The International Club is the best friend, resource and support to international students at Tallinn University. The IC’s work is based on the principle of students helping students. They offer guidance and support services, to help international students with figuring out practical details about life in university or in Estonia. The IC Organises many events and activities that foster cultural exchange and a space for international students to meet each other and locals.
If you’re ready to challenge yourself, make real change happen for your fellow TLU students and find friends for a lifetime, this opportunity is for you!
More information about the International Club: https://www.esindus.ee/en/ic/
Alates 22. veebruarist töötab üliõpilaskonna kontoris Rohelise Kuu projektijuht Katerina Chantzi, kelle korraldada on aprillis toimuv suurejooneline Rohelise Kuu ürituste seeria.
Katerina on sotsiaalse ettevõtluse magistriõppekava üliõpilane, kes on loonud enda sotsiaalse ettevõtte BinFree, mis pakub pandipakendite äraveo teenust ning ettevõtetele keskkonnaalaseid konsultatsioone, koolitusi, motivatsioonisüsteeme ning üritusi. Tema kirg jätkusuutliku arengu vastu kajastub ka seni ülikoolis tehtus: eelmisel semestril osales ta topsivaba TLÜ ELU projektis ning jagas enda isiklikke jätkusuutlikkuse alaseid eesmärke ülikooli blogis. Lisaks on ta korraldanud mitmeid sellekohaseid üritusi nii Eestis kui ka teistes riikides.
Rohelise Kuu visioonina näeb ta võimalust korraldada mõjusaid ning tähenduslikke üritusi kõigile, et keskkonnateadlikud tegevused ei lõppeks 30. aprillil, vaid et iga osaleja õpiks midagi uut ning asuks saadud teadmisi igapäevaelus kasutama. Ta soovib, et Roheline Kuu oleks jätkusuutliku arengu alal teerajaja nii ülikoolisiseselt kui ka väljaspool ülikooli. Täpsemalt saad tema mõtetest lugeda allpool ingliskeelses tekstis.
Innustame julgelt kõiki Rohelise Kuuga seotud heade ideede ja mõtetega Katerina (email@example.com) poole pöörduma.
Katerina Chantzi, the project manager of the Green Month, has been working in the Student Union’s office since February 22, organizing a spectacular series of Green Month events in April. She is doing her Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship and during her studies she has started her own social enterprise in Estonia, BinFree, that offers pickup recycling services for glass, plastic, metal drinking containers (deposit packages) and glass recyclables to households, restaurants, bars and companies to initiate a spillover of environmental actions through rewarding mechanisms, consultations, trainings, online courses and community events.
Her passion for acting sustainably and her values to inspire and help others are evident throughout her career and her journey in Tallinn University. Last semester she participated in ELU project “TLU Topsivaba II” and shared her personal goals for sustainability in the University’s blog. She has organised several events such as clean-ups , clothes swaps and public lectures in Tallinn, Estonia and in the countries that she has previously lived and worked (Greece, Denmark and Malawi). Her contribution to the local community has been recognised from the Population Policy Department of the Estonian Ministry of the Interior and Tallinn University, as she has been awarded with the Scholarship Recognising Civic Participation in 2020.
Regarding her vision for the Green Month, she says: “I am very happy that this year we have a Green Month instead of Green Week in the University. This gives the opportunity to organise more activities and focus on different aspects of sustainability. My vision for Green Month is to organise impactful and meaningful activities for everyone (online-offline, within and outside campus), so that the environmental action will not stop on the 30th of April but each participant can learn something and put it into action in their lives afterwards and define their own sustainability path in their everyday life. Tallinn University has pledged to be a Green University and I will do my best to make the Green Month a pioneer for the sustainable development for the University community but also for the Tallinn society. My vision for the future is to establish a green office in the University that is funded and approved by the University management and is jointly led by students and staff. Inclusiveness and diversity are very important elements of sustainable development and I would be more than happy to hear the university community’s needs, ideas, suggestions and worries regarding the Green Month”.
We encourage you to contact Katerina (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any ideas or suggestions you have about the Green Month.
Märtsist alustab tööd üliõpilaskonna esimene vabatahtlike koordinaator Marianna Vaga.
Marianna tööks on üliõpilasnõukogude ja klubide töö koordineerimine, toetamine ja arendamine. Konkreetsemad tööülesanded on näiteks üliõpilasnõukogude protokollide ja otsuste ülevaatamine, arenguvestluste tegemine klubide ja üliõpilasnõukogudega ning JUHE ja HUVI koosolekutel osalemine. See tähendab, et Mariannast saab nii klubide kui ka üliõpilasnõukogude esmane kontaktisik kõigi probleemide puhul.
