Practical Information

Visa and Residence Permit

EU/EEA Citizens Right of Temporary Residence

Citizens of European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and the Swiss Confederation, shortly “EU citizens”, can stay in Estonia up to threee months on the basis of a valid travel document or identity card. In case for a longer stay, which is the case for degree students, you must register yourself as a citizen of Tartu within three months from the date of entering Estonia and apply for the Estonian ID-card.

Temporary Residence Permit for Non-EU/EEA Citizens – when you have received the acceptance offer via Dream Apply and the Final Letter of Acceptance Letter via e-mail, you should apply for an Estonian temporary residence permit (TRP) for studies and/or an Estonian visa in order to travel to Estonia. Please be aware that Estonia is part of Schengen area.

What is Schengen area?

NB! The process of applying for the residence permit may take about two months.

Please find information about applying for the temporary residence permit. Please find information about residence permit for study for a foreigner​​​​​​​. 

IMPORTANT! Residence permit is given only in case of full-time studies in Estonia.

NB! All specific questions about the residence permit and required documents should be addressed to  the Estonian Police and Boarder Guard Board at

Health Insurance

When applying for the residence permit, you need to have a health insurance contract  to be valid in Estonia during the whole validity period of the residence permit.


Tartu Health Care College has a dormitory. You can either find accommodation on your own or apply for a place at the dormitory. Please make the choice of accommodation at your Dream Apply application form. Place at the dormitory is not guaranteed, but the college will assist in finding accommodation in case of lacking places at the dormitory.

How to Arrive to Tartu?

It is easy to travel to Tartu. The city is situated in the Southern part of Estonia and it connects to the world through Lennart Meri Airport Tallinn (186 km from Tartu), Tartu Airport and Riga Airport (in Latvia, 245 km from Tartu).