Have you ever considered graduating a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree in the only Eurozone nation with a budget surplus? Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has known economic growth throughout history, due to its favourable location near the Baltic Sea. The city qualifies as a tempting destination for international students seeking affordable higher education, if you consider the national scholarship programmes now available awarding generous monthly funding. Study abroad in the capital of a country that declared internet access a human right, focusing on providing complete online services (free Wi-Fi) coverage to cities and rural areas alike. Tallinn is a 159.2 square kilometres harbour-city situated in the north of Estonia. Here is where history left its marks on the medieval streets and houses that date back to the 11th century.
A university degree earned in Tallinn often leads to successful, high-pay careers in this business-friendly city, the success of which can be seen in the impressive skyline with high-tech hotels and steel skyscrapers. This e-friendly society gives you the chance to fund a company in 20 minutes and average gross salaries of 1,000 EUR/month. In the Capital of Estonia, there are more successful start-ups per person than many other European countries. Some of them include companies like TransferWise, CrabCAD, or Fortumo.
Skype was developed in Tallinn and now is one of the famous scholarship providers for IT students in the city. You should also consider internships in other successful multinationals with offices in Tallinn, such as: Estonian Air, Ericsson, Statoil, Swedbank, or Nordea.
In addition to information technology, Tallinn has a well-developed industry in the fields of tourism, energy, finance, manufacturing, retail or food processing.
Tallinn is a modern and accessible city, where students can enjoy the mix between skyscrapers and medieval sights. The city centre offers restaurants, shops and hotels, while in the old town you can virtually step into history. There are regular outdoor festivals and the Old Town merges hundreds of wine bars, cafes and restaurants.
The Old Town impresses through its original architecture. The Town Hall is a stone building lasting from 1402, with a Gothic style design. You will also find there the oldest pharmacy from Europe, built in 1422. The Church of Holy Spirit is also highly visited by tourists.
Beyond the famous Old Town, Tallinn is famous for the zoo, puppet museum, TV Tower or the Kalma Sauna. You can re-live your childhood at the Piip & Tuut Playhouse, enjoy an evening in the Hell Hunt, “the first Estonian pub” or admire the city view from Lounge 24.
The everyday activities are very technology friendly: students buy movie tickets, park the car or reserve tables at the restaurant using mobile phone apps.
Public transport is free of charge for students in Tallinn and the theatre, concert, nightclub and movie tickets are at reasonable prices. Students also benefit of discounts or free entrances in nightclubs.
In addition to the local Estonians, a third of the population is made up of Russians, while the other minorities are Byelorussians, Ukrainians and Finns. This is why the most commonly spoken languages in the city are Estonian and Russian.
However, English is widely spoken, especially when it comes to the service sector. You may also hear German and Finnish.Universities welcome international students from across the globe, offering them advanced teaching capabilities, through cooperation agreements with partner universities in countries worldwide. A great percent of foreigners work as regular academic employees in Tallinn.
Climate in Tallinn is temperate and mild, with breezes from the Baltic Sea. In summer, the average temperature is 21°C (70°F). During the winter, temperatures can drop to below -8° C (17°F[AP1] ). The longest daylight period is 19 hours, while the shortest winter day lasts six hours.
Housing costs depend on the student’s options, location, quality of the accommodation and the season. However, price range doesn’t change significantly.
Students can choose from:
1. Dormitories provided by the universities. Most of them are newly renovated and consisting of two rooms, a small kitchen, a shower and a toilet. Rooms can be single, double or triple. Rent includes utility costs (heating, electricity, water and sewage) and ranges 80-150 EUR/month.
2. Private rental rooms. They can be found via internet, agencies, announcements or friends, but rent prices might be inflated for foreigners. Rental costs 200-510 EUR/month.
3. Homestay. Living with a local during your studies may provide a great chance to experience regular life in Tallinn.
Living in Tallinn is very affordable for a European city, costing a student around 300 – 500 EUR/months, including accommodation, food and leisure.
Food usually costs 200 – 250 EUR/month. Students can optimize their budget by having meals at the university cafeterias, which have lower prices. A meal in a pub or café costs 2.50 – 4 EUR.
Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities and social sciences in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have around 8000 students with 9.5% of international students from all around the world. Every 10th academic person is of foreign background.