Praegu Marianna alles elab oma töökohale sisse, kuid anname kindlasti teada, kui Marianna on valmis tööga alustama ning saab hakata tema poole pöörduma. Seni pöörduge kõigi muredega jätkuvalt personalijuhi Triinu poole.
Marianna Vaga, the first Volunteers Manager of the SU, will start working in March.
Marianna’s job is to coordinate, support and develop the work of Student Councils and Clubs. This includes giving feedback to the SC’s protocols and decisions, doing development interviews with clubs and Student Councils, attending JUHE and HUVI meetings and so on. Marianna will be the contact person for both clubs and Student Councils on all issues.
Marianna is still getting the swing of the work, but we will let you know when she is ready to start working and you can start contacting her. In the meantime, continue to contact our HR manager Triin with all your concerns.
Kertu on imeinimene, kes jõuab kõike! Kertu on tüdruk, kelle näol on alati naeratus ning kelle käed on alati tööd täis. Oma ametiaja jooksul on ta teinud järjepidevalt head tööd. Lisaks oma tavapärastele tegemistele pole tal kunagi probleemi võtta enda peale ka muid ülesandeid (näiteks üliõpilaskonna maskoti tellimine). Samuti tuleb ta alati vastu kõigile abipalvetele ning teeb teoks teiste poolt välja käidud head ideed. Viimastel kuudel on Kertu tegelenud aktiivselt volikogu valimiste kampaaniaga ning saanud sellega suurepäraselt hakkama. Üle mitme aasta on volikogul rohkelt kandidaate ning koosseisu kokkusaamine pole probleem. Eelmisel nädalal oli Kertu üks imelistest saatejuhtidest Tallinna Ülikooli avatud uste nädalal. Kertu esindas paljude gümnasistide valvsa pilgu all väga hästi nii ülikooli kui ka üliõpilaskonda ning tuli võitjana välja ka kõige ebamugavamatest olukordadest intervjueeritavatega. Kõik see on ainult jäämäe tipp sellest, millega Kertu igapäevaselt hakkama saab ja meile kõigile eeskujuks on.
Lisaks Kertule said sel kuul nomineeritud veel Triin Taal (üliõpilaskonna personalijuht), Jelizaveta Karavajeva (Meediumi juht), Erle Neeme (Rahvusvahelise klubi juht) ning vabariigi aastapäeva filmiöö korraldustiim.
Märtsis saab üliõpilaskonna tublisid liikmeid nomineerida kuu tegija tiitlile 25. märtsini siin.
Kertu is a wonderful person who has the power to do everything well. Kertu is a girl who always has a smile on her face and whose hands are always full of work. She has consistently done a good job in the Student Union. In addition to her usual tasks, she never has a problem taking on other tasks (like ordering a mascot to the SU). In recent months, Kertu has been actively working on the Representative Council election campaign and has managed it excellently. Over several years, the Representative Council has many candidates and filling the membership is not a problem. Last week, Kertu was one of the show hosts at Tallinn University Open Doors Week. Kertu represented both the university and the SU very well and emerged as the winner from even the most uncomfortable situations with the interviewees. All this is just the tip of the iceberg of how Kertu is being a role model for all of us.
In addition to Kertu, Triin Taal (Head of the Human Resources), Jelizaveta Karavajeva (Chairperson of Meedium), Erle Neeme (President of the International Club) and the organisers of the Estonian Independence Day movie night were nominated to the title of the Standout Member of the SU this month.
In March you can nominate the hard-working and outstanding members of the SU until March 25 here.
17. veebruaril toimus TLÜ üliõpilaskonna volikogu 205. istung, mis oli sel korral eriti põnev, sest toimus ametlik spiikri ameti üleandmine eelmise spiikri poolt. Sellega tutvustamegi teile meie uut spiikrit Anna- Liisi!
Anna-Liis on tegelikult meiega juba selle kuu algusest olnud ja oleme tänaseks kindlad, et tehtud valik oli väga õige.
Pildil tunnete Anna-Liisi ära tema ametilindi järgi ja näete ühtlasi ka meie tublisid volikogu liikmeid, kes istungil osalesid.
