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Why study in Estonia?

You might be asking yourself: why study in Estonia? Is it safe, convenient and good to live in Estonia? This post gives a pretty detailed description of why you should consider further education in Estonia and which opportunities there are. Read on to find out more!

Below, we are listing some good reasons why Estonia is a convenient and nice place for studying, why it is good to live here or to start working after graduation.

  • Estonia features a highly developed e-society, which means we have electronic ID card, as well as the “e-state”, “e-healthcare”, “e-school”, “e-parking” and other solutions (e-estonia.com). If you come to Estonia to study, you will find yourselves in a unique and innovative country! For instance, to create a company, you will need just over half an hour, and 99% of banking operations may be performed online.
  • Estonia is famous for its clean air and good outdoor leisure opportunities.
  • People in Estonia mostly have a fluent command of English. There are special curricula in universities which are taught in English, and there plenty of English speakers in public spaces. So, you will not be left stranded in Estonia if you speak English!
  • Estonia is one of the safest countries to be born and live in. According to UNESCO’s data, Estonia is among the countries with the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

Still, why study here of all places?

Estonia is a popular student destination because the curricula available to foreign students are diverse while tuition and accommodation costs are rather low. Studying and living in Estonia is an experience to remember. Here are the key reasons why Estonian universities are a good choice.

  • The universities offer more than 250 curricula for degree studies taught in English.
  • The graduates get internationally recognised diplomas.
  • There is a number of state-funded scholarships and financing options which are also available for foreign students.
  • Our universities can boast bustling student life with plenty of entertainment.
  • Good opportunities to find employment during your studies (and an option to spend 9 more months in Estonia after graduation to find a job).
  • Secure and stable environment and affordable cost of living.

NB! Before you come to Estonia to study, please find out latest information about the curricula, admission process, requirements for admission, tuition fees and important deadlines.

Instructions for admission

  • Find the suitable university and degree studies curriculum in Estonia. Detailed information about universities and curricula can be found, for instance, in our blog post “Universities with curricula for foreign students in Estonia”.
  • Prepare the documents necessary for admission. When applying, please pay attention to all the requirements (they will generally be listed on the university’s web page). Make sure you meet the conditions for admission.

If you would like to apply for several curricula simultaneously, please remember that various universities (and curricula) can have varying requirements for applicants (as to the required documents, acceptable English language proficiency certificates and results, admission tests, interviews, portfolios, essays, etc.). Many of the widespread English language proficiency certificates (for instance, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) are accepted in all Estonian universities. Those who want to start a doctoral programme need to find a suitable supervisor before applying.

  • Mind the deadlines! Deadlines for applying for the curricula taught in English may vary across universities in Estonia. Please go to the university’s web page or contact it in person to make sure no last-minute changes to admission deadlines have been made.

Do you have to pay for studying in Estonia?

Naturally, potential students will be interested in how much it costs to study in Estonia. No universal answer can be given to this question because tuition fees may vary across universities and depend on the degree and the chosen specialisation.

In general, tuition fees in bachelor’s and master’s curricula will vary between 1660 and 7500 euros per year (with some even more expensive exceptions, for example, Medicine, which costs 11,000 euros per year). The most expensive specialisations are Medicine, Law, Business Administration, and Social Sciences. Some universities may establish different tuition fees for students from the European Union and those from outside the European Union. In addition, universities have a variety of bachelor’s and master’s curricula that are free of charge. One certain fact is that doctoral studies in Estonia are free.

NB! Tuition fees are subject to changes. Please contact the university you have chosen for the latest information.

The most comprehensive source of support for students who have come to Estonia is the education modules of the Settle in Estonia programme. for instance, have a look at the education module course and the conditions for taking part in it. The course is meant to provide university students with basic information for adaptation in Estonia.