STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

 
STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
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    throughout the year.
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STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
DEAR INTERNATIONAL
STUDENT,
The O         Academic A
prepared this Student ABC in order to make your arrival and stay at TalTech and in
Tallinn as comfortable as possible.
Take some time to read it and get to know the first important steps that you need to
take after your arrival, and to familiarize yourself with the study system at TalTech.
We have also included important contact details that you may need and introductory
details of various student organizations which can assist you during the course of
your studies.
If you could not attend the Orientation Days, please read the presentations and tuto-
rials online at taltech.ee/orientationdays.
If you still have any questions:
    AS AN ERASMUS or EXCHANGE STUDENT YOU CAN TURN TO:
    Mobility Centre
    Email: incoming@taltech.ee
    Room: U02 201 (Ehitajate tee 5)
    Phone: +372 620 3517
    AS A DEGREE STUDENT YOU CAN TURN TO:
    International Recruitment and Admissions Division
    Email: study@taltech.ee
    Room: U04 211 (Ehitajate tee 5)
    Phone: +372 620 2022
In order to be able to keep you updated about what is going on at Tallinn University
of Technology, we will add your email address to the ESN TalTech IC and Student
Union mailing lists. Erasmus students will be also added to the ESN Tallinn mailing
list. Please keep the Mobility Centre or International Student Recruitment and Admis-
sions Division updated about any change to your email address.

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STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
CONTENTS
    WHERE TO FIND ASSISTANCE AT TALTECH ..................... 8
    YOUR STUDY CONSULTANTS ............................................ 9
    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU                                                       degree and exchange students 11
     YOUR CHECKLIST ........................................................................................................................11
        EU students ...............................................................................................................................11
        Non-EU students ......................................................................................................................11
     ACCOMMODATION ......................................................................................................................11
        On campus ................................................................................................................................11
        O            .............................................................................................................................. 13
     SETTLING IN: INFORMATION FOR EU STUDENTS ..........................................................14
        Registering your place of stay in the Population Register ........................................14
        Applying for an Estonian ID card .......................................................................................14
        Medical insurance ................................................................................................................. 15
        Documents to present to your study consultant ......................................................... 16
     SETTLING IN: INFORMAT                                            EU STUDENTS ...............................................17
        Applying for a temporary residence permit (TRP) for studying ...............................17
        Applying for D-Visa ................................................................................................................17
        Migration advisors ..................................................................................................................17
        Medical insurance contract ................................................................................................ 18
        Registering your place of stay in the Population Register ....................................... 18
        Documents to present to your study consultant ......................................................... 19
     DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AND
     CITIZENSHIP AND MIGRATION BUREAU OFFICE ........................................................... 19
     HOW TO GET TO TALTECH ....................................................................................................20
    USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING IN ESTONIA .................................... 22
      HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT CARD .................................................. 22
      INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD ISIC ....................................... 23
      ESTONIAN BANKS AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT .......................................................... 24
      EMERGENCY NUMBERS AND OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS .............. 24
      PUBLIC AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN ESTONIA ........................................................... 25
         Public holidays (days of rest) ............................................................................................ 25
         National holidays .................................................................................................................. 26

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ACADEMIC INFORMATION .............................................................................. 27
  ACADEMIC CALENDAR ........................................................................................................... 27
  STUDY INFORMATION SYSTEM                          IS ............................................................................... 29
    Study plan for degree students ....................................................................................... 29
  STUDY PLAN FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS ..................................................................... 30
  REGISTERING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCAT                                              T .................................................. 31
  EXCHANGE STUDIES ABROAD ............................................................................................ 32
  SCHOLARSHIPS ......................................................................................................................... 32
SERVICES AT TALTECH .................................................................................... 32
  THE MEKTORY INNOVATION AND BUSINESS CENTRE .............................................. 32
  COUNSELLING IN TALTECH .................................................................................................. 34
  TALTECH LIBRARY ..................................................................................................................... 36
    Wireless internet – WiFi at TalTech ................................................................................. 38
    Output services – printing, copying, and scanning ................................................... 38
    Other services on the TalTech campus ......................................................................... 38
STUDENT LIFE .................................................................................................. 39
  THE STUDENT UNION AT TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY .................... 39
  FACULTY STUDENT COUNCILS ........................................................................................... 39
  STUDENT LIFE EVENTS ........................................................................................................... 40
  SOME STUDENT ORGANISATIONS AT TALTECH ............................................................41
  INFORMATION CHANNELS FOR STUDENTS .................................................................. 45
DICTIONARY ..................................................................................................... 46

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WHERE TO FIND
    ASSISTANCE AT TALTECH
    IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO TURN                    Student Counselling O
    TO WITH YOUR QUESTION                            Room: U04-104
                                                     studenthelp@taltech.ee

    ACADEMIC ISSUES:                                 Contact your study
                                                     consultant
       Curriculum questions
       Changes in schedules
       ÕIS (Study Information System)
       To sign a contract (the ‘Agreement
       for Covering the Cost of Tuition’)

    DETAILS ABOUT SPECIFIC COURSES:                  Contact your course
                                                     professor
       Course content
       Information about grading and home
       assignments
       Questions about tests/exams/essay
       requirements

    EMPLOYMENT ISSUES:                               Contact career counsellor
       Information about working in Estonia          Monikaq Sutrop at
       Writing your Curriculum Vitae                 monika.sutrop@taltech.ee

    EXCHANGE ISSUES:                                 Contact the Mobility Centre
       Contact between home and host university      Email: incoming@taltech.ee
       Changing learning agreements                  Room U02-201
       Letters of confirmation                       (Ehitajate tee 5)
       Sending transcript of records                 Phone: +372 620 3517
       Exchange student visa

    SETTLING I     EGREE STUDE                       Contact the International
                                                     Recruitment and
       Information regarding the residence permit,   Admissions Division
       health insurance, or a family practitioner
       The certificate to apply for TRP              Email: study@taltech.ee
       Living in Estonia                             Room: U04-211
                                                     (Ehitajate tee 5)