Kui ka sinul tekkis huvi volikogu osas, siis on just praegu õige aeg kandideerida – loe lähemalt https://www.esindus.ee/kandideeri/ ja saada taotlus täna teele.
On February 17th, the 205th session of the TLU Student Representative Council took place, which was especially exciting this time, because the speaker position was handed over by the previous speaker.So we introduce our new speaker Anna-Liis Uuetoa!
In fact, Anna-Liis has been with us since the beginning of this month, and today we are sure that the choice we made was very right.
In the picture you can recognize Anna-Liis by her ribbon and you can also see our amazing council members who participated in the meeting.
If you also became interested in the representative council, now is the time to run – read more at https://www.esindus.ee/en/run and send the application today.
24. veebruaril kell 12 läheb eetrisse Tallinna Ülikool erisaade EV103.
Sellega seoses kutsume teid kõiki kaastööle – kaasa laulma Gaudeamust. Lauluoskus pole esmatähtis, oluline on salvestada oma telefoniga videopilt, et saaksime pildis moodustada ühendkoori.
Oleme Raul Talmari eestvedamisel teinud kooriga eelsalvestuse. Nüüd on meil veel vaja kokku monteerida rohkete nägudega ühine videopilt. Juhul kui pead viisi, võib juhtuda, et liidame ka sinu lauluhääle lõppvideosse, juhul kui oled lihtsalt ilus, kasutame ainult pilti. Mida rohkem nägusid, seda uhkem.
Hoiame Tallinna Ülikooli lippu kõrgel!
Kõige lihtsam oleks salvestust teha järgnevalt:
1. Aseta nutitelefon (näiteks teibiga) arvuti veebikaamera kohale
2. Juhul kui sõnad ei ole peas, võta arvutis lahti Gaudeamuse sõnad (1., 3., 4. salm)
3. Pane arvuti külge kõrvaklapid (et telefoni salvestusse jääks ainult sinu laul)
4. Teises aknas ava Gaudeamuse eelsavestus.
5. Vajuta telefonist “rec” nuppu
6. Vajuta eelsavestuse lingil “play” nuppu ja aktiveeri sõnade lehekülg (eelmängu ajal jõuab seda kõike)
7. Hakka rõõmsalt kaasa laulma vaadates võimalikult otse kaamerasse (kasuks tuleb kui sõnad peas)
8. Jõudes võiduka lõpuni, lõpeta telefonis videosalvestus ja kontrolli kas video salvestus.
PS! Kui oled juba kogenud vlogger, võid muidugi lasta fantaasial lennata.
Iseloomulik humoorikas esinemine on rangelt soovitatav. nt: värskelt ärganud näoga, lipsu ja tekliga, hommikukohvi juues; koeraga jalutades; hommikuvõimlemist tehes vms.
Tegevus ja esinemisstiil on Sinu enda otsustada.
Lisaküsimuste korral helista: Elari Lend, +372 52 77 432
Salvestused palume saate hiljemalt teisipäevaks, 16.02 kell 16.02.
Dear academic family,
On 24 February at 12.00 Tallinn University broadcast EV103 will go on air.
Because of this, we cordially invite you all to sing Gaudeamus together. It is not vital to have a great voice, rather it is important to record yourself singing so that we could form a big virtual choir together.
We have made a pre-recording with the help of Raul Talmar. Now, we only need to edit together a joint video with as many clips as possible. If you are a great singer, it might event happen that we will add your voice into the final video! If not, then we will simply use the visuals. The more, the merrier, so join us in song!
It is the easiest to create a video like this:
1. Place or tape your phone onto where your laptop’s webcam is.
2. If you do not know the lyrics by heart, open the Gaudeamus lyrics on your laptop screen (1., 3., 4. verse).
3. Put headphones into the laptop’s headphone jack.
4. Open the Gaudeamus pre-recording in another tab.
5. Press “rec”on your phone.
6. Press “play” on the pre-recording link and activate the lyrics page (you will have enough time to do so during the intro).
7. Start singing and look straight into the camera!
8. When you are done, stop recording and check if you have the video.
PS! If you are an exoerienced vlogger, you can use your imagination as you wish! Humorous performances are very welcome. For example singing when you have just woken up and a cup of coffee in hand or while doing your morning stretches. The activity and style is yours to choose.
If you have any questions, please call Elari Lend, +372 52 77 432
Please send the recordings by Tuesday, 16 February by 16:02.
If in addition to your studies you have worked or earned income in some other way during 2020 you may be subject to filing a tax return and payment of taxes on your income. Or, alternatively, you may have the opportunity to get a refund of any income taxes overpaid.
