English language prep-year
Springboard to your future – improve your language skills for degree studies in English!
Application period begins from the 1st of January 2018.
Deadlines and fees:
- Early bird deadline - 31st of March
Tuition fee for the candidates who submit application for the early bird deadline - 3700 EUR
- Final deadline - 1st of May
Tuition fee for the candidates who submit application for the final deadline - 4100 EUR
The program is targeted at those who want to enter a degree program but at the same time have an insufficient level of English. To be eligible to submit an application, candidates are required to have English language ability level of B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
How to apply?
An online application form must be submitted to apply for English Language Preparatory Year at Tallinn University of Technology (www.estonia.dreamapply.com). Create an account to complete the online application. You may complete it in multiple sessions.
You'll also have the opportunity to submit:
- A Motivation Letter - highlighting why you would like to attend the chosen programme and explaining your future academic and career goals
- CV - detailing your educational background and professional experience, if applicable
Once you have filled in your personal data and inserted the motivation letter, please upload:
- Previous education documents or the most recent academic transcripts (if the final documents are not yet available). If possible, transcripts should include an explanation of the grading system. Please note that your education documents must grant access to Estonian higher education. To ensure that all submitted education documents are authentic and grant access to higher education in Estonia, they are verified by an Academic Recognition Information Centre.
- A copy of the passport identification page
PS! Before hitting the final SUBMIT button, please review your application and attachments for accuracy one last time.
Candidates who have received positive feedback as preliminary assessment proceed to be evaluation by the Centre for Language and Communication of Tallinn University of Technology. Further guidance for the Skype interview will be provided via the online application system (www.estonia.dreamapply.com) within 5 working days.
The Skype interview will be conducted by lecturers of the Centre for Language and Communication of Tallinn University of Technology.
Before the interview, please make sure that you have your valid passport ready for identification and your web camera and microphone are working correctly.
Due to the large number of applicants and limited number of places, final acceptance results will be announced by the 15th of May at the latest.
For all accepted candidates an invoice for the whole English Language Preparatory Year is issued.
In order to be issued an acceptance letter (to apply for the visa) you must have paid the tuition fee.
Upon receiving the acceptance letter, which will be sent individually to your e-mail address, you may proceed further with arranging your arrival (flights, accommodation and residence permits when applicable).
- General English and English for Academic Purposes, developing all the four language skills (reading / writing / listening / speaking)
- Grammar and vocabulary
- Presentations and public speaking skills in English
- Cultural studies
- Introduction to international English language tests
- Achieve the language level required to join the university international study programme
- Improve your English for university studies and professional goals
- Gain experience in university studies and enjoy student life
The program is targeted at those who want to enter a degree program, but at the same time have an insufficient level of English. We aim to create an international environment.
The size of the group is around 12-15 students and the lecturers are experienced English language teachers of the Centre for Language and Communication of Tallinn University of Technology.
The course takes place during two semesters. The autumn semester starts in the first week of September and ends in the third week of December. The spring term starts in the first week of February and ends in the third week of June.
You will have 22.5 academic hours (academic hour = 45 minutes) per week during 15 weeks of the autumn term and 22.5 academic hours per week during 16 weeks of the autumn term: 700 academic hours altogether, which includes both classroom study and independent work. The course will end with a final test.
The course will take place on Tallinn University of Technology campus (Ehitajate tee 5, 19086, Tallinn, Estonia).
(may change depending on the previous year students’ feedback)
The course starts in the second week of September 2018.
Autumn term (15 weeks; 22.5 academic hours per week (18 contact hrs + 4.5 hrs independent work) + 1st week 2.5 hrs; in total 340 hrs
- English Grammar: 4 contact hrs
- Pronunciation, Intonation, Conversational English: 2 contact hrs
- “Headway Intermediate” course by John & Liz Soars: 4 contact hrs
- Introduction to Academic English: 4 contact hours
- Preparation for International Tests: 2 contact hrs
- Cultural Studies: 2 contact hrs
- Individual tutorials on request
Spring term 16 weeks; 22.5 academic hours per week (18 contact hrs + 4.5 hrs independent work); in total 360 hrs
- Introduction to Academic English: 4 contact hrs
- Introduction to Academic Writing: 2 contact hrs
- Presentation and Listening Skills: 4 contact hrs
- Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary Development: 2 contact hrs
- Pronunciation and Conversational English: 2 contact hrs
- Preparation for International Tests: 4 contact hrs
- Individual tutorials on request
Tuition fee for the whole course for the academic year 2018/2019 is:
- Early bird until 31 March – 3700EUR
- until 1 May – 4100EUR
The fee contains:
- 700 academic hours of English language tuition
- learning materials, printouts and books
- the final test at the end of the course
NB! Please keep in mind that accommodation, meals, health insurance, travel costs etc are not included in the tuition fee.
Before you arrive in Tallinn you need to arrange your accommodation for the study period.
Accepted students can apply for housing at the TTÜ student campus starting from 1st of June, 2018.
Please note that dormitory places are limited, we cannot guarantee a place in the student dormitory for all accepted students.
For more information have a look at the TTÜ Student Campus website.
Option for short stay can be the Academic Hostel.
Private rooms and apartments are usually found through the Internet or rental agencies operating in Tallinn. Prices depend on the apartment, location and number of rooms. You can find rental offers from the following sites:
If you have any questions regarding private rooms and apartments for rent, feel free to contact with Ms. Margit Joa from Pindi Real Estate via e-mail margit dot joa at pindi dot ee
Prices vary, depending on the location, situation of the apartment, number of rooms, if it is fully furnished, what facilities are offered etc.