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STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
YOUR STUDY
CONSULTANTS
BACHELOR’S PROGRAMMES:
  LAW: Liisa Margit Paats liisa.paats@taltech.ee, room SOC-247 ,
  School of Business and Governance
  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Piret Levertand,
  piret.levertand@taltech.ee, room SOC-248, School of Business and Governance
  INTEGRATED ENGINEERING: Moonika Asu, moonika.asu@taltech.ee,
  room U03-205, School of Engineering
  CYBER SECURITY ENGINEERING: Katri Kadakas, katri.kadakas@taltech.ee
  or Kairi Põder, kairi.poder@taltech.ee ICT-120 (Akadeemia 15a)

MASTERS PROGRAMMES:
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE
  TECHNOLOGY GOVERNANCE AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION:
  Liisa Margit Paats, liisa.paats@taltech.ee, room SOC-247
  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Piret Levertand,
  piret.levertand@taltech.ee, room SOC-248
  LAW: Liisa Margit Paats, liisa.paats@taltech.ee, room SOC-247
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
  ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT: Katrin Soone,
  katrin.soone@taltech.ee, room U03-204
  INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT: Moonika Asu,
  moonika.asu@taltech.ee, room U03-205
  MECHATRONICS: Moonika Asu, moonika.asu@taltech.ee, room U03-205
  DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY FUTURES: Moonika Asu,
  moonika.asu@taltech.ee, room U03 205
  TECHNOLOGY OF WOOD, PLASTICS AND TEXTILES: Raili Klesment,
  raili.klesment@taltech.ee, room U03-204
  MATERIALS AND PROCESSES FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGETICS:
  Raili Klesment, raili.klesment@taltech.ee, room U03-204
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
  CYBER SECURITY: Katri Kadakas, katri.kadakas@taltech.ee or Kairi Põder,
  kairi.poder@taltech.ee, room ICT 120 (Akadeemia tee 15A)
  COMPUTER AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: Katri Kadakas,
  katri.kadakas@taltech.ee, or Kairi Põder, kairi.poder@taltech.ee, room ICT 120
  (Akadeemia tee 15A)                                                              9
STUDENT ABC 2019/2020 - TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
COMMUNICATIVE ELECTRONICS: Katri Kadakas, katri.kadakas@taltech.ee,
         or Kairi Põder, kairi.poder@taltech.ee room ICT 120 (Akadeemia tee 15A)
         E GOVERNANCE TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES: Katri Kadakas,
         katri.kadakas@taltech.ee, or Kairi Põder, kairi.poder@taltech.ee room ICT-120
         (Akadeemia tee 15A)
         HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY: Katri Kadakas, katri.kadakas@taltech.ee,
         or Kairi Põder, kairi.poder@taltech.ee room ICT-120 (Akadeemia tee 15A)
     SCHOOL OF SCIENCE:
         APPLIED PHYSICS: Maarja Märss, maarja.marss@taltech.ee, room U04-201

     Please use the employee search facility at the upper right-hand corner
     of the TalTech website (taltech.ee/en) to find contact information for
     TalTech employees.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE ARRIVED
 EGREE AND EXCHANGE STUDE
There are some important things to take care of after you arrive in Tallinn and reach
TalTech. P                                                               EU and non-
EU students, as well as between degree and exchange students. Please pay atten-
tion to the next few pages and keep in mind the fact that if you have any questions,
you are always welcome to contact the International Recruitment and Admissions
Division, the Mobility Centre, or the Student Counselling O

YOUR CHECKLIST
Magenta – information only applicable to degree students
Blue –    information only applicable to exchange students
EU STUDENTS
    Find and organise your accommodation
    Register your place of residence (where you live in Tallinn) in the Population
    Register by visiting the Tallinn City District Administration
    Apply for your Estonian ID card
    Check the situation with your medical insurance. In addition to your European
    Health Insurance Card (EHIC) we recommend that you take out an extra health
    insurance policy
    Present a copy of your Estonian ID card to your study consultant
    Enjoy your studies at Tallinn University of Technology!
N        U STUDENTS
    Find and organise your accommodation
    Apply for your temporary residence permit if you have not done so before your
    arrival or D-visa (exchange students, who do not need register place of residence)
    Register your place of residence (where you live in Tallinn) in the Population
    Register by visiting the Tallinn City District Administration
    Arrange your obligatory medical insurance within two months upon your arrival
    in Estonia. Present a copy of your medical health insurance to the International
    Recruitment and Admissions Division
    Present a copy of your TRP card and your contact details (your address in Esto-
    nia and your local phone number) to your study consultant
    Enjoy your studies at Tallinn University of Technology!

ACCOMMODATION
ON CAMPUS
TalTech Student C

but there is also one building in Kristiine district near the city centre (Siidisaba 7).
If you are interested in staying in one of the TalTech Student Campus’ dormitories but
have not applied yet, please read more about the process here: taltech.ee/applicant        11
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     go to TalTech Student C
     TalTech Student C
     MUSTAMÄE OFFICE
     Raja Str 4D, Tallinn 12616
     Tel (+372) 620 3651
     Email: campus@campustaltech.ee
     SIIDISABA OFFICE (for students staying in Siidisaba dormitory)
     Siidisaba 7, Tallinn 11311
     Tel (+372) 5303 1090
     Email: katre@campustaltech.ee
     P                                                            You can do so here:
     taltech.ee/contact-54
     ACADEMIC HOSTEL (for short-period stays only):
     The hostel is located very close to TalTech buildings. It is a perfect short-time accom-
     modation opportunity for students, their guests and families.
     Email: info@academichostel.com
     Address: Akadeemia tee 11/1, 12611 Tallinn
     Phone: +372 620 2275
     academichostel.com
     Exchange students are accommodated in the Academic hostel, the places were
     booked after the application deadline.
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If you are looking for privately rented accommodation in Tallinn, you have plenty of
options depending on your needs and interests.
Property search portals:
    www.city24.ee
    www.kv.ee
If you have any questions regarding private rooms and apartments for rent, feel
free to contact Ms. Margit Joa of Pindi Real Estate via email at
margit.joa@pindi.ee
NB: Apartment prices depend on the location and the number of rooms. Utilities are
usually not included in monthly rental prices and, depending upon the building, can
vary greatly. We advise you to ask in advance about the possible monthly costs of
utilities. Tenants can also request to see bills from previous years so that they can es-
timate the overall costs for winter and summer months. One of the biggest expenses
is usually heating during the winter period.
Student apartments:
    www.1home.ee
    www.tallinnstudent.eu
    www.airbnb.com
    toth.ee/knight-house
    www.bestapartments.ee

