Estonian University of Life Sciences

4 out of 5 (65 reviews) Tartu, Estonia
Established in 1951, the Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of top 100 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 51 to 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject (2015)). The university also belongs to the top 1% most cited research facilities in the world, with our plant physiology professor Ülo Niinemets being the most cited Estonian researcher altogether.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



In 1848 Tartu Veterinary Institute was opened. In 1919, it was attached to University of Tartu, and renamed Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In the same year Faculty of Agriculture consisting of Departments of Agronomy and Forestry was founded. In 1951 Estonian Academy of Agriculture was founded comprising those two faculties, which was renamed Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2005.


Teaching and research is carried out in five institutes:

  • Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences
  • Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering
  • Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Economics and Social Sciences.
The university offers programmes on bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Most bachelor’s and master’s programmes are in Estonian, while doctoral studies are carried out in English. We currently offer English-language integrated programme in Veterinary Medicine and a master’s programme in Landscape Architecture.


The Estonian University of Life Sciences is a center for research and development in Estonia in agriculture, forestry, animal science, veterinary science, rural life and economy, food science, biodiversity, nature protection, renewable natural resources and environmentally friendly technologies.


Student services

All arriving international students (both degree and exchange students) are assigned a buddy – an Estonian student – who helps to get the newly arrived students their bearings and adapt to the local community.

All students also have access to student services such as counselling and career service offered by the Department of Academic Affairs, as well as counselling from student tutors.Our university has a well-established International Club offering various events to both international staff and students, including national events, excursions, etc.

Housing services

The Estonian University of Life Sciences guarantees accommodation in its dormitory for all international exchange students.

The dormitory is located on the campus and is very close to the university buildings, about a 10-minute walk away from the furthest buildings. The town centre is about 20-minute walk or a short ride using the public transportation. There are two grocery stores near the dormitories.

The rooms are mostly double rooms with a WC, shower and a small kitchen. There is a permanent internet connection in every room.

Library services

The university has two libraries – one in the Main Building and one in the Forestry Building.

Student Life

Campus life

The university has a compact green campus on the outskirts of the town of Tartu. The campus has three cafeterias and excellent sports facilities.

Sports facilities

Our university has facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports, with our modern Sports Building being popular among weight lifters, aerobics people and basketball players all the same. If students do not want to go in for sports in a big way, they can just go jogging in the picturesque parks near the residential blocks of the University. Participation in sports activities organized by the EMU Sports Centre may also contribute towards credit points.