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Admission for war refugees with Ukrainian citizenship

Yes, there are exceptions to war refugees with Ukrainian citizenship.  

No, these exceptions apply to war refugees with Ukrainian citizenship only. 

Ukrainian citizens who have a Temporary Protection from Estonian Police and Border Guard Board can study for free during the nominal study period on any of the programmes TalTech offers in English. Note that in order to study for free, a student must complete courses in his/her study programme in the amount of 30 ECTS credit points in a semester.

Please note that you can still apply if you haven’t got the Temporary Protection yet. A proof of the Temporary Protection needs to be submitted before matriculation starts (latest by August, 2022). You can visit the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board’s website for further information about the Temporary Protection.

We have extended the deadline until the 1st of June (included).  

For more information about the admission process please visit our "How to Apply?" page. 

Yes, all Ukrainian citizens are waived from the application fee. 

You can still submit your application if you are able to finish your secondary education and get the graduation documents by the 1st of July. However, if you are not able to graduate you won't have access to higher education, therefore you won’t be able to start your Bachelor's studies yet.

If you do not finish your Bachelor’s studies latest by the 1st of July then you cannot apply for a Master’s programme. However, you would be eligible to apply to a Bachelor’s programme.

If you already have some of your proof of education documents (such as academic transcript or diploma) then you can submit your application with those. Once you do that, please write an email to study@taltech.ee and explain the situation. 

In case you do not have access to any of your education documents please contact the Estonian ENIC/NARIC center which can help you with putting together an official education Background Paper that you can use to apply for Estonian universities. More information about this can be found herePlease note that it is necessary to do it before you submit your application as creating this education background document can take up to 60 days.

You do not have to submit the translations of your education documents. However, it is necessary to upload your education documents in the original language.

If you are unable to submit proof of your English language level by the application deadline then you can present it by the middle of August (the latest). English language requirement needs to be fulfilled by the matriculation to ensure a student is capable of commencing studies on the academic level.

You can also take the TalTech English proficiency test here in Tallinn on specific dates listed on the website (please do not register via the registration form on this webpage). You can take the TalTech English test for free if your DreamApply application for one of the programmes we offer is submitted beforehand. Once your application is submitted please let us know at study@taltech.ee and include the date of the English test you intend to take. It is necessary to complete the registration for TalTech English Test two working days prior to the Test at the latest.

Please note that without the proof of English, admissions process cannot be completed and final acceptance letter cannot be issued.

You can contact the school you graduated from and ask them to send you duplicates of your education documents (diploma and academic transcript).

Please write an email to study@taltech.ee and we will try to find a solution.

All citizens of Ukraine, including those who do not have a biometric passport, will be able to stay temporarily in Estonia without a visa. 

Relatives of Ukrainians staying in Estonia who hold citizenship of another country can also stay in Estonia visa-free. This means that you do not need to apply for a visa. 

In case you do not have an identity document you should contact the Ukrainian Embassy which can issue a specific certificate for you.  

Please visit the Police and Border Guard Board’s website for further information.

Citizens of Ukraine and their family members who have fled to Estonia to escape the war can also apply for temporary protection. Temporary protection is a one-year residence permit that can provide security and social guarantees to Ukrainian citizens and their family members. For more information about temporary protection please visit Police and Border Guard Board's website here

General guidelines for coming to Estonia from Ukraine can be found here

No. You need to apply for a place in one of our dormitories. You can start applying from 13th of June 2022 at 9:00 AM Estonian time. More information can be found here

If you are struggling to find accommodation in Estonia or do not have the economic capacity you can have a look at the Estonian Social Insurance Board's website. There you can find reception point contact details for assistance.  

About admissions

Please see how to apply HERE.

Kindly note that TalTech does not provide pre-evaluation for education documents via email. To apply you must submit an online application. The preliminary evaluation to your online application will be provided via online application system within 7 working days.

You can pre-evaluate your qualifications by referring to general admission requirements, programme- and country-specific requirements, and English requirements. 

Applications by the candidates who fail to meet the eligibility criteria will not be approved.

Application deadlines are listed HERE

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications by students in their last year of studies need to be submitted by the application deadline as well (with most recent results). 

In total, candidates are welcome to submit 2 applications. The application fee is 100 EUR per applicant, which enables to apply for 2 programmes. 

Students who wish to transfer their studies have to apply at first as all other applicants based on previous graduated education.

