Study in Estonia

From the stunning medieval architecture in the capital city of Talinn to the white sandy beaches that are dotted along the coastline, there is something in Estonia for everyone to enjoy. The largest of the Baltic states, Estonia is made up of 13 counties and more than 2,000 islands and inlets. It has, however, one of the smallest populations in Europe.

Estonia’s safety record and low living costs are two of the reasons why it is becoming a gradually more popular nation in which to study, and the University of Tartu, found in Estonia second largest city, is the country’s oldest university and home to around 13,400 students. The capital city is home to the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia’s only technology specialist university and a popular choice for overseas students.

Having only regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia has thrived under independent rule and has one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Today the country boasts a tech-savvy population thanks to Estonia’s "e-society", the nation’s digital infrastructure that pioneers e-government systems, electronic ID cards, e-schools, and e-health. Famous sons and daughters of Estonia include writer Anton Hansen Tammsaare, supermodel Carmen Kass and composer Arvo Pärt.

If you want to study in Estonia, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Estonia has 2 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Estonia is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Estonia below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Estonia’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Estonia is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Browse the top-ranked universities in Estonia

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Top universities in Estonia

University Rank*
University of Tartu 301-350th
Tallinn University of Technology 601-800th

Statistics about Estonia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 12.06%
  • Of which, on higher education 21.82%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 72.92%
  • Population 1,311,998
  • Unemployment 7.7%
  • Annual GDP 1.07%
Data source: The World Bank