Tallinn Summer School Program 2021


About Tallinn Summer School

Tallinn Summer School, organised since 2006, is a 3-week programme running in July, combining a wide range of courses with a rich, diverse cultural programme and attracting participants from all over the world. In addition to a variety of social events, participants visit museums, historical sights, places of cultural importance, and see some of the nature of Estonia on weekend trips to different locations within the country. Tallinn Summer School manages to maintain a scholarly approach alongside a relaxed atmosphere, studying at the same time as exploring the culture of Estonia.

Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. We have more than 7,500 students (with 9.5% of them international), and over 800 employees, including close to 400 researchers and lecturers. Tallinn University is very strongly committed to internationalisation.

As the capital and largest city in Estonia, Tallinn is a major European political, cultural and educational centre. Often called the Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley, E-Estonia has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is the birthplace of many international companies including Skype. It is also the home of the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.


1) Education and Youth Authority offers foreign students free places on courses in Estonian Language and Culture at summer schools organised by Estonian universities. The free place includes tuition, the cultural programme and accommodation in the least expensive double room. The applicant must cover the costs of travel to and from the course, and meals. More information is available on the Education and Youth Authority’s website. Please note that the scholarship is only for students who are already learning Estonian.

2) Estonian Governmental Scholarships. The scholarships are intended to support participation in summer courses of Estonian language and culture as well as in courses of summer and winter schools related to the English-language curricula of degree study in Estonia. Read more on the Education and Youth Authority’s website.

3) In order to guarantee their participation in Tallinn Summer School, students can also turn to their home institutions or local funding authorities.


Tallinn Summer School has different requirements for each course. Some courses are designed only for PhD and Master level students. The language courses and the art workshops welcome anyone interested in language, culture and art. If there are any special requirements, they are listed under the course description. The number of credits varies according to the course.

ECTS – a common language for academic recognition.

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another. This is achieved through the use of common ECTS credit units and a common ECTS grading scale. ECTS also improves access to information on foreign curricula.

A Tallinn University Certificate of Participation is also awarded to students for any courses they complete.

Term and Condition

General Conditions

  1. The Terms and Conditions are based on the Regulations of Continuing Education in Tallinn University established by Regulation No. 32 of 23/11/2015 by Tallinn University Senate.

Application procedure

  1. Applications are accepted via Tallinn Summer School’s website.
  2. Applicants are contacted by the organisers and if needed, asked for additional information before being accepted to the chosen course.
  3. The official registration deadline is 30 April – late applications are accepted in case there are vacancies.
  4. By submitting the application form the participant declares to have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions.

Terms of payment

  1. After the applicant has been accepted to the course, Tallinn Summer School issues an electronic invoice including the invoice payment deadline and University’s bank details. The invoice will be sent to the participant’s e-mail address stated in the application form.
  2. The course fee should be paid by the deadline stated on the invoice. Requests for due date extensions should be sent to before the payment deadline.
  3. If the course fee is not paid on time, Tallinn Summer School has the right to cancel the registration. The invoice shall be considered paid when the payment has reached the University’s bank account by the set deadline and in full amount.

Cancellation policy

  1. Tallinn Summer School reserves the right to cancel a course, e.g if insufficient numbers register for a course. In that case participants will be notified before the course starts and offered an option to choose another course. If the participant prefers to cancel his/her registration, the course fee will be reimbursed. Participants should keep in mind when making travel arrangements that other expenses (e.g travel expenses, accommodation expenses) shall not be reimbursed. It is therefore recommended for the participants taking out insurance coverage.
  2. If the participant has paid the course fee but wants to cancel his/her participation before 15 May, Tallinn Summer School will refund the course fee after deducting 25% plus bank fees. Requests for cancellations and refunds must be received in writing or by email. After 15 May no refunds for the course fees in case of cancellation will be possible.


  1. If a visa is needed, the participant should contact the nearest Estonian Embassy for further assistance. Participant is asked to mark in his/her online application that he/she needs a visa.
  2. Tallinn Summer School cannot provide the participant with any further assistance in obtaining a visa. We cannot guarantee that the participant will receive a visa – the Estonian authorities make that decision.
  3. If the participant is forced to cancel because he/she did not receive a visa, the regular cancellation policy applies. We strongly recommend starting with the application process for a visa as early as possible, as it may take many weeks.


  1. The participants are responsible for their own insurance. The insurance should cover health insurance, liabilities, and accidents that may occur. Tallinn Summer School shall not accept responsibility for injuries, illnesses, loss or damage to property, accidents, etc.

Privacy policy

  1. Tallinn Summer School follows the personal data processing rules of Tallinn University.
  2. If a participant chooses accommodation organised by Tallinn Summer School, he/she agrees that his/her name and other data that the hostel/hotel requires for making a booking, are sent to the accommodation establishment.
  3. During Tallinn Summer School there will be some events open to all the participants and an official photographer will be taking photographs/videos for use by Tallinn University for publicity uses on our website and in social media. Please contact a member of staff if you wish to be exempted from this activity.