The University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is one of the oldest and most venerable research universities in the Baltic countries.The University of Tartu belongs to the top 3 percent of world’s best universities (2014 QS World University Rankings). Approximately 14,500 students are enrolled, including about 1,000 international students representing about 70 countries. Facilities include a scientific library, a botanical garden, a computing center, five museums and a modern sports center.
Main CampusTartu, Estonia Campus Website5,000 - 20,000 on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in TartuLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English, Estonian
The northernmost of the three Baltic States, Estonia has historically served as a crossroads between east and west. Situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea, with a population of about 1.3 million, Estonia is slightly larger than Denmark. Across the gulf lies Finland, Estonia's closest neighbor linguistically and ethnically. Estonia offers a great case study of a successful transition from Soviet past to democracy and recent accession to EU. It is a modern country, with newest high-tech solutions, e.g. free wireless Internet can be found even in the town hall square of Tartu!
During every semester there are a lot of student events: international food fest, international film nights, sledging and skiing, sauna days, bog walking weekends and more. The definite highlights of each semester are Spring and Autumn Students Days, filled with dozens of entertaining and educating events, competitions and festivals. Tartu offers plenty of opportunities for sports and exercise: newly built university sports hall, several well-equipped gyms and fitness clubs, classes in yoga, step, aerobics, squash and tennis, bowling clubs and swimming pools. For those with artistic interests, there is the Tartu Academic Male Choir, Tartu University Chamber Choir, Alumni of Folk Ensemble of Tartu University, Tartu Student Theatre.
Tartu has numerous student clubs and associations, ranging from professional organizations to informal groups based on common hobbies and interests. ESN-Tartu is an organization that aims to support all international students of the University of Tartu. It works in close contact with the Student Council and with the International Student Service. ESN-Tartu helps organize free time activities, such as sports events, trips and parties, that all bring international students closer to local life.