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Study in Estonia: Language & Culture

The official language of Estonia is Estonian. It’s a Uralic language. Along with its relations, Finnish and Hungarian, it’s unlike anything else spoken in Europe. Estonian is notoriously tricky to learn, but it’s rich vowels and long literary heritage make it worth it.

Feb 6, 2024

The official language of Estonia is Estonian. It’s a Uralic language. Along with its relations, Finnish and Hungarian, it’s unlike anything else spoken in Europe. Estonian is notoriously tricky to learn, but it’s rich vowels and long literary heritage make it worth it.

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Heritage is also an important part of Tallinn and Tartu. The Old City of Tallinn is like stepping into a fairytale, with ivy-covered walls, turrets and a wood-lined perimeter. The Old City also houses restaurants serving traditional Estonian food and shops selling traditional products. Over in Tartu, you can find one of the last surviving baroque squares in Europe, as well as the Vanemuine, the oldest Estonian-language theatre in the world.

But many Estonians will tell you that the country’s true treasure is its nature. From national parks, to stone beaches, to pine forests, there’s lots of nature just waiting to be explored for such a small country.

tower in estonia

Since regaining its independence in 1991, Estonia has completely transformed its economy. It’s now among the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Estonians can even vote online. Tallinn and Tartu have thriving tech start-up scenes and an increasing number of international companies are choosing to set up their Baltic offices in Estonia. Adding to this is the fact that Estonia is among the countries where it’s easiest to do business. 

This means that internships, apprenticeships and summer work can be easy to come by, helping to boost your education. Tartu is also known as a city with a strong student vibe. Nightlife and activities are aplenty. Estonia has everything you need for a fantastic student experience. 

Study in Estonia

Want an overview of Estonia? Do you want to know a little more about this Baltic State? The section gives you an overview of all you need to know.

Education in Estonia

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Estonia? Estonia is a good destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, reasonable fees and its natural beauty. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Estonia!

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Estonia to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. 

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Estonia.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Estonia can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Estonia, but these fees are normally quite low. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to Estonian schools and the documentation you need to do it in this section.

Programs

Ready to look at education in Estonia? Use our search engine to find and compare top programs in Estonia today!

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