How To Study For Free In Estonia

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There are countries in Europe that give students the chance to study free in their institutions. These countries include the following: Germany, Finland, Norway and Estonia (for Estonian taught programs only). Students who intend to pursue their studies in these countries only need to budget for their living expenses while the tuition fees are being paid by the government of these countries. We have written many articles on low and free tuition universities in Europe, so you can check the old posts of these blog to find these articles. Today, we shall be focusing on yet another country that offers tuition free education in certain programs – Estonia.

Estonia is a beautiful country that is situated in the Northern part of Europe. It faces the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. The capital which is Tallinn is known for its preserved old town, museums and 314m high Tallinn TV towers observation deck. Let’s now look at the total cost of living in Estonia for students.

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The Cost of living in Estonia for Students

Cost of living in Estonia for students is very affordable and considered to be lower than other European countries. Cost of living in Estonia depends on factors like student’s accommodation choices, spending habit and lifestyle. A budget of €300 to €500 is enough for a student’s living cost in Estonia. Here’s the breakdown of the expenses:

  • Accommodation – €100 per month in student’s dormitories and €180 to €450 for a private flat.
  • Food – €200 to €250 per month
  • Transport – €8.63 monthly ticket
  • Theater ticket – €12 to €18
  • Night club ticket – €5 to €15
  • Movie ticket – €4.5 to €5.7
  • Gym/fitness club – €30 to €35 per month

Admission requirements

The general admission requirements for studying in Estonia are that the applicants should posses qualifications that gives him access to university studies in their home country. For bachelor’s degree program, applicants are usually required to have completed their secondary education or its equivalent necessary for higher education. Additional qualifying examinations may also be required depending on the program and institution.

For graduate study, applicants are usually required to have completed bachelor level studies and those wishing to pursue a doctoral level studies must have completed a masters degree.

Language requirement

Applicants who wish to study in English and whose mother tongue is not English must present a language proficiency certificate like IELTS or TOELF. A minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS and 70 TOELF (IBT) is usually required for admission.

How to study free in Estonia

Some programs in Estonian Universities are tuition free for full time students. These programs are completely taught in Estonian language at bachelors, masters and PhD levels. However, if you intend to study in English language, you will have to pay tuition fees which usually range from €1000 to €5000 per year depending on the program. To begin your application, kindly contact the University of your Choice, select the program, fill the online forms and send your application. Click here to get more information.

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List of Universities in Estonia

  • University of Tartu
  • University of Nord
  • Tallinn University
  • International University Estonia
  • Estonian Business School
  • Estonian Academy of Arts
  • Audentes University
  • Tallinn Institute of Technology


Top universities in Estonia

Tallinn University

Tallinn University is one of the top public research universities in Estonia. It is situated in the centre of Tallinn, which is the capital city of Estonia, Tallinn University is one of the three largest institutions of higher education in the country. Tallinn University tuition fees ranges from 1000 Euros to 4000 Euros per year for bachelors and masters degree programs, while PhD programs are tuition free.

University Of Tartu

The University of Tartu is a public and popular university that is situated in the city of Tartu, Estonia. It is the national university of Estonia, and the only classical university in the Estonia, and also the biggest and most prestigious university in the country. Tuition fees for bachelors and masters programs range from 3000 Euros to 6000 Euros per year, while PhD programs are tuition free.

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