Admission requirements 2020/2021

Previous qualification

Applicants are required to have completed their secondary education, taken the necessary exams and be eligible for university studies in their own countries. Applicants are also required to be proficient in English at level B2.


Admission requirements

Updated on April 2nd: 

The College Board has cancelled the May 2, 2020 SAT Subject Test administration in response to the rapidly evolving situation around the corona virus (COVID-19). 

As this affects many of our applicants, Estonian University of Life Sciences has changed the admission requirements for the Veterinary Medicine programme for the 2020/2021 intake.


Applicants will be scored on how well they fulfill admission requirements. The maximum score is 30 points out of which:

  1. 10 points are given for a positive mark on a secondary education diploma in the following subjects: biology, chemistry, mathematics and English.

  2. Up to 20 points will be given for a motivation letter. The letter of motivation may include information on:

  • why you want to study veterinary medicine at the Estonian University of Life Sciences;
  • what your strengths and weaknesses relating to veterinary studies are;
  • your previous studies;
  • successfully performed final examinations on the upper secondary school or higher level ;
  • other studies, degrees or qualifications in the field of natural or veterinary sciences;
  • previous work experience;
    * in a veterinary-related field e.g. work with animals;
    * jobs requiring communication skills e.g. customer service;
  • your view on your future in veterinary occupation and the role of the veterinary profession in society.

The maximum allowed length of the motivation letter is 2500 characters.

Additionally, the university may carry out video interviews to check applicants’ English skills.


The ranking list will be formed based on applicants’ scores. In case of equal scores, applicants who have received better marks in subjects mentioned in point no 1 will be preferred.

Please note that SAT Biology M test is not accepted this year and it does not replace the subject grades in biology, chemistry, mathematics and English.


Required documents

  • A completed and signed application form. You will receive an applicant code, which gives access to your account to track your application status. In addition to sending the documents by mail, please upload the electronic copies of all the required documents to your application. This makes the pre-processing of your application quicker.
  • Certified copy of (upper) secondary education certificate and its official translation into English*
  • Certified copy of the transcript of records/marks and its official translation into English**
  • Copy of the identification pages of the passport
  • 1 passport size photo, signed on the back
  • A motivation letter (please see above)

* Please note that in order to be considered official, all certificates must bear a seal and a signature of an authorized official. Official documents must be provided from the institution awarding the secondary school certificate. Documents sent with an Apostille or certified by a notary or a local competent authority are official as well.
** Please note that (upper) secondary school certificates submitted to the university must include a description of the grading scale.

Applicants graduating from secondary school in spring 2020 should submit their application by the deadline. The applicants are expected to upload/send their latest transcript of records along with the application, or a certificate from school, certifying that under normal circumstances, the applicant will graduate in /month/, 2020. In such cases, we also demand information about the time of the expected graduation and issuing the official graduation documents.


Paper copies of all requested documents (including printed, dated and signed application form) should be sent to the following address:

Estonian University of Life Sciences
Department of Academic Affairs
Fr.R.Kreutzwaldi 1
Tartu 51006

The university has the right to send candidates’ educational documents to the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre for evaluation. The function of candidates’ previous qualification(s) (formal access to further study) will be evaluated, depending on what level of the curriculum the candidate applies to. For more information, please visit the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centres’ homepage.

The procedure may take up to 30 days starting from the day that candidates’ paper documents arrive at the university. The evaluation decision is made available to the candidate in the online application system DreamApply. The decision will include a short explanation based on an analysis of the educational system of the country the diploma has been issued in. If not satisfied with the result of the evaluation, the candidate has the right to appeal the decision. In order to appeal the decision, the applicant shall send a written reasoned appeal along with additional documents to the e-mail address The appeal has to be submitted within 7 days starting from the date the decision was uploaded to DreamApply.


Important dates

Deadline for applications and posting paper documents

The deadline for submitting documents for students who wish to study veterinary medicine is:

May 1 for non-EU and
May 31 
for the EU, Georgian, Turkish students.

The final decision about admittance is announced on June 26, 2020.


For students arriving from Finland

Diplomas and transcripts issued by a recognized educational institution in Finland can be certified by the same institution.


Tuition fees

The Estonian University of Life Sciences has made every effort to maintain tuition fees at the lowest level possible. However, tuition fees may have to be modified periodically.

In 2020/2021, the tuition fee for veterinary studies is 9000 EUR per year. This sum covers the cost of courses at the EMU and does not include room and board. The first installment of 200 EUR (a part of autumn term fee) must be paid before matriculation and arrival to Estonia. The next deadlines for payment of the fees for the autumn and spring term are October 15 and March 1 respectively. Students must meet all financial obligations each semester. Students with delinquent accounts may not be permitted to enroll in a succeeding semester or to graduate.


Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have attended courses related to veterinary medicine, animal sciences or any other field that might be relative, please consult the study specialist at our University after being admitted. The study specialist will help you transfer the ECTS credits from the university courses you have passed and which are very similar to the courses offered in our Veterinary Medicine curriculum. This process is called RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning.


For more detailed information on the entry requirements, please contact:

Phone: +372 731 3890