After you have been admitted and arrived to studies, you will meet personally with the Head of Curriculum and Study Consultant to see exactly which subjects can be transferred. Only subjects similar in content and credit points will be transferred.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You are welcome to apply to TalTech if you are on your last year of studies. Please submit the most recent document with your current obtained grades through online application by deadline and inform the Admissions Office on study@taltech.ee about preliminary date for graduation. Final education documents, including diploma and transcript, will be requested from you at a later stage. 

Please see precise requirements HERE.

In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology applicant has to have at least 60% of the total score. CGPA is a Cumulative Grade Point Average; it is an average score of your subjects. Please note that it is a strict requirement for admission. 

No, GRE General Test is a mandatory prerequisite needed when applying for Master’s programmes. Please note that it cannot be substituted with any other international test.
Please see a detailed overview of our GRE General Test requirement here.

Yes, you need to fulfill the English language requirement too. Please note that the GRE General Test and English proficiency test are two separate requirements. 

Candidates that hold any citizenship other than Estonian ought to submit their application via DreamApply. 

Candidates with Estonian citizenship and long-term residence permit should submit their application via SAIS, according to applicable admission requirements and deadlines.  

 

 

If you have a dual citizenship (one being Estonian) then you need to decide whether you want to apply as an Estonian citizen or as other. If you want to apply as an Estonian citizen you need to submit your application through SAIS instead of DreamApply: http://www.sais.ee/
For Estonian citizens there’s no application fee nor tuition fee (except in the School of Business and Governance).
Kindly note that TalTech website in English is aimed at international students who hold any other citizenship than Estonian. Relevant admission information for Estonian citizens can be found on TalTech website in Estonian. Please note that Estonian admission steps and requirements may differ from the international admissions.
If you need help and have any questions about applying via SAIS, please do not hesitate to contact Estonian admission office: vastuvott@taltech.ee, they can assist you in English as well.

Kindly note that TalTech has intake only once a year for the autumn semester for Bachelor and Master level programmes.

No, it doesn't matter how many years have passed since your previous graduation from secondary or higher education school. However, it is required that you fulfill all requirements that are displayed under the respective programme listed on the programmes page.

TalTech does not have any limitation in terms of the maximum age of applicants either. 

Online application form

We kindly ask to use the same DreamApply account. However, it is necessary to submit an application for each admission period. We also advise checking the admission requirements again as they might be slightly different from requirements the year before. 

DreamApply system enables candidates to complete the application in multiple sessions. For that reason applications have different statuses such as blank, prepared, inactive and completed. All these statuses indicate that the candidate has not yet finalized the application, and it is considered inactive by the International Admissions.


Please make sure that your application is in the status of SUBMIT. In order to do so, please press the key SUBMIT on the top right corner of your application. Once the application is submitted and the application fee payment has been confirmed, it will then be evaluated by the International Admissions and feedback will be provided to you within 7 working days.

Applications are accepted in the online application system DreamApply. All candidates have access to their account, which they can use to upload documents, track the progress of the application, and carry out relevant actions such as changing your contact details or accepting/declining offers.

It is important that you check your DreamApply account regularly as it is the primary way in which we will communicate with you.

 

Read how to view your offers HERE.

 

STATUS

 

DESCRIPTION

 

no_offer

You have submitted your application, but it has not been reviewed by the International Admissions office, yet. The pre-evaluation is provided within 7 working day. So no need to worry, we will get back to you very soon!

 

does not qualify

Unfortunately, with the currently provided data, you do not qualify.

Make sure you read the requirements carefully, before submitting your application. We also encourage to read the offer message, as you may have simply forgotten to upload something. In that case, we provide a personal deadline to present the missing documents.

 

late application

Your application was submitted past the application deadline. We do not process applications, which were not submitted on time.

However, you are welcome to try again next year, but make sure to do it before the deadline!

 

examinations

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the pre-evaluation and may now continue with the examination. Relevant information regarding the next steps will be provided with this status notification.

 

conaccepted

Great news! We are offering you a study place. The offer is conditional as there are some additional tasks to be fulfilled before you may start planning your arrival. Read the message carefully and try to complete requirements at the earliest opportunity to receive the final acceptance letter.

 

notaccepted

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a study place. 

 

finaldecision

This green tick means that you have accepted your study offer for the specific programme. All the other applications on DreamApply will be automatically declined. Once all the requirements are fulfilled, we will issue an acceptance letter for this study programme. Kindly note that accepting the conditionally accepted offer, it doesn't mean you can't decline later.

 

declined

This red mark means that you have declined your study offer and you will no longer be considered as an applicant for that specific programme.

