Frequently Asked Questions
Transcript of Records is an official document from your university indicating all the courses you have previously passed until your exchange period.
With the online application form, you can upload the enclosures within the form. Please submit the application form electronically.
It is required to print it and sign it ONLY if you will come as a free-mover (without any bilateral agreement between TalTech and your home university). The enclosures have to be sent by post as well.
One of the application requirement's is English Certificate at B2 level.
If you do not have it latest on the application deadline, please apply for next semester when you have updated your English Certificate.
It is a document with list of TalTech courses you take at TalTeh, these results will be transferred to student's home university after his/her exchange period. It is signed by student, his/her home university and TalTech University. You can change it during the 1st month of the semester.
The only reason, why the course list is not updated, is, that we do not have it. Once, when the list is ready, it is going to updated at the web page www.taltech.ee/exchange >Courses in English. You may check our previous course lists, but we do not guarantee that all the courses from that list will be taught next year, although more or less the list is the same.
Choosing the courses
The link indicated will give you the information about all the exchange students' course descriptions at TalTech. You find your courses at www.taltech.ee/exchange >Courses in English
Please choose the courses at your study area and follow courses from the level you study.
Please choose around 70% of the courses from your home univeristy partner School and the level of your studies. You have to fulfil prerequisites to the courses you are choosing. Then it is allowed to choose courses from other Schools.
There are some free-elective courses like Estonian or Basics of Physical Movement what are for any level. Please choose courses at the level of your studies at your home university and/or follow the remarks in our course offer. If you have fulfilled the prerequisites at home university you may choose the courses from the level you need.
As an exchange student of TalTech you can only choose the courses offered at our university. Applies also for Joint Programmes with another Estonian Universities.
TalTech offers for English speaking students courses in English. Please make your course selection using this offer.
According to the Erasmus+ programme rules, you are allowed to make the changes in LA during the first month of your studies. Timetables will be ready approximately a month before the beginning of the semester. Timetable conflict is one of the main reasons for making the changes.
All the courses you find from the list, which is meant for exchange students, will be taught in English. If you find any mistake from web based study system, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org, there may be unfortunatelly some mistakes in the course descriptions.
We accept the applications in the order we receive them. You will be informed if you were not among of accepted students. When the course is accepted in your Learning Agreement, you are allowed to take the course.
Exchange students have to choose their courses only from the list, which is available at our web page www.taltech.ee/exchange >Courses in English
The timetables will be ready approximateley a month before the beginning of the Semester. Therefore, unfortunately, you can't avoid course conflict in the early stage of making the Learning Agreement.
Basically you need to follow the rules of your home university concerning the amount of ECTS. Normal workload at TalTech is 30 ECTS, we recommend take minimum 15 ECTS per semester.
Arriving to Tallinn
It is impossible to recommend a specific airline. You need to research flight that corresponds to your needs (regarding the schedule, price etc). Students have to use often connecting flights.
As students from outside of the EU have to take connecting flights, we recommend taking flights where Estonia is the first Schengen country you enter (from Moscow, Istanbul, but also from Helsinki).
Living expenses are lower than in most other EU countries. Each student can determine other expenses individually depending on their needs.
No tution and labs fees. You also don't need to buy books.
Housing: Generally between 220-450 EUR per month.
Meal cost at TalTech canteens: Morning 2-3 EUR, Lunch 3-5 EUR..
University canteens are closed on Sundays and evenings.
Transport from the airport: By taxi, in Tallinn around 10-15 EUR. Bus ticket costs 2 EUR.
Local transport for getting to classes:
- Students with visas pay 23 EUR for 30 days.
- EU students pay during the first month. Once they have registered their address in Tallinn and got Estonian ID card, the public transportation will be free.
Free time: Depends on student lifestyle. From 0-1000 EUR per semester.
Any other costs: In the beginning of semester students may need ISIC or Estonian student card, some passport size photos, a library card, make some copies. 10-20 EUR per semester.
Average costs per month
Food: 201 EUR (Autumn 2017 survey), 181 (Autumn 2018 survey)
Accommodation: 282 EUR (Autumn 2018 survey), 293 (Autumn 2018 survey)
Travelling and free time activities: 174 EUR (Autumn 2018 survey), 183 EUR (Autumn 2018 survey)
Yes, before the beginning of the semester (usually the previous Thursday and Friday before the beginning of the semester) TalTech organises a 2-days orientation programme, that will be covering the practical, as well as academic matters that will help you to settle in. Before the Autumn Semester, it is together international degree students, at Winter it is only for exchange students.
We highly recommend you to take part in the orientation programme because it will give you a necessary basis to start your studies at TalTech. Every year there are hundred of new students and it is practical share information everybody at the same time.
If, for some reason you can't participate, please pick up the welcome package from Mobility Centre U02-201, when you arrive. At home please read all the presentations from the Orientation Days and Student's ABC. You have to know your timetable of the day when you arrive.
The beginning and end dates of the semester are indicated in the Academic calendar. Autumn semester is going to start in the end of August or the beginning of September (closest Monday to 1st of September) and the Spring semester will start in the end of January or the beginning of February (closest Monday to 1st of February).
Students must arrive during the first week of the semester. Before the lectures start we have Orientation Days.
We have a special price for TalTech's exchange students who come for one semester or one academic year. You find more information at our web page www.taltech.ee/exchange >Accommodation and www.academichostel.com >ENG>Exchange students. The exact price will be available a day after the application deadline.
You will receive an e-mail from us on November 16 or May 16, depending on a semester, or read the information at our web page www.taltech.ee/exchange >Accommodation, from 16th of May or 16th of November and follow the instructions. First come, first served, we have only limited amount of places in the Acadamic hostel. Please think, also, are you ready accept the hostel rules. It is easier to get the university accommodation for Spring Semester than for Autumn, when we have more students.
Of course, you still need to notify the receptionist in the Academic Hostel in advance, but then you don't get students' price any more.
TalTech dormitories are booked for the degree students studying at our university 2-3 years. There may-be single places for summer interns.
When you have specific requirements (you already know with whom you'd like to share your room with or if you wouldn't like to share your room with, like a student from the same country etc) please make a remark when you pay the deposit.
Right of residence
EU citizens have the right to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card for the period of up to 3 months. In case you stay for longer time you need register the residence within 3 months from the date of entering Estonia and apply for an Estonian ID card in Estonia.
You can only apply for the Estonian ID card in Estonia. When you stay in Estonia for more than 3 months, you need to register your place of residence first and then apply for the ID card (it might take up to 1 month to get the card). Please see: Registration of residence in Tallinn.
Please check our web page Rights of Residence.
You may have the right enter Estonian visa free, but everybody who are staying more than 90 days have to apply for long term D-type visa.