Estonia is found in northeastern Europe by the Baltic Sea and offers beautiful woodland and lake landscapes together with a rapidly evolving innovative economy and industry. In other words, a great setting for modern higher education – welcome to study in Estonia!
Throughout history, the Estonians have been under the rule of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. The country regained its independence on 20 August 1991 and since then rapidly engaged to a program of social and economic reform. Today, Estonia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and known for its quick adoption of new technologies.
Estonia’s cultural offerings combine the country’s historical heritage with more modern influences. When it comes to Estonian food, the different historical rulers of the region – Danes, Swedes, Germans and Russians – have influenced Estonian traditional cuisine over the centuries. Many higher education institutions have canteens where the price range of dishes is affordable.
Tuition fees in different universities can vary considerably depending on the level of studies and the speciality in question. Generally, tuition fees vary from 1023 EUR to 7350 EUR per year. Graduate and postgraduate study programmes may be more expensive, depending on the study programme and university. 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.
Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees and are entitled to a small grant if stipulated in the agreement.
NB! Tuition fees are modified periodically. So to get the most recent information, contact the higher education institution you are interested in.Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees and are entitled to a small grant if stipulated in the agreement.
Undergraduate students – applicants wishing to pursue bachelor-level studies are required to have completed their secondary education or an equivalent education level necessary for higher education. Applicants must be eligible for higher education in their own country. Additional qualifying examinations may also be required for admission to higher education institutions in Estonia.
Graduate students – applicants wishing to pursue master-level studies are required to have completed bachelor-level studies, and those wishing to pursue a doctoral-level studies must have completed master-level studies.
The Estonian Government offers a number of scholarships intended for university students, researchers or lecturers for studying and doing research at Estonian public universities and institutions. Mostly scholarships are for master’s degree and doctoral degree, but some bachelor degree scholarships are also possible.
Most universities in Estonia propose scholarships for international degree programmes. It is possible to use other international scholarships (for example, Compatriots’ scholarships, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, your government scholarships, funds, grants, companies, etc).
Doctoral Studies and Internationalisation Programme “DoRa” activities are intended for Master’s students, doctoral students and members of teaching staff who are already working or studying at Estonian higher education institutions, or are planning to do so. The eligibility period for the grants of the programme extends from 1 January 2008 to 31 May 2015.