Each year, Estonian universities welcome more and more international students from all over the world. With long academic traditions and world-renowned higher education institutions, Estonia has become an attractive study destination for students abroad.

Overall, there are 20 educational institutions offering higher education in Estonia:

  • 6 public universities
  • 1 privately owned university
  • 8 state professional higher education institutions
  • 5 private professional higher education institutions

Public universities


Private university


Professional higher education institutions (Estonian: rakenduskõrgkoolid) provide first-cycle higher education programmes, but may also offer master’s level programmes and post-secondary vocational education programmes in the fields of their specialization. Professional higher education institutions may be state or private. Professional higher education institutions are legally more restricted in their activities and the approval of the Ministry of Education and Research is required in order to open new study programmes or to establish the terms and conditions for admission. Private professional higher education institutions provide study programmes mainly in the fields of social sciences, business administration, information technology and theology.