University of Tartu suspends face-to-face classes due to state of emergency

Due to the state of emergency declared by the government of Estonia, the University of Tartu cancels face-to-face classes from today to 1 May 2020. Instead, e-learning and other forms of distance learning will be used. Students who stay in residence halls are recommended to return home, if possible.

If there is no distance learning option available for the course, the university recommends rearranging it to provide the possibility of distance learning. Postponing studies until the situation normalises should be used only as a last resort. Research and development will be conducted and support units will continue to work at the University of Tartu. There are no obstacles to doctoral defences. Opponents can be involved in the defence through digital solutions. If possible, consider postponing the defence until the end of the strate of emergency.

The university recommends all staff members to use distance working, if possible. During the state of emergency the University of Tartu guarantees contractual salary to all employees. Electronic solutions can be used to organise necessary meetings.

The University of Tartu expects responsible conduct and compliance with all national guidelines in the state of emergency from all its academic organisations and students.

Additional Information: Tõnis Karki, UT Academic Secretary, +372 529 7917,