Estonian language studies for third-country nationals

The Integration Foundation is offering free Estonian language studies to third-country nationals* who want to master the language at the B1 level and develop their communication skills.

* Third-country nationals are Estonian residents with undetermined citizenship and foreigners who are citizens of any country that is not a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area or Switzerland. These include, for example, citizens of Azerbaijan, Australia, Brazil, the Philippines, Georgia, China, Israel, India, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

Who are the courses designed for?

  • The courses are designed for those who have completed Estonian studies at the A2 level and wish to continue at the B1 level, as well as those who have already mastered the B1 level but wish to improve their language skills further.
  • The prerequisite for taking part in the course is Estonian skills at the A2 level. (This will be tested by the trainer prior to the course.)

Who can take part in the courses?

The courses are open to third-country nationals and Estonian residents with undetermined citizenship who:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • lawfully reside in Estonia or
  • are in the process of obtaining the right to lawfully reside in the country; and
  • have mastered Estonian at least at the A2 level.

When and where will the courses be taking place?

  • The courses will start in February 2022.
  • The courses will be run both online and face to face in Harju and Ida-Viru counties; elsewhere in the country they will be available online.

How long will the courses last?

  • The course will last for 8-9 months.
  • The total duration of the course is 200 academic hours, which includes 160 academic hours of contact lessons and 40 academic hours corresponding to six excursions.

What form will the studies take?

  • During each course, the participants will attend lessons, complete homework, study independently and go on excursions showcasing Estonian culture (e.g. visiting museums or cinemas, attending plays or concerts, exploring different parts of the country or going hiking).
  • The participants will hone their skills individually and with Estonian-speaking volunteers, who will be taking part in their lessons and joining them on their excursions.
  • All studies will be conducted in Estonian.
  • In order to take part in online courses, participants will require a computer, smartphone or tablet with a microphone as well as headphones and a webcam.

What will happen at the end of the course?

  • The course will end with an exam testing the language level you have attained. Certificates will be issued to those who have attended at least 90% of the course (i.e. at least 144 academic hours of contact lessons and 36 academic hours of excursions).
  • Estonian exams are conducted by the Education and Youth Board. Course graduates will have to register personally. See the the website for more details of exams.

How can I register to take part in a course?

Registration for the courses ended on 21 December 2021. For further information please call the free hotline 800 9999 (when calling from abroad: +372 6599025) or e-mail

The courses are taking place as part of the AMIF2020-8 project ‘Estonian language studies for third-country nationals in Estonia’. The project is being co-financed by the European Union via the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and by the Estonian Ministry of the Interior.