Internationalisation goals of the University of Tartu are derived from the University’s Strategic Plan for the period 2015–2020, adopted by the Council of the University of Tartu on 16 June 2014. The goals of each area of teaching and research are set in the strategic plan of the respective area and activities are carried out at the level of institutes and colleges.
1.1. creates new international curricula and continuing education programmes based on strong research fields, thereby contributing to the development of the Estonian economy;
1.2. values and recognises teaching and research characterised by high academic quality, broad international reach and global impact;
1.3. involves top-level experts from abroad, expands academic exchange of students and staff, contributing to the formation of regional cooperation and division of tasks in research, degree studies and continuing education;
1.4. ensures the competitiveness of its graduates in the labour market, assists its domestic students in finding traineeship opportunities abroad and international students in finding traineeship opportunities in Estonia;
1.5. enhances the competitiveness of its members, prepares students for work and communication in multicultural environment;
1.6. connects its alumni via cooperation networks throughout the world and offers them opportunities to contribute to the development of Estonia;
1.7. actively participates in international networks, partners with universities abroad, and develops good cooperation with both Estonian and foreign businesses;
1.8. takes part in developing and implementing national internationalisation goals in higher education and research, participates in the European higher education and research area by contributing to the solving of global problems in cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation within the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
2.1. creates and fosters a motivating and attractive, internationally and culturally diverse learning and working environment, both in Tartu as well as in college towns Narva, Pärnu, and Viljandi, develops English-language support system (incl. career counselling) and website;
2.2. contributes to the transformation of Tartu into an open-minded city, an international learning, working and living environment, and an attractive travel destination.
3.1. introduces Estonian language and culture to its international staff members, facilitating their adjustment to the Estonian society;
3.2. develops and provides international continuing education programmes on Estonian language and culture;
3.3. contributes to the expansion of Estonia’s cultural contacts through its network of international partners.
4.1. contributes to the development of international university networks, primarily those in the Baltic Sea region, and engages in field-specific cooperation with a variety of partners and regions;
4.2. selects target regions for the marketing of its international study programmes based on quality, unified principles and strategic goals.