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SETTLING IN: INFORMATION FOR EU STUDENTS
     REGISTERING YOUR PLACE OF STAY
     IN THE POPULATION REGISTER
     After moving to a new residence, the individual is obliged to submit their residence
     details to the Population Register in order to register their place of residence.
     In order to provide the required details, the individual must submit a written resi-
     dence notice to the respective local government agency, this being the Tallinn City
     District Administration O

     be used to register one’s place of residence. The closest one to Tallinn University of
     Technology is:
     MUSTAMÄE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
     Tammsaare tee 135
     Phone: 645 7500; 645 7511
     Email: mustamae@tallinnlv.ee
     Public transport: Trolley No. 1 from final station ‘Mustamäe’ to ‘Tammsaare tee’
     stop (Kaubamaja direction).
     If your address changes, then your new address has to be registered with the City
     District Administration O
     When you are leaving Tallinn, please unregister at the same City District Administra-
     tion O
     If there is any money left on your Ühiskaart (public transportation Smartcard) that you

     Tallinn City Government (Vabaduse väljak 7, 1st floor), or the Airport R-Kiosk.
     Students living in TalTech dormitories: you should make sure that you get a copy

     shows a place of residence in Estonia. Take this agreement along with your passport
     or other identification document to the City District Administration O
     Students with private accommodation: when renting apartments in Tallinn, you
     should take along your passport or another identification document as well as your
     rental agreement.

     APPLYING FOR AN ESTONIAN ID CARD
     Based on EU regulations (the Citizen of the European Union Act, § 14: Application for
     an Estonian identity card), international students coming from the EU (including from
     EEA countries and Switzerland) must obtain the right of temporary residence in Estonia.
     An EU citizen must, within a period of one month from the registration of their
     place of residence, personally contact the Citizenship and Migration Bureau to apply
     for an Estonian ID card which certifies their right of temporary residence in Estonia.
     Please keep in mind that you can only apply for the Estonian ID card after you have
     registered your place of residence.
     Besides being one of the requirements for residing in Estonia, the ID card gives you
     certain advantages such as, for example, being the only identity document to be
14   accepted on the internet. The ID card enables you to get great discounts when using
public transportation, it allows you to apply for scholarships, and you can use internet
banking, book cinema tickets, use e-libraries, and also printing services at TalTech.
If you have lost your ID card or if you experience any problems using e-services,
please call the ID card helpline on 1777 or +372 677 3377 (when calling from abroad).
Take these documents with you to apply:
    Application form (this can be filled out at the Citizenship and Migration Bureau)
    Identification document
    Document showing that you have paid the state fee (you can also pay the fee at
    the Citizen and Migration Bureau O
    Colour photo 4 x 5 cm (this can also be taken at the Citizenship and Migration
    Bureau O

Go to the Citizenship and Migration Bureau O      The closest one to the
Tallinn University of Technology is the Tammsaare Service Point.
A. H. Tammsaare tee 47, Tallinn
Reception hours: Monday-Friday 09.00–17.00
Phone: 612 3000
Email: ppa@politsei.ee
Public transport: buses No 36 or 45 from the ‘Tehnikaülikool’ stop to the ‘Järve’ sta-
tion stop (in the Viru direction), or No 23 from ‘Üliõpilaste tee’ or ‘Raja’ to the ‘Tuisu’
station stop (in the Bussijaam direction).
MEDICAL INSURANCE
According to European regulations, medical insurance which is purchased in one of
the EU countries is valid within the whole European Union area. However, in order to
be able to use medical services abroad, EU citizens should hold a European Health
Insurance Card (EHIC) which is issued in the country which is registered as the indi-
vidual’s permanent place of residence, i.e. their home country.
As a holder of the European Health Insurance Card, you have the same right for the
provision of medical services in Estonia as all Estonian citizens. For more information
about doctor visits, legislation, and the Estonian health care system please visit the
Estonian Health Insurance Fund website: haigekassa.ee/en
If you are not a holder of the European Health Insurance Card, any Estonian health
care institution has the right to charge you for the provision of services. In this case,
a refund can be made once you contact the health care fund in your home country.
However, the same procedure of making an appointment before visiting a doctor
applies as for holders of the European Health Insurance Card.
You can find additional information on Estonian Healthcare Services in the leaflet in-
cluded in your Welcome Bag or by turning to the Student Counselling O
Recommended doctors:
VALVEKLIINIK.
Address: Pärnu mnt 48a, Tallinn
Phone: +372 5911 0909
Opening hours Monday-Friday 16:00–19:00 and Saturday 12:00–16:00
Website: valvekliinik.ee                                                                      15
‘HAMMA’ DENTIST
     Akadeemia tee 20, Third Floor
     Telephone to register: (+372) 656 1460 or +372 553 6605.
     Present you ISIC card for a discount.

     DOCUMENTS TO PRESENT TO YOUR STUDY CONSULTANT
     Degree students from the EU, please present the following documents:
        Your Estonian ID card
        Upon being granted access to ÕIS, please update your personal details, such
        as providing your Estonian phone number and your Estonian place of residence
        (your home address in Estonia)
     Students must notify their study consultant of any changes to their contact details.

