Please read the information below carefully before starting the application process.

Admissions for the school year 2020/2021 are open!

If you have any question regarding the admissions process, please feel free to contact our Admission Secretary Iris Mäeker:

Please read the Admission Policy of Tallinn European School (Approved by the Supervisory Board of Foundation Euroopa Kool on 18 June 2019)

The registration fee is 60 euros.

Once the complete application has been received by TES, the parents or a legal representative will be informed in writing and a statement for the required registration fee in the amount of 60 euros will be included. The registration fee does not apply to the children of employees of EU institutions and agencies. Registration fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee. The registration fee is to be paid by bank transfer or credit card payment. Cash payments are not accepted.

In case the registration fee is not paid, the application documents will not be processed.

Tallinn European School annual tuition fees for the school year 2020/2021 are:

  • Nursery: 3,630.00 euros
  • Primary: 4,240.00 euros
  • Secondary: 5,190.00 euros

If at the end of the school year, the tuition fee has been only partially paid, or remains unpaid, the pupil(s) of the families concerned will be removed from the school list.

Please take note that the costs of the following facilities are not included:

  • Canteen
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Aftercare
  • Transport
  • Field trips and study visits
  • Special education needs
  • Study materials
  • Account holder/Beneficiary: Rahandusministeerium (The Ministry of Finance)
  • Bank account numbers:
    • SEB Bank: EE 89 1010 2200 3479 6011; EEUHEE2X
    • Swedbank: EE 93 2200 2210 2377 8606; HABAEE2X
    • Luminor Bank: EE 70 1700 0170 0157 7198; NDEAEE2X
  • Reference number on the invoice.
  • Explanation: European School tuition fee, Number of the Schooling Contract, name and class of the Pupil.

TES primarily enrols:

  • Children of employees of the European Union institutions and agencies;
  • Children of foreigners living and working in Estonia, if the children’s mother tongue / dominant language (L1) is not Estonian;
  • Children of TES teachers and employees with an employment contract with at least 0,6 workload, if the mother tongue / dominant language (L1) of the children is not Estonian;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, children of the members of Estonian diplomatic corps;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, TES may enrol a child whose mother tongue / dominant language (L1) is Estonian, if the child has previously studied, for at least 3 (three) years, in a European School abroad at Primary (P1-P5) or Secondary (S1-S6) level;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, TES may enrol siblings of previously enroled TES pupils.

Please note that the ranking of the applications is based on our Target Groups (please see above). The school will guarantee a place for the children of employees of EU institutions and agencies (Category 1). All other pupils (Category 2) can be placed upon availability.

The enrolment documents can be submitted through our online application form.

You can also arrange an appointment with our Admission Secretary Iris Mäeker (phone: +372 6311 331, email: for delivering the documents.

1) What kind of school is Tallinn European School?

The European Schools came into being in 1953 and were established to promote the mobility of European officials. The education is designed to ensure that, after a stay abroad, children can enrol in a school in their home country without too many difficulties or can continue their school career at a European School in another European country. Therefore, such schools are established where European institutions and agencies are located.  The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security, and justice (EU-LISA) was established in Tallinn in 2014.

Tallinn European School offers education that meets the pedagogical requirements laid down for the European Schools within the framework of the national school networks of the Member States. More information about the European schools can be found on the official website of the European Schools

Tallinn European School provides general education in Nursery, Primary and Secondary level.

  • Nursery (N1-N2; pupils’ age 4-6)
  • Primary (P1-P5; pupils’ age 6-11)
  • Secondary (S1-S7; pupils’ age 11-19)
2) What curriculum does the school follow?

The school follows the European School (The European Baccalaureate) curriculum.

The main aspects of the curriculum are the following:

a) European dimension and Solidarity

b) Cultural Diversity and Tolerance

c) Multilingualism

  • Mother tongue/dominant language/L1 – compulsory subject N1-S7
  • Second language (L2) – compulsory subject in P1-S7
  • Language 3 – compulsory subject in S1-S5
  • Target languages are the official languages of the EU.

d) Subjects taught in L2 – in classes S3-S7.

3) What is the primary language that is used throughout the school?
  • English is the primary language of communication in school
  • TES offers two language sections: English and French
  • 1 subject in Primary and at least 3 subjects in Secondary taught in Language 2, e.g. in French or in German
4) What are the languages offered?

English is the language of instructions in the English section.

French is the language of instructions in the French section.

In addition, there are 9 mother tongue programmes (for the school year 2019/2020): Estonian, Finnish, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Latvian and Lithuanian. If the child is following a mother tongue program then his/her second language must be English (English section) or French (French section). In case there are less than five pupils in one level the lessons will be taught in combined classes.

Language 2 – English, German and French

Language 3 – Spanish, German, French and Estonian. L3 language groups are opened in case there are at least 3 pupils who have chosen the same language.

5) How much does it cost to send my child to Tallinn European School?
  • Nursery: 3,630.00 euros per year
  • Primary: 4,240.00 euros per year
  • Secondary: 5,190.00 euros per year

(Prices for the school year 2020/2021 – the maximum increase rate is 10% per school year)

6) What is included in tuition fee?

Tuition fee includes study materials (books and workbooks) and compulsory educational visits. The rest of the school supplies have to be purchased by the parents. Aftercare, extracurricular activities and catering are charged in addition to school fees.

7) Does the school have a uniform?

TES does not have a uniform. Instead, we have school logo items for boys and girls of different ages.

8) When can the parent make an application for their child to join TES?

The application period starts every year in November. Applications can be submitted until August, but cannot be processed in July, during the school’s summer break.

9) What can parents do if the family relocates outside of these application times and the parents wish to apply?

New applications will be considered only for the children of employees of European Union Agencies and Institutions. In case of vacancies, the school has the right to decide whether or not to accept applications outside the application period.

10) What does the application process involve?
  • Completing the necessary enrolment documents and applicable documentation
  • The family interview can be done via Skype. The interview is meant for getting a better understanding of the pupil’s previous education, the family’s routines and values, languages spoken at home etc.
  • Trial day(s) to give the child an opportunity to spend time with the prospective class as well as estimate his/her current level in subjects and see how he/she would fit in.
  • Language tests
    • Section language test (either English or French) starting from Primary 3
    • Test in Language 2 starting from Primary 3
    • Test in Language 3 starting from Secondary 2
  • Subject test: Mathematics (if required)
  • Result of application

Trial day and language tests have to be done prior to September.

11) How does the school decide what is the correct class level of an applicant?

We are following the table of equivalences (please see here), drawn up in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools, determines the level at which pupils who have successfully completed a period of study in a state/public sector school or educational establishment recognised by one of the Contracting Parties and who holds a certificate to that effect from the educational authorities of that country are accepted. The table also sets out the conditions for recognition in each of those countries, pursuant to Article 5 of the Convention, of years of study successfully completed at the European School.

However, it is not only previous education that is evaluated when placing a pupil who is transferring. The age and emotional maturity are also taken into consideration.

Pupils are admitted to the school at the beginning of the school year in of the calendar year in which the child reaches the minimum age of the class requested:

Nursery 14-52016/2015
Nursery 25-62015/2014
Primary 16-72014/2013
Primary 27-82013/2012
Primary 38-92012/2011
Primary 49-102011/2010
Primary 510-112010/2009
Secondary 111-122009/2008
Secondary 212-132008/2007
Secondary 313-142007/2006
Secondary 414-152006/2005
Secondary 515-162005/2004
Secondary 616-172004/2003