 

 

DreamApply application has a separate section for the motivation letter. A letter with a character count 3000-5500 characters needs to be typed or pasted there. 

It is essential to properly cite possible sources used in your motivation letter. Plagiarism will result in dismissing the application. 

For instruction regarding the content of the letter, we advise you to refer to the programme pages

 

If your programme has specializations, then we would advise specifying your interest and choice in the motivation letter which you fill in your application form on DreamApply. 

You will be able to access your applicant ID by clicking on your name (1) and your applicant ID will be displayed.

DreamApply applicant ID

 

We advise you to refer to your 5/6-digit applicant ID when contacting the Admissions Office via e-mail in the course of admissions.

English requirements

Applicants who apply for programmes taught in English must present a certificate of English language proficiency.

Proof of English may only be waived if a candidate has:

  1. completed secondary or higher education taught fully in English in one of the following countries: EU/EEA member states, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK. You must have resided in the mentioned country while doing your studies. Please note that the transcript of record must include that studies were conducted fully in English.
  2. finished from either International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) school (applies for entering to Bachelor's studies only).

!Please note that there are no other exceptions!


If you have completed studies in English but not in the country named above, we ask you to present an internationally recognized test. Accepted certificates and required results are specified HERE.

We advise waiting until you have received your test results and submit your online application then (by the application deadline, regardless). Meanwhile, you can prepare your application in the system, to make sure all the other requirements are fulfilled. Please note that the results need to be valid and verifiable upon submitting the application. 

Your English language test must remain valid until the beginning of the academic year of the intended intake. You can find more specific information from here

No, we don't accept Duolingo English test as a proof of English proficiency. TalTech only accepts the English proficiency tests listed here

Entrance examination

We kindly advise that there are no separate materials for test preparation nor sample tests. However, we encourage you to read attentively descriptions of the tests as they provide you with valuable information and give an adequate overview of the tests. Furthermore, take a look at the programme curriculum of the programme page on our homepage and concentrate on the themes that might be relevant.

TalTech Moodle is an online system, where most of our admission tests are conducted. In case you are required to take a Moodle test, we will provide you with detailed instruction via DreamApply. 

Before starting the test, make sure that you have established a reliable internet connection. A failed attempt due to poor online connection will not grant a second chance for taking the test.

Moodle ABC for students

After you have submitted your online application we will pre-evaluate the information you have provided. If all the programme prerequisites are fulfilled and required documents presented, you will receive 'Examinations' status on DreamApply. The status notification email will include the necessary information regarding the next step for the specific programme.

No, you will only have one chance to take the admission test. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before taking your test. Before starting the test, make sure that you have established a reliable internet connection. A failed attempt due to poor online connection will not grant a second chance for taking the test.

TalTech conducts interviews online. Interviews vary slightly from subject to subject and will take place only to the candidates who have passed the preliminary evaluation.

The aim of interviews is to understand your academic potential, motivation, and suitability for your chosen course. Questions are composed to assess your:

  • problem-solving abilities;
  • intellectual flexibility and analytical skills;
  • assimilation of new ideas and information.

 

Information about the date and time of the interview will be sent individually via e-mail to all candidates after successful pre-evaluation, or admission test, if applicable. Please note that interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis and it might take some time until you are contacted.

Before the interview, make sure that everything is correctly set up:

  • Internet connection is working properly;
  • Camera and microphone are in good working order.

 

In case you will not be available at the agreed time, please let us know as soon as possible. A no-show (without very good excuse) will result in an immediate rejection of your application. 

Documents

For the online application there is no need to certify documents. However, if you are later made an admissions offer then we will ask you to provide the original final transcript (certified copy) by post.

However, presented education documents must include official translations in English (if originals are issued in any other language). Self-translated documents are not accepted.

If you do not have final transcripts available yet, then just upload an interim transcript of your courses/results so far. Your university should be able to provide you with one. It can be an unofficial transcript at the application stage, however, if you are later made an admissions offer we will ask you to provide an original final transcript (certified copy) by post.

Precise information for candidates in their last year of studies is available HERE

Please note that the application must be submitted by the deadline, regardless.

There is no need for IELTS certificate to be posted to us - you may just upload your language certificate online. We are able to verify the authenticity of your results online. If you do not have the official certificate yet, we will also accept an uploaded screenshot of your score report, as long as it shows your IELTS registration number.

Only candidates who have successfully passed the online interview and reached conditionally accepted status are asked to send in documents by post. Individual notifications with deadlines will be sent to each applicant via the online application system.

