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Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • View all other units

STUDENTS INVITED TO GATHER IN FRONT OF THE UT LIBRARY ON 11 MARCH AT 17:00

In connection with the parliamentary elections and the negotiations for forming the new government coalition, the UT Student Council has found it their duty to organise a peaceful protest action on 11 March at 17:00 in front of the UT library. The aim of the event is to remind the Government of the Republic of Estonia of the unfortunate state of higher education funding and to highlight the need to re-evaluate the social guarantees for students.

 

A strategy for establishing a social guarantee programme for students

A student's job is studying and it is in the best interests of everyone lecturers, students themselves and the society to ensure that this task is carried out as well as possible. To help students focus on studying, social guarantee programmes have been established.

 

A social guarantee system signifies a safety net that “must allow students make ends meet without having to work, extend their period of study or terminate studies in order to provide for themselves, it must guarantee everyone access to higher education and enable students to fully commit to their studies”[1]. The current system cannot fulfil these objectives: nearly 50% of students must work to cover living costs and almost 40% would not be able to afford higher education if they were not working [2].

 

Where do these problems stem from? Although being released of paying the tuition fee in case you study an Estonian curriculum full time is a necessary component of the social guarantee programme, it alone does not suffice to provide said safety net. Firstly, all students need resources for purchasing basic necessities to get by day-to-day as well as to fund living costs.

 

Many students can only afford living in residence halls that offer housing to merely 3200 UT students, whereas there are approx. 13,000 students at UT altogether. Secondly, this system creates a financial barrier that hinders all those facing other obligations or conflicts of choice (e.g. having to balance school and work) from studying full-time. This goes against a principle established in the lifelong learning strategy that claims, “that everyone has been created equal opportunities for lifelong learning.” [3]

 

Every social guarantee programme has two pillars financial support and student loans, either one can be in focus in different countries. In Estonia, this system is on its last legs. The main kind of financial support offered to students in Estonia is the needs-based study allowance which has several issues.

 

  1. The economic prerequisites for dividing up funding are skewed, since they tie the student to the income of their parents until they turn 25. This is especially problematic in case students have severed ties with their parents.

  2. The system does not apply to part-time students, including those who have had to resort to this arrangement to be able to work and provide for themselves.

  3. The size of the allowance is outdated. Based on the parents' incomes, students can either receive 75, 135 or 220 euros per month (44%, 22% and 33% of students receiving the allowance respectively)[4]. Currently, 22% of all students receive this financial support. A parallel: the minimal cost of a monthly food basket in 2018  was 99 euros and 71 cents. Rent per person in a double room (Narva mnt 25 residence hall) is 80 euros per month without utility costs. This means that the current funding is not sufficient to cover all living costs [5].

 

Shortly put, a limited number of students are eligible for the support schemas and the system cannot cover the actual living costs of students.

 

The same applies to student loans.

  1. The maximum student loan size in the 2018/2019 academic year is 2000 euros per year which would amount to a monthly income of 167 euros [6].

  2. The interest rate is 5% per year which is 2.5–5 times higher than the European average[7], interest must be paid back already during the study period once a year.

  3. The loan itself must be paid back starting from 12 months after graduation and within two standard periods of study. This is too soon and too quickly.

  4. In order to apply for the loan, at least two guarantors are required which is why many students have essentially been stripped of this opportunity.

 

Because of this, the student loan system cannot be considered a part of the social guarantee programme. Student loans can definitely contribute to social security but it cannot be the main component of the guarantee system. Relying purely on the loan might become a burden to the student. For example, having student loans might make it harder to get approved for home loans. Insufficient living conditions and economic instability in turn make young people postpone having children [8].

 

Besides the aforementioned economic factors, there is also a purely regulative barrier that impedes painless studies and graduation – while on academic leave, students lose their rights. If a student goes on academic leave then they

  1. cannot participate in studies, sit exams or complete assessments,

  2. lose their health insurance,

  3. cannot apply for financial support (excluding stipends for special needs students), student loans or survivor's pension.

