Studying in a very unique country
Estonia is a country in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. It has a lot of beautiful and deep lakes, dense forests and more than 1,500 islands.
Estonia has emerged one of the worlds most advanced e-societies.It has e-services with electronic ID-cards, e-parking, e-health, e-government, e-schools and etc. Especially e-schools can provide wide range of possibilities’ for students to use.
Estonia operates in the Europe’s start-up hot-spot written by Forbes Magazine. Being the hot–spot of start-ups, Estonia has more successful start-ups per head than any other in Europe. Sir Richard Branson himself has invested in some of them.
Universities in Estonia
There are 26 educational institutions offering higher education in Estonia.
- 6 public owned universities
- 1 private owned university
- 8 state professional higher education institution
- 8 private professional higher educational institution
- 2 public vocational educational institutions
Estonian universities welcome more and more international students each year. It is famous for its’ world-renowned higher education institutions and has quickly become an attractive place for studying for foreign students because of the abundance of opportunities that are offered to them during and after their studies. Estonia has achieved world-class results especially in pharmacology-toxicology, environmental sciences, material technology, bio-medicine and semiotics.
Higher education is divided into two sectors: There is the applied higher education (diploma studies) and the academic higher education (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate studies). The way of studying can be different. For instance, there might be lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory work or independent studies. There is also an option for hobby education which provides students with non-formal education, knowledge and skills.
There are also more than 300 sports, music, art, dance, language and drama schools to choose from. The principal objective of Estonia’s educational system is to develop the Estonian society into an open learning society where every person is a lifelong learner.
There is over 100 unique and high quality degree programs taught in English. Estonia’s university diplomas are internationally accepted. In the universities research projects are high level in Estonia. Classes in universities are small, so students will get the personal touch in their studies.
In Estonia there are various scholarship and funding possibilities for incoming students. Read more from Study in Estonia pages.
International students will find that universities in Estonia are generally really appealing. There are many different organisations and events such as excursions, company visits, trips and social gatherings, photo competitions, ballet visits, bike trips and quiz tournaments to help foreign students better understand Estonian student life. Every year each university organises an event for its’ new international students in order to inform the foreign students about their future opportunities in Estonia.
In Estonia it’s possible to work during studies. Or even pay full living during your studies. And after graduation it is possible to stay in country for six months to looks for a job.
E-society for students
In Estonia students will be living in a highly connected society with free wireless Wi-Fi almost everywhere. Many of the everyday activities are easier with IT-solutions, example you can buy a ticket to cinema with your mobile phone app, park your car with phone, register a company with 18 minutes or register courses online. Entrepreneurship and innovative solutions are welcome in Estonia. With the high star-up community Estonia is now a days known as a Europe’s new Silicon Valley.
Entrepreneurship and innovative solutions are highly welcomed in Estonia, which has strong start-up community and has also become known as the new Silicon Valley of Europe.
Higher education in small Estonia comes at good value, with low tuition fee programs, living costs for international students. Living in Estonia costs around 300€-500€, depending on the student’s choices.
If student choose to live in dormitory, the prices start from 100€ per month. Some universities have these dormitories with single, double and triple rooms. Housing costs depends on the location and the size of the flat. Average prices range from about 100€ for a place in double room in the residence hall to 180€-450€ or more for a private flat.
As a students in Estonia you can have a various amount of discounts and special offers generated especially for people, who are full time students.
Activities and events
Student life in Estonia is full of activities and events. There are enormous amount of organizations and events that help foreign students to settle in Estonia life. And also create a social network. These organizations organize variety of events for international students, ex. excursions, company visits, trips and social gatherings etc. Besides all the organizational events the universities also have their own student clubs and interests groups.
At beginning of each academic year universities organize a special event for new international students, so these new students can have a practical information about living and studying Estonia. After class the scholars can enjoy the medieval streets of Estonian old towns, attend concerts, or escape to the riches of preserved nature endless forests, lakes and beaches.
Students can usually enjoy life with around 200€-250€ per month for food. Each student can determine food expenses individually, depending on their needs. Universities also have their own cafeteria(s), which offers nice meal with reasonable price. Students can also find daily specials in pubs and cafes.
First find a suitable degree programme for you to study. After contacting the office prepare the admission documents. If you are applying to several programmes at the same time, then bear in mind that different programmes and universities may have a different requirements (example documentation, accepted English tests and scores) for applicants.
Most of the popular English tests (like IELTS, TOFEL) are accepted by all Estonian universities. Submit your application via the online admission system. Students can apply to several universities and programmes with single application.
After finalizing online application, send the printed application with certified copies of the required documents to your chosen university.
Make sure these documents arrive on time.
Fees in different universities can vary depending on the level of studies and specialty in question, from 1660€ to 7500€ per year (except Medicine programme 11 000€ per year) for Bachelor and Master Programmes. There are some expensive specialities, like law, business administration and social sciences. Some higher education institutions may have different tuition fees for students from the EU and from outside the EU. Example some universities offers Master and Bachelor programmes with no tuition fee at all.
All doctoral studies in Estonia are without tuition fee.
Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees and are entitled to small grant if stipulated in the agreement.
You will see all the tuition fees in Study in Estonia online admission system.
Please use the search tool there to find a suitable programme. Next to the programme information the tuition fees are also shown.
Tuition fees in are modified periodically. So to get the most recent information, contact the higher education institution you are interested in.
All students who aren’t Estonian or EU citizens need a temporary residence permit for study. Please take on consider that Estonia doesn’t issue “study visa”. Non EU students should apply for temporary residence for studying. When these conditions are met, then it is possible for student to apply for C- (short term) or D-visa (long term) to travel to Estonia. And then apply for residence for permit after arrival.
The visa application process will usually begin after the university have accepted the student to the program and have received the requirement document forward.
In order to obtain the temporary right of residence student should register his/her place of residence in the Local Government authority of the place of residence within 3 months from the day of entry to Estonia. Student has to also apply for the Estonian ID-card within 1 month from obtaining the temporary right of residence.
Non EU citizen
Apply the visa at the nearest Estonian Embassy or consult.
Remember international offices are there for you – do not hesitate to ask help when needed
Estonian universities recommended by Study Advisory:
Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities and social sciences in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. It also boasts the only film and media school in the Baltic countries.
Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences is a university by entrepreneurs and for (future) entrepreneurs. It offers three years of hands-on training in fields such as game design and development and startup entrepreneurship. Graduates of EUAS have founded companies like TransferWise and other famous digital giants, like Pipedrive.
Tallinn University of Technology is the nation’s leading academic institution in engineering, business, and public administration. TUT has colleges in Tallinn , Tartu , Kuressaare and Kohtla-Järve.
Top 3 reasons to study in Estonia:
- A true forerunner in building an e-Society.
- One of the safest countries in the world.
- Ranked among the best countries in air quality.
Did you know this about Estonia?
- Estonian schools are ranked the 2nd best in the world for Internet access.
- It is an e-Society with electronic ID-cards, e-Government, e-Health, e-School, e-Parking…
- Estonia is homeland of Skype, Hotmail and KaZaA and Minox miniature camera
- According to Gallup Poll, Estonians are the least religious country. Only 16 percent of the populations thinks religious is important