Stable Levels for International Students in Estonia

Statistics reveal that the number of International Students enrolled for university degree programs in Estonia dropped slightly in the 2021/2022 academic year. However, the total number of newly enrolled students rose by 20 percent compared to the previous academic year.

Official figures indicate that over just over 5,000 students from foreign countries are enrolled for degree programs in an Estonian higher education institution. This represents a decline of circa 164 from the 2020/2021 academic year.

The number of newly enrolled International students in Estonia for the 2021/2022 academic year stands at 1,748. This figure represents a 298 rise in comparison with the previous academic year.

The Northern European country remains an attractive option for International students and the data seems to corroborate this. While the student market remains highly competitive, Estonia offers a more commensurate affordability compared to giants like the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

There has been a 500 percent increase in the number of enrolled International students in Canada in the last decade and a half. There were less than 1000 International students in 2006, compared to the 5,528 International students enrolled in 2019.

International students made tax contributions of circa 10 million Euros in the 2019/2020 academic year, which is a 12.5% increase from the previous year.

Russia and Finland are the highest exporters of International students to Estonia. Russia accounts for 19 percent of the International student population while Finland accounts for 11 percent.

Some other countries in the top 5 include Nigeria, Ukraine and India. Estonia receives International students from a total of 124 countries.

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