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Study in Estonia 2005

Tallinn (Estonia)

10125 Study in Estonia, Koidula 13a, Tallinn, Estonia

Tel. +3726979230

Year of establishment: 2005

Higher education in Estonia is good value, with many high quality programmes, relatively low tuition fees, low living costs and various scholarships for international students.

Study in Estonia is your official national guide to higher education in the Republic of Estonia and is maintained by the Archimedes Foundation. Our aim is to promote Estonia as an attractive study destination and promote the possibilities for studying for international students.

Situated in northern Europe, Estonia is a country of striking natural beauty and stunning seaside locations, bringing together historical and modern contrasts. A 2004 European Union entrant, Estonia is a prosperous and forward-thinking country, with a modern market-based economy and one of the most liberal tax regimes in the world. It is known in Europe for its e-solutions, flat-rate tax system, nationwide e-voting, tweeting President Mr. Ilves and its innovative and open approach towards new technologies.

One of the best examples of how far Estonia modern technology has come is Skype, developed in Estonia! Estonia boasts a long tradition of high-quality higher education. The first university was established here in 1632, making it one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Today, Estonian universities offer more than 100 recognised degree programmes fully in English at Bachelor, Master and PhD level with internationally recognised diplomas and scholarship possibilities.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Estonia produces more start-up companies per head of population than any other country in Europe! As result of a strong start-up culture, students and graduates are often encouraged to create their own start-ups/spin-off companies during their studies. Many governmental and non-governmental organisations offer students funding and support for this purpose. Student life in Estonia is full of activities and events. After class, students can explore the medieval streets of Estonian old towns, attend concerts, participate in the lively night-life of modern clubs and bars or escape into nature - endless forests, picturesque lakes, and white beaches. But it is not only the tech-savvy attitude, low living costs and economy that make Estonia attractive for international students. Estonia is also a country of contrast, with four different seasons from the bright, endless summer nights to snowy winters.

If you are looking for a safe and innovative study destination with a personal approach, then Estonia is a right choice for you. Some 4,500 International students already study in Estonia from some 100 different countries. Higher education in this small EU state is good value, with relatively low tuition fee programmes, low living costs and various scholarships for international students. International students can also combine their studies with part time or full time jobs. A strong academic history and high level research projects within the European Union and outside challenge international students to maximize their study experience. State of the art facilities, laboratories and a personal approach await international students at Estonian Universities. In Estonia you will be studying and living in a highly connected society - which has a strong start-up community and has also become known as the new Silicon Valley of Europe.

HEI International Masters
HEI International Bachelors


The European education system is famous for its unique and high quality master’s degree programmes all over the world. Universities in Europe offer all kind of study programmes for local and foreign students. The academic year in Europe usually starts at the beginning of September or October and it is divided into two semesters. In most cases, international students are admitted in the autumn semester. The nominal length of master’s studies in Estonia is usually 1–2 years and the studies are worth a total of 60–120 ECTS (ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits, but together with the bachelor’s studies, the student should not study less than five years and obtain not less than 300 ECTS credits. In addition to the two-cycle general structure, the Estonian education system also includes study programmes for medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical studies, veterinarian studies, architecture and civil engineering (these study programmes are only in Estonian) as single long-cycle studies with a nominal length of 5–6 years for 300–360 ECTS credits. Estonian universities teach more than 50 master’s programmes in English.


The European higher education system offers academic and professional higher education. Higher education in Europe is provided mainly by universities (also research universities) and professional institutions of higher education. The academic year usually starts at the beginning of September or October and is divided into two semesters. In most cases, international students are admitted in the autumn semester. The nominal length of academic bachelor’s studies is 3 years and studies are worth a total of 180 ECTS credits. (ECTS- European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Graduates from bachelor’s programmes are awarded a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree is an academic degree which is awarded for an undergraduate course. The nominal length of first cycle professional higher education studies depends on the subject area and is 3–4 years or 180–240 ECTS credits. After graduating from the first cycle of higher education, whether academic or professional, students can continue in the second cycle leading to a master’s degree. To keep it short and simple – a bachelor’s degree provides you with the basic understanding and knowledge of the study programme that you have chosen. After that, the students usually enter the labour market or continue with their master’s studies.


Archimedes Foundation provides various scholarship schemes and programs for international students. For example, Estonian national scholarship programme enables monthly scholarships (from 350-422 euros) for international students, researchers and academic staff. There are also scholarship offered to participate at various summers schools in Estonia. The DoRa programme allowance for International Master Students is a monthly allowance of 23,000 INR (for 10 months during one academic year) and can be awarded to foreign students studying on the Master’s programmes taught in English at Estonian universities. The student applies through the host institution. DoRa Scholarships for International Visiting PhD Students cover research and study visits of 1-10 months by international PhD students to Estonian universities under recognised PhD study programmes regardless of the subject area. The selection from among the candidates is made by the host university. These schemes are financed from the European Social Fund. It is also worth noting that during studies international students are allowed to work full time and stay in the country for 6 months after he/she graduates to look for a job. There is no limit on how many hours you work during your studies and there are various opportunities in the engineering and IT sectors.

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