Formal education in Estonia is very important and education is generally divided into two stages: the years of basic education and general secondary education.  Basic education is compulsory for all children in Estonia and is composed of 9-years study from 7 to 16 years of age. The system of higher education in Estonia allows students to earn college degrees and professional higher education institutions and universities. Post-secondary vocational schools are also offering higher vocational education.


The general structure of higher education in Estonia is modeled graduate college in which the first level is to gain a bachelor’s degree and the second level is the level of acquisition of a master’s degree. There are some universities that use a very long cycle education system consists of programs of study with master-level qualifications.

All universities in Estonia have implemented the two levels (bachelor-master) in the structure of their curricula. The typical duration of bachelor’s and master’s degree is three to four years. Doctoral studies are also offered at universities.

The Bakalaureusekraad, the first qualification in this structure, is awarded after 3 years of study; a Bachelor’s level. After graduating from Bachelor level programs, students can continue in the second cycle leading to the Magistrikraad. The duration of master’s level studies are usually 2 years, but may be only one year, if the nominal length of bachelor’s level program is 4 years.

The postgraduate research degree (doktorikraad) is awarded after completion of 3-4 years of study and research.

Applications to higher education in Estonia, will go directly to the school in which you want to study.

Studying Abroad in Tallinn


International students have to complete the application procedure first in able to study in Tallinn Universities. Students who wants to study in Tallinn is also need a visa for entry to Estonia. You will have to apply for a temporary residence permit at the Estonian Embassy in your home country.

A temporary residence permit is valid for a maximum of one year and must be renewed at least 2 months before the expiry date at the Police and Estonian Border Guard Board, identification card is issued to a student is a document , which indicates that a student is issued a temporary residence permit to study in Estonia.

Undergraduate level: You must have completed your secondary education or equivalent. You must be eligible for higher education in your own country.

Graduate students: Applicants for master education must have completed bachelor-level studies, and applicants for doctoral level education must have completed master-level studies.