A study found that more than 50 percent of Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) foreign students plan to find work in Estonia. That percentage is over 67 percent among the masters-degree-level students.
Foreigners studying chemistry and materials science are most willing to stay in Estonia after studies, with 80 percent saying they will look for a job here. IT (66 percent), mechanics (64) and maths and life science students (62 percent) follow. Economy and social studies students are at the other end of the spectrum with around a third wanting to stay in Estonia.
TUT has around 14,000 students, second only to the University of Tartu (17,000 students), but TUT leads in foreign student numbers with 37 percent of all foreign students studying at TUT. That figure increases to 48 percent among masters degree students. A third of foreign students at TUT are from Finland, with Georgia (7 percent), India and Turkey (both 6 percent) also well represented.
Tea Varrak, the head of the Innovation and Business Center and Vice-Rector for Internationalization, said it is the Indian and Turkish students who want to remain and the figure is only 10 percent for students from Finland.
Around half of the foreign students at the university already work on the side and 60 percent are studying Estonian. 42 percent believe Estonian-language-lessons should be mandatory at TUT.
TUT has over 1,000 foreign students.
Editor: J.M. Laats