International Cooperation
The University of Tartu is an international research universityThe university’s students and staff form an able and motivated international community whose teaching, research and development activities are at an internationally excellent level. The university expects its staff to actively gain international experiences.

The university applies its knowledge and experiences to improve the higher education and research organisation in the regions of Estonian development cooperation, cooperating with the state of Estonia and applying for support from the European Union and other financing programmes.

The university’s strategic partners are the networks of recognised research universities mostly from Europe and high-level research universities in Asia and North America, the cooperation with which is based on top-level competence and mutual research contacts.

The University of Tartu belongs to the following university networks:

The University of Tartu has bilateral partnership agreements with 72 partner universities from 26 countries. The goal of UT's co-operative work is to build and develop links between the University of Tartu and its partner universities and to further mutually beneficial and diverse cooperation ties.

For entering into a partnership agreement, the primary considerations are:
  • the prospective partner's profile and academic stature;
  • at least two faculties must also have indicated their interest in the co-operation.

The university encourages its academic staff members to initiate cooperation between units with international partners and also offers support for preparing cooperation project applications.

The global mobility cooperation agreements of the Erasmus+ programme are concluded centrally based on the proposals of the faculties and European mobility cooperation agreements are concluded at the faculty or its unit.


Kristi Kerge
Head of International Cooperation

Further info is available here.