How to better adapt to life in Estonia

Adapt to life in Estonia by participating in the Settle in Estonia training programme. The free courses are designed for foreign nationals who have come to live in Estonia to help them adapt here faster. The programme consists of various training courses (modules), each of which addresses life in Estonia from a different perspective. 

Each course is usually held in one day and lasts for approximately 8 hours with breaks. The language course is an exception, taking place 2 times a week for 2–2.5 months (80 academic hours in total). The courses are held in Tallinn, Tartu and Narva in English and Estonian. You can find the schedule here.

The following are the modules that help foreigners adapt to life in Estonia.

The basic module is the most comprehensive module, which is recommended to all foreigners who have relocated to Estonia. This module aims to provide information about everyday activities and to share knowledge which will help understand the general cultural context.  After completing the course, foreigners will be able to better understand the rights and obligations as well as habits and customs of residents.

The studying module is meant for foreign students who have come to Estonia to study in universities and also other foreigners who are interested in continuing their education in Estonia. The course provides knowledge on how to manage all the paperwork necessary for living and studying in Estonia and how to better navigate in one’s interaction with a variety of Estonian government agencies. It also gives an overview of the Estonian education system, organisation of academic research, student associations and opportunities for work and traineeship.

The family module will be of use to those who have arrived in Estonia with their families or are planning to bring the family here. The foreign nationals who have relocated to Estonia for family-related reasons oh have brought their family with them will apparently need information on children’s educational facilities, social welfare, the healthcare system and leisure opportunities. The family module is a good place to find answers to all such questions.

People who have come to Estonia for academic research or higher education as students or lecturers will have many area-specific questions. The research module will provide those who have come to the country to study or teach in universities or do research with an overview of the Estonian education system and academia.

The target group of the international protection module comprises people who have been given international protection in Estonia (refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection). For better adaptation of those under international protection, the course provides knowledge about the functioning of Estonian state and society, organisation of daily life, cultural and work environment and many other topics.

What is work culture like in Estonia? Where to turn for career advice and how to apply for a job? What kind of paperwork does one need to start a business? Answers to these questions can be found in the work and entrepreneurship module.

The children and teenagers module welcomes children aged 3-15. The module has been developed with age-related characteristics of the target group taken into account and provides an acquaintance with Estonia trough playful learning.

The A1 Estonian language course is a good opportunity to acquire initial language skills in order to start interacting with locals on the basic level. Language courses are taught in Russian and English and last for approximately 2–2.5 months (80 academic hours) and generally take place two times a week. The participants can choose morning or evening lessons.

The courses are conducted as lectures combined with seminars, which means that participants can always to ask questions, start discussions and share experiences. The courses of the programme welcome all foreigners with a temporary residence permit or right of residence who have been living in Estonia for less than 5 years.

Further information about the programme can be found here.