International students in Estonia

Estonian higher education institutions are increasingly attracting some of the best and brightest students – which are potential employees already living here in Estonia. Coming from abroad but having lived and received an education in Estonia, international students are a great asset for companies looking to hire international talent.

International students and recent graduates in Estonia are a great resource that is yet to be discovered by some companies. Often, these soon-to-be specialists carry with them great advantages such as:
+ Knowledge on foreign markets and other cultures
+ Creativity and unique ways of thinking
+ Motivation and flexibility towards work conditions

The good news is that international students from non-EU countries have generally easier conditions and processes in Estonia to either work during their studies, or make their transition from university to work life.

Foreign students internship Starter-kit

We’ve prepared for you a starter-kit that will give you the needed information to hire an intern.
+ Quick-guide to an international intern.
+ Internship agreement in English and in Estonian.
+ Detailed instruction manual for hiring foreign interns (by Estonian Employers’ Confederation, in Estonian).

Working conditions for foreign students

During studies

International students do not need an additional working permit to work while studying full time, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their studies.

After studies

All non-EU students can stay in Estonia for an additional 270 days (9 months) after graduation to look for a job in Estonia. Once the job is found, they can apply for a temporary residence permit.

+ International students having successfully finished their BA or MA in Estonia can apply for temporary residence permit for employment. Employer has a simpler procedure, as there is no need to ask for permission from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund nor it is required to meet salary criterion.

With the application of temporary residence permit for employment the employer can send their invitation by employer to the Police and Border Guard Board by e-mail ( or by post (Pärnu mnt 139, 15060 Tallinn).

Facts and Figures (2017)

Check some interesting facts and figures (2017) on international students by Study Estonia.

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