Case Study: Study in Estonia

Study in Estonia

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Study in Estonia is one of the first and most important systems DreamApply has built. The system is used by almost all Estonian universities for international student application management, making it de facto national admission system for international students. The system has been used since 2012 and is considered one of the cornerstones of successful internationalisation of Estonian higher education. System is managed by consortium consisting of Estonian universities and Information Technology Foundation for Education.

How were things done before DreamApply

Before DreamApply international student applications were managed differently in universities – some used paper, some e-mail, some had their own in-house built application management systems. This led to inefficiency and the inability to grow international community due to uncomfortable application processes and low awareness of Estonia as a study destination.

Results from DreamApply

With centralized system built by DreamApply it became possible to greatly improve application processes.

  • Student candidates could apply to several courses and universities with one application.
  • Centralised data collection made it possible to analyse information on national level and make coordinated policy decisions.
  • Cooperation among universities allowed them to pool resources together to improve the system and order new developments, improving both application management and higher education marketing aspects of the system.

Based on results and data from DreamApply Estonia rebuilt their whole national higher education marketing system to focus more on personal references and online marketing as main channels to recruit international students for Estonian unviersities.

Overall between 2012 and 2017 international student numbers in Estonia increased by more than 135%.

Growth of applications per year in Estonian universities

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