 

Being stripped of these opportunities places students in a tough economic situation, does not allow them to catch up and leads to termination of studies.

 

In conclusion, students have ten demands.

  1. The right to free higher education must remain available to all and extend to part-time students.

  2. Every student must have a right to reasonably priced student housing at the dormitories.

  3. Upon granting needs-based study allowances, students must be legally detached from their parents' incomes, unless they share living spaces. The age limit must drop from 24 to 21 [9].

  4. The size of the needs-based study allowance must be equal to the minimal cost of one to three monthly food baskets.

  5. Students must be automatically notified of being eligible for the allowance.

  6. The maximum amount of student loans must be increased to 7000 euros per year [10].

  7. The interest rate of the student loan must drop to zero and student loans must not have to be paid back until the borrower's monthly salary equals median income.

  8. The only guarantor of student loans must be the state.

  9. All students must be allowed to take courses during academic leave.

  10. Health insurance must be guaranteed even while the student is on academic leave [11].

 

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US ON 11 MARCH AT 17:00 IN FRONT OF THE UT LIBRARY

 

[1] Federation of Estonian Student Unions. 2018. “Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liidu avaliku poliitika seisukohad”  eyl.ee/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/E%C3%9CL-avaliku-poliitika-seisukohad-1.pdf (retrieved 1 March 2019), pp. 10–11.

[2] Hanna-Stella Haaristo, Laura Kirss, Cenely Leppik, Eve Mägi & Sandra Haugas. 2017. “Eesti üliõpilaste eluolu 2016: rahvusvahelise üliõpilaste uuringu EUROSTUDENT VI Eesti analüüs.” Tallinn: Praxis Centre for Policy Studies, p. 60, hm.ee/sites/default/files/uuringud/eurostudent_vi_eesti_aruanne_2017.pdf (retrieved 1 March 2019).

[3] Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. 2018. “Eesti elukestva õppe strateegia 2020”, 11 June, https://www.hm.ee/et/elukestva-oppe-strateegia-2020 (retrieved 1 March 2019).

[4] Federation of Estonian Student Unions. 2019. “Mida peaks tänane või tulevane tudeng teadma erakondade valimisprogrammidest?”, ERR, 25 Febuary, err.ee/914117/mida-peaks-tanane-voi-tulevane-tudeng-teadma-erakondade-valimisprogrammidest (retrieved 1 March 2019).

[5] Arvestuslik elatusmiinimum on Statistikaameti poolt arvutatud  The minimum subsistence figure is an indicator calculated by Statistics Estonia and references the “minimal livelihood covering everyday needs” and in 2017 it was 215.44 euros.

[6] Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. 2018. “Õppelaen”, 12 September, hm.ee/et/tegevused/korgharidus/oppelaen (retrieved 1 March 2019).

[7] European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice. 2017. “National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education - 2017/18. Eurydice Facts and Figures.” Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, p. 19; Eleri Pilliroog. 2019. “Eleri Pilliroog: praegune toetussüsteem peab ülal tudengite ebavõrdsust” ERR, 29 January,,  err.ee/904920/eleri-pilliroog-praegune-toetussusteem-peab-ulal-tudengite-ebavordsust (retrieved 1 March 2019).

[8] Oras, K., Unt, M. 2008. “Sündimust mõjutavad tegurid Eestis.” Tallinn: Bureau of the Ministry of Demographics (https://www.sm.ee/sites/default/files/content-editors/Ministeerium_kontaktid/Uuringu_ja_analuusid/Sotsiaalvaldkond/sundimust_mojutavad_tegurid_eestis_2008.pdf ) (retrieved 1 March 2019)

[9] As the Family Law Act states the age until which parents must maintain their children.

[10] The volume of student loans should take into account the tuition fees of the students' study programmes as well as living costs, which is why the amount could even be larger. We are operating under the premise that the tuition fee for paid programmes is 3400 euros per year and that students get by with 300 euros per month.

[11] Federation of Estonian Student Unions. 2018. eyl.ee/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/E%C3%9CL-avaliku-poliitika-seisukohad-1.pdf, lk 11.