The purpose of the studying module is to help you adjust in the Estonian society through acquiring knowledge, and present you with a thorough overview of starting studies in Estonia, the study process and post-study activities.

As a result of the training – among other things, you will get to know how to obtain the required documents to reside here, how to communicate with Estonian authorities, teaching staff and co-students in a more efficient way, and all in all, how to successfully settle in.


The training will cover the most important topics that all foreign students or foreigners in general should be familiar with to successfully live here in Estonia.

Among others, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Residence permit and its renewal
  • Estonian education system
  • Organisation of higher education and research
  • Study culture
  • Support services
  • Libraries
  • Student organisations
  • Internship and working opportunities

After completing the studying module, you will:

  • be familiar with the residence permit requirements related to learning mobility, and know where to find additional information if needed;
  • have an overview of Estonian student networks and academic networks and organisations;
  • have a general understanding of Estonian education system;
  • have an overview of the organisation of research, higher education and professional higher education;
  • have an understanding of the Estonian study culture;
  • know where to find information regarding internship during your studies and after;
  • know the restrictions and opportunities for working during and after your studies;
  • have an overview of various job portals and employment services offered by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Eesti Töötukassa);
  • have a general understanding of the Estonian library system, and know where to find relevant information and;
  • have an overview of the additional services provided to newly arrived migrants who came here in the context of learning mobility, and know where to find relevant information.
Training Methods

The training day is structured on the basis of the specifics of adult learning. The training will be in form of highly practical lectures that consist of solo and group exercises and discussions. The training day will present you with many opportunities to immediately utilize your acquired knowledge, to ask questions and get answers. The training emphasises adjustment support and providing you with information.

Training Materials

Participants will receive an extensive training material that deals with all topics addressed in the training and gives thorough answers to most questions foreign students who are about to study in Estonia usually have.

Structure of the Training Day

The training will last one work day (8 hours) with the following schedule:

9:00   – 11:30

Introduction. Right of residence and residence permit.

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 13:15

Estonian education system, and the organization of higher education and research

13:15– 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Study culture, student support services, libraries and student organisations

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

Internship and job opportunities, labour market services

16:45 – 17:15

A test to consolidate your knowledge

The day will end with a test that will help to consolidate the knowledge after the training. The test will be a self-evaluation tool – it will not assess the completion of the training.

Participants will be served coffee, tea and snacks. There are places where to have lunch near the training location.

For additional information regarding the topic module, contact the instructors:

Last modified: Thursday, 15 September 2016, 2:22 PM