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Politics and Governance, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Tallinn, Estonia
The BA in Politics and Governance from Tallinn University is a contemporary academic programme combining a strong politics and governance core with a variety of choices including international relations, economics and management.
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It is a curriculum aiming to prepare students for the more complex and interrelated world. No country or company is an island these days – they are all affected by political, societal and economic trends, national and international policies, governmental and non-governmental actors. 

The Politics and Governance program from Tallinn University equips students with a broad knowledge basis to prepare them for a future not just in the government or party politics, but also as knowledgeable and able actors in international organisations, the third sector or even private sector. 

The programme welcomes students from across the world who are interested in politics, governance and international relations and see their future somehow related to this field. Whether you want to pursue an international career or advance some aspect of life in your hometown, or simply could not tune out from following Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency of the United States, the programme of politics and governance should be both interesting and useful for you. 

The programme contains many elective courses, so it is a good option for both students who have a strong interest in some particular field of politics and governance, but also suits students who have not yet decided about their specialisation and would like a good general education in social sciences.

Why study with us?

  • The politics and governance BA is a brand new programme launched in 2016, yet is based on the success of its Estonian sister programme which has been one of the most popular programmes with student applicants in Estonia for years.
  • It offers a – roughly half of the programme consists of compulsory courses while the student can choose between different specialisations and free electives in the other half.good ratio of focus and flexibility
  • Good spring board for MA studies – while there is an ample selection of English degree programmes in political science, public management and administration, governance and international relations across Europe, our programme is one of the few English politics and governance BA programmes in continental Europe.
  • Broad career prospects – our Estonian sister programme shows that students have many possible career paths in public service, media industries, political parties and NGO-s as well as in entrepreneurship.

Post-graduate destinations

A graduate of any BA programme is primarily expected to continue studies to obtain an MA degree. More than 20 years of experience indicates that our graduates are well prepared to enter further studies in European universities and beyond. 

The Politics and Governance BA programme also provides basic competences to work, especially in NGOs but also in public administration, enterprises and international organisations. This is supported by a more specialised elective module and practical training.

Examples of the currently high ranking politics and governance alumni of Tallinn University include Deputy Secretary General for economic development in the ministry of economic affairs and communications Viljar Lubi, head of the Estonian foreign intelligence service Mikk Marran and head of national financial control department in the ministry of finance Kaur Siruli, but also the head of Elering (one of the largest companies in Estonia) Taavi Veskimägi, deputy chairman of the Estonian Centre Party Jaanus Karilaid and programme director of the TV channel ETV+ Darja Saar.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applicants from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia:

    • Deadline for submitting your application: 1 June
    • Deadline for sending your documents by post: 20 June
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Society and Law
  • Basics of European Union
  • Public Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Economics
  • Comparative Politics and Governance
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Sociology
  • Democratic Statehood
  • State, Politics and Government
  • Governmental Institutions and Organisations

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed Secondary Education or the equivalent
  • Proof of English Proficiency

Entrance exam:

  • The entrance exam consists of written assignment (a motivation letter that includes answers to the questions concerning their motivation and desire to study at the programme) and an interview via Skype.
  • Maximum number of points is 100 (50% written, 50% oral part).
  • Students receiving at least 30 points of the written part are allowed to the oral interview.
  • BA: Minimum programme enrollment threshold: 65 points out of 100.
  • Written assignment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3300 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3300 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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