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The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre promotes open education and an international study environment. Young talented people, who meet the required standards, are always welcome to study at the EAMT. The number of international students at our Academy has increased rapidly in recent years: out of a total of approximately 700 students about 120 are from other countries than Estonia. Although the main language of instruction at EAMT is Estonian, most of the musical principal subjects as well as cultural management can also be studied in English.
Entrance auditions for bachelor and master's levels are held from April to June. You can choose between 3 audition dates:
- 19−21 April
- 8−10 May
- 27−28 June
The audition/interview (entrance examination) lasts approximately 20−30 minutes. The examination panel will assess your musical skills and potential as well as your English language proficiency. For detailed audition requirements and assessment criteria click on the relevant study programme level in the boxes on the right of this page.
When you travel to Tallinn for your entrance auditions, you can also become acquainted with our facilities, meet staff members, observe open classes etc. If you are in doubt as to whether your musical skills meet the required standards, you may send us a video recording of your performance or portfolio of your compositions. If you do this at least 5 weeks before the audition date you are entitled to receive feedback from us concerning your level of proficency and whether we recommend that you come to Tallinn for the audition in person.
EAMT always prefers you to audition in person, but international applicants are allowed to submit an original video recording of their performance as a substitute for a live audition. You can only pass the entrance audition by video recording if the examination panel has no doubts about the authenticity of the recording, the quality of the recording is sufficient for the evaluation and your performance meets the highest standards.
Please note that you should agree upon your specific audition date and time with our admission secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org, +372 6675 709) no later than 3 weeks before the audition. In other words, if you have decided to participate in the auditions 19−21 April, you should contact the admission secretary no later 29 March; for May auditions the registration deadline is the 17 April and for June auditions by 9 June. If you are not able to come to Tallinn for the audition in person and wish to audition by recording, the same deadlines apply for sending your recording to the admission secretary. The admission secretary will also assist you if you wish to make an appointment with our staff members, receive a subject-specific consultation or have any questions about the admission procedures.
Before travelling to Tallinn for the entrance auditions, you need to submit a formal application together with relevant documents. The electronic application form and the list of required documents can be found here. The application deadlines for the auditions are 29 March, 17 April and the final deadline 9 June 2017 (documents certifying completion of the previous educational level may be submitted later).
In most cases you will receive the examination result on the day of your audition. In other words, you will be informed whether you have been accepted into the programme you applied for or not. If the answer is positive, you need to confirm your decision to study at EAMT as soon as possible, but not later than 21 August. The 2017/2018 academic year starts on August 28. Please note that to formally enrol you need to have submitted all the required documents, including proof of previous qualifications and received diplomas.
The application fee is EUR 50 and normally needs to be paid by bank transfer. Tuition fees apply to all international students whose language of tuition is English. The fees range from EUR 550 to EUR 5500 per year depending on the study programme and your country of origin (EU or non-EU). Detailed information about the fees can be found here. A limited number of scholarships are available for international students. Auditions for the scholarships usually take place at the end of September. There is no tuition fee for doctoral studies. Students studying full time at doctoral level have the right to receive a monthly stipend (currently EUR 422).
Additional information concerning admissions:
Phone +372 6675 709;
General information about EAMT departments and study programmes
During recent decades, EAMT has gone through a lot of changes and development, which includes creating new departments and study programmes. While the main focus of EAMT is still on classical music and dramatic art, the academy today offers a lot of other possibilities.
EAMT awards degrees on bachelor, master's and doctoral levels. Independent and non-degree programmes of study may be agreed upon between individual students and the Academy. This independent study option is suitable for students who want to improve themselves in some specific areas and do not wish to complete an entire degree programme.
Estonia has a strong piano tradition, but the same department also teaches harpsichord, organ and accordion. The string instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar and kannel. Among the wind instruments, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba are taught in EAMT, percussion instruments are in the same department.
In the voice department it is possible to study both opera singing and vocal chamber music.
The conducting department trains both choral and orchestral conductors (orchestral conducting as a major starts from master's level). On master's level the students can also specialize in chamber music, accompaniment (vocal coaching), and contemporary improvisation.
The composition department nowadays incorporates the classical art of composing music and the specializations of electronic music, sound engineering and audiovisual composition that are taught in the electronic music studio.
Musicology studies give an overview of different areas of musicology (music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, cognitive musicology etc.) with the possibility to specialize in one of these areas.
The internationally very active jazz music department trains jazz musicians.
The joint master's programme Contemporary Performance and Composition (offered jointly with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, The National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon and The University of Music and Theatre Hamburg) is an interdisciplinary programme that offers students a open platform for experimental musical practice within a European setting.
The cultural management master’s programme (offered jointly with the Estonian Business School and Estonian Arts Academy) with its guest lecturers has also a very strong international dimension.