The Estonian Institute is well known for its activities abroad. In September 2018, the Estonian Institute started a project “Culture Step“ in Estonia. It offers study trips, lectures and discussions for non-native residents and immigrants in Tallinn and Harju county. It will include visits to places where Estonians go, show aspects of Estonian culture, enable people get to know locals and to establish local connections.

The number of foreigners living in Estonia is increasing steadily, and for many the Estonian customs and traditions are alien. Surveys show that migrants have difficulties in learning Estonian and integrating into Estonian society. Participation at cultural programs and having contacts with local people improves integration.

The project runs until January 2022 and each year 250 people can participate. Each participant will attend ca 25 academic hours of lectures/workshops and study trips. The project is partnered with local cultural establishments and NGOs (Estonian Open Air Museum, Estonishing Evenings, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Museum of Tallinn, Central Library etc.), as well as including Estonian volunteers.


Participant registration for the spring 2020 program will start mid – February 2020. More information will follow.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund through the Integration Foundation.


If you wish to participate as a volunteer, please email:


More information:

Martha Kapsta,