To participate in these courses you need to have Estonian living permit. Learn more about the programme in here.

Basic module

The basic module is meant for all new arrivals with a purpose to provide basic knowledge about the core values and functioning principles of the Estonian states, rights and obligations of its residents, and daily life and cultural environment in the country.

The module also provides information

  • about the Estonian ID card/residence card and its uses;
  • on the e-services offered in Estonia and how to use them;
  • on the support services available to new arrivals;
  • on how to participate in civil society etc. and much more

The module also explains the most common features of Estonian culture and personality traits of Estonians and covers many other topics which facilitate a quick and smooth adaptation.


The purpose of this training course is to help you accommodate to Estonian society through acquiring knowledge about the functioning of the state and the society, about Estonian daily life and cultural environment.


During the training course, the most important topics will be discussed which any foreigner arriving to settle in Estonia could benefit from knowing in order to adapt more easily.

Among others, the topics include the following:

  • Legal status of foreigners in Estonia
  • Basics of the functioning of the state
  • Fundamental values of Estonian society
  • The most important authorities and their duties
  • Opportunities for active participation in civil society
  • Where to get help in an emergency
  • Various uses of digital identity documents
  • Various uses of e-services
  • Performing bank transactions
  • Opportunities to have your certified education acknowledged
  • Basic facts about the Estonian health care system
  • Transport, traffic and participation in it
  • Overview of Estonians’ conversation habits
  • Opportunities for recreation in Estonia
  • overview of services meant for foreigners


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After completing the training module, you will

  • know the basics about the Estonian state, its Constitution and the tasks of its most important authorities, and how to find additional information on your own;
  • know where to find information about your rights and obligations;
  • have an overview of the functioning principles of the civil society and know where to find information about active participation opportunities and co-operation networks;
  • know how to act in the case of an emergency and who ensures security in Estonia;
  • know what a digital ID is, what its uses are in Estonia and how to provide an electronic signature;
  • know what you need to do in order to open a bank account;
  • know who to turn to in order to have your certified education acknowledged;
  • have an overview of how the health care system functions and where to find information about health care services;
  • have knowledge about transport and traffic regulations, driving licenses and the use of public transport;
  • have an overview of the most common personality and typical behaviour of Estonians;
  • know the fundamental values of Estonian society;
  • know where to find information about cultural and sports events;
  • have an overview of other services available to foreigners and where to find more information about them.
  • The training day is structured, following the principles of adult learning. The classes are of a very practical nature, and single or group exercises as well as discussions comprise a significant part.
  • For example, the topic of most common personality and typical behaviour of Estonians tackles a range of cultural dimensions and features of Estonian culture through practical exercises. Under the topic of adaptation to Estonian culture, the notion of cultural shock and the methods for coping with it are discussed.
  • In the course of practical exercises, you will have an opportunity to pinpoint your own experiences of what has proven useful for you in adapting to Estonian culture and to share these experiences with other participants.
  • To sum up, the training day will provide you with a number of opportunities to practice your new knowledge on the spot, to ask questions and to get answers. You will be having continuous discussions with the instructors and other participants throughout the training course, and you will have an opportunity to exchange experiences with other foreigners and to hear what situations others have encountered and how they have solved problems.

The training course lasts for 1 day (8 hours) and its general schedule is as follows:

10:00 – 11:45 First set of topics
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:45 Second set of topics
13:45 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 16:15 Third set of topics
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Fourth set of topics and wrap-up
  • The training day ends with a summary, and this is when you can ask questions about any topic that might have remained unclear or about which you would like to get more information. Then every participant will have the opportunity to highlight the most important things that he or she will remember from the training day.
  • The participants will also receive the contacts of the people and organisations they can turn to with any questions they might get after the training course.
  • The organisers will be providing coffee, tea and snacks for the participants during the training day. There is also a dining place near the training location where the participants can go for lunch.
  • For more information about the basic module, please contact the instructors:

The participants will receive a comprehensive set of training materials, covering all the topics discussed during the training course and providing detailed answers to most of the questions that foreigners settling in Estonia usually have.