter of the study programme, if the student is ready to learn the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu and if the student is ready to help and support the new students.
See more information in the syllabus in
Study Information System

Pay attention that in UT Tutor Programme you can help first-year degree-seeking students as a trained peer tutor, while UT Buddy Programme just matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students. Buddies start already on spring semester, but future tutors will have the full training course on spring semester and carry out the actions next year with newly admitted students as a part of official tutoring practice with ECTS.

Registration to courses is open

Registration to courses of spring semester is open in Study Information System and closes in most of the cases before the beginning of the new semester, February 9. On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner (guidelines). In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap.

UT Staff have free days from December 23 to December 27

UT Staff have free days from December 23 to December 27 due to holidays. Be aware that you cannot have the answers to your questions during this time from the lecturers, study advisers or other staff.

16 December – 20 December

Become a tutor!

The registration for Peer Tutoring course of spring semester is open. 

Peer tutor is a volunteer student who has completed the Peer Tutoring course and helps the newly arriving students in adaptation process in getting started at University of Tartu. All English-taught study programmes are in need of one or couple of tutors.
To become a tutor, student needs to complete the 1st part of the Peer Tutoring course (
P2OO.00.007, 1. part) in spring semester and after that to have the acceptance from programme manager. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester.
Any I or II level student is welcome to join no matter of the study programme, if the student is ready to learn the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu and if the student is ready to help and support the new students.
See more information in the syllabus in
Study Information System

Pay attention that in UT Tutor Programme you can help first-year degree-seeking students as a trained peer tutor, while UT Buddy Programme just matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students. Buddies start already on spring semester, but future tutors will have the full training course on spring semester and carry out the actions next year with newly admitted students as a part of official tutoring practice with ECTS.

Registration to courses is open

Registration to courses of spring semester is open in Study Information System and closes in most of the cases before the beginning of the new semester, February 9. On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner (guidelines). In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap.

UT Staff have free days from December 23 to December 27

UT Staff have free days from December 23 to December 27 due to holidays. Be aware that you cannot have the answers to your questions during this time from the lecturers, study advisers or other staff.

9 December – 13 December

Registration to courses starts on December 15

Registration to courses of spring semester opens in Study Information System on December 15 and closes in most of the cases before the beginning of the new semester, February 9. On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner also before the registration opens (guidelines), thus preparing for the new semester. Using the planner, you can simultaneously register for all the courses of the new semester when the registration opens. In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap.

Become a tutor!

The registration for peer tutoring course of spring semester will open on December 15.

Peer tutor is a volunteer student who has completed the peer tutoring course and helps the newly arriving students in adaptation process in getting started at University of Tartu. All English-taught study programmes are in need of one or couple of tutors.
To become a tutor, student needs to complete the 1st part of the Peer Tutoring course (
P2OO.00.007, 1. part) in spring semester and after that to have the acceptance from programme manager. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. Tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester.
Any I or II level student is welcome to join no matter of the study programme, if the student is ready to learn the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu and if the student is ready to help and support the new students.
See more information in the syllabus in
Study Information System 

 

Pay attention that in UT Tutor Programme you can help first-year degree-seeking students as trained peer tutor, while UT Buddy Programme just matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students. Buddies start already on spring semester, but future tutors will have the full training course on spring semester and carry out the actions next year with newly admitted students as a part of official tutoring practice with ECTS. 

2 December – 6 December

Timetable for the new semester can be planned in the SIS even before registration for courses

On the SIS registrations page, courses can be added to the planner (guidelines), thus preparing for the new semester. Using the planner, you can simultaneously register for all the courses of the new semester from 15 December. In the calendar view of the planner, you can conveniently see the whole load of the new semester and possible overlap

25 November – 29 November

Study Abroad Centre of UT is looking for the students, who are ready and willing to give a helping hand for new visiting international students prior to their arrival to Tartu and also at the beginning of their stay. Buddy should provide practical information to international visiting newcomers and help them adjusting in Estonia and in Tartu.
Everybody interested in sharing their experiences with Spring semester newcomers, please consider our Buddy Programme. Read more about the programme on our website and fill in the registration form by December 1, 2019! Thank You!

