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Higher Education

Estonia’s higher education system consists of public and private ülikoolid (universities) and rakenduskörgkoolid (professional higher education institutions). All public universities require three years for bachelor’s studies and two additional years for master’s studies.

Major Universities
School Location
(Main Campus)
Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Tallinn
Estonian Business School Tallinn
Estonian University of Life Sciences Tartu
Tallinn University Tallinn
Tallinn University of Technology Tallinn
University of Applied Sciences Tallinn
University of Tartu Tartu

Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Tartu mnt. 1
10145 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 626 7301
Fax: [372] 626 7350

Founded in 1914 by a national art society, this public institution had a tumultuous history before it became a full-fledged university in 1989. It offers degrees in architecture, design, art and culture, fine arts, and animation, with various specialties within these fields.

Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Rävala pst 16
10143 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 6675 700
Fax: [372] 6675800 

Founded in 1919, this public academy offers degree programs in various fields of music, focusing on different instruments, voice, conducting, composition, musicology, and music education. There is also a drama school and a humanities department. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a four-year doctorate in musicology. It has a branch in Tartu and extensive facilities at its main campus in Tallinn.

EBS Rahvusvaheline ülikool (Estonian Business School)
Lauteri 3
10114 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 665 1325
Fax: [372] 665 1330

Founded in 1988, this private school offers degree programs taught in English, Estonian, and Russian. Its programs include international business administration, entrepreneurship, professional communication, and marketing management. The institution operates a high school in Tallinn and opened a business school branch in Helsinki in the fall of 2011.

Eesti Maaülikool (Estonian University of Life Sciences)
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Tel: [372] 731 3001
Fax: [372] 731 3068

Founded in 1951 as an agricultural academy, this public institution was given its current title in 2005, after many years of adopting new programs and faculties. It offers degree programs in the areas of agricultural and environmental sciences, veterinary medicine and animal sciences, forestry, rural engineering, technology, economics, and the social sciences. The university has an enrollment of 4,840.

Tallinna Ülikool (Tallinn University)
Narva mnt 25
10120 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 640 9101
Fax: [372] 640 9116

Founded in 2002, this public university is the third largest in Estonia. The institution consists of 19 institutes and five colleges, with an enrolment of 9,500. Programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher training are offered. It has an international research focus, and offers many programs in English.

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (Tallinn University of Technology)
Ehitajate tee 5
19086 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 620 2002
Fax: [372] 620 2020

Founded in 1918, this public university offers degree programs in civil engineering, power engineering, mechanical engineering, IT, chemical and materials technology, economics, and the natural and social sciences. It hosts institutes dedicated to the study of geology, cybernetics, and marine systems.

Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool (Tallinn University of Applied Sciences)
Pärnu mnt 62
10135 Tallinn
Tel: [372] 666 4500  

This public university provides higher education in various fields of engineering, with four-year degrees and training in architectural and environmental engineering, clothing and textile, construction, mechanics, and transportation. The institution, founded in 1992, also has centers dedicated to the humanities, sciences, and sports.

Tartu Ülikool (University of Tartu)
Ülikooli 18
50090 Tartu
Tel: [372] 737 5100
Fax: [372] 737 5440

This national research university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs with Estonian as the language of instruction. Programs offered cover disciplines in business and economics, humanities, and medicine. In addition, a number of international programs are taught in English and other foreign languages. The university operates five museums, an observatory and planetarium, and a botanical garden. Enrollment currently stands at nearly 17,400.