Admission to Philosophy programme
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in any field;
NB! Applicants graduating in 2017 and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline, should electronically submit their most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline along with the rest of the required documents. Admitted candidates are required to post the certified copies of their final degree certificate and transcript as soon as they have been issued (the final certificates should reach the University by the end of July).
- English language proficiency
The applicants are ranked based on the following three indicators:
- score of the motivation letter (yields 40% of the final score)
- score of the writing sample (yields 40% of the final score)
- admission interview (yields 20% of the final score)
The admission process takes place in 2 stages:
- Motivation letter
- Writing sample (essay)
Both assignments will be submitted as a part of the online application form. The maximum score is 100 points for each assignment. In order to be eligible for admissions, the minimum score for the motivation letter needs to be 51 points. The candidates receiving less than 51 points for the motivation letter, will not have their essays assessed. Please see the general principles of assessment.
- Admission interview (in person or via Skype)
Only the candidates receiving at least 51 points in the 1st stage will be invited to the interview. After the interview, the points received for all three exams (motivation letter, essay and interview) are summarised for calculating the final admission score. The application will be considered for the admissions ranking if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved. The maximum score is 100 points. Please see how the points are summarised in our calculation model.
Application process for Estonian candidates
Applicants who have completed or are about to complete their bachelor´s studies in Estonia should apply via the National Admission Information Systems (SAIS) – further information is available here.
Applicants with Estonian citizenship who have graduated or are about to graduate abroad as well as international applicants should submit their application using the DreamApply system as instructed below.
Application process for international candidates
Guide to applying online (step 1)
Submit the online application via the DreamApply application system. Please be sure to fill in the form correctly with all of the requested information and make sure to submit your application. You are required to upload the electronic copies of all the required documents (please see below) to your online application by March 15. Please keep in mind that the electronic copies must be made of the original educational certificates that have been stamped and signed by the issuing institution. Incomplete applications or those submitted by email will not be considered by the University.
Applicants will receive feedback, notifications and official admission offers through the DreamApply system to their email. Once applying, you should ensure that you have access to your DreamApply and email accounts. The decisions on the applications will be made based on the electronic copies that have been added to the DreamApply system by the applicants. If needed, the University has a right to request the applicant to send application documents by post immediately after providing the scanned copies.
Guide to paper submission (step 2)
All the applicants who have been admitted are required to send all the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-134, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA. Please note that the documents are expected to be mailed to the University only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). Please make sure the documents reach the University within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. For example, if the admission offer is announced on April 1, the hard copies of the application documents must be received by the University by April 21. You will be informed when the documents have arrived.
The official admission letter will be sent to the accepted students by email only after reviewing their hard copies of the application documents. Once you receive the admission letter, you may proceed further with arranging your arrival (flights, accommodation and residence permits/visas when applicable). If your application documents do not reach us in 3 weeks, the University has a right to withdraw the admission offer.
Documents to be uploaded electronically and later submitted by regular post
- online application;
- motivation letter - the motivation letter is a part of the application form, and cannot be sent separately. Guidelines and evaluation criteria for the motivation letter are also included in the online application form;
- writing sample (essay) - please only submit it electronically!
- official copy of the bachelor's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript/mark sheet) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale);
- official translation of the bachelor's diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript/mark sheet) into English, translation certified;
- proof of English language proficiency;
- copy of the passport page stating the applicant's personal particulars.
NB! Applicants graduating in 2017 and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline, should electronically submit their most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline along with the rest of the required documents.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified: 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution; 2) by a notary; 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies.
Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified: important information for non-EU applicants is available here.
Announcement of admission results
The University's Admissions Committee will announce final admission results, including information on tuition waiver scholarships, by May 15 at the latest. Admission offers are sent through the DreamApply system. The offer may be conditional or unconditional. If the offer is conditional, we will set out the conditions in the offer you need to fulfil in order to be admitted to the programme. If you do not fulfil the conditions or inform your admissions coordinator of your decision by the stipulated deadline, we reserve the right to withdraw the conditional admission offer.
Furthermore, we may withdraw or amend any offer or revoke your matriculation as a student of the University, if we discover that your application contains fraudulent information or if you are found to have omitted key information from your application.
Please note that the University cannot grant admission deferrals to accepted candidates who wish to postpone the beginning of their studies to the next academic year.
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Tuition fee and scholarships
The tuition fee for fee paying students on this programme is 3400 euros per year. Note that tuition fees can only be paid once the new autumn semester officially begins.
Altogether 15 students will be admitted to this programme this year. Based on the admissions ranking list, 10 best applicants will be given tuition-waiver scholarships. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition-waiver separately, as they will be considered for the competition automatically.
Students receiving the tuition-waiver do not have to pay the tuition fee if they meet full time enrollment requirements. Full time study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students receiving the tuition-waiver fail to complete full-time study load per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned. The price per credit point is 60 euros. Information on when a tuition-waiver scholarship holder starts paying tuition fee and instructions for fee paying students are given here.
Information about other scholarships is available here.