Pay attention that UT Buddy Programme matches visiting international students with experienced international degree-seeking students while UT Tutor Programme matches first-year students with trained peer tutors. Those interested in Tutor Programme need to wait until the registration for the training course opens later in December (15 December).

11 November – 15 November

Studied semester

Since this week, half of the semester has passed. If someone is still planning to take the academic leave, please be aware that in evaluating the study load, the current semester will be counted as studied. The standard volume for each completed semester is 30 ECTS. If a student is on academic leave and/or extended nominal period of study for less than a half (70 days) of that semester, the semester is considered completed.

4 November – 8 November

Studied semester

By November 11, half of the semester will be passed and the current autumn semester will be counted as a studied semester. It is important for example in the context of taking the academic leave. A student who takes the academic leave from November 11 or later must be aware that 30 ECTS is added to the nominal study load. The standard volume for each completed semester is 30 ECTS. If a student is on academic leave and/or extended nominal period of study for less than a half (70 days) of that semester, the semester is considered completed. 

14 October – 18 October

The deadline for paying the tuition fee is 20 October for students who have to pay the tuition fee.

7 October – 11 October

The deadline for paying the tuition fee is 20 October for students who have to pay the tuition fee.

Mandatory password change in October

Information Technology Office of the University of Tartu organises a mandatory password change in October for all users of the UT information systems, who have not updated their password over the last two years.
The aim of the mandatory password change is to make the university’s information systems more secure.
In October, the password change will be mandatory for all UT students who have not updated their password for two years, by structural units. First, passwords will be changed in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities on 14 October, then in the Faculty of Science and Technology on 15 October, in the Faculty of Medicine on 16 October, and in the Faculty of Social Sciences on 17 October.
All UT employees may change their password on their own at any moment at
https://parool.ut.ee. For security reasons it is recommended to change your password once a year. It is reasonable to use different passwords for different environments. Instructions for changing the password are available on IT Helpdesk website. The new password takes effect simultaneously in all UT information systems (intranet, SIS, DMS, etc.).
For help or advice please contact IT Helpdesk at 737 5500 or arvutiabi@ut.ee.

23 September – 27 September

Check your contact data in SIS

Please check, add or update, if needed, your contact data in Study Information System (SIS). SIS needs to include functioning and currently used e-mail address, Estonian mobile phone number and home phone number and address in Estonia. It is student's responsibility to guarantee that personal contact data is always updated throughout studies at the University of Tartu.
It is for your benefit to ensure that in the case of need, the university can contact you immediately.
Please also insert your bank account number in order to receive the stipends/allowances.

Proof of enrolment

If you need proof of enrolment at UT, it can be requested from the respective dean’s office, institute, or college. Contact details are HERE.

16 September – 20 September

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 16.

See also other important first semester dates.

Check your contact data in SIS

Please check, add or update, if needed, your contact data in Study Information System (SIS). SIS needs to include functioning and currently used e-mail address, Estonian mobile phone number and home phone number and address in Estonia. It is student's responsibility to guarantee that personal contact data is always updated throughout studies at the University of Tartu.
It is for your benefit to ensure that in the case of need, the university can contact you immediately.

Please also insert your bank account number in order to receive the stipends/allowances.

Proof of enrolment

If you need proof of enrolment at UT, it can be requested from the respective dean’s office, institute, or college. Contact details are HERE.

Orientation course feedback survey for the new international first year students

From the Study Abroad Centre, we hope that you are settling well in Tartu. We would like to kindly ask you to fill in this brief feedback survey about the orientation course by September 20th.
Link to the feedback: https://bit.ly/2lAOu2I
Filling the survey will take you only 5 minutes, and it will help us improve our services for international students.
If you did not attend the orientation course, please ignore this message.
We wish you the best of luck during your studies and a stay full of positive experiences.

Best regards,
Study Abroad Centre

Everyone who has any problems with SIS, to notify the e-mail address ois2@ut.ee. All letters receive attention!

9 September – 13 September

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 16.

Other important first semester dates.

Completion of curriculum
Students are required to complete the curriculum they are registered to. The university checks the students’ progress in completing their curriculum. More info HERE. Students are transferred to the next study year by 15 September.

2 September – 6 September

A warm welcome to new and returning international students!

