wear a mask upon arrival and throughout your period of self-isolation;
avoid using public transport to reach your place of residence – take a taxi;
spend 14 days in self-isolation at your place of residence, starting from the day you arrive;
get tested for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus as soon as you arrive;
take a follow-up test at least 14 days after arriving;
inform your school (AS EEK) of the tests and their results, via the school’s intranet, on the same day you receive your results.
Additional requirements of students resuming studies for a second or third year:
you must not attend classes in person for 14 days after your arrival;
you may start attending classes on the 15th day after your arrival if your second SARS-CoV-2 test is negative.
2. What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation means that you are required to spend the first 14 days after your arrival in Estonia at your place of residence, avoiding unnecessary contact with others. You may only leave your place of residence to purchase food, staple goods and medicines or visit a doctor, or in the case of an emergency.
3. Do I have to get a SARS-CoV-2 test, and if so, how do I go about it?
If you are not covered by any of the exceptions listed online at https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers, you are required to take an initial SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia and a second test at least 14 days after your arrival. You must inform your school (AS EEK) of the tests and their results, via the school’s intranet, on the same day you receive your results. Each test costs 80-90 euros, the cost of which must be covered by the student at the testing facility.
You must register for testing prior to arriving at the facility. In order to register, contact the facility by e-mail or over the phone. (Contact details can be found on the websites of the relevant companies.) The company performing the test will agree upon a suitable time and place for testing.
SARS-CoV-2 tests can be taken at the following facilities, though this list is by no means exhaustive:
5. How will the course run over fall semester for the September 2020 intake?
From September 2020 to January 2021 teaching will run online for first year international students. It will be full-time study and all classes/seminars will be held online. You are also expected to submit your coursework and take exams online as well. The timetable will be available on the intranet from September 2020.
6. How long will distance learning last for the September 2020 intake?
Distance learning will last for one semester (from September 2020 to January 2021) to enable all our international students attend courses and take exams virtually.
7. What is distance learning?
Your timetable will replicate an in-person experience. Meaning, classes will be held the same time as they would have been held if you were in Estonia. The lectures and discussion groups will be held online. You will also be submitting your course work online. At the beginning of the course you will be briefed about course structure, specifics of the delivery, course itself and the exam requirements.
8. What methods will be used in distance learning (programs, testing methods, exams, etc.)?
At the beginning of the course your lectures will brief you about course structure, specifics of the delivery, course itself and the exam requirements.
9. What technology is required to complete distance learning?
It is vital to have an up to date computer with camera and good internet connection and an ability to add apps. You will also need office programs (i.e. MS Office). Your computer system should enable you to actively participate in interactive video lectures.
10. Is there a reduced tuition fee due to distance learning?
No. But do not underestimate the cost you will save by not needing to pay for the accommodation and living cost in Estonia. The hostel itself would cost you approximately 1000€ for fall semester. Therefore, there will be a considerable savings for students studying the first semester virtually.
11. How will the university assure the quality of learning?
As an experienced e-country, and based on our spring 2020 experience, we can reassure you that the university has both the technical solutions and the experience to offer quality e-learning. We will also be supporting our staff and students if they require additional guidance. If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact our IT department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. How is networking supported during distance learning?
The university will run an online Welcome Week to enable students to settle into online learning as well as life in Estonia. We will also run various online networking events. Details will be provided closer to the time.
13. What will the Welcome Week look like?
The EUAS is planning to have an initial Welcome Week via different virtual events and offer further events in the Spring Semester.
14. When will non-EU visas be processed again?
Due to the changing nature of the pandemic the government is reviewing the situation weekly and Estonian Embassies will be opened as soon as it is safe. Please keep referring back to the Estonian Embassy’s website in your home country.
15. Will there be vacancies at the hostel in January 2021?
Whilst we cannot guarantee you a place at the hostel, we can reassure you that the International Office will help/guide you in finding accommodation in Tallinn, Estonia. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our International office at email@example.com or hostels manager Kedi Urbanik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. Does the university guarantee a visa?
The visas will be issued by the Estonian Embassies based on the application form and the documents provided by the EUAS and yourself. The university can support your visa application but cannot guarantee you a visa. We do encourage you to submit your visa applications as soon as the Estonian Embassies open in your home countries and travel to Estonia when the borders open up. Please see the travel advice https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers.
17 If I do not receive a visa will my tuition fees be refunded?
If you do not receive a visa, your second semester fees will be refunded.
18. Can I postpone my acceptance and start my studies in February 2021?
The EUAS is unable to postpone your admission due to the changes in the admission processes and admission requirements for February 2021 intake. Therefore, please resubmit your application form with supporting documents as you do need to go through the admission process and take an admission test as well as admission interview again.