For renting and apartment or a room in an apartment you need to pay a deposit, 2 or 3 months´ rental price that will be returned to you after finishing the rental period.
Tallinn University of Technology students who would like to find a private apartment or hostel place could have look at Accommodation for international students in Facebook. This is created especially for new international students who do not have a place in the TTÜ campus dormitory.
Isa Semih from Turkey
"I’m always a little nervous before such trips, but it turned out to be for nothing. The staff at school, my classmates and people I met in Tallinn, were amazing. All of them were very helpful and nice. There were people from Belarus, China, Turkey, Italy, and Ukraine in my class. We were a huge international mixture and we loved it! I’m leaving Tallinn with very good friends but I hope I'll come back in August. I want to study master degree in Tallinn University of Technology.
English lessons at TTÜ are completely different from a Turkish school. First of all, I had to think and speak only in English. I just had to use English. I’ve improved my pronunciation and widened my vocabulary. My class usually started at 2pm, so if I felt like it, I could come earlier and participate in some additional classes. There are also interesting activities after class, for example musicals, visits to museums, etc. These are opportunities to practice your English in real life.
And I'd talk about teachers. Mari Uibo and Hele Saar are really great teachers. Mari is a real intellectual, I loved that aspect of her. Hele is very patient and caring person. They make it very easy to grasp the proper accent. They teach us useful, everyday vocabulary. The lessons are very engaging. There are a lot of interaction between the students and a lot of talking. We have an opportunity to use the new grammar rules and vocabulary straight away. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve his/her English. It’s definitely worth it!"
"I was glad to be a part of the team. Preparatory English course improved my skills a lot. We did many grammar exercises, discussed interesting topics on different themes and played games. Presentation skills and Academic English gave us new knowledge on giving presentations and using English in academic purposes. Whole course is very useful."
Hamid Mesud, Turkey
"I am very glad that I studied English Language Preparatory course at TTÜ. It gave me this opportunity to speak the language was spoken by the whole world. It also helped me to continue my academic career and opened the door for studying design and engineering Master degree program at TTÜ. This course made easy to learn english through its wise teachers and students who come from various parts of the world. I could say that I have almost started from scratch to learn english. A few months later, the difference was even surprising for me! In addition, Estonia with its beautiful nature, fresh air, convenience of transportation is wonderful place to live!"
GETTING TO ESTONIA
Estonia is easy to reach by plane, bus, train or car. The most convenient flights are operated by Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines:
- Istanbul-Tallinn by Turkish Airlines
- Helsinki-Tallinn by Finnair
- Frankfurt-Tallinn by Lufthansa
- Amsterdam-Tallinn by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Tallinn Airport information
Located just 4 km from the Tallinn City centre, the modern Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services to meet the demands of all its customers. Information service in Departure Hall is opened according to the flight schedule 2 hours before the first flight and closed after the last arriving flight.
Tallinn is the capital and the largest city of Estonia and an ideal destination if one wants to combine the comforts of modern world with rich cultural scene and historic settings. With half a million citizens, Tallinn is hardly a world metropolis. However: short distances and low traffic are advantages to cherish. Whether you have only few hours or few days, you get to experience a lot. Medieval Tallinn Old Town, one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, is just a short walk away from the city business centre with its skyscrapers, modern hotels, luxurious restaurants and shopping malls.
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is known around the world for it’s authentic Hanseatic architecture. The Old Town is the city's pride with its centuries-old streets, houses, towers and squares that look like it was torn right from the pages of a stodybook. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses dating back as far as to 11th century, visit few of the local galleries and museums, indulge in small cosy cafés or restaurants and buy travel memorabilia from open air Hanseatic fairs.
More about Tallinn Old Town
Modern business city of Tallinn
Just a 5 minute walk from the medieval Old Town is the thriving business centre of Tallinn: modern glass and steel skyscrapers, high-tech hotels and conference centres, hundreds of restaurants and bars, banks and shopping. Here is everything you would expect from a modern European capital, within an easy reach and for a friendlier price. There are also high-tech solutions that go hand-in-hand with Tallinn life, like free wireless Internet available practically everywhere and the common practice of paying for parking by mobile phone.
More about Tallinn business district
Background information about Tallinn
Officially, there are a bit less than 500 000 people living in Tallinn, most of whom are Estonians. Russians (about a third) are the biggest national minority, followed by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Finns making a total of 6% when combined. Estonian and Russian are the most common languages, though you won’t have any trouble with English as it's very widely spoken, German and Finnish quite common too.
Geographically, Tallinn is situated in the northern coast of Estonia, on the banks of the Gulf of Finland. It is the closest capital city to capitals of Finland (Helsinki, 80km); Latvia (Riga, 315km) and Sweden (Stockholm, 380km).
Length of the coastline is about 50km and renovated beach promenade close to city centre, running by the Pirita bay, is a popular place among morning runners, walkers and cyclists.
Local population density is quite low – only about 2551 people per square kilometre. It is about 5 times lower than London and 2 times lower than Moscow.
Public transportation system in Tallinn is good and operates from around 5:30 in the morning until the midnight. During midnight hours, you can take advantage of the short distances and walk or take a taxi.
Interactive map of Tallinn is available HERE