Culture step

Estonian Institute’s free schooling program “Culture step” is organized for people whose native tongue is not Estonian and who are interested in learning more about Estonian culture, nature, history and everyday life. The program consists of lectures, discussions, study trips and visits. Each participant completes 25 academic hours worth of activities.


If, how and when to participate?

Culture Step program for 2021 has ended!

See you next year!

How to stay in touch?

1) For any questions about the English program don’t hesitate to contact Liina Sala;
2) Make sure to join FB closed group Culture Step.
3) Follow us on Instagram: culturestepestonia

Liina Sala
Coordinator of the English program


Each participant can select their own schedule!

The participants receive more information and the event schedule after registering in the program. Each participant can select freely the events they want to participate at based on their interests and possibilities. Each event is worth a certain amount of academic hours. Each participant needs to complete 24-27 academic hours worth of activities.

The program is held in Tallinn and Harju County (Russian and English groups) as well as in Narva and Ida-Viru County (Russian group). Altogether around 800 people join the Russian program and 150 people the English program each session.


In which languages is the Culture Step program available and what is it about?

The events are held in English and Russian as group activities. Each group has 10-40 participants depending on the event.

The event selection consists of museum visits (Vabamu, Kiek in de Kök, Museum of Architecture, etc), walks and tours (in Kalamaja, Kopli, Old Town, Lasnamäe etc), workshops (handicrafts, cooking), trips (to Arvo Pärt Centre, Thief’s Hill, national parks, Tartu, etc) and other tailor-made programs. Each participant who has completed the program will get a certification.


Registration process

Registration for this season has ended!

Registration is closed 
The Estonian Institute will send further information regarding the program within 2 weeks after registration.
The program is open for everyone who isn’t a native Estonian speaker and is at least 16 years old.


The project is partnered with local cultural establishments, NGOs, professional guides and other specialists. The Estonian Institute is also very thankful to it’s Estonian volunteers and is also always open for new partnerships.


Become a volunteer!

if you wish to participate as a volunteer by helping to organize events (helping with the registration sheets, taking photos, participating in discussions etc) then please contact

As a volunteer you’ll be able to participate in all the events for free while learning together with other participants about Estonian culture and society. The program offers a chance to connect with people from across the world.



The Culture Step program is organized by Estonian Institute

MTÜ Eesti Instituut

MTÜ Eesti Instituut
Suur-Karja 14, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
(+372) 63 14 355

Valeria Mihhailova

Valeria Mihhailova
Culture Step project manager, coordinator of the Russian program

Liina Sala

Liina Sala
Coordinator of the English program