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University of Tartu

General Information

Founded in 1632, the University of Tartu is the largest and most comprehensive university in Estonia, and one of the most venerable centres of education and research in this part of Europe. Today, the University of Tartu has 10 faculties, 5 colleges across the country, and several specialized research institutes. Tartu is home to 17,000 students, including 600 international students.

The University of Tartu is famous for research-based education and lively student traditions. It is an active member of international associations such as the Utrecht Network, the Coimbra Group of Universities, where Tartu is the only member from the Baltics, and the Baltic Sea Region University Network.

Programs designed for an international student body at the University of Tartu are on the increase, with semester modules in various fields for visiting and exchange students and several programs on the Masters level, three of which are jointly run with international consortia. Since 2005, the University of Tartu has been running a successful and fast-growing International  Summer University.

The University of Tartu holds six national Centres of Excellence for research. These centres bring together top researchers, maintain strong links to international partners, and include doctoral studies in their remit. Two thirds of the doctoral theses completed in Estonia each year are defended at the University of Tartu, and over 1000 scientific articles are published annually by the University’s researchers. Total financing of R&D reached 40 mln EUR in 2007.

The University of Tartu is in the top 1% of most cited universities and scientific institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Plant & Animal Science, and Environmental Sciences and Ecology (according to the ISI Web of Science). The University of Tartu is a key partner in several international research projects, and is also instrumental in creating knowledge-based jobs in Estonia, with 21 spin-off companies running as of 2008. 

Svetlana Vogel
International Relations Office
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18-305
Tartu 50090 ESTONIA
phone +372 737 6112
fax +372 737 5508


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