The most common languages for students who study in Estonia are English, Russian, German and Finnish. Estonian is the official language of Estonia, a language the resembles the Finnish language. It is a very unique language, but does share some characteristics of the German language.
Over 100 programs at Estonian colleges and universities are offered in English with plenty of disciplines to choose from for those studying from English-speaking countries.
The largest city in Estonia is Tallinn with almost 430,000 residents. It is one of the cities most ancient cities, beginning in the 13th century. In fact, some even more ancient human settlements are found in the area, dating back 5,000 years making the area rife with history. With so much medieval heritage within the city, it was actually named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. It is the centre for business in Estonia, with a beautifully developed cityscape. Tallinn is home to several universities and technical institutes, Tallinn University being the largest and most notable.
Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu is known as the intellectual capital of Estonia. It is relatively small in population compared to other large cities in Northern Europe with just under 95,000 residents. It is home to the country’s oldest university, University of Tartu and also houses the Ministry of Education and Research. Tartu is a city that saw a large influx of people leaving the Soviet Union which results in a high concentration of Russian culture. Tartu is quickly becoming a centre for commercial activity and business, with a rapidly developing commercial centre.