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SETTLING IN: INFORMATI                                          U STUDENTS
APPLYING FOR A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMI                                   TRP
FOR STUDYING
The temporary residence permit card (the TRP card) is an electronic document which
contains your fingerprints and states that an international student (a non-EU citizen) has
been issued with a temporary residence permit for the purpose of carrying out their
studies in Estonia. A TRP is issued for a period of validity that lasts until the end of the
nominal study period, and for no longer than the estimated duration of one’s studies
(three years if you are a Bachelor’s level student, or two years for a Master’s student).
You can apply for a TRP at a Citizenship and Migration Bureau O               . The closest
one to TalTech is Tammsaare Service Point (A. H. Tammsaare tee 47). Public trans-
port: buses No 36 or 45 from the ‘Tehnikaülikool’ stop to the ‘Järve’ station stop (in
the Viru direction), or No 23 from ‘Üliõpilaste tee’ or ‘Raja’ to the ‘Tuisu’ station stop
(in the Bussijaam direction).
NB! To apply for a TRP, you are required to make a reservation in advance.
Your reservation can be done by phone (+372 612 3000) or online at
broneering.politsei.ee.
The electronic document also gives you certain advantages. It is the only document
that is accepted on the internet: you can get great discounts on the use of public
transportation, it allows you to use online banking services, and to log-in to ÕIS (the
Study Info System), apply for scholarships, book cinema tickets, or use e-libraries.
NB! The residence permit card does not function as a travel document: when-
ever you travel, do not forget to take your passport with you.
APPLYING FOR D VISA
Exchange students from third countries that come to Estonia for period of less than a
year, are not required to obtain a residence permit. Please apply for D-Visa in Estonian
Police and Boarder Guard Board, if you did not already apply for it before your arrival.
NB! In order to submit a visa application you will need to make an appointment
with the Police and Border Guard service O         For that, you will get the univer-
sity confirmation from the Mobility Centre.
The nearest O                                Service O       A. H. Tammsaare tee 47,
Tallinn. Online registration is required before the visit. To book your visit, please
follow the guidelines:
Go to broneering.politsei.ee > Book an Appointment > 8. Long-Stay (D) visa> Choose
the Service O                                              Client Information on
+372 612 3000.
MIGRATION ADVISORS
Migration advisors at the Police and Border Guard Board will help you to understand
the legal details in relation to your temporary residence permit for studies, temporary
residence permit for work, long-term residence permit, etc.
Consultation is provided via phone, email, Skype call, or by appointment.
Phone: +372 612 3500 (Mon–Fri 09:00–15.00)
Email: migrationadvice@politsei.ee
Skype: EstonianPolice_MigrationAdvice                                                          17
MEDICAL INSURANCE CONTRACT
     If you are coming from a non-EU country you should follow the requirements of the
     Estonian Police and Border Guard Board and obtain a medical insurance policy in Es-
     tonia for the same validity period as your temporary residence permit or the D visa.
     Arrange your obligatory medical insurance contract within two months of your
     arrival in Estonia. Your medical insurance must be available during the full validity
     period of your residence permit and the insurance coverage for an insurance period
     of one year must be a minimum of 6,000 €.
     If you have any questions regarding insurance matters, feel free to contact:
     KindlustusEst via email at info@kindlustusest.ee or visit them in person at Mustamäe
     tee 55, Second Floor, 10621 Tallinn.
     REGISTERING YOUR PLACE OF STAY
     IN THE POPULATION REGISTER
     After moving to a new residential address, everyone is obliged to submit their resi-
     dence details to the Population R
     registered.
     In order to enter these details, each individual must submit a written residential no-
     tice to the responsible local authority department, this being the Tallinn City District
     Government O

     be used to register one’s place of residence. The closest one to the Tallinn Univer-
     sity of Technology is:

     MUSTAMÄE CITY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
     Tammsaare tee 135
     Phone: 645 7500; 645 7511
     Email: mustamae@tallinnlv.ee
     Business hours: Monday 08:15–12:00 & 13:00–18:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
     08:15–12:00 & 13:00–17:00; Friday 08:15–12:00 & 13:00–16:00.
     Public transport: Trolley No. 1 from final station ‘Mustamäe’ to ‘Tammsaare tee’ stop
     (Kaubamaja direction).
     If your residential address changes, your new address has to be registered at your

     When you leave Tallinn, please deregister by visiting the same city district govern-

     If there is any money left on your Ühiskaart which you would like to get back, or if
     you want to recycle your card, please visit the Tallinn City Government O          -
     baduse väljak 7, first floor) or in the airport R-Kiosk.
     Students living in TalTech dormitories: you should make sure that you have

     is important as it shows your place of residence in Estonia. Take this agreement
     along with your passport or other identification document to the City Administration
18   O
Students with private accommodation: when renting apartments in Tallinn, you
should take along your passport or another identification document as well as your
rental agreement.
DOCUMENTS TO PRESENT TO YOUR STUDY CONSULTANT
    A copy of your Estonian temporary residence permit card (TRP card)
*   Upon gaining access to ÕIS, please update your personal details, such as your
    Estonian phone number and your Estonian place of residence (your home ad-
    dress in Estonia)

DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY DISTRICT
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE AND CITIZENSHIP AND
MIGRATION BUREAU OFFICE
CITY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN MUSTAMÄE Tammsaare tee 135)
Public transport: Trolley No. 1 from final station ‘Mustamäe’ to ‘Tammsaare tee’ stop
(Kaubamaja direction)

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CITIZENSHIP AND MIGRATION BUREAU OFFICE Tammsaare tee 47
     Public transport: buses No 36 or 45 from the ‘Tehnikaülikool’ stop to the ‘Järve’ station
     stop (in the Viru direction), or No 23 from ‘Üliõpilaste tee’ or ‘Raja’ to the ‘Tuisu’ station
     stop (in the Bussijaam direction).

