Education in Estonia is a mix of the old and new. Its oldest university was established in 1632 with formal education dating back to 13-14 centuries. Estonians have really taken to the use of information technology in their day to day lives. It is the world’s first country to cast votes remotely in elections. The country is welcoming to foreign students and offers many study programs and courses that are conducted in English.
Admission to undergraduate programs in Estonian universities requires a school leaving certificate and proof of qualification for higher education in the home country. If English is not the first language, then a proof of proficiency is need through tests like TOFEL or IELTS. Application deadlines vary depending on the program and if the applicant is from an EU country or non-EU. Usually residents of non-EU countries have to apply sooner.
In addition to conventional studies there are short term programs available in the summer lasting a few weeks. Courses are offered in a variety of fields but most popular are the cultural programs that include recreational trips, and cultural visits to museums, and historical sites.
Student exchange programs are available through various Estonian universities that have bilateral agreements with universities around the world. Some institutes of higher studies also offer programs of one semester durations, which are open to students from around the globe. Transitional Studies is one such program offered to Social Science undergraduate students. The program allows students to gain first-hand experience of Estonian transition from Russian rule.