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All new Erasmus students* have an opportunity to enhance their studies by participating in the Estonian Intensive Language Course (ESTILC) before they begin their exchange semester in Estonia. ESTILC courses can be attended regardless of the university you will spend your exchange semester/ year.  TalTech ESTILC usually takes place once a year in August.

There will be 1 ESTILC winter course organised in Tallinn in January, 2021 by: Estonian Academy of Arts 06-22.01.2021. NB! The course will be held partially electronically and partially on-site. For more information and registration see: ESTILC winter course 2021

The courses are free of charge! (The organiser may ask for a small fee for the cultural programme.)



NB! Only Erasmus+ exchange students* coming to Estonia may apply for the ESTILC.

The Intensive Estonian Language Courses (ESTILC) is usually held before the new semester begins and facilitates exchange students´ social, cultural, and academic integration into Estonia.

The course is pass/fail. Students will be able to add the ESTILC to their Learning Agreement. The course will however not be included in their Transcript of Records. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded 4 ECTS credits and receive a Tallinn University of Technology certificate. Before applying for the course, students must make sure to confirm this information with their home university. As the home university will determine whether they accept the certificate.

* Students enrolled in one of the European universities, who has established an Erasmus+ partnership with TalTech or other Estonian universities.

As anyone who has ever been abroad for an exchange study may testify: the first weeks are the most difficult ones, being exposed to a new social, cultural, and education experience. Therefore, most of the new exchange students feel a bit awkward to understand, let alone actively use Estonian language.

By attending ESTILC, the students will learn basic Estonian vocabulary, grammar, as well as history, culture, customs and traditions of Estonia. In addition, it serves as a great opportunity to develop students´ personal competences, encourage them to make new friends, and assist them to be well prepared for upcoming academic lessons.


When facing challenges of organizing study matters, arranging accommodation, or purchasing groceries in Estonia, an ESTILC alumnus will likely overcome the initial social reservation quickly and then fully enjoy every aspects of the international experience.


Newly acquired skills and techniques during the ESTILC will be an integral part of the positive Erasmus+ experiences. Those successful stories and best practices will subsequently be circulated among both home and host universities through word of mouth, social media, and university internal publications, thus more students and staff members will become aware of this programme, and actively promote these opportunities to wider audience. 

Expected learning outcomes: At the end of the course, the students will have basic knowledge of the Estonian language. They will be able to introduce themselves and speak in a few sentences about their country, their family, friends, studies and interests. They will be prepared to handle various everyday situations such as shopping, using the public transportation, asking for directions, ordering food at restaurants, and visiting a doctor.

Additionally, the students will have basic knowledge about the Estonian history, culture and traditions. They will be able to locate many historically and culturally important places on the map of Estonia after having visited them. They will know some popular Estonian songs and simple steps of Estonian folk dances.

Course fee: € 0

Cost for participating cultural activities: €30 euro per person for entire ESTILC

Accommodation: Academic Hostel offers accommodation to Exchange Students on a first come, first served bases. Private housing costs largely depend on the location and size of the apartment.

NB! Please note that your application does not automatically entitle you to participate in an ESTILC. The organiser will carry out a selection of students and inform each applicant and his/her home university of the final selection. It is not possible to attend more than one ESTILC. 

Applicant must be enrolled in one of the European universities, who has established an Erasmus+ partnership with TalTech or other Estonian universities.

Short Intro of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital city and main seaport of Estonia. It is located in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region, 80 kilometres south of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Medieval Tallinn enjoyed a strategic location at the crossroads of trade between Western and Northern Europe and Russia. In 1285 the city became a member of the Hanseatic League as one of the most important Hanseatic trading towns. Due to its geographically strategic location, tallinn has always been an attractive target for its neighbouring countries. Tallinn was capitulated to Imperial Russia in 1710, but the local Baltic German rulers retained their cultural and economic autonomy within the Tsarist Russia. The 19th century brought industrialization into the city and the port kept its importance.

On 24 February 1918, Estonia declared its independence from Russia. In February of 1920 a peace treaty was signed with Russia, wherein Russia acknowledged the independence of the Estonian Republic. Tallinn became the capital of the independent Estonia. After World War II, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Russia and Tallinn became the capital of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In August 1991, an independent democratic Estonian state was re-established. Tallinn became the capital of an independent country once again. The picturesque old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the current novelty of the destination attract many tourists and facilities (hotels, cafes, bars, museums, restaurants) have developed to meet their needs. English is widely spoken within the tourist areas. Tallinn's population is about 400 000.



Main local and cultural events in Tallinn

Tallinn offers a wide variety of entertainment with something for everybody. Its theatres and cinemas, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, museums and nightclubs are open year round to the visitors. National Opera’s season lasts from August to June. During summer, lots of different open-air performances and concerts are held where classics share the stage with pop and rock culture.

More information about different events:


Other cultural events

Events in Tallinn

Event calendar


Public transport in the city

Central Tallinn is very compact and easy to get around, and reaching farther out destinations is simple thanks to the city's network of buses, trolleys and trams.

The public transport network operates from 6:00 to 23:00 (some lines until 24:00). The ticket system works on a random-inspection basis, so you can board via any door and don't have to show anything to the driver. You must, however, have a validated ticket or you risk a €40 fine.

We suggest student to purchase a 30-day Smartcard which costs €30+ deposit €2 to enjoy an unlimited ride in Tallinn. The green, plastic Smartcard (Ühiskaart) is a farecard that lets you use the electronic ticket system. Buy it at any R-Kiosk, post office or the Tallinn City Government customer service desk for a €2 deposit and then load it with enough credit.

Short description of TalTech

TalTech University of Technology (TalTech) is one of Scandinavia’s premier technical universities with a strong focus on high-level research in engineering, technology and innovation-related fields. Established in 1918, this public university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018.


Internationally successful university

TalTech is a modern university of engineering and technology, with a dynamic synergy rooted from interdisciplinary education and research of engineering, natural, exact, social and health sciences. TalTech is comprised of 4 schools and Estonian Maritime Academy, offerings higher education at bachelor, master and doctorate level to over 12 000 students (of which 13% are International students) and 2000 employees (academic staff 60%).

TalTech, the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. Here the synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, economic and health sciences) is created and new ideas are born. TalTech is to become one of the leading technological universities in the Baltic Sea region


High-quality programs and successful alumni

Study and teaching is based on internationally recognized research and the graduates are highly rated on the labour market. The University’s approximately 70,000 alumni have shaped the economic landscape of present-day Estonia.


Excellence in research and innovation

TalTech is a university, which by relying on academic competencies and professional management, responds actively to the needs of the rapidly developing society and is involved in tackling the challenges of the digital era.


Inspiring environment

TalTech offers its students exciting student and cultural life and the best accommodation and sporting opportunities in the Baltic Sea region. The TalTEch campus is also a home to more than 200 high-tech companies (e.g. Skype).


Creating the future

TalTech is in charge of nurturing the next generation of engineers and advancing engineering culture in Estonia, contributing to the sustainable development of the society and increased national prosperity with its innovative services. Our vision is innovative Estonia in a sustainable world.