If you wish to come to Estonia as a student, you must be admitted to a(n):
- basic school;
- vocational educational institution;
- university or institution of applied higher education;
- institution offering a pre-degree preparatory course; or
- international students’ organisation for the purpose of a training.
You should obtain a residence permit for study.
Where to apply
Employment during studies
|If you have been issued a residence permit as a student, you can work in Estonia without a work permit, on the condition that your employment does not interfere with your studies.
|As a student, you will not be able to apply for long-term residence. The period of the stay in Estonia on the basis of a residence permit for study is taken into account for half in the calculations of the period of stay required for the issuance of a residence permit for a long-term resident if you have been issued a residence permit on another basis later.
If you have a permit/visa for studies in an EU country and are covered by an EU or multilateral programme or an agreement between universities, you may carry out part of your studies and work (in addition to your studies) in Estonia if you fulfil certain requirements. You may reside and study in Estonia for up to 360 days.
Students, who have a valid residence permit or long-term visa for study according to Directive (EU) 2016/801, may study in Estonia for up to 360 days if the student is accepted by an Estonian higher educational institution. Once you are accepted into a university, it is not necessary to inform the Police and Border Guard about your studies in Estonia.
You are advised to contact the educational institution in Estonia.
Allowed number of working hours/days
Students, who study in Estonian higher educational institutions, may take employment without prior authorisation and without limit for working hours under the condition that such employment does not interfere with the studies.