Country Properties Estonia


Estonia is one of the most dynamic new EU member states, and a unique location between the East and the West. Due to its favourable location on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Estonia has often been regarded as a bridge between different countries and cultures. The country's complex history and successful transition from a communist past to democracy offers a unique perspective on the problems shaping the future of the region and the continent. What is the weather like in Estonia ? Estonia has a temperate climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures range from a summer average of 21°C (70°F) to a winter average of-8°C (18°F). Being on the Baltic Sea, the country is subjected to sea breezes and humidity, and its northern latitude means long summer daylight hours (the longest summer day stretches to 19 hours), and dark winters when daylight sometimes lasts only six hours. Do I need to speak Estonian to live in Tartu/Estonia ? English and Russian are widely spoken in Estonia. You do not need to speak Estonian in order to live and study here. However we encourage international students to take Estonian as an elective course during their studies to feel more comfortable in the country and understand better Estonia and Estonians. How much does it cost to study at the University of Tartu ? Tuition fees for the degree-seeking students in Estonia are in the range of 3000-11,000 EUR per academic year. If I'm a student of international business, can I still choose courses from other programmes ? Yes, you can choose the courses from any programme taught in English, as long as they will be accepted by your home university (please contact the coordinator to make sure of it). However, you might face some difficulties while arranging your schedule, as the courses from different programmes might overlap. Is it legal for a foreign student to work part-time during his/her studies in Estonia ? Non-EU students who have been issued a residence permit for studies are allowed to work when it does not interfere their studies. Students holding temporary residence permit must study full-time (at least 22.5 ECTS per semester).

  • Estonia is an e-society, with electronic ID-cards, e-government, e-health, e-school, e-parking etc. ( You would be living in a very unique country!
  • It takes only about 20 minutes to found your own company online and 99% of banking is done online.
  • Europe's start-up hot-spot! (Forbes Magazine). As a result, Estonia has more successful start-up companies per head than in any other country in Europe, e.g. TransferWise, CrabCAD, Fortumo etc. And yes, we are talking about companies where even Sir Richard Branson invests!
  • Home of Skype – the Skype software was developed by four Estonian engineers. Skype has an office in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and the company also provides scholarships for bright IT students who have chosen to study in Estonia.
  • Ranked 1st worldwide in air quality (World Health Organization 2013).
  • Shares 1st and 2nd place with Iceland for internet freedom in the world (3rd place Canada, Freedom of the Net 2016).
  • First country to offer e-residency - a transnational digital identity available to anyone in the world interested in administering a location-independent business online.
  • Ranked 8th in the world for Internet access in schools ( The Global Information Technology Report 2016).
  • Estonia is also the only Eurozone nation to run a budget surplus. Voted as best-performing economy in Europe. (
  • One of the safest countries in the world. (

In Estonia, the higher education system consists of two branches - an academic branch and a professional higher education. Thus, one can choose between the two types of institutions - universities and professional higher education institutions.

The academic branch of Estonian higher education follows the Bachelors-Masters - Doctoral model. For Bachelor's degree, the length of study is usually three - four years (180 ECTS). The Master's level qualification lasts normally 2 years (120 ECTS) and is a prerequisite for the commencement of doctoral studies. The length of doctoral studies is 3-4 years.

Professional higher education institutions offer non-academic first cycle higher education aimed at providing skills and knowledge required to work in a certain profession or continue studies at a master's level. The length is 3-4 years (180-240 ECTS).

For more information about higher education institutions in Estonia, please contact us.

Tuition fees in different universities can vary considerably depending on the level of studies and the speciality in question. Generally, tuition fees vary from 1660 EUR to 7500 EUR per year (except Medicine programme with 11 000 EUR per year) for Bachelor and Master programmes. Some of the more expensive specialities are medicine, law, business administration and social sciences. Some higher education institutions may differentiate tuition fees for students from the European Union and from outside the European Union. In addition, some universities offer various Master and Bachelor programmes with no tuition fee at all (tuition fee waivers, tuition free programmes).

Living costs in Estonia are affordable and are considered to be lower than in most other European countries. General feedback from foreigners who have spent some time here is that living conditions are similar to those in Western Europe. Cost of living in Estonia is usually dependent upon the student’s accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending patterns. Monthly living costs: €300–€500, depending on the student`s choices.

Since January 1, 2005 the Archimedes Foundation is responsible for technical coordination of scholarships/internships offered to Estonian students and researchers by our foreign partners and for scholarships offered by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research to foreign students and researchers.

Archimedes Foundation participates in the selection process of the candidates, distributes information about scholarship and placement opportunities to Estonian and foreign students, provides consultations for all interested parties and organizes communication between Estonian and foreign institutions.

Estonian government and universities have initiated various scholarship schemes in order to support international students who are interested in studying in Estonia. Please choose suitable section according to your study interest - degree studies, exchange studies, short courses or doing research in Estonia. With scholarship database you can search most suitable scholarship available according to your interest.

For more up to date information about scholarship in Estonia, please contact us.

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