From Dec 13 citizens of third countries can register for free B1-level language lessons

At 10 a.m. on 13 December, registration for free Estonian lessons at the B1 level starts on the website of the Integration Foundation at integratsioon.ee. The language course is meant for adults with an unspecified citizenship and citizens of third countries who live in Estonia.

Registration will be open for courses that begin in February next year. Altogether, the Integration Foundation offers 300 free spots for registration. You can see the exact schedule on the website of the Integration Foundation.

The courses are open to third-country citizens or stateless persons who are at least 18 years of age, lawfully reside in Estonia or are in the process of obtaining the right to do so and have mastered Estonian at A2 level.

‘For this language studies project, we invite those permanent residents to register who have an unspecified citizenship or are citizens of a country that does not belong to the European Union or the European Economic Area or who are not citizens of Switzerland, but who are interested in learning the language at the B1 level,’ said Jana Tondi, the Head of Language Learning Activities of the Integration Foundation. ‘Registration for free Estonian lessons on levels A1–C1 starts in February of next year,’ Tondi added.

In Tallinn and Narva, the courses will be carried out in classrooms. There will also be online courses, where residents of all regions can participate.

Each course will last for 200 academic hours. Studies will take place entirely in Estonian and comprise ordinary lessons, homework tasks, independent learning and excursions showcasing Estonian culture (including visiting museums or cinemas, attending plays or concerts, exploring different parts of the country and going hiking). Volunteers who are native speakers of Estonian will be helping to run all activities so as to offer language learners more opportunities to practise their Estonian through actual communication.

You can register for a course with an ID-card, Mobile-ID, or Smart-ID.

Language lessons for third-country nationals are co-financed through the Ministry of Culture by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union and the Ministry of the Interior.

As a result of a public procurement, teachers from Algus OÜ, Elem Invest OÜ and Kiri-Mari Kirjastus OÜ are running courses within the framework of the AMIF2020-8 project ‘Estonian language studies for third-country citizens in Estonia’.

The further information is available by free hotline 800 9999 or e-mail [email protected].