Freelancing and Start-ups in Tallinn, Estonia

Key Information


Application Deadline: 19/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10008521


Departure Date: 17/06/24

Return Date: 22/06/24


£500: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Simon Baines -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £350 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers (if included) after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All  undergraduate students are eligible to participate on this opportunity, irrespective of their faculty or course. In particular, we are looking for students with a demonstrable interest in freelancing and self-employment, or you may have a business idea that you would like to launch or grow. There are a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


Trip description

Tallinn is known throughout the world as one of the most pioneering locations for innovation and start-ups.  In recent years, many Entrepreneurs and businesses have relocated from Silicon Valley in America to the city, because of its rich and diverse capabilities in business. During the trip, students will participate in a number of activities focused on freelancing, self-employment and entrepreneurship.  These may include:

  • Introduction to E-Residency and business support in Northern Europe with an innovative company
  • A networking opportunity with Start-ups at a local business event in Tallinn
  • A visit to a popular coworking space which houses young startup companies in Estonia
  • A visit to the Entrepreneurship department at TalTech University
  • A series of bespoke workshops covering entrepreneurial competencies

Also, as part of the trip there is a planned trip to Tartu which is the European City of Culture 2024, which will give students the chance to visit the second largest city in Estonia. There will be a range of events, cultural activities that students can engage in when visiting.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. Through participation in this trip to Estonia we expect that students will:

  • Learn how a European University teaches and applies entrepreneurial thinking
  • Understand why Tallinn is attracting entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and beyond
  • Experience business networking and hear from experts connected to startups and entrepreneurship
  • Discover how a people from a very different culture experience freelancing and business startups

Participants will take part in workshops before, during and after the event which are all relevant to developing entrepreneurial skills which can be applied within a future job role or within the participants own business ventures. Tallinn is particularly favoured by tech and creative startups, although it is also home to many designer-makers, photographers and artists.

Cultural activities

Tallinn is a very cultural city, with art galleries, museums, many bakeries, cafes and restaurants. Highlights include: the UNESCO-listed Tallinn Old Town, where medieval cobblestone streets come alive with outdoor cafes and local artisans. The Kadriorg Palace and Park, a beautifully landscaped area that bursts into colourful bloom in May, and is worth a visit.

In their free time students may also choose to visit the stunning Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Toompea Hill. Alternatively, to learn about the innovative and contemporary art scene in Estonia, you may wish to visit Kumu Art Museum.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).