ESN Estonia ja sihtasutus Archimedes saadavad ka sel semestril välistudengeid Eesti keskkoolidesse külalistunde andma
“I was just searching for possible universities for my exchange studies, and when I saw Estonia, I said to myself, let’s try it and see how the life there is”. Valentina is a 25-year-old exchange student from Slovenia studying political science. She came to Estonia to complete her thesis in the field of green infrastructure. She is studying the cases of Slovenia, Estonia and Finland.
It’s always nice to enjoy your time in a warm place, in a place where you can go swimming in October, and the days are long. Nevertheless, it might appear that a country with a cold climate is still a pleasant spot to be in. Despite not being able to swim in the sea in October, and enjoy long days, Estonia is a good place to live in.
First things first - personal space
If you want to be truly Southern and be kind, you’ll need words such as to impress Estonians...and also make them really uncomfortable. COMPLIMENTS are the way!
Basic knowledge on topics you’ll need to know about
Last time I mentioned Estonians being the Ron Swanson’s of the block...BUT if we get a few milliliters of alcohol in our blood system, then we basically become the worst dancing Southern people on the dance floor. Going out is a part of an Erasmus life, we cannot hide it… but one thing we want to say is for you to be always responsible!
An Introduction - basic words you'll need during the first weeks
One way to see Estonians smile during your stay here is saying them something in their own language. Estonians are modest and think that their language is too small for someone foreign to bother to learn something. If you know even some small basics like Aitäh, Tere and such can light up someone’s day.
So here are the basics for you: