Estonia is one of Europe’s most innovative and high-tech countries, making it an excellent place for international postgraduates. A Masters in Estonia is a chance to put yourself at the centre of Estonia’s famous start-up culture and experience its ‘digital society’ first-hand.
Despite its small population - only 1.3 million - Estonia punches well above its weight as a postgraduate destination, boasting one of the world’s most advanced technological infrastructures. Indeed, information technology is at the heart of everyday life in Estonia, and it’s a perfect place to study if you’re interested in how this can be applied in other contexts.
Estonia also offers generous terms to Masters students who want to find work in the country after they’ve finished their studies, along with several state- and private-backed funding schemes for would-be entrepreneurs looking to create their own company in Estonia.
All of this, combined with the fact that Estonia is one of the safest countries in the world, makes the Baltic nation an unusual but compelling prospect for postgraduate study.
Almost 3,000 foreign students are currently attending Estonian universities.
Like the rest of Europe, Masters programmes in Estonia generally last between one and two years, comprising 60-120 ECTS credits.
If you decide to study in Estonian, there are no tuition fees! For English-language Masters, however, you might pay between €1,600 and €6,000, depending on the course and institution.
Although Estonian is the primary teaching language, increasing numbers of programmes at Estonian universities are being taught in English.
Estonia is a full member of the European Union, so you won’t need a visa to live or study there if you’re an EU/EEA national.
If you’re a non-EU/EEA national, you’ll need to apply for a temporary residence permit for study (TRP).
If you’re interested in applying for a Masters in Estonia, you can read our guide to postgraduate study in Estonia, which features in-depth information on the higher education system, fees, funding opportunities, health insurance and visas.