     HOW TO GET TO TALTECH
     You can reach TalTech from various parts of Tallinn by using trolleybuses Nos 3 and 4, or
     buses Nos 10, 11, 23, 27, 33, and 36.
     From the airport to Tallinn city centre – bus No 2 or tram No 4 takes you directly to
     Tallinn city centre. From Tallinn city centre the easiest way to TalTech is via trolleybus No
     3 or bus No 36.
     To TalTech campus by trolley
     Take trolleybus No 3 from the ‘Kaubamaja’ stop just next to the Viru shopping centre.
     G             Keemia’ stop which is about twenty-five minutes from the city centre. The
     TalTech campus is located just next to this trolleybus stop.
     To TalTech campus by bus
     Take bus No 36 from the ‘Viru’ bus stop near the beginning of Viru street in the city cen-
     tre. A
     in front of the TalTech main building.
     More information about public transport timetables is available at: soiduplaan.tallinn.ee
     By taxi
     Always check the prices first, which should be posted on the taxi’s right-hand rear window.
     These consist of a base fare which is usually between € 2.20 and € 3.20 plus two separate
     per-kilometre rates (one for the daytime, one for the night), which should normally be around
     € 0.40 and € 0.96 respectively. When in doubt, you can ask the driver about the approximate
     price to your destination before you get in. Ordering a taxi by phone is always the best strat-
     egy, as you’ll avoid the dishonest taxis that prey on tourists. A list of taxi companies along
     with their daytime base fares and per-kilometre rates is available at taksod.net. Mobile apps,
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USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING
     IN ESTONIA
     HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT CARD
     Everyone in Tallinn who has registered
     their residential address (students with a
     valid TRP card and EU citizens) can use
     public transport for free with the Public
     Transport Card – Ühiskaart (Smartcard).
     Anyone who has not registered their
     residential address in Tallinn or who is not
     a Tallinn resident (student with visas from
     third-party countries and EU students, or
     anyone who has not yet received their ID
     card), cannot make use of the discounts
     for Tallinn residents and will have to buy credit for the card system from authorised
     sellers (R-kiosks, Post O        After buying your card for 2 € you will have to activate
     your card and add your personal details to it.
     If you are eligible for any discounts, you must personalise your Smartcard in order to
     be able to make use of these discounts. Personalising cards is free, so either do it
                                                              City Government (Vabaduse
     väljak 7). Elsewhere the service costs € 1. Personalised e-tickets are only valid with
     proof of identity (an Estonian ID card or TRP card). The Public Transport Card can
     also be replaced by another contact-free card (e.g. a student card) which meets the
     RFID technology standard.
     Validate your journey with the Public Transport Card immediately after entering a
     public transport vehicle. Electronic validators are located alongside every door in all
     public transportation vehicles.

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TICKETS

    Single ride tickets for cash                                              Price
    1 ticket from driver                                                         €2
    1 discount ticket from driver                                                €1

    Tickets for credit loaded onto the Smartcard                              Price
    Tallinn 1hr ticket                                                        € 1.10
    Tallinn 1hr discount ticket                                               € 0.55

    QR tickets                                                                Price
    1 ticket purchased online                                                    €1

    Smartcard tickets                                                         Price
    Tallinn 1 day e-ticket                                                    € 3.00
    Tallinn 3 day e-ticket                                                    € 5.00
    Tallinn 5 day e-ticket                                                    € 6.00
    Tallinn 30 day e-ticket                                                  € 23.00
    Tallinn 30 day e-discount ticket*                                         € 8.50
*      The discount ticket is also for students who have an Estonian ID code but who
       have not registered in Tallinn. More information is available at tallinn.ee/eng/pilet.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTIFICATION C                                                 SIC
As a student in Estonia, you can apply for the
International Student Identity Card (ISIC).The card
can be obtained from the TALTECH Student Union
O
You can download an application form for an
International Student Identity Card, ISIC (www.
taltech.ee/student-card-2). Complete it on your
computer, print it out, take your picture with you
(measuring at least 307 x 372 pixels), and bring it with you to Student Union O
U01-217. Payments must be in cash only. After you have delivered your application
to the Student Union O
receive an email when it is ready.

                                  ISIC for 1-year                 ISIC for 2-years

    First card                        € 3.90                           € 10.20
    Extending                         € 7.50                           € 13.80

    Replacing                         € 7.50                            € 7.50
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The ISIC
     shops, at cinemas and theatres, on various transportation services, in sport clubs,
     and at many other locations in Estonia, as well as in many other countries around the
     world. Find details of all of the discounts on the website: www.isic.ee.
     There is also the option of getting an ISIC Maestro card. This is a student card and in-
     ternational debit card all in one. You can get yours from the nearest SEB Bank branch
     or from SWEDBANK. Exchange students from non-EU countries will have to visit the
     Mobility Centre before applying and request an enrolment confirmation letter, which
     proves that you are a student at TalTech.
     NB: You only need one student card. If you already have an ISIC Maestro card
     then you don’t need another student card.
     IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:
     TalTech Student Union
     Email: info@tipikas.ee
     Room: U01-217
     Phone: +372 620 3621 / +372 512 1933
     Mon–Fri 09:00–16:00

     ESTONIAN BANKS AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
     International students usually open a bank account at one of the following banks:
         Swedbank swedbank.ee*
         SEB seb.ee
         Nordea nordea.ee
         LHV lhv.ee
         Citadele citadele.ee
     At some of the banks (SEB and Swedbank for example), it is possible to order an ISIC
     student card and a debit card in one. Please, refer to previous information about the
     ISIC card for more details.
     Opening bank accounts can be expensive if you don’t yet have your temporary resi-
     dence permit (this is required for non-E
     and conditions and also prices for their services, so it is advisable to research before-
     hand in order to find out which of the service providers is the most suitable for you.
     *   NB: To open a bank account with Swedbank under special conditions (your
         pending TRP application), please have a word with your study consultant
         so that you can get a certificate which proves your student status at Tallinn
         University of Technology.
     The degree students can obtain the confirmation letter regarding their student
                                                                      Mobility
     Centre respectively.

     EMERGENCY NUMBERS AND OTHER IMPORTANT
     CONTACT DETAILS
     In case of emergency (police, ambulance, fire service) please call 112.
24   Calls to emergency numbers are free of charge.
The medical emergency centre is located not far from TalTech at J. Sütiste tee 19. It
is open 24/7. In order to visit, you need 5 € and your valid ID. EU-citizens also need
to provide an EU health card. Another emergency centre is located at East-Tallinn
Central Hospital, Ravi tn 18 (near Hotel Olümpia in the city centre). There may be
long queues and these centres are for emergencies only. If you become ill with
non-emergency symptoms then please, visit your general health practitioner (doctor)
or a pharmacy. For a recommended doctor and dentist, please refer to the section
‘Medical insurance’. If you feel the need for urgent psychiatric help, you can turn to
SA PERH Psychiatry Clinic, at Paldiski mnt 52, or telephone them on 617 2650.
STOLEN DOCUMENTS
First visit your nearest police station, and then inform your home embassy or consu-
late.
TALLINN POLICE STATIONS
Address: Kolde pst 65, 10321 Tallinn (Bus no 33 from ‘Tehnikaülikool’ stop towards
‘Kopli’ to Kolde pst.)
Open: Mon–Fri 08.00–19.00
Phone: 612 3000
E-post: pohja@politsei.ee
Address: Rahumäe tee 6/1, 11316 Tallinn (Bus no 23 from ‘Üliõpilaste tee’ or ‘Raja’
direction Bussijaam to ‘Energia’ stop)
Open: Mon–Fri 08.00–19.00
Phone: 612 3000
E-post: pohja@politsei.ee
Foreign representations in or near Estonia
You can find the latest information about foreign embassies and consulates here:
vm.ee/en/country-representations/foreign-representations
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Email: vminfo@vm.ee
Address: Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn
Phone: +372 637 7000

