Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
In total, candidates are welcome to submit 2 applications.
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 head of curriculum to see exactly which subjects can be transferred. Only subjects similar in content and credit points will be transferred.
Please also note that transferred studies will not be calculated into study load, but international students need to study at full load to be able to keep their residence permit. Full load study means you need to receive at least 60 ECTS per academic year.
You are welcome to apply for studies at TalTech if you are doing your last year of studies. For applying, please submit the most recent document with your current obtained grades. Final education documents, including diploma and transcript will be requested from you only in summer.
See the deadlines for sending final education documents under Step 3 HERE.
Different countries have very different grading systems, therefore we do not consider grades as the main admission criteria. Generally speaking, we do not accept candidates with CGPA less than 60%.
We assess and make the admission decisions based on the motivation letter, online interview and test results. We strongly advise to look at country-specific requirements which outline the requirements for your education documents.
As long as you hold any citizenship* other than Estonian, you ought to submit your application via Dreamapply.
* Please note that residence permit and citizenship are not the same thing. TalTech international admission is based on citizenship.
Kindly note that TalTech has intake only once a year for autumn semester for Bachelor and Master level programmes.
The admission starts from January 1 and the studies will begin in the first week of September.
Only applicants, who have been accepted to studies at Tallinn University of Technology and have been issued a final acceptance letter are able to apply for visa and/or temporary residence permit for study at the closest Estonian Embassy.
We strongly recommend to take your time and read carefully through our Visa and Residence Permit article.
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 to check the admission requirements again as they might be slightly different from requirements the year before.
If the code is lost or compromised, it can be revoked and a new one sent to the email provided in the personal details.
To revoke the code you must:
- First open the applicant login page and click on “Problems logging in?”
- Then you must type in the email address that was provided in the personal details and copy the characters shown on the screen to confirm that you are not a bot
- Click 'Continue'
- A link will be sent to your email address. Following the link you can revoke the code and will see a new code. The code is also sent in an email and to the system mailbox
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 Recruitment and Admissions Division.
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. It will then be evaluated by the International Recruitment and Admissions Division 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 a 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.
|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!|
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.
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!
|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.|
|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.|
|Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a study place.|
|In some cases, candidates are placed into a waiting list. The final decision will be made latest by June 1. Again, personal notification regarding how to proceed will be provided.|
|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.|
|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.|
If your programme has specializations, then we would advise to specify your interest and choice in the motivation letter which you fill in your application form on Dreamapply.
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.
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, 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 are asked to send in documents by post. Individual notifications will be sent to each applicant via the online application system.
Certified hard copy documents are required after you have received conditional acceptance offer. Please read HERE 'Step 3- Evaluation and results' how and where to send the documents.
Kindly note to not send us your original documents. Admission documents will not be returned.
Due to the volume of post received by International Recruitment and Admissions Division each day it can take a number 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 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.
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.
Applicants who apply for programmes taught in English have to present a certificate of English language proficiency.
Proof of English may only be waived if a candidate has completed secondary or higher education taught fully in English in one of the following countries: EU/EEA member states, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
If you have completed studies in English but not in the country named above, we ask you to present an internationally recognised test. Accepted certificates and required results are specified HERE.
We advise to wait until you have received your test results and submit your online application then. Meanwhile you can prepare your application in the system, to make sure all the other requirements are fulfilled.
If you receive your results past the admission deadline, kindly contact us before submitting your application.
Your English language certificate should be no more than 2 years old at the moment of submitting your application, deadline’s date will not affect it.
TalTech offers English language Preparatory Year course for applicant with B1 level of English (according to CEFR). More information is available HERE.
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 and consentrate on the themes, that might be relevant.
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 a detailed instruction via Dreamapply.
We kindly remind to make sure you have a good internet connection before starting your online test.
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.
TalTech conducts interviews online. Interviews vary slightly from subject to subject and will take place only to the candidates who have passed 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. Before the interview, make sure that 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 non-show (without very good excuse) will result in an immediate rejection of your application.
