Estonia has numerous educational institutions offering higher education. The University of Tartu is the largest university in Estonia and also one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. The University of Tartu ranks 2nd in the QS World University Rankings in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.
Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education and has one of the most modern campuses in Europe. The campus is also home to more than 200 high-tech companies (e.g. Skype).
All students with senior secondary education or equal foreign qualifications have the right to apply for a place in a higher education institution. The standard period of study in professional higher education is three to four years. At a university, higher education can be acquired at three levels: Bachelor´s, Master´s, and Doctoral studies. Bachelor´s study is three to four years, Master´s study is one to two years, and Doctoral study is three to four years.
Senior secondary education is based on basic education and is divided into general senior secondary education and vocational secondary education. General senior secondary education is acquired within three school years in a senior secondary school. Vocational secondary education is acquired at a vocational education institution, based on either a basic school or general senior secondary education.
Basic education is compulsory in Estonia. All children living in Estonia, including children from other countries, are required to attend school from age 7 until grade 9 or age 17. This is the minimum general education that provides the right to acquire senior secondary education or to enter working life. According to the PISA tests, the results of Estonian 15-year-olds are the best in Europe and among the strongest in the entire world.
If you need more information about the practical side of studying in Estonia, please see the Study in Estonia website.
Estonia punches above its weight in science, being an attractive environment for research. Estonian researchers are highly valued partners in international cooperation projects with nearly half of the publications by Estonian researchers published in cooperation with foreign colleagues. Estonian scientists have successfully participated in Horizon 2020 projects, bringing home twice as much money as the other EU member states on average. The high quality of Estonian research is also visible in bibliometric indicators, i.e a high number of references to articles by Estonian authors.
Estonian Research Council finances basic and applied research, supporting researchers’ mobility and external cooperation.
To find out more about the possibilities scientific institutions in Estonia offer, visit the Research in Estonia webpage.
Strengthening university-industry cooperation has been an important focus in Estonia. The universities have shown their eagerness to cooperate with companies towards developing higher education curricula according to companies’ needs, either by modifying current curricula, creating new ones or by finding other ways to cooperate.
Among successful examples of cooperation between academia and the private sector are:
There are numerous educational institutions offering higher education in Estonia:
In addition, several of the universities have regional colleges.
Here are some useful links regarding research and education:
You are also welcome to send us an enquiry for more specific information.
Estonia is the world’s most digitally enabled nation, offering a unique combination of talent, environment, and innovation. Our IT R&D ecosystem enjoys global proof of concept, being trusted by global organisations such as Kuehne+Nagel and NATO and producing unicorn startups like Transferwise and Bolt.
Estonia is a cashless society with over 99% of financial transactions occurring digitally. Electronic ID and Blockchain are widely used in FinTech applications. 80+ FinTechs ranging from innovative startups such as TransferWise to Blockchain leader Guardtime make Estonia a global centre of excellence for FinTech.
Estonia has a sizeable food industry which benefits from ecological raw materials, skilled workers and modern production facilities. With an established export capability and growing application of food science and technology, Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D oriented investment.
Estonia has a sizeable Advanced Industrial sector and world-class IT expertise in areas including high tech systems, control technologies and cyber security. Supported by a collaborative ecosystem well suited to research and development, Estonia is emerging as a centre of excellence in industrial automation.
Estonia developed X-Road, its proprietary decentralised, distributed system in 2001 and has utilised Blockchain since 2008. World-class technical skills supported by practical experience implementing public and permissioned Blockchain’s place Estonia at the forefront of the emerging Blockchain economy.
Estonia has one of Europe’s largest bioeconomies, including world leading expertise in forest-based activity. Supported by high-quality natural resources, ultra-high use of IT and supportive policy making, Estonia offers a range of production and innovation opportunities.
Patient records in Estonia are digitised and secured by the Blockchain, providing a single immutable data source for healthcare professionals. With a unique digital platform and collaborative ecosystem, Estonia is positioned to lead on preventative medicine, patient self-treatment and industry efficiency.
Estonia’s marine sector specialises in the design and build of small and medium-sized commercial and leisure vessels. Centuries long expertise, cutting-edge application of IT and a flexible approach make Estonia a competitive location for innovation and export-oriented production.
Estonia has a diversified energy sector which comprises long-standing expertise in oil shale, a sizeable renewables sector and growing CleanTech capability. World-class expertise within a highly digital, pro-business environment will see Estonia play a leading role in the energy revolution
Besides cross country skiing and rally, filing income tax declarations has become one of the favourite national sports for Estonians. Each year, new records are broken as Estonia has the world’s best tax system: simple and online, quick and enabling fast payouts of returns.
Both, personal and corporate income tax can be declared more quickly than almost anywhere else in the world.
What is it like to run a business in Estonia? How to benefit from the e-solutions and the efficiency of our business culture? What are the opportunities in specific sectors? Who to partner up with?
The Estonian Investment Agency’s team is happy to help you via its complimentary e-Consulting service, organize online or offline follow-up events such as virtual investment visits and guide you through the fairly simple process of investing in Estonia.