Adapt to life in Estonia!

This information is intended for those of you who have fled the war in Ukraine and have received temporary protection status here in Estonia. Moving from one country to another is always a challenge, and even more so in these difficult circumstances. On our part, Estonian University of Life Sciences would like to support you the best we can, and that’s why we want to relay the following message.

To assist you with adapting to life in Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Culture has commissioned a COMPULSORY ONE-DAY ADAPTATION COURSE specifically for people with temporary protection status. The course gives essential information about Estonian state and society, state provided services and benefits, rights and obligations attached to temporary protection status, and a number of other topics. During the course, answers to specific and practical questions concerning adaptation in Estonia are also provided.

The course is FREE OF CHARGE.

Please use the link below to register for adaptation course. In the process of registration you will be able to choose between courses in a face-to-face or online format, courses are also available in either Ukrainian or Russian language.

Completion of the course will be taken into account in the process of extending the temporary protection status.

Please note that in longer term, you are also required to complete a 3-months A1 level Estonian language course. Similarly to adaptation course, these language courses are provided to temporary protection status holders free of charge. You will receive a notice regarding language course via Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Adapt to life in Estonia!

Studies for citizens of Ukraine

If you are interested in studying at Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ), but the speciality is taught in Estonian, the University offers an intensive Estonian language course for students of EMÜ Open University during the preparatory year. During the preparatory year, you have to study Estonian language for 60 ECTS. Learning Estonian during the preparatory year is free of charge.

The study year begins on September 1, 2022.

The Orientation Week for international students will start on August 29, 2022.


Conditions of participation in Estonian language preparation year 2022/2023

Find the curriculum taught in Estonian you are interested in and write a motivation letter in English, in which we are expecting you to tell us about your hopes and expectations on studying at Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu.

Information about the curricula taught in Estonian is here



  • Applicants are required to have completed their secondary education, taken the necessary exams and be eligible for university studies in their own countries.
  • Applicants, whose primary language is not English, must meet the level B2 requirements for English proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Applicants are required to write a motivation letter in English.


Application documents

  1. Education certificate of the most recent education institution the applicant graduated from, such as a secondary school certificate or a diploma certificate for any degrees earned or a professional qualification certificate confirming upper secondary education.
  2. Proof of English language skills B2

Please bear in mind that applicants are required to prove their English language proficiency by submitting one of the following certificates:

  • A recent* TOEFL Certificate: only internet-based test scores are accepted, with the minimum score being 60. The result must be sent directly to the University by the Educational Testing Service. TOEFL designated institution code for the Estonian University of Life Sciences is 7708.
  • Or a recent* IELTS Certificate: minimum score 5.5;
  • Or a recent* PTE (academic): minimum score 51;
  • Or a recent* First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge;
  • Or, in the case of previous studies in English, the diploma together with a transcript of records, where the language of instruction is specified.

* recent means no more than five years old.

  1. A motivation letter in English, 300–350 words
  2. Copy of the identification page of your passport


Further procedure

  • July 11 the applicants will be informed about their admissions to the interviews.
  • July 12 interviews (10 minutes, in English) with applicants, who had received the invitation on July 11 (usually the videobridge BigBlueButton).
  • July 13 the applicants will be informed about their admission to the preparatory year for learning Estonian.  
  • coming from non-EU countries, you need to apply for a long term (D-type) visa. Estonian University of Life Sciences sends confirmation letters, which can be used when applying for a D-type visa.


Estonian intensive learning group starts if there are min. 20 participants.

Learners attending the preparation year are not registered as undergraduates, which means no student benefits can be applied for (incl. a student card, dormitory place, etc.).

After you have completed the Estonian language preparation year, you can apply for admission in curricula, taught in Estonian with the start of studies in the academic year 2023/2024.

Please note that we assess applicants’ documents, motivation and interest in learning the language and speciality at Estonian University of Life Sciences. The University has the right to accept or to decline the requests to study Estonian.


Study location: Tartu, Estonia


Links to curricula (in Study Information System) taught in Estonian

Institute of Forestry and Engineering

Level of study: Bachelor’s studies



Land Surveying, Property and Land Management

Level of study: Professional Higher Education


Wood Processing Technology

Level of study: Integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s studies

Civil Engineering (Rural Building)

Hydraulic Engineering and Water Polution Control

Level of study: Master’s studies

Energy Applicaton Engineering


Forest Industry

Forest Management and Forest Ecology

Land Surveying, Property and Land Management

Production Engineering

Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Level of study: Bachelor’s studies

Environmental Planning and Landscape Design

Environmental Protection

Fisheries and Applied Ecology


Nature Based Tourism

Production and Marketing of Agricultural Products

Rural Entrepreneurship and Financial Management

Level of study: Master’s studies

Accounting and Financial Management

Economics and Entrepreneurship

Fisheries and Applied Ecology


Nature Based Tourism

Production and Marketing of Agricultural Products

Institute of Veterinaary Medicine and Animal Sciences

Level of study: Bachelor’s studies

Animal Science

Food Technology

Level of study: Master’s studies

Animal Science

Food Technology



Information from Estonian University of Life Sciences regarding war in Ukraine

Estonian University of Life Sciences Senate strongly condemns Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022. Due to the complicated international situation, the Senate decides to restrict the entry or employment of students and academic staff from the Russian Federation and Belarus to Estonian University of Life Sciences. More information is available here

  • The University is committed to solidarity and supporting students and researchers with the status of war refugees from Ukraine.
  • The University creates targeted scholarships to admit citizens of Ukraine with the status of war refugees to English taught curricula, if their academic threshold allows them to start or continue at the University their studies, which have been interrupted in Ukraine.
  • In the curriculum "Veterinary Medicine", two targeted scholarships are created, based on previous study and work experience immatriculation from the second academic year.
  • In the curricula „Planning and analysis in multifunctional forestry“, „Environmental Governance and Adaptation to Climate Change“, „Agri-Food Business Management“ and „Landscape Architecture“ two targeted scholarships are created for each curriculum starting from admissions.
  • Student candidates with the war refugee status from Ukraine are exempt from the document processing fee.
  • Academic staff, including PhD students, having the status of a war refugee from Ukraine and living in the University dormitory are exempt from the advance payment for renting a room in the dormitory.
  • Students having the status of a war refugee from Ukraine who are admitted for studies at the University with a targeted scholarship student place are exempt from paying the dormitory rent for the nominal duration of their studies.


Main Governental Information (in russian )

Information about children and Youth from Ukraine to Estonia (Ministry of Education)

Main Information

  • All students and employees can submit their questions and suggestions at  phone +372 731 3200
  • Issues related to the admission of new international students from Ukraine and the possibility for students who have left their studies in Ukraine to continue their studies at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, please turn to  or +372 731 3890