Interesting facts about the University of Tartu

Posted by Laura Želvytė  |  August 03, 2016

The second largest city in Estonia – Tartu – is located in the south of the capital Tallinn. It is a city inhabited by young people – a fifth of all locals are university students. The city homes the oldest Estonian University and is a unique place full of historical heritage and culture. Tartu is the academic capital of Estonia and even though there are a lot of higher educational institutions, the city is most proud of one of the oldest universities in the Baltic States – UT. So before you visit the city, here are some more interesting facts about the University of Tartu!

A historical University

The University of Tartu dates back to the early 17th century and is one of the oldest universities in the Baltic States. The first students enrolled at the end of April 1632 and thus began a new era for Estonian education. Back in the day, the Academy in Tartu had philosophy, law, theology and medical faculties. Now it has over 60 Bachelor‘s, 72 Master‘s and 34 Doctor courses and is still growing. The UT aims to be an internationally recognised university, the centre of research and the source of academic spirit in Estonia.

Outstanding historical architecture

The main building of The University of Tartu is one of the best maintained gorgeous examples of neoclassical architecture in Estonia. It was designed by the architect Johann Wilhelm Krause between 1804 and 1809. The building is build following the classic neoclassical provisions and is worth seeing when you tour in Tartu.


The UT students are smart!

Not anyone can get into the prestigious University. Nearly half of all Estonian upper secondary students, who won awards for outstanding academic accomplishment chose the University of Tartu for their higher education. What is more, every year, the students in UT take more than half of national students awards. And compared to 2007, the number of PhD students at the University of Tartu has almost doubled! This all is because this historic University works only to endorse the quality of education in all of their courses to make sure that the University provides only high-quality courses and information.

Diverse achievements

The University of Tartu is famous for its various accomplishments. The UT makes sure to involve a vast range of diverse people in the university‘s activities as well as achieve very different goals – everything from art to science! One of the UT professors discovered the ME-3 bacteria used in dairy products and was recognised as an „EU woman inventor and innovator“. The University of Tartu homes a mobile science theatre which has received several international awards.The UT academic, athletic club has been the most successful sports clubs in Estonia for years. The goal of the University of Tartu is to create a stimulating environment, where students can endorse in activities they enjoy the most and achieve the best academic goals possible.

Tartu does have a very unusual setting – the atmosphere invites you to an unforgettable tour in the city, to experience the beautiful Estonian history and culture. Don‘t miss a chance to visit the University of Tartu which is responsible for the academic and cultural growth of all Estonia.