Study regulations and guidelines

Here you can find answers to your questions regarding studies at the University of Tartu and living in Estonia. 

Enjoy your studies at the University of Tartu School of Law!

Studies at the University of Tartu are organised according to certain rules. For studies to be successful the student needs to know these rules. During the study period there are many options for individual planning and self-development.

On the current page you can find study instructions and rules for I and II level students: bachelor´s students, master´s students, professional higher education students and students of integrated bachelor's and master's studies. The guidelines on doctoral studies can be found on doctoral studies´ webpage.


The most important document regulating studies in University is Study Regulations.

Official information exchange at the University takes place in the Study Information System (SIS): registering for courses, choosing modules, looking at timetables and study results (grades) etc.

 

Getting started

Before you start your studies at the University of Tartu, take a look at information that hopefully helps new international students to find some relevant and useful information.

Getting Started

Academic calendar

Academic calendar of the School of Law 2023/2024

Beginning of autumn semester 04.09.2023
Christmas holiday 25.12.2023 - 07.01.2024
End of autumn semester 04.02.2024
Winter holiday 05.02.2024 - 11.02.2024
Beginning of spring semester 12.02.2024
End of spring semester 30.06.2024
Summer holiday 01.07.2024 - 01.09.2024

Master`s studies of IT law

Deadline for registering for IT master´s exam part I (IT Law Lab) 15.11.2023
IT master´s exam part II (legal memorandum) 16.05.2024
IT master´s exam part III (essay) 17.05.2024
IT master´s exam part II (legal memorandum) resit 30.05.2024
IT master´s exam part III (essay) resit 31.05.2024

Master`s studies of international and human rights law

Choosing the theme and the supervisor for master´s thesis for graduates in spring 2025  13.06.2024
Submission of master´s theses in autumn semester 13.11.2023 at 16.00
Defence of master´s theses in autumn semester 11.12.2023
Submission of master´s theses in spring semester 29.04.2024 at 16.00
Defence of master´s theses in spring semester 20.05.2024 - 24.05.2024

ILGSPD Erasmus-Mundus joint master`s studies

Choosing the theme and the supervisor for master`s thesis 30.11.2023
Submission of master`s theses in spring semester 31.05.2024
Defence of master`s theses in spring semester 25.06 - 28.06.2024

Writing and formatting student works

For writing and formatting student works at the School of Law take a look at the guide compiled by Jaan Sootak and Hesi Siimets-Gross.

A Guide for Law Students

Who to contact in Tartu?

Katri Holst
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Academic Affairs Unit
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Näituse 20-213

General Department
Tartu Office
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Näituse 20-213
doctoral studies
+372 737 6062
Katri Holst
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Academic Affairs Unit
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Näituse 20-213

General Department
Tartu Office
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Näituse 20-213
doctoral studies
+372 737 6062
Erika Anna Kaldvee
General Department
Tartu Office
Academic Affairs Specialist
Näituse 20–303
+372 737 6065
Erika Anna Kaldvee
General Department
Tartu Office
Academic Affairs Specialist
Näituse 20–303
+372 737 6065

Who to contact in Tallinn?

Lehte Leesik
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Academic Affairs Unit
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Kaarli pst 3 - 202, Tallinn

General Department
Tallinn Office
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Kaarli pst 3-202, Tallinn
International Law and Human Rights (regular study, BA)
+372 627 1892
International Law and Human Rights
Lehte Leesik
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Academic Affairs Unit
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Kaarli pst 3 - 202, Tallinn

General Department
Tallinn Office
Specialist in Academic Affairs
Kaarli pst 3-202, Tallinn
International Law and Human Rights (regular study, BA)
+372 627 1892

You study, we support

The University of Tartu Counselling Centre offers career and psychological counselling, advice regarding the organisation of studies, support for students with special needs, peer tutor training and supportive seminars to students of all levels.

Counselling Centre

Living in Estonia

Practical information

Where to eat? Where to sleep? What to do?

In Tartu

When looking for the nearest places to eat to the School of Law buildings, take a look at the following places:

  • Cafe Toome kohvik, right next to the tennis courts on your way from the centre to the School of Law, Karl Ernst von Baer Street 6
  • Asian restaurant Red Chilli, Näituse 7
  • Supermarket Veeriku Selver (including Hesburger, Peetri Pizza, grocery store, pharmacy), Vitamiini 1

If you have more time for lunch, choose among the various daily offers around town.

 

In Tallinn

When looking for the nearest places to eat to the School of Law buildings, take a look at the following places:

  • Rahva Toit, in the building right next to the School of Law, Roosikrantsi 2
  • R-kiosk (snacks, sandwiches, hotdogs), in the building right next to the School of Law, Roosikrantsi 2
  • Cafe Wabadus on freedom square, vabaduse väljak 10
  • TUUM cafe-bar on freedom square, vabaduse väljak 8
  • Jahu Street Gourmet, Estonia puiestee 19
  • Gourmet Coffee City, Pärnu maantee 15

If you have more time for lunch, choose among the various daily offers around town. 

In Tartu

Tartu Student Village offers living spaces for students in Tartu and in Viljandi in various locations. You can find additional information about the Student Village on its homepage. Contact: info@campus.ee

Renting a flat: if the life in the dormitory seems not to be of your style, you could rent an apartment or find someone who is looking for a flatmate. Information about rental apartments can be found on real estate portals and Facebook groups:

For short term accommodation you can check out Airbnb or some more affordable hostels like Tartu Downtown Hostel, Looming hostel, Hugo Stay etc.

 

In Tallinn

The University of Tartu does not have student dorms in Tallinn. All students are responsible for finding their own accommodation.

The following links can be useful for finding an apartment or a room in a shared flat:

Find out what is happening in Tartu and Tallinn.

Events in Tartu

Events in Tallinn

Student Organizations

As law students, there are several student organisations whose activities you can take part in during your studies at the School of Law. Read more about the organisations below.


European Law Students' Association (ELSA) is the world's largest independent law students' association which connects 43 European countries, about 300 universities and more than 50 000 law students/young lawyers. ELSA Estonia organises a variety of academic and professional activities throughout the academic year, inluding some international events. ELSA Estonia has branches in both Tartu (Näituse 20) and in Tallinn (Kaarli pst 3).

Contact: elsa@elsaestonia.org, Facebook


Estonian Law Students Union is an educational organization that organizes different extracurricular activities to law students including lectures, networking events, workshops, public debates etc. Estonian Law Students Union has its office at the School of Law in Tartu (Näituse 20-119).

Contact: eouliit@gmail.com, Facebook


Estonian Moot Court Society organizes yearly Moot Court Competitions for Estonian law students since 1997/1998 academic year.

Contact: harjutuskohtuselts@gmail.com, Facebook


In order to expand your network of connections outside the legal dimension, you are welcome to take part in the activities organised by AIESEC, a global organisation that develops young people through leadership programmes and international volunteering and internships, and the Erasmus Student Network, which is one of the strongest and most active in the region, providing a very memorable multicultural experience for all those involved.

Juridica International

Latest issue of Juridica International now available online

Photo by Belle Co from Pexels

Studying abroad

Sandra Võsaste praktikasuvi Washingtonis

SUMMER IN DC