SA Estonian Business School
A. Lauteri 3, 10114
Vastuvõtuinfo: +372 665 1340 Rektoraat: +372 665 1300
Estonian Business School in Helsinki
Technopolis Ruoholahti, Hiilikatu 3, 00180
+358 40 844 2840

Open University

The Open University of Estonian Business School (EBS) offers everyone the opportunity to pursue higher education regardless of their previous qualifications.


The Open University promotes lifelong learning and the University's commitment to social responsibility. Open University students are generally required to have a good command of the subject matter taught at upper secondary school (or other equivalent level).


Open University enables to start studies at EBS by enrolling on one or more courses without the need to be matriculated as a student.


Open University is an opportunity for individual development:

  • for our alumni
  • co-operation partners
  • students of other universities
  • for everyone who is interested in some courses at our university 

It is possible to choose favourable subjects for every semester, but we need to jointly verify that the required prerequisite subjects have been passed and the given study group does have a vacancies. We pay great attention to individual development at EBS, therefore study groups are not large. 

The Open University's learning activities take place in a classroom together with matriculated students. Students are free to complete either individual courses or entire study modules. Generally, the courses are thought in EBS Tallin campus but its also possible to take courses in our Helsinki campus.  

Open University studies are mainly targeted for those already living in Estonia.  Please note that it is not possible to get a long-term student residence permit to Estonia based on Open University courses.


We would like to point out that the subjects of the Master´s programme may only be enrolled on by the persons who possess a Bachelor´s degree (or a degree equal to it) or have relevant working experience.


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List of Courses starting in Spring 2019 

Please click here for the list of courses starting in April and May 2019 .
Autumn semester 
schedules will be announced by the end of June). Autumn semester courses start in the period: August 15- October 17 and end before December 23.
Choose the course you would like to attend, and ask for more detailed course programme and time schedule.




OÜ Education (Estonian Business School) is a training card co-operation partner of Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. 
Notice of economic activities in Estonian Education Infosystem (EHIS): no 185457


Study period

  • Studies at the Open University offer an opportunity to participate in the courses provided by EBS, in the capacity and at the time suitable for you. It is possible to participate in full time-, session-based - or evening study courses depending on the availability of vacancies.
  • Courses will be held from 1st of September to 22nd of December and from the last week of January until 25th of May. One course takes place usually once or twice a week over a one to four months period. 
  • Most English language courses are held during office hours ( from 8.30 to 17.15) although there some distance/ evening courses in Tallinn, when lectures start in the evening. 
  • Everyone has an opportunity to participate in courses as an external student and external students are entitled to credit points (ECTS).  ECTS may be collected by the external students who actively participate in the study work- participate in seminars, home assignment’s, exams e.t.c and can later be used if the person wishes to continue studies as a full-time University student.  
  • Should an external student waive the possibility to collect credit points during the studies, they will receive a certificate of passing the course. 
  • All Open University students are entitled to use the EBS Library and reading room and receive information and study materials through the online learning platform Canvas.

EBS Open University study fee for 2018/ 2019 

Bachelor level
- semester study load 1 - 15 credit points – a cost of 1credit point € 90
- semester study load 16+ credit points   – a cost of 1 credit point € 85
- language courses – a cost of 1 credit point € 95
- courses in Helsinki branch- a cost of 1 credit point € 120
Master level 
- cost of 1 credit point € 95
- courses in Helsinki branch- a cost of 1 credit point € 130
The alumni of EBS shall be liable to an `alumni price` within one year when declaring up to 6 credit points as follows: 

  • general subjects – a cost of 1 credit point € 35
  • language subjects – a cost of one credit point € 50
  • Most of our courses give 3 ECTS (16 to 36 academic hours in the classroom)  or 6 ECTS (20 to 60 academic hours in the classroom).  
  • Language courses last for 60 academic hours and are held mostly twice a week.


Students can apply  to Open University courses through the online application system. The application deadlines vary depending on the semester period. After applying for admission and paying the course fee, all students need to sign up for courses in the OIS and Canvas learning portals. 

  • Courses starting in the autumn semester 1st  period: August 25 2019 (application period begins July 1, 2019)
  • Courses starting in the autumn semester 2nd period: October. 1 2019 (application period starts on July 1, 2019)
  • Courses starting in the spring semester 1st period: January 15  2018  (application period starts on January 2, 2019)
  • Courses starting in the spring semester 2nd period March 1 2019 (application period starts on January 2, 2019)


The documents necessary for the enrolment of participation at the Open University are as follows:
•   Application form
•    a copy of the document in proof of the level of education

Terms and conditions:
Upon enrolment, the Open University of EBS and the student will sign an agreement that sets out the rights and duties of the parties.


An applicant enrolling to a Master´s programme shall have a Bachelor´s degree.
An applicant enrolling to a language programme shall have to take a language test which is the basis for the identification of the level of language skills.

A participant of such courses through the Open University shall not possess the status of a student and be liable to any related rights out of the university.
If you intend to take a short course (all Open university courses), you will not be issued with a residence permit for studies.
A residence permit for studying is issued only for studies leading to a degree

You can, however, stay in Estonia and study the course in 90 days if you have a visa or if you are not required to have a visa to come to Tallinn. Estonian embassies (or consulates) abroad make decisions on issuing visas. If you have been issued with a residence permit on other grounds, you can freely attend any EBS open university courses.


The Rules for Continuing Education

EBS Open University The Rules for  Continuing Education of EBS provides regulations on how students will be admitted to courses and how courses will be delivered and organize, also training conditions and procedures; payment of tuition fees. All Continuing Education courses are delivered by accredited curricula’s, in a business and administration, social sciences study programme group.

Download the  Rules for  Continuing Education of EBS HERE


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Start of registration for autumn semester courses 

15th of

Start of courses in the autumn semester 

2nd of

Start of registration for spring semester courses