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International students in Estonia

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

Work in Estonia can help companies get closer to international students and recent graduates, which are potential soon-to-be employees already in Estonia and eager to kickstart their career. While these talents are a great resource which potential is yet to be fully discovered by companies, they do have several advantages that might be useful to your business, such as:

+ Knowledge on foreign markets and other cultures
+ Creativity and unique ways of thinking
+ Motivation and flexibility towards work conditions

And the great news is that hiring international students – during or after completion of their studies – has been as simple as it can be for the employers, meaning hazzle-free hires just waiting to be discovered.

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 (ppa@politsei.ee) or by post (Pärnu mnt 139, 15060 Tallinn).

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).

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