Culture steps for non-natives


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

In September 2018, the Estonian Institute started a project “Culture Step“ in Estonia. The project is funded by the European Social Fund through the Integration Foundation and it offers study trips, lectures and discussions for non-natives in Tallinn and Harju county. The programm is aimed at people whose native tongue is not Estonian and who are interested in Estonian culture, nature, history and everyday life. The program includes visits to places where Estonians go, show aspects of Estonian culture, enable people get to know locals and to establish local connections. In 2019 the program was also opened for people living in Ida-Viru county.

The program is available in English and Russian. Registration is announced on in September for the autumn program (Sept – Nov) and in February (Feb – April) for the spring program.

Detailed information about the events, trips and lectures will be sent to everyone who registers. Each season has limited places.

For more information see


Read a experience review by Auburn Scallon in the Estonian World magazine.

The project is partnered with local cultural establishments and NGOs (Estonian Open Air Museum, Estonishing Events, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Museum of Tallinn, Central Library etc).

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

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