Here we provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that foreign students have regarding the Estonian tax system. If you have any additional questions, please visit https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client or contact us at email@example.com .
The tax filing season starts in Estonia on 15 February and ends on 30 April.
When and how are income tax filings made in Estonia?
Income tax returns are filed for the year 2020 from 15 February to 30 April. Tax returns can be filed electronically in the Estonian Tax and Customs Board’s online services environment e-MTA (https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client ), as well as at customer service locations (https://www.emta.ee/eng/offices) where pre-filled tax returns can be ordered on paper.
It is recommended to use the electronic option but this is only available to residents of Estonia and some other EU Member States and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. If you have any questions you should first visit the website https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client that provides answers to the most commonly asked questions in Estonian, Russian and English languages. Information can also be obtained in all three languages by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the information hotline +372 880 0811.
If you are unable to electronically file the tax return you can request a pre-filled tax return at the customer service location and file it on paper.
You can also print out the tax return form online at https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client/declaration-income/tax-return-forms, fill it out yourself, sign it and send it to the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.
Income tax return forms are not sent to anyone’s home address.
Proof on income or expenses does not need to be provided in advance unless specifically requested.
Is it worth showing up in person at the Estonian Tax and Customs Board customer service location at the earliest opportunity?
Definitely not! If you have questions and are unable to find answers to them on the website https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client, please contact us at email@example.com or call the information hotline +372 880 0811. Customer service is provided in Estonian, Russian and English.
If you nevertheless need consultation in person or would like to file your income tax return on paper, don’t do so from 15 February to early March – in that period customer service locations have long lines and people need to wait outdoors due to preventive measures against the coronavirus, which can mean hours of waiting.
In which cases do foreign students need to file an income tax return?
An income tax return must be filed in two cases:
- If you have earned income and no income tax has been withheld on it – for example you have worked without an employment contract in place and received salary in cash or by bank transfer but your employer failed to register your employment and failed to pay taxes on salary. Or for example you earned income by driving for the Bolt or Uber ride hailing service or as a food courier – in these cases you also need to file an income tax return.
- If you have earned income but in withholding income tax the deductions permitted by law have not been made. In this case you are entitled to a refund of a portion of such paid income tax and you would need to file a tax return to do so. Tax-exempt income is calculated automatically in the tax return based on submitted data, there is no need to calculate this or enter into the tax return by yourself. Please note: in order to claim back overpaid income tax you must be a tax resident of Estonia or another EU Member State or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
More information is available here: https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client/declaration-income/submission-income-tax-returns-2020
As a foreign national do I need to apply for a taxpayer identification number from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board?
If you already have an Estonian personal ID number then you do not need to apply for a separate taxpayer identification number – in that case the Estonian Tax and Customs Board already has your data. You need to register with the Estonian Tax and Customs Board for the payment of taxes in the event that you have no Estonian personal ID number and your employer has not registered your employment with the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.
If you don’t know in which country you are a tax resident you can determine this by reading https://www.emta.ee/eng/business-client/income-expenses-supply-profits/about-residency or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In which cases am I entitled to a refund of a portion of taxes paid?
In Estonia up to 6,000 euros per year is exempt from taxation and the final amount depends on the income for the entire year. Additional information can be found here: https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client/declaration-income/tax-free-income-calculation
In order to reclaim overpaid income tax and make deductions you must be a tax resident of Estonia or another EU Member State or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
A right to an income tax refund arises for example in cases where your employer has withheld more income tax from your salary (you have a part of your tax exempt allowance left unused). If, however, less income tax has been withheld the employee must pay the difference after the income tax return is filed. This is conclusively determined after the income tax return is filed.
In addition, it is possible to reduce your income subject to taxation in Estonia in your income tax return if you are raising two or more minor children. In order to qualify for the two or more children tax incentive you will need to enter the children’s personal ID numbers in the income tax return, then the deductions are calculated automatically while the double claim of tax incentive on the same children in multiple tax returns is prevented.
It is also possible to deduct from income up to 1,200 euros worth of home loan interest, educational expenses, donations, etc. Deductions cannot exceed 50% of an individual’s income subject to taxation in Estonia for the period of taxation.
More detailed information: https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client/declaration-income/about-tax-incentives
How can I check if my employer has duly paid all taxes related to me?
