Exchange Studies at EKA


EKA information sheet 2021_22

Thank you for your interest in applying for exchange studies at EKA!

Nearly all departments accept exchange students, even though the language of tuition is officially Estonian in most. At the same time we do not expect our exchange students to speak Estonian and instead they are integrated in practical courses, where the teachers guide international students individually in English or the group work language will be switched into English. In addition there are also several MA programmes available fully in English and we offer theoretical and practical electives in English as well (the list of courses is confirmed before the beginning of the semester).

Application procedure for incoming exchange students:

First you should contact your home university’s coordinator who will have to send a nomination e-mail to

Deadlines for application:

  • May 1 (for autumn semester and the whole academic year)
  • October 15 (for spring semester)

– We accept applications for the spring semester of the academic year 2021/22 as usual, but reserve a right to cancel planned exchanges in short notice, depending on the virus situation in the world.
– All accepted students must be prepared that we might need to switch to tutoring online in a short notice.
– Students entering Estonia, must follow state procedure rules regarding coming to the country in the pandemic world.

– The current situation in Estonia allows vaccinated people to continue normal life, incl. studies in schools and universities as usual or with very minimal restrictions.
– We do not provide a thorough course catalogue for spring yet (since because of the pandemic, we might need to switch the order of some subjects in the curricula). The list will be available in January. We do guarantee 15 ECTS for speciality courses and 15 ECTS for elective/general courses. Not all courses that we teach, are available for exchange students, depending on the curricula you are applying to, since the main language of tuition is Estonian. List of all courses at EKA are available here.

Required documents for applying:

  1. Online application form (will be active on April 1, 2022)
  2. Portfolio – some images of your recent work or examples of your recent projects. Please add portfolio link in the application form (you can upload files in google docs or similar; the link has to be accessible without any log-in-procedure). You may also add other documents (see the list below) as a web link in the form or send to
  3. Motivation letter
  4. Transcript of Records in English
  5. Copy of your Passport or ID Card
  6. Certificate of knowledge of English language (min B2 level, not required from native speakers). It may be issued by your home institution if they have sufficient knowledge about your language level.

NOTE: Due to small study groups, EKA reserves the right to select incoming students basing on the application (motivation statement, portfolio etc)

The International Office will notify the applicants about acceptance/denial within a month.

Academic calendar 2021/2022 

Note about academic calendar: first semester exchange students are expected to arrive for the last week of August, exams are finished by December 21. January workshops are optional. Second semester starts on January 27 and exams are finished by the end of May.

Grading system: Estonian Academy of Arts operates in ECTS system. Grading is in the scale A-F (“A“ – excellent – “F“ – insufficient) or Pass/Fail.

NB! Please note that most of the practical courses and electives in English are assessed as Pass/Fail and it cannot be changed individually for students who need grades (A-F).

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Living and Coming to Estonia

The Estonian Academy of Arts participates in Erasmus+ programme and has been awarded with the Erasmus Charter

(number: 64961-LA-1-2014-1-EE-E4AKA1-ECHE)

Erasmus code: EE TALLINN01

PIC CODE: 955368327

EAA’s ERASMUS+ Charter

ERASMUS Policy Statement

The exchange students from our partner universities (ERASMUS+, Nordplus or on the basis of bilateral agreements) are not obliged to pay tuition fees for their studies. However, the students who apply to the Estonian Academy of Arts from the universities, which are not our partner institutions, are requested to pay tuition fees according to the cost of a credit point at the EAA, which remains between 64€ and 128€.

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