Basic module

The purpose of this training 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.


In the course of the training, the most important topics will be discussed that every foreigner arriving in Estonia could benefit from knowing in order to cope successfully in Estonia.

The following topics will be discussed, among the rest:

  • The legal status of foreigners in Estonia
  • The fundamentals of the functioning of Estonian state
  • The fundamental values of Estonian society
  • The most important authorities and their duties
  • The opportunities for active participation in civil society
  • The opportunities to get help in an emergency
  • The various uses of digital identity documents
  • The various uses of e-services
  • Performing bank transactions
  • The opportunities to have your certified education acknowledged
  • The fundamentals of Estonian health care system
  • Transport, traffic and participation in it
  • An overview of Estonian conversation customs
  • Opportunities for recreation in Estonia
  • An overview of services offered for foreigners

After completing the training module, you will:

  • know the fundamentals of 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 duties;
  • 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 the providers of security are in Estonia;
  • know what a document for digital proving of your identity is, what its uses are in Estonia and how to give your digital signature;
  • know what you would 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;
  • know the arrangement of transport and traffic, the topics of driving license and the fundamentals of public transport;
  • have an overview of the main characteristics and specifics of Estonians’ behaviour;
  • know the fundamental values of Estonian society;
  • know where to find information about cultural and sports events;
  •  have an overview about what additional services are offered for foreigners and where to find additional information about those.
Training Methods

The training day is structured on the basis of the specifics of adult learning. The classes have a very practical nature, a significant part of them consisting of single and group exercises as well as discussions.

For example, the topic of the main characteristics of Estonians’ behaviour deals with various cultural dimensions and specifics of Estonian culture through practical exercises. Under the topic of adaptation to Estonian culture, the notion of cultural shock and the methods to successfully cope with it are discussed.

In the course of the practical exercises, you will have the opportunity to highlight your own experiences of what has proven useful for you in adapting to Estonian culture, and to share these experiences with other participants.

In summary, the training day will provide you with ample opportunities to immediately apply your new knowledge in practice, to ask questions and to get answers to your questions. You will be in constant discussion with both the trainers and other participants throughout the training and you will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with other aliens and to hear what situations others have encountered and how they have solved any issues.

Training materials

The participants will receive a voluminous folder of training materials, encompassing all the topics discussed at the training and providing comprehensive answers to most of the questions that foreigners settling in Estonia usually have.

Structure of the training day

The training 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, during which you can ask questions about any topic that may have remained unclear for them or about which they wish to get more information. Thereafter, 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 necessary contact data where they can turn to with any questions they might get after the training.

The organisers will offer coffee, tea and snacks to the participants during the training day. There is also a dining place near the training place that the participants can use if they wish to have lunch.

For more information about the base module, please contact the trainers:

Last modified: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:15 am