Registration for free Estonian language courses opens on 20 January

Public registration for free Estonian language courses will open on the website of the Integration Foundation ( at 10:00 on Wednesday 20 January. Registration is open to adults from the age of 18 using their ID card, Mobile ID or Smart ID. A total of 1344 people will be commencing or continuing their free studies of Estonian in January and February.

The Integration Foundation is offering 285 places in online courses at the B1, B2 and C1 levels and 375 places in face-to-face classes at the A1-C1 levels, meaning that 660 people in total will be able to study by registering. Also studying the national language will be a further 684 people who were either recommended for a course during their consultation with the Integration Foundation in 2020 or who will be continuing their studies having successfully completed the previous level. Overall, this means that 1344 people will be commencing or continuing their free studies of Estonian in January and February.

“There are two ways of taking up studies of Estonian on the free courses offered by the Integration Foundation,” explained Head of Language Studies Jana Tondi. “One is by registering online, which you can do twice a year, and the other way is by coming in for a free consultation at one of our offices. During one of these consultations we look at your learning background and your language needs and offer options to get you on one of the courses offered by our Estonian Language Centres or one of our partners as quickly as possible. Anyone who’s unable to or misses out on registering online should contact our advisers and find out what other opportunities there are for them to take up Estonian studies.”

Registration is open using your ID card, Mobile ID or Smart ID. Those registering with their ID card should bear in mind that they will need a card reader and must be able to recall their PIN-1. They will also need to check that their card certificate is still valid and that ID software has been installed on their computer.

Course timetables are already available on the Integration Foundation’s website. The registration rules can likewise be found on the site, on which you can also take a placement test.

To register for a consultation, contact our advisers by e-mailing [email protected] or calling the free hotline 800 9999.

The next registration round for the Integration Foundation’s free Estonian language courses will take place in August 2021.

Estonian language studies on courses run by the Integration Foundation are financed by the Ministry of Culture.