Bilateral agreements

The foreign relations of the Republic of Estonia  are regulated by the Foreign Relations Act, which distinguishes between  treaties and  inter-agency treaties which both are written agreements. An  inter-agency treaty  is concluded on behalf of an institution, a treaty on behalf of the Republic of Estonia or the Government of the Republic.

Agreements in the field of education and research are mostly framework agreements in which parties indicate a desire to cooperate and affirm their good will and the desire to:

  • support the creation of direct contacts between the educational and research institutions of both nations;
  • exchange students, lecturers and educational experts and offer scholarships;
  • to participate bilaterally in conferences, seminars and other educational events;
  • to exchange publications and information about the education system, as well as the recognition of degrees and diplomas;
  • to support a mutual learning of each other’s language and culture.
 

In the field of education and research Estonia has concluded bilateral agreements with the following countries:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Scholarships

Pursuant to the agreements Estonia offers to the students and researchers of some countries scholarships and vice versa. Starting from the year 2015 the scholarships based on the international agreements are offered in the framework of the National Scholarship Programme for international students, researchers and academic staff. In Estonia, the Archimedes Foundation is responsible for technical coordination of scholarships.

 
COUNTRY AGREEMENT
Armenia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Armenia in the fields of education and research
Done on September 22, 2014.

Azerbaijan

Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Cooperation in the Fields of Education and Research

Done on April 7, 2010. 

Belgium

Co-operation Programme for the Years 2015-2018 between the Government of Estonia and the Government of Flanders in Implementation of the Co-operation Treaty between the Government of Estonia and the Government of Flanders
Done on May 14, 2014.

Co-operation Programme between the Government of Estonia and the Walloon Government for the Years 2015–2018
Done on July 7, 2015. The Agreement is available in French language.

Brazil

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on Cultural and Educational Co-operation
Done on  November 9, 2000.

Bulgaria

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on Co-operation in the Fields of Education, Science on Culture
Done on March 1, 2004.

Canada

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of Canada Concerning Youth Exchanges
Done on December 14, 2009.


China

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of the Government of the People´s Republic of China on Scientific and Technical cooperation
Done on April 20, 1992. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the People´s Republic of China on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation
Done on September 3, 1993.

Cooperation Programme between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and The Ministry of Education of the People´s Republic of China for the Years 2017-2022
Done on May 8, 2017.

Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education of the People´s Republic of China on Mutual Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications
Done on April 27, 2015.


Croatia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on Co-operation in the Fields of Science, Technology and Higher Education
Done on February 21, 2000.
Czech Republic

Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Science and Youth for the years 2009-2012
Done on May 4, 2009. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Cyprus

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on Cooperation in the Fields of Culture and Education
Done on January 8, 2004.  

Agreement on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Industrial Co-operation between the between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus
Done on October 30, 2000.

Egypt

Agreement on Economic, Technical and Scientific Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Done on April, 9, 1996.


Finland
Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Technology in Education between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Finland
Done on 29.01.2014
France

Estonian-French Agreement on Student Exchange for the years 2006-2008
Done on February 16, 2006. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement between the Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of France on Estonian-French programParrot“ on joint scientific projects (in French)
Done in March 10, 2011.
 

Georgia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of Georgia on Co-operation in the Fields of Culture, Education, Science, Youth and Sports
Done on October 12, 2004.

Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in general education between the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Foundation Innove and Unicef Georgia
Done on May 14, 2015.

Germany

Agreement on Cultural Co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
Done on April 29, 1993. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement on Assigning German Teachers to Estonian Schools
Done on April 28, 1993. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Joint Statement of the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Education and the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia on Cooperation in the Fields of Culture and Education (in German)
Done on April 3, 1995.

Framework Agreement on Counselling and Co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
Done on February 28, 1997. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on Co-operation among Schools
Done on June 3, 2002, came into force on August 4, 2010. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Memorandum of Understanding between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research  on Cooperation in the Field of Science, Technology and Education
Done on May 6, 2003.

