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How to apply for university studies in Estonia

Applications for undergraduate (first cycle) and graduate studies (second and third cycle) are sent directly to the higher education institution you are interested in. The institution will examine the submitted documentation, will check whether you are eligible for the study program or course you applied for and will issue a letter of acceptance in case you are finally admitted.

In general, universities and colleges in Estonia ask foreign students to submit the documentation described below in order to evaluate students' eligibility:

  • A filled-in application form for the selected study program or course. This form can be usually downloaded from the university or college website.
  • For undergraduate studies: an attested copy of your upper secondary school certificate and a copy of the results from the university entry examinations in your home country.
    For Master's programs: an attested copy of your Bachelor's degree certificate.
    For PhD studies: an attested copy of your Master's program certificate.
    In all cases, if the documents are not originally issued in English or Russian, you will also have to send an attested translation.
  • A passport-sized photo
  • An attested copy of your passport

Please, check at your institution website if you need to submit further documentation.

Do you have an Estonian ID card or an Estonian Internet banking authentication?

If so, you can apply online for university studies in Estonia through the SAIS system. The SAIS is a centralized service that coordinates the process of application to Estonian higher education institutions.

[Click here to apply online for university studies in Estonia through SAIS]

Sources: Estonian Universities Act
Eurydice database (Eurydice is an international educational database developed by the European Commission and Member States of the European Union with the aim of facilitating and improving the understanding of the different educational systems in Europe).