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?

Each year there are two event seasons, the spring program and the autumn program (Sept - Nov and March - May).

Registration periods will be announced by the Estonian Institute before each season. Each season has limited places. All the people who register will receive information about when they can start with the program.

In 2020 the Estonian Institute has also announced a summer 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 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.

    Eesti vabaõhumuuseum
    Estonishing Evenings
    Tallinna Linnamuuseum
    Tallinna Keskraamatukogu
    Eesti Ajaloomuuseum
    Eesti Rahva Muuseum
    A. H. Tammsaare Muuseum Vargamäel
    Okupatsioonide ja Vabaduse Muuseum Vabamu
    Eesti Kunstimuuseum
    Arvo Pärdi Keskus

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 the volunteer coordinator Liina Sala at

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.

Volunteer coordinator
Liina Sala



The Culture Step program is organized by Estonian Institute

Eesti Instituut

MTÜ Eesti Instituut
Suur-Karja 14, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Oleme avatud E-R 9:30-17:00
(+372) 63 14 355

Valeria Mihhailova

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

Martha Liise Kapsta

Martha Liise Kapsta
Coordinator of the English program