Work and travel in Estonia: International Experience Canada

Fun facts about Estonia

  • Estonia experiences the 'White Nights' phenomenon in the summer where days stretch long into the night and the sun barely ever sets
  • About half of Estonia is forest land
  • Estonia was the first country in the world to offer online voting

What Estonia offers

Estonia, located in Northern Europe is a small country full of Scandinavian peat-bogs, Siberian-like forests, a coastline rich with limestone, and over 1,500 islands of beautiful sandy beaches. Its climate is temperate and mild due to its location close to the Baltic Sea.

Hike through Estonia’s majestic pine forests and ancient bogs. Stay up late to celebrate the summer solstice with friends barbecuing in the garden or at village parties featuring bands playing around massive bonfires. Walk along the winding cobblestone streets of Tallinn’s Old Town; a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage site, and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe. It boasts Gothic spires and captivating architecture but also luxurious hotels, trendy neighbourhoods and large shopping centres.

The national language is Estonian but most Estonians can speak more than one language. English is widely spoken, especially among the younger population.

Who can apply?

To work in Estonia through the Youth Mobility Agreement, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18-35 years old (inclusive)
  • have a valid Canadian passport

Other requirements may apply. Check Estonia's website for more details.

What type of work visa do I need?

You need to apply for a Long-Stay Type D Visa. This visa has three categories:

Category a
Young Canadians, including post-secondary graduates who want to get additional training in Estonia through a pre-arranged contract of employment (job offer) in support of their career development.
Category b
Registered post-secondary students who want to complete part of their academic curriculum in Estonia through a pre-arranged contract of employment or internship offer. This can include arranged agreements between post-secondary institutions.
Category c (Working Holiday)
Young Canadians who want to travel to Estonia and work temporarily to help fund their trip.

Do I need a formal job or internship offer?

Yes, you need a job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer if you apply to:

  • Category a,
  • Category b

No, you don’t need one if you apply to category c.

How long can I stay and work?

You can stay and work in Estonia for up to 12 months.

You can participate in Estonia’s Working Holiday Agreement twice. Your second participation must be in a different category.

How do I apply?

You can apply in person at any Estonian Embassy in the world. You can also apply in person at Estonian Police and Border Guard Board Service Points in Estonia.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

More resources

Need more help planning? Contact a recognized organization.

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