Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

On 12 Sep a new group of young diplomats, civil servants and people interested in international relations commenced their studies at ESD in the study program International Relations and European Integration. the group consists of students from 10 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Aserbaijan, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. The program lasts from Sep 2016 until May 2017.

The studies of foreign students are financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the recourses of development cooperation.

Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

In 2016-2017 ESD offers a number of courses in English that can be studied without passing full ESD curriculum. The student can sign up for courses most interesting for him/her. The student is expected to attend all chosen courses on the same bases as the full time student, i.e. completing all required assignments with positive results in order to pass the course. Upon successful completions the student will be given a certificate to prove course volume and results.

Prices for individual courses in 2016-2017 are:
210 EUR for a course of 3 credit points
420 EUR for a course of 6 credit points

See ESD 2016-2017 curriculum here to make your choice

For more information please contact Ms Mari-Liis Mäevere at

Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

On 17 Feb ESD was elected to become for the next two years the head organisation of Anna Lindh Foundation’s (ALF) Estonian national network.
Anna Lindh Foundation is a platform that aims to bring people together from across the Mediterranean: Northern and Southern Europe, North Africa and Middle East, to imporve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future for the region. Each member state of ALF consist of institutions and NGOs interested in cooperation.

Since launching in 2005 ALF has supported common projects in the field of culture, education and media. ALF has national networks in 43 countries across the Mediterranean region that includes more than 4000 civil society organisations. Through its actions and reflections ALF aims to contribute to development of an Interncultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions for advocating shared values.

For more information visit

The purpose of ALF Estonian network is to brake sterotypes in Estonian society, open dialogue on cultural diversity and enhance co-existence of different cultures and people. ALF Estonian network consists of 17 local civil society organisations.

Contact ALF Estonia coordinator at

Monday, 15 August 2016 / Published in News

In coopration with its foreign partners from Lithuania and London, ESD is training Estonian officials for the Estonian EU Council Presidency in 2017. The project is called “Horisontal trainings for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union“. The purpose of the project is to train approximately 1000 Estonian presidency staff and to prepare them for a successful EU Council presidency in the second half of 2017. The long term purpose of the project is to raise general qualifications of Estonian officials for working in the civil service.

The trainings are carried out by international concortium – the ECE Group – that consists the following organisations:
ESD – Estonian School of Diplomacy (Tallinn, Estonia)
CPDS – Center of Political and Diplomatic Studies (London, UK)
ESTEP – European social, economic and law consultancy (Vilnius, Lithuania)

The trainings take palce in Tallinn and Brussels from March 2016 until Feb 2017. The number of participants is reaches to 1000 people from various ministries and relevant sub-agenses.

During the trainings 5 thematic modules will be covered:
EU Institutions and Decision-Making
EU Law
Negotiating in the EU
Cooperation with European Parliament
Chairing the EU Council meetings

The ECE Group pool of trainers includes lecturers from Estonia, UK, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ireland

Public trender for this project was launched by Ministry of Finance and State Chancellery, and it is financed by the European Social Fund

For additional information please contact

Monday, 04 July 2016 / Published in News

On 6-10 June 2016 ESD hosted 10 diplomats from the Central Asia: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan. The four countries have been in the focus of ESD since 2014. The program of the multilateral study visit, that was financed by the Estonian development cooperation, involved meetings in Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Parliament, State Chancellery and other state institutions. The purpose of the visit was to reinforce relations between Estonian and Central Asian officials, to present Estonian reform experience and enhance knowlegde on Baltic and Nordic cooperation. The visit also included meetings in Helsinki, in Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Crisis Management Initative (CMI) organisation.

The visit is part of a larger project that will host foreign diplomats in Estonia from Central Asia, Northen Africa and the Middle East between 2016-2017. Next stuy visit to diplomats form Northen Africa is scheduled on 17-21 Oct.

The project is financed from the recourses of Estonian development cooperation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.