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Universities in Estonia

Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn, Estonia
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About universities in Estonia

Academic higher education in Estonia, a nation of 1.5 million and smallest of the Balkan states, is divided into studies at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. 
Private universities have more freedom to determine the many daily aspects of running an institution of higher learning and to create new curricula. Public universities are governed by guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Education and Research and regulated by various laws
The oldest university, the University of Tartu was established by Swedish King Gustav II in 1632. Today, it resides in the capital city of Tallinn, population 500,000.  In 1919, the Estonian language was first used for classroom instruction. Today, both Estonian and English are used in most classrooms.
Estonian, English and Russian are spoken in day-to-day conversation about the country.  The most common foreign languages studied by Estonians are English, Russian, Finnish, German and Swedish.
The higher education system consists of universities and professional higher education institutions. Professional higher education programs are at the first level of higher education and correspond to the bachelor level.  The usual level of study is 3-4 years.
There are six public universities, five private universities, eight state institutions of professional higher education, thirteen private professional higher education institutions and seven state vocational education institutions. All areas of core study are reflected at the university level, to include well-established business, law and medicine programs. 
An increase in university students is attributed to more government and private sector funding after Estonia declared independence from USSR in 1991. 70,000 Estonian students attend university.  Several universities have an “open university” policy and admit students without entrance exams in lieu of full tuition.
Another reason for increased participation is the 1992 Education Act adoption which outlines educational goals for individuals, family and the nation.  Promoting Estonian culture and developing political awareness; along with stressing the importance of citizenship and a life-long learning model for the nation are key components.
A dual track tuition system allows students who score well on entrance examinations to be admitted to state funded institutions without charge.  This number determined by the Ministry of Education and Research reflects labor market needs. Students admitted beyond these quotas must pay tuition.
Tuition cannot exceed a 10% increase annually for public institutions and private institutions; although private schools can charge more if previously stipulated. The State offers financial assistance to private schools if the need arises for a particular specialty area to better the country.
According to Statistics Estonia, 1300 foreign students from 62 countries are enrolled in higher education. That is an increase of 50% in the past five years.  The largest numbers of foreigners include Finland, Russia, Latvia and China.   Most study at the bachelor level.  Half of these students study in English, with 33% Estonian; and a limited number Russian.  There are many international abroad study programs in Estonia.  Check with universities in your home country for information. Study is offered during summer, semester or year-long.