Settle in Estonia training day

Why take part in the Welcoming Programme?

Almost everyone who decides to settle in Estonia for a relatively long term will eventually have questions about how life is organised in the country. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: What is the Estonian ID card and what do I need it for? How can I get a doctor’s appointment? And how do I open a bank account? How can I learn Estonian? What customs and traditions do Estonians have? What options will I have for leisure activities?

It is exactly at the courses of the Welcoming Programme where one can get answers to these and many other questions associated with settling in Estonia.

The Welcoming Programme is an excellent opportunity for foreign nationals who have just relocated here to adapt to living in Estonia. The programme comprises a number of courses, and the participant can choose the ones he or she considers necessary. Within the programme, there are language studies as well as courses about work, education and family life. In addition, the participants can engage in discussions, share experiences and ask questions.

What kind of information will the Welcoming Programme provide?

One of the programme’s most useful and popular parts is the basic module. This course covers the most important topics that any foreign nationals who have just arrived in Estonia will find useful for better adaptation in the country. The topics include the legal status of foreign nationals in Estonia, the functioning principles of the state and core values of society, major government institutions and their responsibilities, ways to receive help in an emergency, ways to use digital identity documents, the e-services offered in Estonia and how to use them, banking operations, basics of the healthcare system, transport and other services, and cultural peculiarities. The basic module course could be recommended to any foreign nationals who have arrived in Estonia.

Participation in the Welcoming Programme is available to people who have arrived in Estonia to study, work, accompany family members or for other purposes and have legally been residing here for less than 5 years.

The family life module will help the whole family adapt to living in Estonia. The module for children and teenagers has been specifically designed to make children’s adaptation smoother. The language module provides an Estonian language course for achieving level A1 of language skills. In addition to these, there is a number of other modules of practical nature which are described on the web page of the Welcoming Programme.

Who can take part in the Welcoming Programme?

Participation in the Welcoming Programme is available to people who have arrived in Estonia to study, work, accompany family members or for other purposes and have legally been residing here for less than 5 years.

  1. Foreign nationals who have been granted a temporary Estonian residence permit under the Aliens Act or Act on Granting International Protection to Aliens;
  2. citizens of the European Union who have been granted a temporary Estonian residence permit and to whom an identity document has been issued;
  3. members of the families of the citizens of the European Union who have been granted a temporary Estonian residence permit.

In addition to other benefits, the courses provide an opportunity to meet other foreigners who have similar goals and interests.  The courses can be where you might find friends for life. Having at least basic Estonian language skills will also help you better understand Estonian culture and what people talk about as well as integrate into society.

Those who have taken part in the Welcoming Programme say that it has helped them adapt to living in Estonia faster. If you, too, feel that you have a lot of questions and would like to feel more at home in Estonia, do not hesitate to register for the courses.