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Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool)

Address: Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwaldi 1a, 51014 Tartu, Estonia

Description Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool)

• Foundation: 1951

• Abbreviation: EMÜ

• Status: state

• Location: Tartu, Estonia

• Age: from 18 years

• Accommodation: residence

• Language of instruction: Estonian, English.

The Estonian University of Natural Sciences considers conservation of natural resources and environmental protection to be a top priority. The work of all scientific departments, the education of a new generation of specialists are carried out in line with the solution of the strategic problem. EMÜ is known worldwide as the flagship of bioeconomics.

The history of agricultural science in Tartu began in the 17th century with the opening of the Swedish University, continued at the beginning of the 19th century, when one of the oldest universities in the Russian Empire opened here (1802). The Department of Agriculture first worked at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tartu, then at the Physics and Mathematics Faculty, later the Faculty of Agriculture appeared.

In 1848, the first veterinary institute in Russia opened in Tartu. In Soviet times, the Veterinary Institute joined the University of Tartu, forming a veterinary faculty, and in 1951 2 faculties related to agriculture were allocated to the Estonian Agricultural Academy.

The new life of the university in the 21st century began with a move to new educational buildings, a name change at Eesti Maa ü likool and structural changes. The new campus in the historic Tähtvere manor is surrounded by nature, which is studied and protected here.

  • 6,000 students
  • 400 teachers
  • 5 institutes.

The main areas of study:

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Veterinary science
  • Food and Health
  • Engineering, technology in agriculture.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool)

Program name


• Beginning of the school year: September

• Language of instruction: Estonian, English

• Age: 18+

• Duration of study: 4 years.

Popular programs:

  • Veterinary science
  • Real Estate and Land Management
  • Forestry
  • Forest industry
  • Rural engineering
  • Wood processing technology.


• Beginning of the school year: September

• Language of instruction: Estonian, English

• Age: 21+

• Duration of training: 1.5-2 years.

Popular programs:

  • Agri-Food Business Management
  • landscape architecture
  • Veterinary science
  • Hydrobiology
  • Bioeconomics
  • Environmental protection.

Graduate school

• Beginning of the school year: September

• Language of instruction: Estonian, English

• Age: 22+

• Duration of study: 3 years.

Popular programs:

  • Agricultural Sciences: Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Environmental Sciences and Applied Biology
  • Forestry
  • Veterinary science
  • Veterinary medicine and food science
  • Engineering technologies in agriculture and forestry .

Accommodation, housing and food

A place in a hostel costs from 80-120 €, a rented apartment will cost 250-400 €, meals and transportation - 300-400 € per month.


  • EMÜ is one of the 50 best universities in the world in the field of agriculture
  • Priorities of the university - tomorrow's specialties: bioeconomics, biotechnology
  • Support for research at different levels
  • You can study in English
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Modern, comfortable campus
  • Accessible environment for studying and living for students with disabilities.

Equipment Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool)

EMÜ has built its campus: educational buildings, research laboratories, dormitories are not far from each other, in the Tähtvere manor. All buildings are modern, the university sports center is especially notable for its architecture. The residential areas of the campus are surrounded by a park.

3 cafes on campus provide meals for students and university employees. EMÜ administration strictly monitors the quality of food and does everything to make prices in cafes affordable. Products can also be bought in supermarkets.

All buildings, including dormitories, have wireless internet. All buildings are adapted for people with disabilities: wheelchairs are possible everywhere, there are specially equipped dormitory rooms, priority parking rights for students with disabilities.

The language center works for students who wish to study European, including Baltic, languages.

The sports center conducts sports activities at EMÜ, organizes training, competitions, sports events. In addition to the building of the sports center, available outdoor areas are also used for this purpose.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences offers various services that help students solve various problems. Student Union protects the rights and interests of students, provides useful information, disseminates university attributes.

A psychological counseling service will help you solve personal problems or problems associated with your studies. Tartu Welcome Center helps international students adapt to life in Estonia. Student career service is associated with future employers, helping graduates find work.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. Registration fee 100 €.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • A completed application form  
  • Copy of high school diploma with high marks in biology, chemistry, mathematics, English
  • Copy of a bachelor’s diploma with a diploma supplement for postgraduate programs
  • Portfolio (for training on the course "Landscape Architecture")
  • Motivation letter
  • Job interview
  • Certificate of English: TOEFL at least 61 points, IELTS - 5.0, PTE (academic) - 51
  • Copy of identity pages from their passport
  • One passport-sized photograph signed on the back.

All documents must be translated into English and certified.

Scholarships Estonian University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool)

Scholarships and grants are available to both Estonian and foreign students. In the 1st year, scholarships are awarded according to the results of admission: certificate evaluation, interview, essay, portfolio. All freshmen participate in the competition.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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