1. Why Estonian Universities?
Estonian universities welcome more and more international students from all over the world. With long academic traditions and world-renowned higher education institutions, Estonia has become an attractive study destination for students abroad including Africans.
- Over 100 unique and high quality degree programmes
- Internationally accepted diplomas
- Various state scholarships and funding possibilities
- English language widely spoken
- High level research projects
- Active and fun student life
- Working possibilities
- The personal touch: small group sizes in classrooms
- Great value for money
- Safe and stable environment
2. Tech Enthusiastic Country (Silicon Valley of Europe)
- Estonia is an e-society, with electronic ID-cards, e-government, e-health, e-school, e-parking etc. (www.e-estonia.com). You would be living in a very unique country!
- It takes only about 20 minutes to found your own company online and 99% of banking is done online.
- Europe’s start-up hot-spot! (Forbes Magazine). As a result, Estonia has more successful start-up companies per head than in any other country in Europe, e.g. TransferWise, CrabCAD, Fortumo etc. And yes, we are talking about companies where even Sir Richard Branson invests!
- Home of Skype – the Skype software was developed by four Estonian engineers. Skype has an office in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and the company also provides scholarships for bright IT students who have chosen to study in Estonia.
- Ranked 1st worldwide in air quality (World Health Organization 2013).
- Estonia ranks 2nd in Internet freedom in the world (1st place Iceland, 3rd place Canada, Freedom of the Net 2015).
- Ranked 2nd in the world for Internet access in schools (1st Iceland, 3rd Finland, The Global Information Technology Report 2015).
- Estonia is also the only Eurozone nation to run a budget surplus. Voted as best-performing economy in Europe. (www.europeanvoice.com)
- Has Europe’s largest 4G coverage (95% of the country). Only Singapore and South Korea have managed to do the same.
- You are always connected with free wi-fi almost in all public places and institutions
3. One of the safest countries in the world.
Living costs in Estonia are affordable and are considered to be lower than in most other European countries. Public transport is available for all students and is free of charge in Tallinn. Higher education in this small EU state comes at a good value, with relatively low tuition fee programmes, and various scholarships for international students. Student life in Estonia is full of activities and events. There are various organizations and events that help foreign students to settle into Estonian life and create a social network in the country. As a student in Estonia you can take advantage of various discounts and special offers generated especially for people, who are full time students. Moreover, if interested, then it is possible for international students to combine their studies with part or full time job and also provide for living during your studies.
4. Employment opportunities
International students in Estonia do not need an additional working permit to work while studying full time and they are allowed to work on the condition that it does not interfere with their studies. Students have to receive passing grades for a full load of courses and finish studies within the nominal time. All non-EU (African) students can also stay to Estonia for additional 6 months after their graduation (with the permission of the university) to look for a job in Estonia. Upon finding a job after graduation, they can use this time to apply for a temporary residence permit for work.