There has been an agreement on education-based cooperation between Estonia and Russia since 1994. Russia is one of the main target countries of ‘Study in Estonia’. During the 2019/2020 academic year, 466 students from Russia were enrolled at Estonian universities.
Bilateral cooperation agreements have been entered into with Russian universities by the University of Tartu, TalTech, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tallinn University and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. More information about Estonian higher education opportunities can be found on the ‘Study in Estonia’ website at https://www.studyinestonia.ee/. Student exchanges take place on a regular basis, universities work together on research and education projects and are represented at education fairs, and joint publications are issued.
Estonia and Russia cooperate in the field of educating children with special needs. At a meeting of the Ministers of Education of the two countries in 2019, an agreement was reached in regard to the teaching of children with special needs whose first language is Russian. Since 2020 a scholarship has been available for Master’s studies in speech therapy at Russian universities. The scholarship is designed to boost the number of speech therapists with Russian-language training working in educational institutions in Estonia.
As part of the Estonian-Russian Cross-border Cooperation programme, the Estonian University of Life Sciences is involved in a project entitled ‘Restocking of the European Eel as a Measure for the Recovery of Endangered Species and the Preservation of Natural Diversity’ and in an INTERREG programme project entitled ‘Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region’.
Scientists from Estonia and Russia are also working together on issues related to the Arctic and indigenous populations. For example, the Geology Institute of TalTech is working with the Moscow-based Geography Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the St Petersburg-based Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and the Geology Department of St Petersburg University. An exhibition entitled ‘Hunting Trails’ (a project forming part of the Tribal Peoples programme) to which the Ethnology Department of the University of Tartu contributed is currently on display at the National Museum of the Komi Republic.
Teachers of Estonian language have been sent from Estonia to general education schools in Pechory (Petseri) and Verkhniy Suetuk (Ülem-Suetuk) as part of the Compatriots programme. Estonian lecturer Svetlana Kass has been appointed to St Petersburg University as part of the ‘Development Plan for Foreign Academic Studies of Estonian Language and Culture 2018-2027’. It is possible to study Estonian in Scandinavian School in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Estonian can also be studied online. To do this, students need to register themselves once a year with the Global School or the Miksike programme. Beginners also have the opportunity to make use of the Keeleklikk website, while more advanced learners can use the Keeletee site.