PUBLIC AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN ESTONIA
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS                   S OF RES
1 JANUARY – New Year’s Day
24 F              Independence Day (1918), the anniversary of the declaration which
acted as the founding of the republic of Estonia. After this declaration was made,
Estonia was forced to fight a war of independence against Soviet Russia in the east
and Baltic-German forces in the south. During this war Estonia secured its borders
and concluded the Tartu Peace Treaty with Soviet Russia on 2 February 1920.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE FIRST FULL MOON OF SP                        Easter Sunday
TWO DAYS BEFORE EAS                          Good Friday
1M       Spring Day
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EAS                            Pentecost                            25
Victory Day, which commemorates the victory of Estonian forces over
     those of the Baltic Germans (led by the Landswehr) at the Battle of Võnnu (Cesis)
     in northern Latvia in 1919, during which Estonian forces thwarted an attempt to
     restore Baltic-German control over the region. This day is marked by important

                  St John’s Day or Midsummer’s Day and its equally important Midsum-
     mer’s Eve is a traditional celebration which is held on the night of 23 June. This
     day is the closest to the longest day of the year, when twilight and dawn appear to
     merge. The evening of the 23rd and well into the morning of the 24th is celebrated
     with bonfires and a traditional celebratory menu.
     20 AUGUS        Restoration of Independence Day. Dramatic developments in the
     Soviet Union in August 1991 resulted in the three Baltic countries finally regaining
     their independence. On 20 August 1991 Estonia issued a decision confirming the
     re-establishment of its independence on the basis of the historical continuity of its
     statehood.
     24 D               Christmas Eve
     25 D               Christmas Day
     26 D               Boxing Day

     NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
                    Epiphany
     2F                Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty, which was signed on
     2 February 1920 in Tartu, between Soviet Russia and Estonia. With this treaty Soviet
     Russia finally recognised the independence of Estonia.
     14 M          Native Language Day
     SECOND SUNDAY OF M              Mothers’ Day
                 National Flag Day. The Estonian tricolour flag was first consecrated as
     the flag of the Estonian Student Society on 4 June 1884 in Otepää.
                  Day of Mourning and Commemoration. On 14 June 1941 the first mass
     deportation from the Baltic States took place. Over 10,000 Estonians were deported
     to Siberia. Another large-scale deportation took place in March 1949, when more
     than 20,000 Estonians were deported to Siberia. Altogether up to 60,000 Estonians
     were killed or deported in the 1940s.
     22 SEP              Resistance Fighting Day. On 22 September 1944, Soviet troops
     conquered Tallinn. The Estonian national tricolour flag was torn from the flag pole on
     Tallinn’s Pikk Hermann Tower and was replaced by the symbol of the new occupa-
     tion, the Soviet banner.
     2N              All Souls’ Day
     SECOND SUNDAY OF N                    Fathers’ Day
     16 N             Declaration of Sovereignty Day. On 16 November 1988, the
     Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR adopted a declaration of national sovereignty
26   under which Estonian laws should take precedence over Soviet Union ones.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Practical information – please take a look here: taltech.ee/academic-information/
and here: taltech.ee/during-studies, for exchange students.
Academic year and terms – an academic year consists of two terms (autumn and
spring terms). Both terms are sixteen weeks long, and at the end of each term, there
is a three-week exam session.
ECTS – The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard
for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education
across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.
One ECTS credit corresponds to 26 hours of study by a student.
Student code – at TalTech you need a unique student code, one which identifies
the student. Y
access ÕIS, there are three options. The first option is with your TRP/ID card. If you
have not yet received it, you may also access ÕIS with a username and a password
or with the Uni-ID.
In order to receive a username and password, first get your student code from your Study
Consultant and bring it to the IT H                 SOC 132. In order to get a Uni-ID,
please visit the room SOC-129. Please note that you will also need to show a form of ID.
You will need your student code to enter onto on all applications, tests, and other
papers which you are handed while at the university.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Here are some of the most important dates in the academic year. The full academic
calendar is available on the TalTech website.

 2019
 20 August                    first day to submit the autumn semester’s individual
                              study plan
 26 August                    beginning of the academic year
                              deadline for submission of applications for vacant
                              student places
 26 August – 1 September      pre-week of the autumn semester
 30 August                    opening ceremonies
 2 September                  beginning of the autumn semester
 9 September                  deadline for submission of the semester’s individual
                              study plan

 11 September                 deadline for cancellation of students’ declarations
                              for registration to a course by the lecturer
 17 September                 university’s anniversary, award of doctoral
                              degrees                                                      27
16 September              end of academic movements in the semester
     23 September              deadline for submission of an action plan
                               for PhD students
     27 October                end of the study period (quarter)
     16 December               deadline for submission of applications for defense
     22 December               end of the period of classroom sessions
                               of the autumn semester
     23 December – 1 January   Christmas holiday

