Estonian University of Life Sciences

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in  Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities  provide the sustainable development of natural resources  necessary for the existence of Man as well as the preservation of  heritage and habitat. 

Top reasons to study here

  • One of top 100 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 51 to 100
  • The university also belongs to the top 1% most cited research facilities in the world
  • One of the 6 public universities in Estonia

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



At the opening celebration of the University in 1632 Johan Skytte, a Swedish politician and the founder of the University wished that "... even the peasants of this country could get their share of the watering springs of educational wealth." This was the beginning of agricultural education in Estonia.


Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences is composed of 10 departments. It performs high-level modern teaching and research and development activities in many fields, such as animal nutrition, animal production, including aquaculture, animal genetics and breeding, reproductive biology, biotechnology, food hygiene, food technology, and many other subject areas related to animal science and veterinary medicine. 


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.

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Housing services

The Estonian University of Life Sciences guarantees accommodation in its hall of residence for all international exchange students. It is possible to live in the Torn residence (Kreutzwaldi 52, Tartu).

The accommodation form for beginning academic year is usually open from the first full week in August. 

The rooms are mostly double rooms with a WC, shower and a small kitchen. Pillows and blankets are provided (3€/month), but students should bring their own towels, bed linen, kitchen utensils and anything else they feel they may need. Outlets operate at 220 V/50 Hz. 

Student Life

Campus life

Tartu is the second biggest town in Estonia with about 100 000 inhabitants. It is nationally known as the "town of universities" as it hosts 11 higher education facilities. The traditions of high-level higer education in Tartu go back to the Swedish times, approximately 400 years ago.

Sports facilities

It is important to be strong and healthy. The university has facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports. There are training periods where both novices and experts can practise their skills. A special fitness room is well equipped for fitness training and weight lifting. Other popular sports events at our university are aerobics, bodybuilding, volleyball, basketball, athletics, skiing, boxing and rowing. See the prices here (webpage in Estonian).

Student clubs

  • The International Club
  • Estonian Forestry Students Association
  • Environmental Protection Students’ Association of Eesti Maaülikool
  • Real Estate Tycoons
  • The Journal Club of Life Sciences
  • IVSA
  • Folk Dance Group "Tarbatu"
  • Chamber Choir "Camerata Universitatis"
  • ESN Tartu


Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA)

Student Reviews

The Estonian University of Life Sciences in a few sentences.
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Professional and easy to work with. The staff is mostly very supportive and often meet you in the middle with any problems. Professors treat students as equals. The university is often guided by the motivation to better the climate and keep the environment safe. Campus is divided into several buildings which are all next to each other (making it very comfortable to move...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Management a little distant and disconnected. The pressure is uneven. Some teachers seem unmotivated.

Estonian experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Different techniques of teaching, too less practical lessons

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