Program Details

Program Location Tallinn, Estonia
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/31/24 to 12/21/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/28/24 to 06/08/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


ATTENTION:  CIEE will be providing an automatic Trailblazer travel grant toward airfare expenses of up to $1,500 to any Purdue student who participates in this fall 2024 program!

Situated on the border of Russia and only a short ferry ride away from Finland, Estonia is an incredible Baltic nation known for being a member of the European Union, Eurozone, and NATO. The country boasts a thriving democracy and is highly developed, with exceptionally advanced digital infrastructure in place.  

Estonia’s cultural hub, Tallinn, will be your backdrop while studying abroad in northeastern Europe. Historic gates, defensive towers, cobblestone streets, hilltop castles, and beautiful cathedrals all contribute to Tallinn – also known as the “Gem of the Baltic” – being recognized as one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. Today, Tallinn is not only famed for being Estonia’s capital and largest city; it’s also renowned for being the “Silicon Valley of Europe,” as the city is nearly 100% digital.

Spend your semester living and learning in Estonia’s capital and largest city: Tallinn! The Russian Language & European Studies program is designed to give you a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical similarities and differences between Russian cultures and their native cultures while improving your Russian language skills through classroom, lab, and experiential coursework.  

When class is in session, you’ll study at Tallinn University where you’ll learn about Estonian-Russian heritage communities, Estonian/Baltic perspectives of concepts like “democracy” and “freedom,” and interpret performing arts through visits to museums, galleries, and performance spaces. Outside the classroom, you’ll have every opportunity to enjoy Tallinn’s booming tech scene, cobblestone streets, comfortable cafés, lovely shops, beautiful cathedrals, historic defensive towers, and hilltop castles.

Students can choose from two options:

Russian Language + European Studies

Semester in Tallinn 

For more program information, please visit the program sponsor's website (CIEE).


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

More information about academics can be found on the CIEE website for each program.


Featured excursion: Overnight trip to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, which is a modern Scandinavian city just two hours away by boat.

Excursions & Activities:

  • Interact with the student body via Student Union, Student Council, and other organizations 
  • Participate in university sports activities 
  • Participate in the buddy program 
  • Tour major Estonian cities, such as Pärnu (the summer capital of Estonia) or Tartu (the City of Good Thoughts) 
  • Visit local startups and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation alumni businesses 
  • Canoe, kayak, hike, or cycle in Estonia’s pristine and unspoiled landscape 
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site, known as one of Europe's best-preserved towns from the Medieval Period 
  • Network with the Baltic American Freedom Foundation alumni businesses and other local startups


Housing options include a homestay or a room in a student residence building.

Breakfast and dinner are provided in homestays.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, housing, excursions, and on-site orientation. Depending on the housing option selected, some or most meals may be included. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,906.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,750.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Local Transportation $75.00
Visa $100.00
Books and Supplies $75.00
Meals $1,340.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $220.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email