Recommendations to French students arriving in Estonia for the academic year 2020-2021

The French Institute of Estonia invites all French students going to Estonia to fill in a contact form (link in the article) to be kept informed of the evolution of the health situation and the restrictions in force in the country.

Since 3 August 2020, it is mandatory for travellers arriving in Estonia from France to quarantine themselves for 14 days at their place of residence or permanent residence (self-isolation).

This obligation also applies to French students arriving in Estonia for the academic year 2020-2021 (Erasmus+, other exchange programme…), and must be respected at all costs at the risk of being expelled from Estonian territory, said Mailis Reps, Estonian Minister of Education and Research, on 6 August on the ERR media. Estonian universities have also been granted the right to access the results of the screening tests carried out by students.

If you are a french student in Estonia, the French Institute of Estonia invites you to contact your host university, as the measures put in place to deal with Covid-19 vary from one institution to another (see the list below).

The Institute also invites you to fill in this contact form, to be kept informed of the evolution of the health situation in the country and the restrictions applied by the authorities.

You can also follow the latest recommendations on the website of the French Embassy in Estonia, as well as on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As far as possible, avoid relying on publications shared on social networks, even by relatives.

If you have any questions, please contact our scientific and academic cooperation attaché:


Recommendations from the country’s major universities


University of Tartu (UT)

The University of Tartu has put online a special Covid-19 FAQ for foreign students, regularly updated:

It should be noted that the university is facing a housing shortage due to the restrictions it applies to foreign students (11 August 2020, read on ERR).

Contact : Annika Kalda, Erasmus Student Exchange Coordinator,, +(372) 7376 085

More contacts :


Tallinn University (TLÜ)

The University of Tallinn has a dedicated page listing its recommendations to international students:

In particular, the University advises students to arrive in Estonia at least two weeks before the start of the academic year and points out that students who do not meet the self-isolation requirements can be expelled. The university dormitory is also not suitable for self-isolation.

Contact according to your faculty of assignment:


Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech)

Taltech announced at the end of July to refuse all foreign students from countries with an infection rate of 16 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 sliding days (here and here). However, this decision does not concern the European Union, neither French students.

Contacts and updated information regarding Covid-19 are available here :


Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ)

The Tartu University of Life Sciences provides dormitories for foreign students to meet the self-isolation period. The institution also offers to pick them up at the airport and then transfer them directly to the dormitory.

Contact : Karoli Kõiv, Incoming students’ coordinator,, +372 731 3026

More contacts :


Estonian Business School (EBS)

EBS has not put in place any particular mechanism to manage its international students during the Covid-19 crisis. However, the school insists on the possibility of following 100% of the courses online during the first month, so that students in quarantine will not miss anything.

Contact : Kerli Grauberg, International Relations Project Manager,, +372 665 1314

More information :

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