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With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia is one of the smallest nations in the European Union. However, since joining the bloc in 2004, its economy has been one of the fastest-growing of any member state.

With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia is one of the smallest nations in the European Union, but since joining the bloc in 2004, its economy has been one of the fastest-growing of any member state. It has also established itself as one of the most digitally-advanced countries in the world, with comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage, a pioneering e-residency scheme, and 98% of government interactions taking place online. This digital infrastructure and ease of doing business in Estonia led to the founding of at least two Estonian companies you may have heard of: Skype and TransferWise. 

Unsurprisingly, studying in Estonia is also digitized. There are a plethora of online courses, over 100 of which are taught entirely in English. Although tuition in Estonia is free for many EU citizens, there are plenty of benefits to studying in Estonia for non-EU students. One benefit is the possibility to stay in the country for a period of up to nine months after graduation in order to look for a job. Ultimately, one of Estonia’s biggest advantages is that it is such a hidden gem. Could completing a Master in Estonia be the most underrated option in the whole of Europe?

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The cost of living in Estonia is very reasonable considering it is on the doorstep of the comparatively expensive Scandinavia. The only Master in Estonia – at the Estonian Business School – costs just EUR€6,200 with the option of a second year for a further EUR€7,000. The monthly average living cost for students is around EUR€300-500, with most of your budget spent on food and accommodation.

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens need a right of residence to study in Estonia. All other international students will need to apply for a resident permit. EU citizens must simply register their place of residence with the local government authorities, within three months of their arrival date in Estonia. EU students are also asked to apply for an Estonian ID card within one month of obtaining their temporary right of residence. Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a long-term visa (D-type) visa which is usually valid for 12 months. You’ll need to apply in person at your nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate. The application fee is EUR€100.

Although there are only a small number of universities in Estonia, they are technologically advanced, competitive, and offer a large number of courses in English to attract international students. The top schools include the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), and Tallinn University.

Estonia has one of the top-performing economies in the European Union and its job market has seen considerable growth in recent years. All non-EU students can stay in Estonia for up to nine months after graduating to look for a job in the country. Understandably, there are more job opportunities available to speakers of Estonian, but that does not mean English language jobs are limited. Additionally, Estonia is one of the easiest places to start a business.

With over 100 English language courses, internationally-recognized qualifications, and plenty of scholarship possibilities, studying in Estonia is an attractive option for international students. Just over 10% of the student body in Estonia is international.

Estonia-page (Tallinn, Estonia Skyline)

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