Joint Statement on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Science and Research between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German)
Done in 2003.


Greece

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Hellenic Republic on Cooperation in the Fields of Culture, Education and Science
Done on May 24, 1999.

Programme on Cooperation in the Fields of Education and Culture between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Hellenic Republic for the Years 2005, 2006 and 2007
Done on June 15, 2005. The Programme will be automatically extended until the signing of the new Programme.


Hungary

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Hungary in the Fields of Culture and Education
Done on April 28, 1994.The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

India

Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of India
Done on October 14, 1993.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of the Republic of India in the Fields of Culture, Education, Science, Sports, Art, Mass Media, Tourism and Youth
Done on October 15, 1993. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of India on Co-operation in the Fields of Science and Technology
Done on February 5, 1999.

Exchange Programme between the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education and Research, Government of the Republic of Estonia on Cooperation in the Field of Education
Done on October 15, 2013.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia for Cooperation in the field of Biotechnology
Done on October 14, 2013.

Indonesia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on Cultural Cooperation

Done on April 15, 2002.

Israel

Agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the State of Israel on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation
Done on July 12, 1993.

Program of Educational, Scientific, Cultural, Youth and Sports Cooperation between  the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the State Israel for the Years 2012-2015
Done on November 12, 2012.

 

Italy

Agreement on Cultural, Educational, Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Italian Republic
Done on April 15, 1998.

 

Kazakhstan

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation
Done on September 5, 2009.  

Agreement between the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Fields of Education and Science (in Russian)
Done on September 7, 2009.

Korea (South)

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Korea on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Co-operation
Done on June 25, 2001.

Latvia

Memorandum of Understanding on Creating possibilities for Latvian students to study at the Valga County Vocational Education Centre between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
Done on September 29, 2011.

Lithuania

Latvia

Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania on Exchange of students, researchers and teaching staff
Done on December 29, 2011.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania on Closer Co-operation in Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Done on November 13, 2012.

Mexico

Agreement on Educational, Cultural and Sport Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the United Mexican States
Done on September 28, 2005.

Moldova

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports
Done on October 19, 2011.


Philippines

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on Cultural and Educational Co-operation
Done on June 21, 2005.

Poland

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Poland on Cooperation in the Fields of Culture and Science
Done on July 2, 1992. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Agreement between the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Education and the Polish Ministry of Education on Cooperation in the Field of Education for the Years 1995-1997 
Done on March 23, 1995. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.

Portugal

Co-operation Agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the Portuguese Republic in the Fields of Language, Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Youth, Sport and Media
Done on May 12, 2003.


Russia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Field of Education (in Russian)
Done on October 21.10.1994.

Slovenia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in the Fields of Education, Culture and Research
Done on November 5, 1993. The Agreement is available in Estonian language.


Spain

Agreement on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Co-operation between the  Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Spain
Done on July 10, 2007.
 

Sri-Lanka

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Done on January 29, 2004.

Thailand

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of the Kingdom of Thailand on Cultural and Educational Cooperation         

Done on September 25, 2012.

Tunisia

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Tunisia on Cultural, Educational, Scientific and Sports Co-operation
Done on January 27, 2005.  

Turkey

Agreement on Culture, Education, Science and Sport between the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Turkey
Done on July 13, 1994.

Cooperation Programme between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey in the Fields of Culture, Education, Science, Youth and Sports
Signed on September 6, 2005.
 

Ukraine

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Ukraine on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Co-operation
Done on March 15, 1994.

Cooperation Programme  between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Ukraine
Done on January 4, 2002.


United Kingdom

Joint Statement on Co-operation in the Field of Education and Training between the Estonian Ministry of Education and the United Kingdom Department for Education and Employment
Done on August 15, 2000.


United States of America

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the United States of America for Scientific and Technological Cooperation
Done on December 11, 2008.

Memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia and The Department of State of the United States of America on the Fulbright Academic Exchange program
Done on February 19, 2015

 

Last updated: 4 July 2017