Study Abroad in Tallinn

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Explore Tallinn, Estonia

Fondly named the “Gem of the Baltic,” Tallinn is Estonia’s capital and largest city. As a leader in technology and the major political, financial, cultural, and educational center of Estonia, Tallinn is full of rich culture and history that’ll captivate you as soon as you arrive. This enchanting city boasts a cozy and relaxed vibe while preserving its medieval Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), historical legacies, and rich nature. From its historic main square to its medieval architecture, Tallinn is an incredible place to live and learn abroad. 

When you study abroad in Tallinn, you’ll make one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities your classroom. Here, along the Baltic Sea, you’ll discover why Tallinn is considered the cultural hub of Estonia, as well as the “Silicon Valley” of Europe. The city’s booming tech scene, cobblestone streets, comfortable cafés, lovely shops, beautiful cathedrals, historic defensive towers, and hilltop castles will be your backdrop during your Tallinn study abroad program. Whether you want to study business, tech, or language, your time living and learning in the world’s most advanced digital society will be the study abroad adventure of a lifetime! 


Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Tallinn, study tours and excursions may include: 

  • Visits to famous landmarks including Toompea Hill, Tallinn Town Wall, and Kohtuotsa viewing platform 
  • Day trips to nearby Estonian cities including Tartu, Pärnu, and Narva 
  • A ferry ride to Estonia’s largest islands, Saaremaa, and Hiiumaa 

If you’re a student looking for an authentic study abroad experience in Tallinn, our cultural excursions and tours allow you to do just that! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit famous sites, or make new friends abroad, studying abroad in Tallinn offers something for everyone. 

Where Students Study

Tallinn University (TLU) 
Founded in 2005, TLU was the result of a parliamentary decision by the Republic of Estonia to consolidate several historic Tallinn universities and institutes to form a single public research institution. Today known as TLU, the university promotes an intelligent lifestyle through education and research. TLU has been represented in world university rankings since 2019, ranking in both the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) 
Established in 1918, TalTech is Estonia’s only technical university. Situated in Estonia’s capital, TalTech is considered the most international university in the country. In this research-based university, students can study technology, applied science, IT, business, and maritime studies.  

Study Abroad Programs in Tallinn

Pocket Guide to Tallinn

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Estonian, English, Russian

    Available Transportation
    Bus, trolly, tram, taxi

    Famous Local
    Arvo Pärt – Renowned composer and performer

  • Climate
    Temperate and mild with warm summers and severe winters; weather is often breezy and humid from the Baltic Sea

    Local Attraction
    Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval architecture and cobblestone streets

  • Airport
    Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL)

    Social Norms
    Estonians are regarded as socially introverted, so it’s common to speak quietly and be reserved in public.

    What to Pack
    Warm layers, comfortable shoes, sunglasses

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tallinn a good place to study abroad?

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If you're wondering if you should study abroad in Tallinn, the answer is yes! This incredible Baltic city boasts rustic charm, world-class education, an innovative tech scene, an affordable cost of living, and historic landmarks. 

Is Tallinn safe?

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Tallinn is considered a very safe city with relatively low crime rates. As with any study abroad destination, we recommend that students keep their belongings secure, stay aware of their surroundings, and travel in groups when possible.

What is Tallinn known for?

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Tallinn is known as the “Gem of the Baltic” and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. This historic city is famed for its historic gates, defensive towers, cobblestone streets, and walls. Additionally, the city is affectionately called the “Silicon Valley of Europe,” as Tallinn is nearly 100% digital. Discover firsthand how many entrepreneurs, tech startups, and students flock here to experience the local commitment to digital innovation and the city’s thriving tech scene. 

Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

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CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Tallinn to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps: 

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program 
  2. Review all available funding opportunities 
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application



Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.