|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||€1,650.00 per semester|
|Application fee||€80.00 one-time|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Finnish secondary education diplomas (Lukion Päättötodistus and Ylioppilastutkintotodistus) are accepted in the original language (Finnish).
It is required that you send verified copies of the entry qualification documents directly to the university by postal mail, according to the instructions given by the institution. Important! Never send original documents by post!
Academic Affairs Office
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 5.5
Cambridge English tests:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) paper version: 543, internet based: 72, (Tallinn University Code number is: 0449).
PTE academic (Pearson test of English): 51
More information about language proficiency requirements is available at www.tlu.ee/en/proof-english-proficiency
Language test can also be carried out at Tallinn University for EU/EEA citizens.
Students coming from Finland don’t have to prove their language proficiency if they have at least “cum laude approbatur” (pitkä oppimäärä) in their matriculation certificate.
Students coming from Latvia do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least grade “A” or “B” in their General Secondary Education Certificate.
Students graduated from International Baccalaureate studies with ENGLISH B Level HL at least grade 6 or ENGLISH A Level with at least grade 5 do not have to prove their English proficiency for B2 level.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Entrance exam: The entrance exam consists of written assignments (written answers to the questions concerning their motivation and desire to study at the programme) and an interview with the admissions committee via Skype.
Maximum number of points is 100 (50% written, 50% oral part).
The applicant’s written answers to the questions (written assignment) should be provided before a Skype interview under the motivation letter section.
Please submit a motivation letter (ca 800 words), answering the following questions:
1. The choice of the study programme: What makes you interested in this programme? Which two modules will you pick for your studies?
Students with long-term medical conditions*, may encounter obstacles in higher education. Aiming to provide equal education students have the opportunity to apply for adjustments to compensate for the disadvantage that their condition may result in. Lectures have the right to give reasonable adjustments, but not an obligation.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements
The BA in politics and governance is a contemporary academic programme combining a strong politics and governance core with a variety of choices including international relations, economics and management.
Via individual choices, the students can develop their studies to build a basis for a future career in administration and management positions but our alumni are also successful in politics, civic society organisations, international enterprises and media.
Politics and governance is one of the nationally defined responsibility areas of Tallinn University and its Estonian and English programmes are positively internationally accredited. In the field of politics and governance there are 7 professors and ca. 20 permanent academic staff in Tallinn University.
Tallinn University values internationalisation, societal innovation and openness. University has developed services and facilities for international students. There are various possibilities to study languages and cultures (English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese etc.). University is located in the Tallinn city centre and also near to harbour and airport. It is a good place to study for international students and there is a vibrant international community of professors and students already numbering in hundreds.
Structure of the programme:Core Courses 80 credits Elective Core Modules 48 credits, select 2 modules: – Politics – Governance – International relations – Economics and management Bachelor´s thesis 12 credits University-wide courses 18 credits Traineeship 6 credits Open Electives 16 credits
A graduate:has an overview of the field of contemporary politics and governance and the main academic trends, and is able to relate this to practical developments; is familiar with the institutions and actors at a state, local, multinational and international level, also their operational logic both in society and within organisations; is able to analyse the processes of development and implementation of politics, and has acquired the most significant theories and methods for that ability; has basic competences in economics and management, law and society; has practical traineeship experience and can have interdisciplinary project experience.
Opportunities after graduation
A graduate of any BA programme is primarily expected to continue studies to obtain MA degree. More than 20 years of experience with our various programmes in politics and governance indicates that our graduates are well prepared to enter further studies in European universities and beyond. Students are also welcomed to the 3 English and 3 Estonian MA and 1 PhD programmes of the field in Tallinn University.
The programme also provides basic competences to work, especially in NGOs but also in public administration, enterprises and international organisations. This is supported by the selection of elective module and the area of practical training.
Most of the alumni of TLU politics and governance are public servants but there are also successful people in business, politics, media and civic society. For example Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense Mikk Marran, Head of one of the largest Estonian companies Elering Taavi Veskimägi, Deputy Chairman of Centre Party Jaanus Karilaid, Head of National Broadcasting Russian Programme Darja Saar and others.