A Study Guide to Estonia

A Study Guide to Estonia

Estonia is fast becoming a popular study destination amongst international students. A study in Estonia offers quality education and a global degree recognition. Estonia uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Estonia, is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia. Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden in the west and Finland in the north.

To study in Estonia is relatively cheap when compared with countries like Canada, USA, UK, and a host of other countries with a global degree recogntion.

To study in Estonia can be amazing. Estonian universities all use the two-tier (bachelor-master) structure for most programs. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

The academic year begins in September and the autumn semester runs through the beginning of February. Bachelor’s degrees normally take 3 years of study and master’s degrees normally take 2 years of study.

For professional courses such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, architecture and civil engineering all require a single program of 5-6 years and normally result in a master’s level diploma. Doctoral degrees are postgraduate research degrees and take 3-4.5 years to complete.

Universities in Estonia

Estonia has 12 public institutions of higher education (3 multidisciplinary universities and 9 specialized universities) and 8 private institutions of higher education. Many schools offer programs in English, including the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Estonian Business School the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu.

Lists of Public comprehensive universities

  • Tallinn University
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • University of Tartu
  • Public specialized universities

Estonian Academy of Arts

  • Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
  • Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
  • Estonian Aviation Academy
  • Estonian Maritime Academy
  • Estonian National Defence College
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Tallinn University of Applied Sciences
  • Tartu Art College

Private institutions

  • Estonian Business School
  • Estonian Information Technology College
  • Estonian School of Diplomacy
  • Euroacademy

Tuition Fee

Tuition for Estonian-taught degree programs is free for full-time students. Tuition for English-taught programs varies widely depending upon the type of program and the school. Tuition per semester for English-taught programs is generally about €1500-2000 at a public university. Most master’s programs are two years in duration, but some can be completed in one year. Students earn between 60 and 120 credits depending upon the type of program.

Availability of Students Part Time Jobs

Students are allowed to work. This is to support in paying of tuition fee and other costs while they are still studying in Estonia.

EU citizens do not need a work permit. Non-EU citizens must obtain a work permit, which is normally issued for two years, but can be extended for up to five years at a time.





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