If you have an Estonian personal ID number you can use the application “My income” in the online services environment e-MTA (https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client) where you can find various information on taxes paid on your income and verify the use of the basic exemption during the year. The same place has information on how much income tax, social tax, unemployment insurance premium and contributions to funded pension have been paid on the salary.
Log in to e-MTA and select Registers and inquiries -> My inquiries -> My income in order to access the application.
Please note! Taxes are reported in the application on a cash basis. This means that if your employment started in September and you received your pay in October you will only see information on that month’s employment taxes after 10 November. However, you are able to check your registration status in the employment register which is the basis for social insurance coverage.
Where will I get the data to present in the income tax return?
Your income tax return will include pre-filled information about the pay reported to the Estonian Tax and Customs Board by all Estonian payers during the year, as well as income tax withheld thereon and even some deductions. You will only need to make corrections where necessary and add any missing income, such as foreign income, and deductions.
The amount of your income that will be tax-exempt depends on the total income amount for the year, therefore the final amount of income tax and whether you are due for a refund of a portion of income taxes or you need to pay more income tax may only be determined upon the filing of the income tax return.
If I have worked through a platform (such as driving for the Bolt, Uber or Yandex ride hailing service or as a food courier), do I then need to file an income tax return?
If you have worked through a platform and income tax has already been withheld on the pay received, this information will be pre-filled in your tax return and you don’t need to report it yourself.
If income tax has not been withheld and you have not granted consent to the platform for the forwarding of information on your income to the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, you will have to report your income yourself. Do as follows:
- If you have given only very few sporadic rides through the platform that cannot be deemed as running a business, report the earned income in the section “Other income on which income tax has not been withheld”. Be sure to report the amount received for the service from which you will be unable to deduct expenses (eg. platform service fees, fuel, car repairs, tyres, etc.).
- If providing the service is continuous (for example several times per week), it already constitutes running a business. Income must also be reported but as part of business income and social tax must also be paid. In order to simplify your future compliance with tax obligations we recommend that you open an Entrepreneur Account (https://www.emta.ee/eng/private-client/declaration-income/entrepreneur-account-natural-person) – in this case you won’t have to file a tax return going forward and expense deductions will also be accounted for.
You can read in more detail here.
Do I need to declare my scholarship as income?
A scholarship paid by a university to a student is exempt from taxation and is not subject to reporting.
More details on the taxation of scholarships can be found here.
Are there any differences for students from European Union Member States and third countries in filing tax returns?
In order to file income tax returns online and make deductions (reclaim overpaid income tax) in Estonia you must be a tax resident of Estonia or another EU Member State or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. If a student from a third country has not become tax resident in Estonia, the salary will be subject to taxation from the first euro and the basic exemption will not be applicable. You can apply to register as a tax resident of Estonia for example if you spend at least 183 days during a period of 12 consecutive calendar months in Estonia and you have no spouse or minor children in a foreign country.
More details on the taxation of a non-resident’s income is available here.
Kas teadsid, et alates kevadsemestrist on meie eripedagoogika esimese kursuse üliõpilastel võimalik läbida eesti viipekeele algkursuse ainet, mille loomisesse on ka üliõpilaskond panustanud?
2019. aasta kevadel ja sügisel viisime läbi küsitluse, kus uurisime, kas meie tudengitel on eesti viipekeele õppimise vastu huvi ning milliseid valikaineid võiks veel ülikoolis olla. Rõõmustav oli näha, et valdav osa vastajatest pidas eesti viipekeele aine loomist vajalikuks ning saime ka paljude teiste õppeainete jaoks mõtteid. Haarasime üliõpilaskonnas küsitluste tulemustest kinni ning alustasime aine loomise protsessi, mis kevadsemestril kulmineerub selle aine esmakordse lugemisega.
On rõõm, et üliõpilaskond on saanud aidata astuda sammu lähemale kaasavama ühiskonna loomise poole!
Did you know that from the spring semester, the first-year students of Special Education can take the subject of the basic course in Estonian Sign Language, in the creation of which the Student Union has also contributed?
In spring and autumn of 2019, we conducted a survey to find out if our students were interested in learning Estonian Sign Language and what other electives should be available at the university. It was gratifying to see that the majority of the respondents considered it necessary to create an Estonian sign language subject, and we also received ideas for many other subjects. We grabbed the results of the survey in the Student Union and started the process of creating the subject, which culminates this spring semester with the first reading of the subject.
It is a pleasure that the Student Union has been able to help take a step closer to creating a more inclusive society!