     2020
     6 January                 approval of the applications for defense
                               by the supervisor
     13 January                first day to submit the spring semester’s individual
                               study plan
     20 January                deadline for submission of applications for vacant
                               student places
     22 January                deadline for taking the autumn semester’s
                               examinations
     25 January                end of the autumn semester
     27 January                beginning of the spring semester
     3 February                deadline for submission of the spring semester’s
                               individual study plan
     5 February                deadline for cancellation of students’ declarations
                               for registration to a course by the lecturer
     10 February               end of academic movements in the semester
     22 March                  end of the study period (quarter)
     11 May                    deadline for submission of applications
                               for defense
     17 May                    end of the period of classroom sessions
                               of the spring semester
     25 May                    approval of the applications for defense
                               by the supervisor
     2 June                    deadline for defense of graduation theses
                               for graduates of joint Master’s study programmes
     5 June                    deadline for defense of graduation theses
                               for graduates of Master’s studies
     10 June                   deadline for taking the spring semester’s
                               examinations
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11 June                      deadline for defense of graduation thesis for
                              graduates of the first level of education and deadline
                              for taking the Bachelor’s examination
 14 June                      end of the spring semester
 19 June                      deadline for attestation of PhD students
 17–26 June                   period of graduation ceremonies
 26 June                      end of the academic year
                              calculation of the study load of students for the next
                              academic year based on the study results of the
                              previous academic year

STUDY INFORMATION SYSTE                              S
ÕIS is the web-based study information system for TalTech in which you can:
    register for courses and exams
    see course timetables
    submit applications (for scholarships, a thesis, etc.)
    provide feedback and receive your study results
Students are responsible for keeping their personal information properly updated
(email address, phone number, place of residence in Estonia) via ÕIS.
The deadline for submitting your individual ‘Study Plan’ is announced each year in
the academic calendar. You may register for courses until the deadline for submitting
the final study plan, which is also listed in the academic calendar.
You can find the list of courses which are available in English and also the timetables
at: ois2.taltech.ee >ENG>Timetables> and click on the English flag.
Please take notice of the study weeks: the first week of each term is always week
number one; therefore the term starts on an odd number, with the second week
being an even number. Some lectures may take place every odd week, and others
every even week. Some subjects are taught during the first half of the term – these
subjects are marked S1 (autumn) or K1 (spring) – or during the second half of the
term, marked S2 and K2 respectively.

STUDY PLAN FOR DEGREE STUDENTS
Students must arrange a list of courses for the term from their required subjects
(compulsory courses) and optional subjects (elective courses), with the available
courses depending upon their faculty.
FREE CHOICE STUDIES
Each curriculum in the university includes a free-choice study module in which the
student can choose any courses that they prefer. Courses held by other Estonian
universities can also be chosen. Students on free tuition programmes may choose as
many subjects as they want.
Please note that the majority of the courses are taught in Estonian, so please consult
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STUDY PLAN FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS
     Exchange students should make out their study plans themselves. Study plans are
     available at: ois2.taltech.ee>ENG>Timetables> and then click on the English flag after
     which you will be able to find the codes for the international programmes.-You may
     choose from all of the programmes that are taught in English. Searching by code is the
     easiest solution. Click on each code under the course’s faculty.
     P
     schools and programmes, make sure that the course times do not overlap. If you are
     using the search button to look up courses, it will display all courses, including those in
     Estonian, therefore please follow the programme codes in English. Language courses
     and sports-related course are not listed in the timetables – you can find these at the web
     page. After you have received your Uni-ID account with ÕIS access from the IT Help-
     Desk in room SOC-129, you can create your personal timetable (Timetables>Personal
     timetable). You do not need an ÕIS password to be able to check the timetables.
     IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GRADING
     Some lectures, seminars, and laboratory exercises are evaluated as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
     These include Estonian Language and Culture, language courses, and Basics of
     Physical Movement (sports). If your university does not accept this grading system, it
30   is advisable for you to avoid taking these courses.
REGISTERING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATI
Physical Education (PE) is part of the free study module. In order to enroll for
PE classes, you must register via ÕIS. The step-by-step tutorial on how to enroll is
available on our website, which you can find here: taltech.ee/physical-education.
Enrolment takes place during the first two weeks of every term.
Students who don’t pay a tuition fee can enroll in two terms of PE courses free of
charge. After that, a small fee is applied. For fee-paying students, a fee for every
course is applicable.
Following sports can be practiced:
    badminton
    basketball
    volleyball
    table tennis
    gym
    group trainings
    additional sports will be added during the year – keep yourself up-to-date by
    following our Facebook page facebook.com/taltechsport                              31
After passing both PE courses, you have an opportunity to train in sports hall for free
     until the end of your studies. If you do not want to declare the PE course, the annual
     fee of using sports hall for students is 50 €.
     Students who are training on their own at higher level can reach an agreement with
     a coach to earn three ECTS without attending PE classes. Contact the TalTech sports
     club director, Rait Käbin, to sort this out: rait.kabin@taltech.ee
     If you have any questions please contact us at sport@taltech.ee

     EXCHANGE STUDIES ABROAD
     All students at TalTech have the opportunity to enhance their studies by spending
     at least one term in one of the many TalTech partner universities. Exchange stud-
     ies at those universities which are located in EU member states are funded by the
     Erasmus+ programme. With the Erasmus+ programme, students may go abroad for
     periods between two and twelve months. The same student may be eligible for
     grants to study abroad for a total of twelve months maximum per study cycle. You
     can also carry out your internship in EU member states.
     TalTech also has bilateral agreements with several universities in Asia and North
     America. The students can apply for scholarships from their destination countries,
     universities, and private foundations.
     Do not miss out on your chance – studying abroad will change your life! Please take
     time to view more information which is available here: taltech.ee/studyabroad and
     taltech.ee/internship.

     SCHOLARSHIPS
     TalTech students with a good academic performance have the option to apply for
     scholarships. More information can be found here: taltech.ee/scholarships
     Students can apply twice a year for a scholarship – in autumn and in spring. Since
     the most important factor in applying for a scholarship is the student’s grade point
     average, students who have just begun the first term of their studies cannot apply.
     Scholarships are also awarded by the TalTech Student Union. The purpose of the
     student council scholarships is to reward entrepreneurship and study motivation,

     socio-economic situation.