Certified hard copy documents are required after you have received a conditional acceptance offer, unless instructed otherwise. Personal deadline will be set. 

General requirements for documents sent by post:

  • copy of passport identification pages;

  • officially certified education documents and authorized translations. 

Documents should be sent to the following address:

Tallinn University of Technology
International Admissions
Room U04-211
Ehitajate tee 5
19086 Tallinn
ESTONIA

Kindly note to not send us your original documents. Admission documents will not be returned.

Due to the volume of post received by International Admissions each day it can take a couple of weeks for documents to be processed at busy times of the year. It is important that you check your DreamApply account regularly as it is the primary way in which we will communicate with you.

Please note that the documents are firstly delivered to TalTech clerical office and signed by the officer there. The documents are delivered to the International Admissions office once a day. If you see that your documents have been delivered to Tallinn University of Technology, it does not necessarily mean we have already started processing your documents. Please be patient and wait until you receive a notification via DreamApply, which confirms that we have started processing your documents.

To ensure that all submitted education documents are authentic and grant access to higher education in Estonia, they are verified by an Academic Recognition Information Centre. If it becomes evident that the presented documents are false or do not enable access to higher education, Tallinn University of Technology reserves the right to withdraw any study offer which has been made to a candidate.

The evaluation takes approximately 1 month for non-EU qualifications and around 2 weeks for EU qualifications. 

Once TalTech has received an evaluation for your education documents, we will inform you via DreamApply.

Kindly note that due to the high season during June-August period the evaluations can take a little longer. However, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity. 

If additional documents are required for your evaluation, we will contact you personally. 

Please note that ENIC/NARIC is a third party and we have no control over their procedures. 

Results

A preliminary evaluation will be provided online within 7 working days from the confirmation of application fee payment. Preliminary evaluations inform candidates about their eligibility to continue with the application process. Candidates who have passed a preliminary evaluation will be asked to take admission test, if applicable, and/or are presented to the Programme Manager for admission interview.

As admission tests take place throughout the admission period, we make offers on rolling bases. 

The ranking view is not visible for candidates. We kindly suggest not to take your position in the ranking list too seriously. Your position in the ranking can change every day accordingly to the new added and dropped candidates.

There is no restriction on the number of study places in the programmes. Candidates that complete the admission steps successfully and fulfill all the requirements for enrollment will be admitted. 

Admission notifications will be announced on DreamApply in which personal deadline to confirm the offer is indicated. Please note that not accepting the offer on time will result in the dismissal of your application. Contact us on study@taltech.ee for extending the deadline in case of special circumstances.

The result of an admission test may be disputed by firstly filing a written appeal sent to the program manager not later than within three working days from publication of the results of the admission test. An appeal is reviewed by the dispute committee, which is established by the chairman of the admission committee.  The person who filed an appeal will be notified of the decision of the committee within three working days as of the date of filing of the appeal.

Please note that the results of the admission tests are not made public. 

Please note that it is not possible to defer your study offer in TalTech. When applying again, please use the same DreamApply account and simply add a new application. 

Keep in mind that the admission requirements are subject to change between intakes.

In order to be issued an acceptance letter, candidates must first receive a positive evaluation from faculty, and then complete the following steps:

  • TalTech has received by the indicated deadline via post officially certified copies of education documents and copy of passport identification page.
  • The applicant's previous education documents have received a positive evaluation from the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Center to grant access to higher education in Estonia. This takes approximately 1 month for non-EU qualifications and 2 weeks for EU qualifications.
  • For the non-EU tuition fee programmes, full first-year tuition fee has been collected.

 

Upon receiving the acceptance letter (PDF file), which will be sent with the enrollment note via DreamApply, you may proceed further with arranging your arrival (flights, accommodation, and D-Visa, if applicable).

Kindly note that managing visa and residence permit affairs is candidate's own responsibility and TalTech is not able to do it on your behalf. Please find the closest Estonian representation handling visa application HERE.

Furthermore, refer to our Visa and Residence Permit article.

About finance

The application fee per candidate is 100 EUR which enables to apply for 2 programmes. The application fee is non-refundable, therefore, please explore the admission criteria and necessary documents thoroughly before submitting your application. 

No, the application fee is non-refundable. 

The fee must be paid before we start to process your application. 

The payment options and instructions can be found HERE. Please read the instruction carefully and make sure you provide correct data. 

It is necessary to upload the application fee payment receipt in the designated section in your online application after you submit it. 

