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Next application round

Next application round will be held in February 2021 for the upcoming 2021/2022 Academic Year (Autumn semester or for the full year).

Additional information will be posted shortly before the start of the application round.

 

We strongly recommend to come to the office only when absolutely necessary. Please prefer to communicate by e-mail and/or by phone. If needed, schedule an appointment by writing to kerli.roosimaa@taltech.ee

NB! One person at a time is allowed to enter the office!

Apply for Exchange

You can apply both to the Erasmus+ programme (exchange studies in Europe) and to partner universities outside of the EU. The main difference is that all students accepted to the Erasmus+ programme will automatically receive a scholarship of 470-520 EUR per month while studies outside of the EU have to be financed from students' own resources or with different national and international scholarships. 

The initial application process and selection criteria are similar regardless of the exchange scheme.

Main requirements

  • Bachelor's students can apply starting from their second semester;
  • Master's students can apply starting from their first semester;
  • be on a sufficient language level - min CEFR level B2 (see Language Testing for more information);
  • prove their motivation during a short interview with the Schools selection committee;
  • have paid all necessary tuition fees to TalTech;
  • provide an approval from your supervisor from TalTech, if you plan on writing your thesis abroad.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Grade point average at least 3.0;
  • Applying is allowed for first year Master study students (in September) when previously completed higher education studies grade point average is at least 3.0.
  • Grade point average at least 3.0;
  • Applying is allowed for the first year Master study students (in September):
    • when previously completed higher education studies grade point average is at least 3.0 (for Estonians);
    • if the student is placed in the admissions ranking among the first third (for non-Estonian degree students).
  • Grade point average at least 3.0;
  • Programme Directors approval needed by the time of the interview;
  • Applying is allowed for the first year Master study students (in September):
    • when previously completed higher education studies grade point average is at least 3.0 (for Estonians);
    • if the student is placed in the admissions ranking among the first third (for non-Estonian degree students).

How to apply

Step 1: Please study the information provided on this website, note the additional information marked in brackets after the name of each partner university.

Step 2: Then select three preferred universities, write a short letter of motivation (100-200 words), prepare your CV and get your language certificate.

Step 3: Once you have all this information ready, please log in to OIS, fill in the Application for an Exchange Programme (under Documents), upload the required documents and submit your application.

SELECTION OF ERASMUS CANDIDATES:
The number of students participating in Erasmus exchange studies is limited in two ways:

  • by the number of places for TalTech students at each partner university per academic year;
  • by the number of Erasmus scholarship places available for particular period.

Should there be a competition (either for places at a certain university or for the scholarship places in general), the applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Good academic record;
  • Excellent language skills;
  • Motivation (expressed during the interview, including the ability to serve as an ambassador of the home university and Estonia at the host university, potential future contribution to home university and Estonia);
  • How the particular candidate succeeds in meeting the requirements set by the partner university or defined in the inter-institutional agreement;
  • Availability of suitable subjects for the particular candidate at the selected partner university.

Language Testing

The minimum language level to participate in exchange studies is CEFR level B2.

Adding a Language Certificate to OIS application is mandatory. It could be a valid TOEFL, IELTS certificate. Proof from the Dean's Office, that your studies in TalTech are in English is also acceptable for the OIS application.

If you are an Estonian and received at least 75 points from the high school English examination, that certificate is accepted for TalTech's application. 

It is important to check what document is required by the host university - if they need a specific English certificate you still might have to take an additional testing. 

The English Proficiency Test, administered by the Centre for Language and Communication of Tallinn University of Technology, is a test of general academic language abilities and literacy skills. Each candidate for the test will be issued a Certificate of English Proficiency based on the results of the test.

 

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How to Study Abroad?

Important information for studying abroad

  • Get acquainted with the subjects taught at the foreign university; choose subjects compatible with your curriculum.

  • Co-ordinate the choice of subjects with the department office/head of the curriculum/the study department of the college (if necessary, ask the school/college with whom you need to co-ordinate the studies).

  • When the subjects have been chosen and approved, fill in an application on becoming a guest student in SIS (ÕIS) and submit the signed contract to your school’s department office/the study department of the college.

  • When going to study abroad, you are obligated to complete subjects of at least 15 ECTS per semester that fit into your curriculum. As your preliminary choices may change, be sure to choose more subjects compatible with your curriculum.

  • If you complete at least 15 ECTS of subjects compatible with your curriculum per semester, the nominal period of study is prolonged per one semester. This means that when returning from the semester abroad, you do not need to complete more than 15 ECTS in the semester following the exchange studies.

  • The subjects completed abroad will be counted as optional subjects only in the amount prescribed in the curriculum. There can of course be more subjects classifiable as optional subjects, but in that case, they will not count towards the required 15 ECTS

  • If there is a risk that you do not manage to collect subjects compatible with your curriculum in the amount of 15 ECTS and it is counted as an ordinary semester of studies, then collect enough credit points at TalTech before the exchange studies, so that they would also cover the semester you spend abroad in advance

NB!

  1. 15 ECTS requirement does not apply for PhD students!
  2. If you complete less than 15 ECTS of subjects compatible with your curriculum, you have to meet the study load requirement according to the rules of an ordinary semester.
  3. If you are studying abroad during the spring semester, please observe that you would have completed at least 22.5 ECTS in the previous autumn semester at TalTech / 30 ECTS in School of Business and Governance.

Some examples:

You start your studies at the university and complete 20 ECTS during the autumn semester (the minimal requirement of full study load is 22.5). During the spring semester, you go to studying abroad and should collect a minimum of 15 ECTS of subjects compatible with your curriculum. However, in that case you will not meet the full study load and lose the opportunity to study free of charge at the end of the academic year, because in the first semester, you came 2.5 ECTS short of the necessary amount. If you collect 17.5 ECTS while studying abroad, then you will have the missing 2.5 ECTS and will continue to study as a full time student in the coming academic year.

You start your studies and complete 30 ECTS during the autumn semester. In the spring semester, you go to study abroad and must complete a minimum of 15 ECTS of subjects compatible with your curriculum, as the ECTS collected at TalTech do not fulfil the study load of exchange studies!

NB! An example for students of School of Business and Governance who have to meet the requirement of nominal study load of 30 ECTS during their semester at TalTech in order to study free of charge: You begin your studies and complete 27 ECTS during the autumn semester. 3 points are missing from the 30 points, so you pay for the 3 ECTS after the end of the semester. In the spring semester, you go to study abroad and complete the minimum requirement of 15 ECTS of subjects compatible with your curriculum. At the end of the academic year, you once again pay for the 3 ECTS, since in order to study free of charge, you have to collect 30+15= 45 points by the end of the academic year – 3 points are missing. If you complete at least 18 ECTS during your exchange studies, then you do not pay anything at the end of the second semester, as by the end of the academic year, you will have completed the required 45 ECTS.