     SERVICES AT TALTECH
     THE MEKTORY INNOVATION AND BUSINESS CENTRE
     What makes a person successful? Well, successful people have all had ideas. But does just
     having great ideas make a person successful? Hardly! If you want to achieve something, if
     you want to be successful, you need to turn your ideas into reality. Tallinn University of Tech-
     nology’s Mektory Innovation and Business Centre is a home for the modern student. The

     work on their ideas. We also have a wide range of laboratories for your prototyping needs.
     This year Mektory’s Innovation HUB was completed, which combines the cooperation
32   area for students and start-up’s (200 m²) and Makerlab located on the same floor. This is
a multifunctional area, where the students can carry out their projects, conduct seminars,
trainings and hackathons (for ca 70 persons). In addition, it is a great place for organising
development marathons in cooperation with companies, students, scientists and experts.
There are spaces for cooperation for start-up teams (separated areas for 2, 4 and 6
persons). The university’s most well-known and innovative development project – the
self-driving car Iseauto is located in the same area. There are various workshops/labora-
tories in Makerlab, where the students can prepare their prototypes/projects (3D printing
workshop, metals lab, mechatronics lab, virtual and augmented reality lab, timber lab,
electronics lab, video lab). The first of its kind and the largest innovation HUB in Estonia is
waiting for students and startups to work on cooperation projects and prototypes.
Now onto the important question: what will it cost for you or what do you have to do so
that you can use these rooms and laboratories? The answer is that for all TalTech students
it’s absolutely FREE. S
come and check out the centre. Come and do some brainstorming, work on your ideas
and create some prototypes. Don’t wait. Start working on your success story today!
To encourage student entrepreneurship, Mektory runs a pre-incubation programme
called STARTERtallinn, and hosts twice a year the TalTech Mektory Startup Competition
on the annual basis. Students from all of the curricula are invited to take part in both
programmes. STARTERtallinn is a free interdisciplinary four-month business develop-
ment programme for all students. The programme consists of lectures, workshops,
mentoring, and coaching from top experts and entrepreneurs. The TalTech Mektory
Startup Competition is held after the pre-incubation period. The finals in December are
held in a pitching format, so that you will have the opportunity to practice selling your

special prizes from A
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COUNSELLING IN TALTECH
     TalTech student counselling services help students to be successful in their studies.

     STUDENT COUNSELLING OFFICE
     Student Counselling O
     topics connected to studying at TalTech. Student counsellors can either answer your
     question or forward you to the right specialist in TalTech.
     Topics may include:
          Study regulations
          Scholarship information
          Questions about study systems ÕIS and Moodle
          Choosing courses and submitting the study plan
     Student Counselling O                                       IV, room U04-104.
     Mon–Fri from 10:00–17:00
     Tel (+372) 620 2244
     Email studenthelp@taltech.ee
     facebook.com/TalTechCounsellingO
     CAREER COUNSELLING
         In Estonian and English
         An appointment needs to be made beforehand
         Career counsellor helps with the following issues:
         -    University admission and choosing a specialty
         -    Self-analysis
         -    Time management and self-governing
         -    Combining studies and work
         -    Job searches and applying for jobs
         -    Writing a CV and cover (application) letter
         -    Preparing for a job interview
     To book an appointment, please write to careerguide@taltech.ee
     COUNSELLING FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
          Counselling in various areas related to studying, accommodation, and support
          measures, including:
          -     Admissions and studying
          -     Physical adaptation of the study environment
          -     Organizing studies
          -     Accommodation
          -     Cultural activities
          -     Scholarships and other support measures
     We recommend that you inform the university about your special need(s) as early as pos-
     sible. Get in touch with the counsellor for students with special needs (Sven Kõllamets:
     specialneeds@taltech.ee), admission specialist, TalTech Student Campus, or your faculty.
     PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING
     The purpose of psychological counselling is to support those students who are
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In a safe and caring environment students can confidentially discuss all of the topics
that concern them: insecurity, excessive worry or anxiety, lack of motivation, depres-

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however, they may face some extra challenges and could sometimes find it hard to
adjust to a new environment. Common problems may include:
    feeling isolated
    missing the familiar

Together with the counsellor, all of these topics and possible solutions can be discussed.
Counselling sessions are confidential (information about a student’s identity and
the topics discussed will not be disclosed), and free of charge.
Students can make an appointment by contacting the counsellor via email:
counselor@taltech.ee
Our counselling services are free of charge.

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TALTECH LIBRARY
     Email kontakt@lib.ttu.ee
     Phone: + (372) 620 3553
     Web: taltech.ee/library
     Opening hours: Mon–Fri 08:30–20:00, Sat 11:00–18:00, prior to public holidays
     08:30–12:00, closed on the last Friday of every month due to the clean-up day.
     Opening hours during summertime: Mon 13:00–19:00, Tue–Thu, 08:30–15:00,
     Fri 08:30–14:00, closed Sat & Sun.
     It is possible to study 24/7 in the room LIB-120, this study room/night library is acces-
     sible all day and night for the members of TalTech with an Estonian ISIC card.
     I
     public computers on every floor, a computer lab, and free Wi-Fi. The library has self-
     service book lending machines (Self Check-outs) on the second and third floors of
     the library building and a self-service book return machine (Self Check-in) on the first
     floor. Within the library are group and individual study rooms and self-service scan-
     ning, printing, and copying stations.
     To register as a TalTech library user you need to:
          fill in the registration card
          pay the card fee of 2 €
     Students who have an Estonian ID/TRP card can use it as a library card and register
     for free. It is also possible to buy a visitor card (0.50 €) to visit the library during one
     day without borrowing any books.
     It is possible to register as a library user by yourself via the library’s website, a valid
     Estonian ID-card/TRP and PIN1/PIN2 is required.
     A list of required course books is provided by the lecturers. To find books and their
     call numbers, use the online catalogue ESTER at ester.ee. Find the right shelf number
     with the help of the Open Stack Guide in ESTER.
     TalTech library provides campus-wide access to numerous databases so that you
     can find articles and e-books. The list of library databases can be found on the
     library’s website, along with the PRIMO e-resources portal.

     wiki.taltech.ee/en:manuals:it:doc:lib_toru
     Most of the paper books can be borrowed for one month. You can extend the loan
     period if you do it in time and the book does not have reservations.
     Pay attention to the coloured dots on the books:
         red – cannot be taken home
         blue – can be borrowed for one week
         yellow – can be borrowed for two weeks
     Magazines and newspapers cannot be taken out of the library.
     For overdue books, a fee will be charged (between 0.03–0.19 € for each item per
36   day). All books have to be returned to the library by the dates upon which they are
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