Estland: Tallinn University

Shervin Balali went to Tallinn University in Estonia.

Let's see how he graded different aspects of his stay (0-10)! You can find more detailed information about his experience here.


Study                                                 Explanation

Location of the University (hard to reach / close by)

Slightly out of the centre, but close to a beautiful park and the sea. Very easy to reach with bus, tram or by foot.

10

Infrastructure/technology in the University

(no equipment / advanced application)

Generally advanced, modern and neat. Some faculties (e.g.: Film and Media faculty) are supposed to be amazing, but I cannot judge.

8

Language requirements (English suffices / official Language)

English suffices. However, many teachers speak  rather poor English.

6

The study programme

(easy / difficult/intense)

Very easy.

3

The study programme

(not interesting / interesting)

So and so. 2 courses were very interesting.

7

Relationship students-professors

(informal / formal)

Very friendly and informal – I liked it a lot.

2

Students from Dutch universities (few / a lot)

Rather few, the majority of Erasmus students were Spanish, Italian and German.

3

Internationality

(few international students / many int. students)

10% of all students are international. In general, the university seems to be pretty international.

6.5

Finances                                            Explanation

Funds

(difficult to acquire / very easy to acquire)

Erasmus Grant (as provided by the RUG) is relatively small. Estonia falls under Category 3 which doesn’t reflect the actual price level. Dutch universities pay less than, for example, German universities: 170 vs 300 euros per month

4

Accomodation

(difficult to find & expensive / easy & affordable)

Easy to find and university offers student housing for around 200€ per month. Private accommodation is more expensive but overall cheaper than Groningen.

6.5

Food in supermarkets

(expensive / cheap)

Very similar to the Netherlands.

5

Eating out

(expensive / cheap)

There are many affordable options, cheaper than NL.

7

Public transport

(expensive / cheap)

Very cheap (monthly ticket only 23€) and free for all registered citizens of Tallinn à after 3 weeks I travelled for free.

10

Going out

( expensive / cheap)

Again very similar to the Netherlands.

5


Culture                                              Explanation

Points of interests

(not so many / lots of museums etc.)

Many museums, great opera and theatre house, lots of live music and social events around town.

8

Food offer

(only local food / great variety of restaurants)

Tallinn offers a great variety of restaurants, very suitable for vegetarian and vegan diet.

9

Nature

(none / several natural parks/recreational parks)

Half of Estonian land is woods, in and around Tallinn there are many beautiful parks, beaches and hiking routes.

10

Recreation/Sports

(limited / many options/extra courses)

The university itself offers little sport facilities and courses/clubs, but the city houses many gyms, pools, etc.

7

Social Activities

(limited / many theatres/cinemas/pubs

The city has numerous cinemas, lots of concerts, many live-music events and definitely enough bars. Also, ESN Tallinn is very well organised and offers many social activities and trips around the area.

10


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