Study in Estonia
Graduate programs in Estonia
Estonia might be the smallest of the Baltic countries, but it is a great place for students to live, with beautiful countryside, a wonderful coast and the cobbled streets of capital Tallinn.
This is a cosmopolitan country which has plenty to see. From medieval castles to stylish nightclubs, bars and restaurants, studying a graduate program in Estonia is your chance to experience one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Estonia’s higher education system is divided into three levels, covering bachelor, masters and doctoral programs. Some institutions will cover both bachelor and masters degrees into one continuous program of study.
Universities in Estonia are divided between public and private institutions, with each free to set its own curriculum, admissions procedure and budget.
You can study a graduate program in Estonia at some of the following institutions:
- Tartu University
- Tallinn University of Technology
- Tallinn University
- Estonian Academy of Arts
- Estonian Academy of Music
Immigration and visas in Estonia
EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in Estonia without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:
- You are studying for more than three months
- You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
- You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
- You have comprehensive health insurance
EU students will have to obtain a temporary residence permit for study in Estonia. This must be obtained with three months of entry into Estonia, and can be obtained from the local government authority.
Non-EU students will need to apply for the temporary residence permit from their home country before travelling to Estonia.
Life in Estonia
Life in Estonia is directly linked t the weather. In winter, life in Estonia is focused around staying warm, whether at work or home, while summer is the time to get outdoors and explore the countryside and be active.
Estonians are traditionally quite reserved – this is not a country where strangers are greeted with hugs and kisses – but get to know the locals and their warmth will shine through, particularly when it comes to food. Estonian cuisine is similar to other Nordic countries, with traditional foods including barley porridge with sour milk, salted Baltic herring and black rye bread. Many restaurants and pubs cater directly for students with cheaper meals.
Estonians are extremely active, with skiing, water sports and canoeing popular pastimes.
Working in Estonia
Estonia has a balanced economy with low government debt, a competitive banking sector and rapid growth. Unlike its Baltic neighbours, Estonia is more influenced by Scandinavian neighbours Finland and Sweden, as well as economic powerhouse Germany.
Oil energy, telecommunications, textiles, banking and electronics all form key parts of Estonia’s economy. However, there is a large discrepancy between the success of capital Tallinn, where more than half of the country’s GDP is created, and other cities in Estonia.
EU students are permitted to work in Estonia as part of the EU agreement.
Most students in Estonia will live in one of two types of accommodation:
- University accommodation – such as halls of residence
- Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is a great way of getting to know fellow students and settling into Estonian life more easily. Dormitories will have shared kitchens and study areas, with single, double or triple rooms for students to live in.
Private accommodation is more likely to appeal to older students or those moving with family. You can find private flats in Estonia through websites or estate agents, but it’s also worth asking the international relations office at your chosen university to help you find someone to live.
Climate in Estonia
Estonia has a surprisingly mild climate despite its northerly position because of warming air from the Atlantic Ocean. Summer is at its warmest between June and August when temperatures can reach an average of 18C, while winter is coldest between January and March with average temperatures of -5C.
Estonia is known as a wet country, with more an average of more than 100 rainy days a year.
Estonia is at the forefront of green technology and is the first country in the EU to introduce a nationwide system to charge batteries for electronic vehicles, with more than 160 charging stations across the country.
As a country with many islands, Estonia also has several ports, with the largest being Tallinn and Muuga.
The currency of Estonia is the Euro.
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