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

The work and entrepreneurship module

The work and entrepreneurship module is primarily meant for foreigners who have migrated to Estonia to work or run a business and also for foreign students who will be completing their education in Estonia. The purpose of the module is to give an overview of the topics related to working, starting a business or joining a business in Estonia.

You will also find out:

● what Estonian work culture is like;
● how to get career and business counselling;
● how to contact employers and companies etc., and much more.


The purpose of this training course is to help you accommodate to Estonian society through acquiring knowledge about living, working and doing business in Estonia.


During the training course, the most important topics will be discussed which anyone coming to work in Estonia, wishing to find a suitable job or do business here could benefit from knowing in order to adapt more easily.

Among others, the topics include the following:

● Types of legal basis for residing in Estonia
● How to find a suitable job and where to get help with that
● Labour mobility within the European Union
● labour legislation; the employee’s rights and obligations in an employment relationship
● Structure of the Estonian tax system
● Basics of unemployment insurance and health insurance
● Estonian work culture
● Structure of the Estonian pension system
● Opportunities for in-service training
● Opportunities for starting a business
● Associations of entrepreneurs and top-level specialists in Estonia
● Work-related and business-related services for foreigners


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After completing the work and entrepreneurship module, you will:

  • know the types of legal basis for residing in Estonia and know where to find additional information if needed;
  • have an overview of workers’ freedom of movement and available labour market services;
  • know the most important aspects of labour legislation and know where to find help and additional information if needed;
  • have an overview of the tax obligations of employees and businesspersons;
  • know how the Estonian unemployment insurance and health insurance function;
  • be familiar with the Estonian work culture;
  • know what the primary organisations in the domain of work and business are;
  • have an overview of the services related to work and business available to foreigners and know where to get additional information about those.

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 Estonian work culture provides the model of cultural differences, which is introduced through a practical exercise. In the course of that exercise, you can assess how much Estonian work culture differs from your own work culture and which aspects you should keep in mind when communicating with Estonians in order to adapt in the country with less effort.

After the training course, you will be able to take part in an event arranged by some work-related or business-related organisation should you wish to do so.

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 recently relocated foreigners and to hear what situations others have encountered and how they have solved any 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 you will have the opportunity to highlight the most important things that you will remember from the training day.

You will also receive the contacts of the people and organisations you can turn to with any questions you might have after the training course.

The training course 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 you can go for lunch.

For more information about the work and entrepreneurship module, please contact the instructors:

You 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 coming to work in Estonia, wishing to find a job or do business here usually have. The training materials are available here:

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In Russian