As you prepare to go abroad, you need to make sure that you have a health care plan that provides sufficient coverage and is valid in your destination country. Depending on your citizenship and the country where you will be studying, you may also need to apply for a visa, obtain a residence permit, or register your residence. Finally, you should also familiarise yourself with the overall state of affairs in your destination country and think about how to stay safe.
Learn about health insurance options and requirements:
Make sure that you have all your necessary medications, prescriptions, and immunizations you will need for your entire time abroad. If possible, bring one month worth of extra medications in case of an emergency. Some medications that are legal in Estonia, may not be legal in your host country so it is always important to check. Take all medications with you in the original containers. Consult with your doctor about any medical issues.
1. EU students (citizens of EU countries or persons with permanent right of residence in an EU country)
2. Non-EU students (students who require a residence permit to study in Estonia)
Before heading abroad, find out whether you will be able to get a spot in a student dormitory or if you will have to make your own separate housing arrangements. Reserving a spot in a dormitory usually requires sending in an application before a certain deadline and/or paying a deposit/application fee. Even if the university you are going to does not provide student housing, they may be able to offer you tips on how to find a place to live on your own. Generally speaking, you must pay for housing on your own, so be sure you have a good idea of your monthly costs.
If housing costs are covered by the host institution (partner universities of the University of Tartu, ISEP), then this information will be included in the call for proposals or program terms. Do not hesitate to ask the receiving university for information or assistance regarding accommodation.
It is a good idea to bring more than one form of payment with you in case of an emergency.
Notify your bank and credit card company if you plan to use your card or access your account from abroad.
Find out if you will need to open a bank account abroad. Make sure you have a required documentation and materials to do so. Your host institute will be able to advise you on this.
Don’t forget to consider other financial responsibilities you will have beyond study costs (rent, travel, groceries, excursions, fees, shopping, social activities, etc.) Research the cost of living in your host country as it may be significantly different than in Tartu. Many universities will have a sample budget for reference, such as UT has for incoming students. Using sites like Expatistan or Numbeo may help give you a sense of the cost of living. For more accurate information, contact your host institution.
Depending on your host country and the type of visa you are on, you may be allowed to work. Terms of employment can vary greatly from not being allowed to work at all to hours or salary constrictions. Contact your host institutions or visa sponsor for the most accurate information. Violating the terms of your visa can jeopardize your right to stay in your host country.