10 QUESTIONS ABOUT ESTONIA
QUESTION NR.1 WHERE IS ESTONIA?
Estonia lies along the Baltic Sea, just below Finland. Estonia's capital city, Tallinn is only about 80 kilometers south of Helsinki, across the Gulf of Finland. Sweden is Estonia's western neighbor across the Baltic. Russia is to the east, with St. Petersburg just across the north-eastern border. To the south is Latvia with its capital city Riga. You can depart from Tallinn's international airport and in 20 minutes be in Helsinki, or in less than two hours arrive to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Riga, Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Vilnius.
QUESTION NR. 2 IS ESTONIA THE WORLD'S SMALLEST COUNTRY?
Definitely not. With an area of 45 000 sq. km, Estonia is larger for example than The Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia or Switzerland. Estonia stretches 350 km from east to west and 240 km from north to south. Sea islands form one tenth- and lakes about one twentieth of Estonia's territory.
QUESTION NR. 3 DO POLAR BEARS LIVE IN ESTONIA?
Although Estonia is situated in Northern Europe, the nearest polar bears live more than 2000 km further north. Estonia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea, is at the same latitude in Europe as central Sweden and the northern tip of Scotland.
QUESTION NR. 4 DOES THE SUN EVER SHINE IN ESTONIA?
Much more than you could have imagined. Especially in the summer. Due to the White Nights phenomena the summer sunsets in Estonia happen around 11 p.m., sunrises at as early as 4 a.m. and it never really get dark, just dimes. That makes the summer nights full of light. People in Estonia enjoy this period of the year a lot by spending time outside while grilling, swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes, just chilling with friends in the parks, gardens and sandy beaches and much more!
QUESTION NR. 5 WHAT ARE ESTONIANS LIKE?
Estonians are third-generation city people at most, so almost all families have relatives living in the country. Childhood memories will undoubtedly include summers spent in the country side. The somewhat grim and reserved Estonian of the winter months undergoes a significant change in summer: s/he will ask friends out for a picnic, meet new people, and rather than glaring at anyone causing a disturbance in the street, s/he will burst into merry laughter.
There is also diverse international community in Estonia which gives its own flavour to the country.
QUESTION NR. 6 WHY SHOULD I GO TO ESTONIA FOR MY STUDIES?
There are so many reasons why you should choose Estonia for your studies that it is difficult to decide where to start listing them:
- Dynamic country
- Safe environment
- Great value for money
- Looks remarkable on your CV and attracts employers' attention to it
- Intercultural study environment
- High academic standards
- Extensive network of friends from 23 countries after graduation
- So much more!
QUESTION NR. 7 WHAT CAN I STUDY IN ENGLISH IN TUT, IN ESTONIA?
Internationalization of higher education is very important for Estonian universities, and specially for Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), right now. That is why practically every university in the country is putting extra effort into developing the degree programmes in English and making the stay of the international students in Estonia as comfortable and exciting as possible. The degree programmes in English offered at Tallinn University of Technology are:
Bachelor level (three year study)
- Business Administration
- Information Technology
- Industrial Engineering and Management
- Environmental Management and Cleaner Production
- Technology Governance
QUESTION NR. 8 HOW MUCH WILL THE STUDIES COST TO ME?
One of many pleasant surprises that Estonia has to offer is the great value for money which you can enjoy here. Not only your tuition fees will be starting as low as only 2400 EUR per year for some of the academic programmes, but also the living expenses are lower then in most other EU countries. Tallinn University of Technologyu provides great assistance with arranging accommodation either on campuses or when renting private apartments. Student accommodation prices in Estonia start from as low as 145 EUR per month and go up to 350 EUR per month.
Unless you are used to dining in five star restaurants, you expenses for food in Estonia will also be lower than you might expect. Usually students enjoy quite a comfortable life if they have around 250 EUR per month for food. Public transportation is available for students for as low as 10 EUR per month. The rest of the miscellaneous expenses each student can determine individually depending on their possibilities. Another good news is that being a student, it is legal to work part - time in Estonia.
QUESTION NR. 9 HOW DO I GET THERE?
Coming from outside EU, students need to apply for residence permit for study. The procedure is not difficult but takes some time. Embassies of Estonia are providing services to students, but TUT's International Study Center will support you on every step. If you are a student from EU, you do not need an entry visa, since Estonia is part of EU.
QUESTION NR. 10 WHAT CAN I DO IN ESTONIA AT THE WEEKEND?
This largely depends on the time of year.
Summer activities naturally include a lot of sunbathing on the beach; Estonia boasts miles of beautiful sandy beaches, and water that may seem too chilly for a southerner is just right for any Estonian who wants to swim, play water polo or go windsurfing.
A walk in the forest here is one of the most enjoyable pastimes: people go there to pick berries or mushrooms, to hunt, or just for a nice stroll. At every river or lake, or on the ice in winter you're sure to see a fisherman or two.
An athletic Estonian goes skiing in winter: mostly on flat land, although he tries to make use of even the smallest hill (the highest peak in Estonia reaches 318 m); people have even taken to snowboarding.
When the spring comes, many Estonians leave the city for the weekends. Almost every family has a cottage in the country, with a small garden and orchard, so that the fridge can be loaded with all sorts of jams and preserves in the autumn.
Most tourists who visit Estonia arrive first in Tallinn. Since this medieval Hanseatic town, the capital and the business and cultural centre of Estonia deserves a guidebook of its own (of which there are plenty available). There are plenty of interesting places, activities, food and culture in other parts of Estonia, especially in the university city - Tartu.
Traditional Estonian food has its roots firmly in the countryside, relying heavily on meat, potatoes and garden variety vegetables. The main culinary influences were from Germans, who ruled over Estonia for so many centuries. The Estonian restaurant scene is now amazingly diverse, especially in Tallinn. There are Indian, Tex-Mex, Thai and Georgian restaurants, as well as Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese and Greek ones. There are numerous nightclubs with styles of music playing to fit every taste.
In Tallinn University of Technology there is an active International Club (part of student union) that organise numerous parties, dinners and trips for the international students.
Yavuz Zengin - BBA student - Turkey
If someone would tell me five years ago that in 2007 I would be a student and a resident of Estonia not only would I not believe them, but I would also probably have to Google the name of the country to see where it is located. Now I am here, in Estonia, and loving every minute of it! The academic standards of education system in this country are very high which makes my studies here of very high quality. Studying business administration in Estonia is exciting as you get the skills and knowledge right there in the fastest growing economy of EU. The climate can get a bit rough in the winter for couple of weeks. But summers are beautiful! Most of my friends back in Turkey don't understand how it is possible to have nearly daylight at nights. But here it is real: sunsets in the summer in Estonia happen at around 11 p.m.! Overall I am really happy with my choice of destination for studies abroad.
TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
ESTONIA ARE WAITING FOR YOU - WELCOME!!!