Usually classes in Estonian universities start on 1 September, but universities except that foreign students arrive earlier to take part in the courses for foreign students organised by universities. These courses take usually place on the last week of August. The very last deadline to start the studies is usually in mid-September. Deadlines for PhD students are different, please check with concrete university.
All third-country nationals need a temporary residence permit (TRP) or a D-visa for long-term stay in Estonia. For studies, which last longer than one year (12 months) student needs to get temporary resident permit (TRP) which is usually issued for the whole period of planned studies. Embassy strongly recommends to apply for the TRP in the Embassy so that student can also receive his or her resident permit card in the Embassy before moving to Estonia.
As residence permit applications are examined in Estonia by Police and Border Guard Board within two months (time for transport of the application to Estonia and transport of the residence permit card back to the Embassy is not included), the last day when it is possible to apply for a residence permit for studies starting on autumn semester of 2019, is 21 May, 2019. Those students, who are not able to apply latest on 21 May, apply in the Embassy for D-visa and lodge their application for residence permit after arrival to Estonia.
For studies, which last less than one year (12 months) student applies for a D-visa and travels to Estonian and performs his or her studies on the basis of D-visa.
Applicant, who applies in the Embassy latest on 21 May:
As an exception can applicant, whose place of residence is in the country from which it is inconvenient to travel to Turkey (for example applicant must apply for a visa for each time when he or she wants to travel to Turkey or his or her country of residence is far away from Turkey or travelling to Turkey is inconvenient for other reasons) after lodging a residence permit application also apply for a D-visa (provided that residence permit application is lodged latest on 21 May).
In this case applicant designates service point of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board as the place of issuance of the resident permit card. D-visa application is accepted at once after lodging a residence permit application (no additional reservation is needed) and is examined within 5 working days. If visa is granted, it is issued with start of validity not earlier than from 26 August. If Estonian Police and Border Guard Board decides not to grant residence permit to the applicant, D-visa is annulled and can not be used for travelling.
Attention! This exception is not applicable to applicants, who live in Turkey. In other cases, the Embassy decides either this exception is applicable or not.
Applicant, who applies in the Embassy after 21 May:
Attention! Service stations of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board accept residence permit applications only on the basis of previous appointments, so Embassy suggests to acquire appointment as early as possible, at the first opportunity (appointments can be acquired on the webpage of the Police and Border Guard Board’s webpage up to three months in advance).