Estonian language studies for third-country nationals

The Integration Foundation is offering free Estonian language studies to third-country nationals* who want to master the language at the B1 level, take the state exam and develop their communication skills.

* Third-country nationals are foreigners who are citizens of any country that is not a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Who are the courses designed for?

  • The courses are designed for those who have completed Estonian studies at the A2 level and wish to continue at the B1 level, as well as those who have already mastered the B1 level but wish to improve their language skills further.
  • The prerequisite for taking part in the course is Estonian skills at the A2 level. (This will be tested by the trainer prior to the course.)

Who can take part in the courses?

The courses are open to third-country nationals who:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • lawfully reside in Estonia or
  • are in the process of obtaining the right to lawfully reside in the country; and
  • have mastered Estonian at least at the A2 level.

When and where will the courses be taking place?

  • The courses will be taking place from August 2021 to December 2022.
  • They will be put together on an ongoing basis depending on the amount of interest in specific areas. You can indicate your preferred time and location during your pre-course consultation.
  • The courses will be run face to face in Harju and Ida-Viru counties; elsewhere in the country they will be available online.

How long will the courses last?

  • Each course will last for 4-5 months.
  • The total duration is 120 academic hours, which includes ordinary lessons and three excursions.

What form will the studies take?

  • During each course, the participants will attend lessons, complete homework, study independently and go on excursions showcasing Estonian culture (e.g. visiting museums or cinemas, attending plays or concerts, exploring different parts of the country or going hiking).
  • The participants will hone their skills individually and with Estonian-speaking volunteers, who will be taking part in their lessons and joining them on their excursions.
  • All studies will be conducted in Estonian.
  • In order to take part in online courses, participants will require a computer, smartphone or tablet with a microphone as well as headphones and a webcam.

What will happen at the end of a course?

  • The courses will end with an exam testing the language level you have attained. Certificates will be issued to those who have attended at least 70% of the course (i.e. at least 84 of the 120 academic hours) and at least one excursion.
  • Estonian exams are conducted by the Education and Youth Board. Course graduates will have to register personally. See the the www.innove.ee website for more details of exams.

How can I register to take part in a course?

You must attend a free consultation at one of the Integration Foundation’s Estonian Language Centres (in Tallinn or Narva) in order to take part in a course. To make an appointment, or if you would like further information, call the free hotline 800 9999 or e-mail info@integratsiooniinfo.ee.

 

The courses are taking place as part of the AMIF2020-8 project ‘Estonian language studies for third-country nationals in Estonia’. The project is being co-financed by the European Union via the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and by the Estonian Ministry of the Interior.