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Estonia: TalTech not to admit new intl students from coronavirus risk countries

BC, Tallinn, 23.07.2020.Print version
The Senate of Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) decided on Wednesday that, in general, no students from countries with a coronavirus infection rate of more than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days will be admitted to the first and second levels of study at TalTech, informed LETA/BNS.

The same is true for countries on which credible statistics is not available and there is a high risk of the spread of the virus in that country.

Such student candidates number slightly over 300.

English-language programs at TalTech will nevertheless open to students from Estonia and the European Union, whose numbers are big, spokespeople for the university said. 

Nor do the restrictions apply to students embarking on a doctoral program. The university is prepared to make exceptions available to those students from coronavirus risk countries who have completed their bachelor's studies here and have entered a master's program, who have not left Estonia in the meantime. 

The decision of the Senate of TalTech arises from the readiness to protect the wellbeing and health of the people of Estonia, employees of the university and students against coronavirus. 

Hendrik Voll, TalTech's vice rector for academic affairs, said that the decision was made with a heavy heart."In Estonia the virus is very well under control now, largely thanks to a big joint effort by the entire nation. New cases brought in from abroad are considered the main risk of a new virus  outbreak. Since Tallinn University of Technology does not wish to put people's health at risk, we are prepared to admit fewer international students this year," Voll said. 

TalTech will enroll students this fall only from the countries that are ranked as low coronavirus risk countries on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as at Aug. 3.

"Fortunately, the interest of students from Estonia and the European Union in the English-language study programs of Tallinn University of Technology is big and no program will not be opened due to a small number of students," Voll said.

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