Your exchange studies at Estonian Aviation Academy

About Tartu city  

Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia. Situated 186 km southeast of Tallinn, the city is the centre of southern Estonia. The River Emajõgi, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, runs through Tartu. In contrast to Estonia’s political and financial capital Tallinn, Tartu is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub, especially since it is the home to Estonia’s oldest and most renowned university, founded under King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632. Tartu is also the seat of several other universities and higher education institutions, and some notable high-tech companies. Tartu’s large student population means that it has a comparatively thriving nightlife, with many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Higher education in Estonia

Higher education in Estonia is known for its high quality. There are two types of higher education institutions in Estonia: Universities and different Institutions of Professional Higher Education like Estonian Aviation Academy. The last ones prepare students for specific professions and are more practically oriented than general universities.

EAVA and its curricula

Aviation education started in Estonia in 1919, but was liquidated by the Soviet authorities. Estonian Aviation Academy was founded in 1993 as Tartu Aviation College. Since then a lot of aviation specialists have been trained and as well as actively participated in updating Estonian aviation.

Regular study programs of EAVA last for 4 years and a variety of teaching and examination methods is used. To complete their studies the students have to write and defend graduation thesis and pass final exams. Our qualifications are equivalent to bachelor’s level degree.

EAVA offers the following study programs:

  1. Air Traffic Service
  2. Aircraft Piloting (both the aeroplane and the helicopter)
  3. Aeronautical Engineering
  4. Aviation Management

International exchange students will receive the Confirmation Letter and the Transcript of Records if they have passed the exams/tests that are agreed in the individual Learning Agreement.


  1. Get in touch with your Erasmus Coordinator and ask, if your University has the Inter-Institutional Agreement for mobility with EAVA;
  2. Inquire about the opportunities for receiving Erasmus+ support from your University;
  3. Check EAVA's admission deadlines and semester dates;
  4. Check our subject courses.

Enrolment and documents

  1. Find the further information about admission procedure;
  2. Fill out the required forms and send the documents to EAVA Erasmus Coordinator. If you have any questions, send them to EAVA Erasmus Coordinator;
  3. You or the Erasmus Coordinator of your home university must send EAVA the following documents in time:

Before leaving your home country please do not forget to take a valid passport or ID-card, ISIC-card and European Health Insurance card with you.

How to arrive?

  1. Directly to Tartu: by plane from Helsinki.
  2. To Tallinn – there remain 200 km to Tartu, so you can take a bus almost every half an hour during the day – the bus ticket costs about 10 €


EAVA does not have its own dormitory, but we have a cooperation agreement with Student Hostel. So you are guaranteed a room, if you apply for it, usually sharing it with another student.

  1. You will sign a contract with the Student Hostel.
  1. EAVA does not provide private housing.

Opening a bank account

The easiest way to pay for the hostel bills and shopping is paying by bank card. If you are a registered student in Estonia, you can easily open a bank account in any bank. Do not forget to close it when leaving Estonia.

Health insurance

All students entering Estonia are strongly recommended to arrange their own health insurance for the period of their study abroad before leaving their home country. Health insurance should cover health, accidents and hospital care.

Useful links

  • Student Guide
  • About the city of Tartu
  • Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Applying for a visa to the Schengen area 
  • Travel document requirements for visitors
  • Temporary residence permit for studies in Estonia

  • Changes in your Learning Agreement

    All changes in your Learning Agreement are going to be made during the first weeks of the exchange semester and confirmed by Erasmus coordinator.

    ECTS system

    Common procedures guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. They help to measure and compare the learning outcomes and to transfer the received credits from one institution to another. Bilateral agreements are based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence; higher education institutions use an effective quality assurance system and the rules of the European Credit Transfer System accordingly (ECTS).


    1 full academic year = 60 credit points

    1 semester = 30 credit points

    ECTS grading scale at  EAVA:

    ECTS Grade / Description

    A or 5 / excellent
    B or 4 / very good
    C or 3 / good
    D or 2 / satisfactory
    E or 1 / sufficient
    F or 0 / insufficient

    Assessment and grading at EAVA

    ECTS grading scale at  EAVA:

    ECTS Grade
    A or 5
    Excellent (91-100%)
    B or 4
    Very good (81-90%)
    C or 3
    Good (71-80%)
    D or 2
    Satisfactory (61-70%)
    E or 1
    Sufficient (51-60%)
    F or 0
    Insufficient (0-50%)                                                                        
    student has acquired material at least on half of the required level (51-100%)
    student has not acquired material at least on half of the required level (0-50%)

    *The method of non-differentiated assessment of the learning outcomes is assessment of achievement of study outputs in case of which the following is marked:

    1. Equal to or exceeding the minimum determined level “P” – passed
    2. Lower than minimum determined level outcome “F” – failed

    Positive result (passed) in speciality specific subjects demands acquired knowledge minimum 51 % of the material referred in subject syllabus.

    Passing the subject with a sufficient result an international exchange student is guaranteed ECTS credit points as fixed in the learning agreement.

    Academic calendar

    An academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

    1. Fall semester: beginning of September – end of January
    2. Spring semester: beginning of February – end of June

    Estonian Holidays

  • New Year’s Day - 01 January
  • Independence Day - 24 February
  • Good Friday – in April
  • Easter Sunday - in April
  • May Day - 01 May
  • Whitsunday - in May
  • Victory Day - 23 June
  • Midsummer day - 24 June
  • Day of Restoration of Independence - 20 August
  • Christmas - 24-26 December