Estonia - first cycle programmes

Estonian Flag  is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal bands of blue, black and white
Country: Estonia
Population (mln): 1,34
Official language/s: Estonian
Time zone: UTC+1 Winter, UTC+2 Summer
Internet TLD: .ee
Calling code: +372
Member of the EU from: 1st May 2004
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 11.4
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 26.0
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 9.6
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 18.8
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 15,6
Country codes in education system: EE
Expected duration of education (years): 17,9

Bakalaureus level study is the first stage of academic studies with the aim to increasing students' level of general education, acquiring basic knowledge and skills in the speciality necessary to pursue further studies at master level and to begin work. The nominal length of these studies is generally three years (120 AP) , in certain disciplines it is four years (160 AP). The main aim of the bakalaureus study programmes registered before 1 June 2002 was to develop theoretical knowledge and skills in the selected work area and its completion gave the right to work in a position requiring high-level specialist qualifications. The nominal length of the studies was generally four years along with teacher training that could be extended by up to five years.  Graduates who have completed their studies will be awarded the bakalaureusekraad which is certified with a diploma. The qualification is a master-level qualification in the present higher education system of Estonia.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND
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