Bachelor’s study — study at the first level of higher education during which a student improves his or her general educational knowledge and acquires the basic knowledge and skills of a speciality and the knowledge and skills necessary for Master's study and to commence work; ISCED 5A.
Diploma study — professionally oriented first level of higher education; ISCED 5B. Admittance until 2002.
Doctoral study — study at the highest level of higher education during which a student acquires the knowledge and skills necessary for independent research, development or professional creative activity; ISCED 6.
Full-time study — study load that permits completing cumulatively at least 75 per cent of the studies, which, according to the curriculum, must be completed by the end of each academic year.
Higher education — education based on the scientific approach which is acquired on the basis of secondary education and which is certified by a corresponding graduation document.
Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s study — a single-step Bachelor’s/Master’s study as in medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture, civil engineering and grade teacher studies; ISCED 5A.
Master’s study — study at the second level of higher education during which a student improves his or her knowledge and skills in his or her speciality and acquires the knowledge and skills necessary for independent work and Doctoral study; ISCED 5A.
Part-time study — study load that permits completing cumulatively less than 75 per cent of the studies, which, according to the curriculum, must be completed by the end of each academic year.
Professional higher education — study at the first level of higher education during which a student acquires the competence necessary for employment in a particular profession or to continue his or her studies in Master's study; ISCED 5B.
Professional higher education institution — an educational institution where professional higher education is provided, where Master's study and studies according to secondary vocational education curricula conducted on the basis of secondary education may be undertaken, and where at least two thirds of the pupils and students study according to professional higher education curricula.
Student — a person who has been admitted (matriculated) to a university in full-time or part-time professional higher education, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral study or study based on the integrated curricula of Bachelor's and Master's study.
Vocational higher education study — a form of professional higher education study, admittance from 1999 to 2002; ISCED 5B.
University — an educational, creation, research and development institution where higher education three level study are carried out according to the Standard of Higher Education.
The statistical data on education have been collected and processed by Statistics Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Research. The data on education are based on total surveys and cover all educational institutions which have an activity license for providing education regardless of their form of ownership.
Since the academic year 2005/2006 education statistics is based on the data collected and analysed in the state register Estonian Education Information System EHIS that combines the education-related data into one system.
Haridus. Education. Yearbook (published until 2004)
Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia
Eesti piirkondlik statistika. Regional Statistics of Estonia. Yearbook
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