#DMUworks – Enterprise and Freelancing in Estonia

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003141


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, and it would be particularly relevant to those with a demonstrable interest in enterprise and freelancing. As this opportunity is linked to #DMUworks, and focused on developing employability students should clearly articulate how the trip will benefit them from an employability perspective.  The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This opportunity will include a visit to University of Tartu’s Entrepreneurship Centre, meeting the staff and start-ups who will talk about the various activities and initiatives that take place there. Students will hear from enterprising students who will discuss their experiences.

In Tallinn, students will visit “the Estonian Shoreditch” – Telliskivi.  This thriving cultural quarter has become a hipstery cultural centre, popular among tourists and Tallinners alike. Telliskivi Creative City is the most popular Uber destination in the whole of Estonia.

In ten years, Telliskivi Creative City has become a lively hub of creative companies, thriving within ten former factory buildings. The quarter’s rough outerior is decorated with murals, graffiti and street art. The Creative City is home to 250 companies, nearly 30 shops and a dozen eateries. Art galleries, theatres, band rooms,and  a radio station. 90% of the companies in Telliskivi can be categorised as creative industries. All in all, the Creative City is a workplace for nearly 1 500 people, of which two thirds come from overseas.

Whether you are interested in starting a business or just want to enhance your entrepreneurial skills, Tallinn’s enterprise scene is thriving, with daily networking events, workshops and seminars.  On this trip, we will endeavour to take in some of the best events taking place during the week to ensure you experience real-world learning.

From participating in this opportunity, students will develop a range of employability skills, build networks with enterprise hubs and gain insight into approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Cultural activities

Whilst in Estonia, students will have free time to explore. One of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets is held on Tallinn’s medieval Town Hall Square. You can eat and drink, shop at stalls, pay a visit to Santa Claus and his live reindeer and take a pony ride. A full cultural programme with dancers, singer and more takes place on the stage.

The Estonian National Museum is located in Tartu. Most of the exhibition space is dedicated to the permanent exhibition Encounters, expanding upon Estonian cultural history and everyday life and stretching out on a timeline from the present day to the Ice Age.

The second biggest permanent exhibition is Echo of the Urals, providing insight into the lives of the different people speaking Finno-Ugric languages and inhabiting the northern parts of this corner of the world. The exhibition takes visitors through four different seasons, introducing people related to Estonians.

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by DMU for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Estonian immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Estonia and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 26 November 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 30 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£40), food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150+£100 #DMUworks bursary (total £250)
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED