The exchange programme started in 1992 when two Estonians went to Denmark as exchange students to discover the world. The following year, YFU Estonia was formed and it was the beginning of regular student exchange programs between Estonia and other countries. Since 1995 the organisation has hosted more than 300 students from around the globe.
Do you want to study in Estonia?
The high school system is divided into:
- general secondary education
- vocational secondary education
These programmes are founded by the state, municipalities or private sector. The general secondary education accentuates on all general subjects, whereas the main emphasis in vocational education lies in acquiring professional skills and practical experience. The Estonian school year begins on the 1st of September and ends in the first week of June. All programs are open for exchange students between the ages of 15 - 18. YFU Estonia offers both a standard academic year program and also five special programs: nature, music, art film and theater. Contact the YFU Estonia team and find out all the information you need.
The Republic of Estonia is a small country in the northern Europe with a population of only 1.3 million inhabitants. Estonian is an interesting language closely related to Finnish and completely different from all its geographical neighbors. Estonia has a lot of untouched beautiful nature such as forests with many hiking trails, lakes and rivers. Estonian identity is very strong and their culture has preserved traditions, stories and customs even during foreign occupations. Singing is a part of their everyday life and they have one of the biggest collections of folk songs in the world, with written records of about 133,000 folk songs. Family represents the central focus of social life and family ties are very close.
Did you know?
- Estonia is named after the “Ests” who inhabited the region in the first Century AD.
- Almost 50% of Estonia is covered by forest.
- Estonia was the first country in the world to use online political voting.
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