An international bank transfer may sometimes take up to 2 weeks. Once the payment is received a notification with the message „application fee is collected“ will be provided individually to each candidate in DreamApply.


PS! Please make sure that the payment receipt or bank transfer also includes the name or applicant ID of the candidate applying to TalTech. Otherwise, it is impossible to identify for which applicant the fee has been paid. 

If you have not received a confirmation after 2 weekscontact us.

Candidates outside of the European Union who have been accepted for the tuition fee places are requested to pay full first-year tuition fee prior to enrollment. For the following years, students will pay per semester according to the number of registered credits.

Students from the European Union who have been accepted for the tuition fee places will be charged per semester according to the number of registered credits
and will receive the first invoice via TalTech's study info system at the beginning of the academic year.

See the tuition fee rates under the selected programme page or check the information HERE.

How to Pay

The payment must be done according to the invoice issued via DreamApply. The preferred way for the payment is international bank transfer. 

A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best candidates according to the points earned in the course of admission. The scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Applicants are informed in their offer if they are granted a tuition fee waiver or not. 

No. As long as you hold any citizenship other than European member state (including Estonian) you ought to pay the tuition fee.

If you possess a long-term residence permit in Estonia, you need to apply through SAIS as an Estonian long-term resident according to deadlines and admission requirements that apply to Estonian admissions. 

According to Tallinn University of Technology's Admission Requirements Chapter 1, § 5. (5) Persons from outside of the European Union commencing studies in a self-paid study programme shall pay the tuition fee for the first academic year prior to matriculation. Should the applicant fail to commence studies or waive a student's place, the abovementioned fee shall not be refunded, unless commencement of studies is prevented by circumstances beyond the control of the student (e.g. not being granted a visa to arrive for studies).

For the refund form, please contact study@taltech.ee. Completed forms with correct payment details (original account) need to be sent back to us before the end of the calendar year in which the study offer was declined. We do not process delayed refund requests.  

Please refer to the article dedicated to scholarship possibilities at Tallinn University of Technology HERE.

Start of studies

All new international students are expected to attend the Orientation Days organized by TalTech at 24-25 August, 2022, therefore you have to arrive to Estonia before that. 

The start of studies is Monday, 29th August, 2022

International Admissions should be informed of your arrival date on study@taltech.ee

The best source for updated information on testing and isolation requirement is Ministry of Foreign Affairs page

Isolation is not compulsory for persons that possess following certificates (certificate of recovery or certificate of vaccination). 

TalTech's Covid-19 related information is available here

First-year international students can start applying from around mid-summer (specific dates will be added later). You should receive a notification about the specific dates via DreamApply later once the admission is open. 

Dormitory information

Covid-19 related dormitory information

If you need to transfer subjects, you need to consult your Study Consultant at the Dean's Office after matriculation to see if previously passed courses can be transferred in terms of content and credit points. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

About studies

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.

One ECTS credit corresponds to 26 hours of study by a student.

See more academic definitions HERE.

TalTech does not offer any distance or part-time study programmes in English. If you are a non-EU student, being on full study load (completing at least 45 ECTS per academic year) is a prerequisite for retaining the temporary residence permit for studies.

If you already have an Estonian residence permit or are staying in Estonia with a D-visa, you may contact TalTech Open University for detailed information for taking open courses.

Studies are divided into academic years. Each academic year consists of two semesters (Autumn and Spring semester). Lectures in the autumn semester will start on the Monday closest to the 1st of September. For each year, the beginning of the Autumn semester is marked in the Academic Calendar.
 

Living in Estonia

Please refer to the TalTech Student Campus website. Make sure to read accommodation-related Frequently Asked Questions.

The cost of living in Estonia, compared to the rest of the EU, is affordable. The average monthly living expenses for international students, including accommodation, transport, food, and other expenses amount to approximately 600€ per month. However, the cost of living greatly depends on the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns.

For more information please refer to the Study in Estonia article.

Yes. In order to study in Estonia, non-EU students must apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for studies. In addition to studies, a Temporary Residence Permit allows students to also work, however, please note that studies must come as a first priority.

Keep in mind in case of failing to complete the full-time curriculum, the issued temporary residence permit for the study will be annulled. The full-time curriculum means completing at least 75% of the study load (45 ECTS) by the end of each academic year.

More information about working in Estonia can be found on the Work in Estonia website.

TalTech does not have a job placement system. However, we offer career counselling services for information about education and the labor market, advice on job search, and support in making career plans.