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Located in the Baltic states of Northern Europe, Estonia is a small country and is home to around 1.3 million people. Despite its small size, Estonia is a well developed country with an advanced high-income economy. It has made great progress in terms of digital advancement, becoming the first ever country to hold elections over the internet in 2005.

Why choose Estonia as an international student

Dating back to the 13th Century, the history of formal education in Estonia is long and well established. Estonia’s oldest institution was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf. Estonia adopted the Bologna Process in 2002, and now have three levels of study. These are bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. In some cases you will find integrated masters, where you study bachelor’s and master’s consecutively without changing programme. There are both public and private higher education institutions in Estonia.

You will find three of Estonia’s institutions in the QS World University rankings. These are the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and Tallinn University. The country provides an excellent and internationally recognized education, with students from over 70 countries studying there each year.

There are several interesting cities in Estonia. These include Tallinn and Tartu, among others.

International students wishing to visit Estonia for their studies will need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP). For more information about this, please see our Estonia Student Visa Guide.

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Highlighted courses in Estonia

Audiovisual Media BA

Tallinn University Estonia

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Creativity and Business Innovation Diploma of Higher Education

Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences Estonia

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MBA MBA

Estonian Business School Estonia

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Veterinary Medicine DVM

Estonian University of Life Sciences Estonia

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European Languages and Cultures MA

University of Tartu Estonia

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More information about Estonia

Capital City Tallinn
Currency EUR, Euro
Language(s) Estonian
Universities on StudyLink 5 universities
Major Student Cities Tartu

Language Requirements

The official language of Estonia is Estonian, but some members of the older generations still speak Russian. This is due to the historic rule Russia had over Estonia before its independence.

Estonian students learn many foreign languages, including English, Russian, German and French, so you are bound to be able to communicate with younger people if you do not know much Estonian. Even though English is widely spoken, you should make an effort to pick up some Estonian, communicating with the locals and other students is a great way of practising. This skill will look superb on your CV/resume, and will be useful if you wish to gain employment in Estonia during or after your studies!

It is common for institutions to offer English taught courses, but if English is not your first language you will have to prove your skills match the teaching requirements. If your language skills do not reach the required level, your university may offer English language courses to help you improve your skills.

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