Programme specific meetings

Please see the info about study programme specific meetings and other practical information about starting the studies on Getting Started web page. There you will also find presentations delivered during the last week’s orientation course.

Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 16.

Ask support from your peer tutors

Peet tutor is a volunteer student who is willing to offer support for new students admitted to university. It is recommended to take part in info sessions and other meetings that your tutor organises and not hesitate to ask, if you need help or support with adjusting in student life in University of Tartu. Tutors act for almost all study programmes, the names of official tutors by study programmes are available www.ut.ee/et/noustamine/tuutorid/tuutorite_nimekiri. The first tutor meetings of most curricula are available here.

Rector Toomas Asser invites you to attend the opening ceremony of the academic year at Kassitoome

Dear students,
This year’s autumn will be different, as the University of Tartu is celebrating 100 years of operating as an Estonian-language university. The 101st academic year of the national university will begin in a more relaxed atmosphere than usual, therefore rector Toomas Asser invites members of the university to Kassitoome on 2 September at 16:00. The valley has plenty of room for everyone to attend our opening ceremony: from first year students, to whom this means the start of a new chapter in their life, to senior students. Read more …

26 August – 30 August

Courses registration

The new academic year starts on September 2. Courses registration deadline for the autumn semester is September 1. NB! Course registration deadline for the first year students is September 16.

Rector Toomas Asser invites you to attend the opening ceremony of the academic year at Kassitoome

Dear students,
This year’s autumn will be different, as the University of Tartu is celebrating 100 years of operating as an Estonian-language university. The 101st academic year of the national university will begin in a more relaxed atmosphere than usual, therefore rector Toomas Asser invites members of the university to Kassitoome on 2 September at 16:00. The valley has plenty of room for everyone to attend our opening ceremony: from first year students, to whom this means the start of a new chapter in their life, to senior students. Read more …

Extension of studies

The students whose end of studies is approaching (check SIS for the final date of your studies) need to submit an application for extension before the final date of studies to the respective dean’s office, institute, or college.

Starting from the academic year 2019/2020, there are some changes in the UT regulations regarding studies.

Most significant changes are about taking courses during academic leave and extension of studies due to study abroad.

  • As of 2019/20, all students will have the right to attend courses during their academic leave. As usual, for taking academic leave student needs to submit an application. The university will not cancel course registrations during the academic leave, if along with the academic leave application student submits a list of courses s/he has registered for and wishes to take in a particular semester. Thus, if during the academic leave student wants to continue attending the courses s/he signed up for, the duties taken with registration (e.g. taking exams) shall remain in force. If the academic leave has already started before September 2, and student wants to register for the courses, then student needs to contact academic affairs specialist within 2 weeks from the beginning of academic year. Be aware that international students of the 1st and 2nd study levels holding a residence permit for studies (TRP) cannot have a residence permit during academic leave taken at student's own request or for health reasons, unless they study full time during academic leave.  
  • The students of master and doctoral level will be entitled to take academic leave already in the first semester of their studies.
  • The standard period of study at UT will be extended by the number of semesters spent abroad, provided that at least 15 ECTS of the courses completed abroad are taken into account upon completing the UT curriculum. It will be no longer required to spend at least 3 months abroad to get extension, completing the courses for the value of 15 ECTS will be the only requirement for extension.
  • Since students can take courses during academic leave, they can also study abroad during their academic leave. Still, it is specified that the standard period of study at UT will not be extended by the semesters studied abroad during academic leave because academic leave is not a part of the standard period of study.
  • It is also specified that student is not entitled to second or resit of thesis defence when receiving a negative result due to academic fraud.
  • External students cannot take more than 30 ECTS per academic year. Additional credits can only be completed for internship, final exam or for graduation thesis.

All these changes will take effect from September 2, 2019.

Changes in Conditions of Reimbursement of Study Costs

There will be some changes in the Conditions of Reimbursement of Study Costs starting from the new academic year.
In case of non-payment of tuition fee, removal from the matriculation register takes place within four weeks from the due date.
Starting from the new academic year it is allowed to participate in studies during academic leave. It is specified in the conditions that fee-paying students have to pay the tuition fee also when participating in studies during academic leave. You can read more from the Conditions of Reimbursement of Study Costs, an updated version will be available at the beginning of new academic year.
Here you can see the fees applicable in the academic year 2019/2020.