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 and has trained lots of aviation specialists and has 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 their graduation thesis and pass final exams. Our qualifications are equivalent to bachelor’s level degrees.

EAVA offers the following study programs:

  1. Air Traffic Service
  2. Management of Aviation Communication and Navigation Systems
  3. Aircraft Piloting (both the aeroplane and the helicopter)
  4. Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance
  5. Aviation Management

EAVA also offers courses for advanced professional training and refresher courses.

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


Get in touch with your Erasmus Coordinator, check the courses offered, prepare your Learning Agreement and inquire about the opportunities for receiving Erasmus+ support. 

Enrolment and documents

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

  • Application
  • Learning agreement
  • CV with a photo
  • Motivation letter
  • Transcript of your records
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • Document copy
  • Soon you will receive: acceptance letter or acceptance letter and visa invitation

Leaving your home country please do not forget to take your valid passport or valid ID-card, ISIC-card and 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 UT Student Campus. 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 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

  • 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

    A positive result (passed) for student ATCs in speciality specific subjects (a special list) requires that 70% of the material referred to in subject syllabus shall be acquired as the knowledge minimum, for student pilots and maintenance specialists-to-be the respective requirement reaches 75%. Preliminary examinations are either graded or non-graded meaning that the achievement of the learning outcomes can be expressed either as a grade (from A-F) or as a pass/fail.

    It does not concern the students of aviation management taking any courses from the curricula of air traffic services, aircraft piloting or aircraft maintenance.

    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 - 01.01
  • Independence Day - 24.02
  • Good Friday – in April
  • Easter Sunday - in April
  • May Day - 01.05
  • Whitsunday - in May
  • Victory Day - 23.06
  • Midsummer day - 24.06
  • Day of Restoration of Independence - 20.08
  • Christmas - 24.-26.12