Structure of the Welcoming programme

The Welcoming programme consists of:

  • a basic module that provides primary information for settling in Estonia;
  • various thematic modules – working and entrepreneurship, studying, research, family life, children and young people, and international protection;
  • basic language training at A1 level.


Basic module

The basic module is aimed at all new arrivals with a purpose to provide primary knowledge about the core values and functioning principles, rights and obligations of residents, daily life and cultural environment of the state of Estonia.

The module also provides information:

  • about the Estonian ID card/residence card and its uses;
  • on the e-services offered in Estonia and how to use them;
  • on the support services offered to new arrivals;
  • on how to participate in civil society etc. and much more

The module also explains the main features of Estonian culture and the Estonian character, and many other topics that support quick and smooth adaptation.

Further information about the content of the basic module is available here.

The work and entrepreneurship module

The work and entrepreneurship module is aimed primarily at foreigners who have migrated to Estonia to work or engage in business, but also to foreign students who will be completing their education in Estonia. The purpose of the module is to give an overview of topics related to working, starting or becoming involved in business in Estonia.

You will also find out:

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

Further information about the content of the working and entrepreneurship module is available here.

The studying module

The studying module is aimed primarily at foreign students who have moved to Estonia in order to study. The purpose of the module is to provide an overview of:

  • the rights and obligations of foreigners who have moved here by way of learning mobility;
  • the studying culture in Estonia;
  • traineeship and work opportunities;
  • institutions of higher education, student and academic networks and organisations etc. and much more

Further information about the content of the training module on studying is available here.

The research module

The research module is aimed primarily at foreign researchers and students who have moved to Estonia by way of research mobility. The purpose of the module is to give a thorough overview of:

  • research activities and research institutes in Estonia;
  • the rights and obligations of foreigners who have migrated to Estonia by way of research mobility;
  • various academic networks and organisations;
  • research funding etc. and much more.

Further information about the content of the training module on research is available here.

The family life module

The family life module is aimed primarily at foreigners who have migrated to Estonia as family members. The purpose of the module is to give an overview of:

  • the Estonian education system;
  • social welfare and labour market services;
  • various benefits and allowances;
  • leisure opportunities in Estonia etc. and much more

Further information about the content of the training module on family life is available here.

The children and young people module

The children and young people module is aimed at new arrivals children and young people aged 3-15. The purpose of the module is to give children and young people primary knowledge about Estonia in a playful and interactive manner that is appropriate to their age. The module places a lot of emphasis on playful learning, and combines various activities and topics. Supporting the socialisation process of children by guaranteeing them a mentally and physically secure environment and the opportunity to communicate with their peers is also important. The training module on children and young people is carried out by specialists.

Further information about the content of the training module on children and young people is available here.

The international protection module

The international protection module is aimed at persons who have been granted international protection in Estonia. The purpose of the module is to give an overview of Estonian society and culture, the rights and obligations of the beneficiary of international protection etc. If necessary, the training module is carried out in French and Arabic in addition to English and Russian.

Further information about the content of the module on international protection is available here.

Estonian language training for beginners (level A1)

In addition to thematic training modules, the Welcoming programme also offers new arrivals the opportunity to learn Estonian at the basic level. The basic Estonian language training lasts for approximately 80 academic hours and it is offered on the basis of English and Russian. Participants can choose between morning and evening classes.

Further information about the content of Estonian language training for beginners (level A1) is available here.


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