Estonia is a beautiful country situated in Northern Europe. It borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it’s dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. Estonia has universities that offer affordable education to international students. Their educational system is one of the best in Europe. If you want to study abroad but your budget does not permit you study in countries like Canada, US, UK and Australia, you can think of studying in Estonia. In this article, I will provide some helpful tips for individuals who hope to pursue their study in Estonia.
Tuition fees in Estonian universities are low and affordable. For Bachelors and Masters degree programs, tuition fees vary from 1660 EUR to 7500 EUR per year (except Medicine programme with 11 000 EUR per year). Exchange and doctoral students are exempted from paying tuition fees. You can access all tuition fees for all programs here.
Cost of living
In Estonia you will be living in highly connected society, with free wireless Wi-Fi almost everywhere. Many of everyday activities are made easier with various IT solutions: register a company with 18 minutes, buy a cinema ticket with your mobile phone app, park your car with phone, register courses online etc. Entrepreneurship and innovative solutions are highly welcomed in Estonia, which has strong start-up community and has also become known as the new Silicon Valley of Europe.
The cost of living in Estonia is low compared to other European countries. A budget of €300–€500 is enough to take care of feeding, accommodation, buying of books and transportation for one month. Here’s the breakdown:
Student accommodation prices in Estonia start from €100 per month in student dormitories. Some universities have student dormitories with single, double and triple rooms. Housing costs largely depend on the location and size of the flat. On average, the prices range from about €100 for a place in a double room in the residence hall to €180–€450 or more for a private flat.
Students can usually enjoy a comfortable life with around €200–250 per month for food. Each student can determine food expenses individually, depending on their needs. Every university also has its own cafeteria(s), which offers nice meal with reasonable price. Daily specials in pubs and cafes: €2.50–€4.
Public transport is available for all students and is free of charge in Tallinn (only for residents of Tallinn, including international students studying in Tallinn). Local public transport in Tartu: €8.63 with a monthly ticket (with student card), single ticket for a student €0.51 (€1 on the bus). Most universities have everything needed (supermarkets, cafes, shops, pharmacy, gym etc.) located within a short walking distance. Taxi (depending on company): average starting fee from €1.9, each km from €0.6. Bus ticket from Tallinn to Tartu: €8.10–€10.50
Working and studying
International students are allowed to work and study at the same time. As an international student, you do not need an additional working permit to work while studying full time and you are allowed to work on the condition that it does not interfere with your studies.
How to apply for admission
Universities in Estonia accept online application. You can click here to get detailed information on how to apply for you admission into Estonian universities.
List of universities in Estonia
- University of Tartu
- University Nord
- Tallinn University
- Tallinn Technical University
- Tallinn Institute of Technology
- International University Estonia
- Audentes University
- Concordia International University Estonia
- Tallinn University