A preliminary evaluation will be provided online within 7 working days. Preliminary evaluations informs candidates about their eligibility to continue with the application process. Candidates who have passed a preliminary evaluation will be presented to the School's admission committee.
As admission tests take place throughout the admission period, we make offers on rolling bases. However, final admission results will be announced latest on the 1st of June.
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. If you have a chance for full tuition fee waiver scholarship, we will definitely inform you.
When receiving your conditional acceptance offer, we will also inform whether we are able to offer you a full tuition fee waiver scholarship or not.
In case you are offered a fee-paying place, however, a full tuition fee waiver becomes available and you are the next in line, we will contact you personally.
Admission notifications will be announced on Dreamapply in which personal deadline to confirm the offer is indicated. When calculating the deadline, all applications submited for TalTech are considered.
The result of an admission test may be disputed by filing a written appeal to the chairman of the admissions committee. Send your written appeal to the International Recruitment and Admissions Division within three working days of the publication of admission results.
An appeal will be reviewed by the dispute committee, established by the chairman of the admission committee and will include at least the chairman and a one member of the admissions committee. The person who filed an appeal will be notified of the committee’s decision within three working days of filing of the appeal.
Please note that it is not possible to defer your study offer. When applying again, please use the same Dreamapply account and simply add a new application.
Keep in mind that the admission requirements might change for the next year's intake.
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, printed and signed Dreamapply application, copy of passports identification pages.
- The applicant's previous education documents must have received positive evaluation from the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Center to grant access to higher education in Estonia. This takes approximately 1 month.
- For the tuition fee programmes, tuition fee has been collected.
Upon receiving the acceptance letter (PDF fail), which will be sent individually to your e-mail address, you may proceed further with arranging your arrival (flights, accomodation and residence permits when applicable).
The application fee per candidate is 100 EUR which enables to apply for 2 programmes. The application fee is non-refundable.
No, the application fee is non-refundable.
The fee must be paid for us to process your application. It is not an acceptance fee.
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 weeks, contact us.
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Candidates outside of the European Union who have been accepted for the tuition fee places are requested to pay the first year tuition fee prior to the beginning of studies.
For the following years, students will pay based on how many ECTS they register for.
Students from the European Union who have been accepted for the tuition fee places will be charged per semester on the basis of the amount of ECTS registered.
See the tuition fee scheme HERE.
How to Pay
The payment must be done according to the invoice issued via Dreamapply. Preferred way for the payment is international bank transfer. However, if you have troubles with international money transfer, kindly contact International Admissions.
No. As long as you have not been offered a full tuition fee waiver place and you hold any citizenship* other than European member state (including Estonian), you ought to pay the tuition fee.
* Please note that residence permit and citizenship are not the same thing. TalTech international admission is based on citizenship.
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 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 been granted visa to arrive for studies).
Note! Refunds are made to the same account the payment was initially made from.
If you are offered a full tuition fee waiver scholarship after paying the tuition fee, it will be refunded (preferably to your Estonian bank account at the earliest opportunity).
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 student outside of EU, then being a full-time student (nominal study load 30 ECTS per semester) is a prerequisite for retaining a residence permit for studies.
If you already have an Estonian residence permit or are staying in Estonia with a D-visa, then you may contact TalTech Open University for detailed information about taking 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 date is marked in the Academic Calendar.
2019 Autumn semester studies start on the 2nd of September.
Subject transfer is an individual process which will be considered together with the Head of the Curricula and Study Consultant, once a candidate has been accepted for studies. There are specific terms and conditions for credit transfer and if they are not met, in some cases requests will be denied.
LIVING IN ESTONIA
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 depend on the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns.
For more information please refer to the Life 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 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 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.
TalTech does not have a job placement system. However, we offer career counselling where all students who are interested in finding a job can turn to.