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Tallinn University

4.1 out of 5 (67 ratings / 59 reviews) Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities and social sciences in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have around 7500 students with 9.5% of international students from all around the world. Every 10th academic person is of foreign background. 



Tallinn University's predecessor, Tallinn Teachers' Seminar, was founded in 1919. Tallinn University in its present form was established on 18 March 2005 as the result of a merger of several universities and research institutions in Tallinn: Academic Library of Estonia, Baltic Film and Media School, Estonian Institute of Humanities, Institute of History and Tallinn Pedagogical University.


Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities and social sciences in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. At our university, longest traditions of teacher training in Estonia and the most modern film and media school in the Baltic countries exist side by side. We value innovation and interdisciplinarity in order to offer internationally competitive education based on research excellence. Our aim is to be an advocate and planner of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia. Our five interdisciplinary focus fields are educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance.


Research in Tallinn University is conducted in five focus fields, six institutes and two regional colleges. In order to support interdisciplinary and international cooperation, Tallinn University has launched five centres of excellence, where researchers and teams with a shared interdisciplinary research focus are united:

  • TU Centre of Excellence in Behavioural and Neural Sciences
  • TU Centre of Excellence in Educational Innovation
  • TU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies
  • TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies
  • TU Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture

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Housing services

There are three dormitories available for Tallinn University’s students, lecturers and guests.

Library services

Academic Library of Tallinn University is one of the most comprehensive research libraries of Estonia in all fields of knowledge, except construction and agriculture. The library was founded in April 1946 as the Central Library of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Although the library is quite young, the Library of St. Olaf's Church (founded in 1552) makes up the oldest part of the collections. 

ICT services


Student Life

Campus life

Tallinn University campus is situated in a nice location in Tallinn city centre, between the sea, the old town, and Kadriorg Park. Most of the buildings for study, research and creative activities at the university are located at the campus. Other parts of the university are situated in different areas of Tallinn; in the city centre (Academic Library, dormitory and hostel), and in Kristiine (School of Natural Sciences and Health and dormitories). The SuperNova cinema, the only movie theatre within a university in Estonia, welcomes all film fans, as well as conference participants. 

Sports facilities

The main campus has a ball games hall, a fitness studio and a gymnastics hall. It is also possible to join one or many of the Tallinn University sports teams and take sports lessons as elective courses.

Student clubs

Students can take part in a vibrant student's life, which includes: 

  • Childcare
  • Students' cafe
  • Photo Club
  • Sports Club (TU Cup Tournament)
  • Culture Club
  • International Club
  • ESN Tallinn, established by students of TU
  • tudeng.TV (student.TV) 
  • Choirs and symphony orchestra


In Estonia, only institutions of higher education which have passed the evaluation of quality of studies are allowed to provide higher education.  This includes the right to issue state graduation certificates. 

Student Reviews

Cool and interesting with qualitative learning
Franklin Anuma rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic and engaging with teachers who are ready to help

Best decision.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My best decision was applying to Tallinn University – it is a great place for focusing on your studies and finding connections.

Good infrastructure but mandatory Estonian courses
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is very modern and has a good infrastructure, they have labs, a gym, recording studios, everything a student could ask for. The course gives the student a good amount of freedom to choose the subjects but they still push many Estonian-related subjects which are not very interesting for those who do not plan on staying in Estonia after graduation, so they...

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