IMESS - The second-year programme at the University of Tartu
University of Tartu is a member of the consortium of leading European universities offering the two-year Erasmus Mundus programme International Master’s in Economy, State and Society (IMESS).
All students on this joint programme spend the first year at UCL in London and the second one at one of the seven universities in the region (one option being the University of Tartu). Upon successful completion of the degree, the students will be awarded a double degree from UCL and the University of Tartu. For further information about the IMESS consortium and programme, including scholarship opportunities, please see here, for more information about the IMESS programme at Tartu, continue reading below!
Why choose the University of Tartu for studies and research?
- UT is in world’s top 400 universities by THES-QS 2015-16 World University Rankings
- Classical multi-disciplinary university with over 375 years of academic traditions
- Modern study and research environment in a historic atmosphere
- International community of students and staff from 30+ countries
- Student support services and living conditions are among the best in Europe
- Unique university town that feels like one big campus
- World class education that will help you launch a successful international career
The second-year programme at the University of Tartu
In the second year of the programme at University of Tartu, all students receive tuition in Estonian or Russian at the intermediate level (12 ECTS), take a range of track-specific electives (18 ECTS) and write a 20-25,000-word dissertation (30 ECTS). Below you will find information on a selection of electives available and on possible areas of dissertation research:
A unique location between the East and the West. Due to its favourable location on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Estonia has often been regarded as a bridge between different countries and cultures. The country’s complex history offers a unique perspective on the dilemmas shaping the future of the region and the continent.
Homeland of Skype. Estonians are innovative people who are very open for different internet-based services, e.g. i-voting, e-government etc. In 2003 Estonian software developers established Skype, today a world-wide company that helps to make world smaller. Estonia is well covered with free WiFi connection and it is very easy to be in touch with friends and relatives from far distance.
A transition miracle. After regaining its independence in 1991, Estonia has emerged as one of the most successful East European reformers. Political stability, rapid economic growth, and low levels of corruption have made Estonia a front-runner in the race for EU and NATO membership. Since 2011 Estonia joined also Euro-zone.
Culture, Nature, History. Estonia has plenty of untouched nature - pristine forests, wetlands, beaches and islands - that cannot be found in the more crowded corners of Europe. The country's beautiful castles, old cities and rich cultural heritage offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.
See also: Visit Estonia online
Tartu - City of Good Thoughts
The University of Tartu is located in the historical town of Tartu on the banks of the river Emajõgi, 185 km (115 miles) south of the capital city of Tallinn. Synergy between the university and city has made Tartu intellectual capital of Estonia. The town is one of the oldest in Estonia: it was mentioned in the chronicles as early as 1030. The historical city centre, a unique ensemble of university buildings, and several other landmarks, such as the massive ruins of the 13-century Dome Church or the vast Gunpowder Cellar, give the town a special charm. Tartu’s academic and cultural traditions create an atmosphere of thoughtfulness and refinement. But Tartu is also a city of youthful energy, characterized by vibrant student life. Surrounded by the beautiful Southern Estonian countryside, Tartu offers a safe and friendly environment for its residents as well as its numerous visitors.