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If you're still not convinced about studying IT in Estonia, then not to worry. StudyITin.ee created a list of the top 10 reasons just for you.
The programmes of study are developed together with organizations from the same field. This provides Estonia's universities with a unique curriculum, which is based on the current needs of the field. This also means that the universities are aware of all the changes happening in the IT sector. Good examples of this include being the first to provide cyber security courses in Europe, which works with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence by having guest lecturers from there and having a well-established programme. On top of this, you will receive an internationally recognized EU degree from the universities.
Do you have any great business ideas? Starting your own IT based business is made really easy in Estonia, from universities offering it as a part of their programmes to different workshops happening all around Estonia and "startup houses". One of the most famous ones being Garage48. Because this process is made really easy and accessible for everyone in Estonia, it has more startups per head than any other country in Europe.
With the amount of IT based companies in Estonia, there are a lot of job or placement opportunities for it graduates. Because most of these companies are international, knowing Estonian is not always a requirement and international students have an equal opportunity of finding a job or placement here and further developing their career. In most cases companies help students with renewing their visa and and offer support with any other legal issues. An EU member can find a job and stay in Estonia without any problems but non-EU members are given 6 months after their
studies have ended to find a job and extend their visa.
Estonian universities have set the same prices for all students - local and international. A big part of the courses to choose from have no tuition fee if you study with a full time load for both bachelor's and master's degree. Otherwise, the prices vary from different courses, but they are rarely over 3000 euros.
addition to having low or completely free of charge tuition fees, it is
also possible to apply for several scholarships to support your
studies. The best part is that it is available for all students - EU and
non-EU and not just the locals. These amounts vary from around 50 up to
a few hundred euros a month.
universities have a lot of international co-operation with other
universities around the world and also with other types of faculties and
organizations such as for example Silicon Valley. In addition, a big
number of the lecturers and professors are from abroad.
Year by year the amount of international student applicants grows and mostly it's for courses being connected with IT and software. If you come to study in Estonia, you can meet people from around the world and get a lot of useful connections.
Estonian universities offer a wide variety of possibilities for
students to have an active student life with different student
organizations, societies and also really good parties. There are also
special events created just for international students. It is really
easy to get involved and to use this opportunity to get good connections