Dave Bullock

Dave Bullock
United Kingdom

Coming to Estonia...
I had come to Estonia on holiday many times before (more than I can remember now!) and knew I wanted to study abroad so since I knew I already loved the place and already had friends and connections here it was an obvious choice!

Before coming here I knew about Estonia...
I first came to Estonia in 2006 the way all English people who live here come (with an Estonian girlfriend!) and ended up falling in love with the place. It is a lovely place to study, and Tallinn is a brilliant city (just the right size for me!), but I can’t recommend strongly enough getting out of the city to see the sights, especially with someone to show you around. As soon as I first set foot here I knew I would end up staying here at some time or another!

Student life in Estonia...
The most obvious thing is the price! I wouldn’t say that to study in English the tuition fees are a lot lower than they were in the UK when I started, but given the rise in tuition fees back home even that would be considered cheap now. On top of that though, the living cost here is pennies compared to what it would be in the UK (one example – to rent a room on campus here costs the same per month as it does per week in most universities in the UK, and food is almost ridiculously cheap in comparison).

Studying in Estonia ...
The most important outcome for me as far as the academic side goes is getting a good degree! Personally though it’s brilliant to expand your knowledge and interpretation among international students and staff, which, in the field of International Relations is certainly vital.

Estonia in general...
Mostly expanding my horizons and having a course that really suits my needs and ability whilst pushing me enough to keep it interesting!

I would tell others...
It’s a cheap life in a wonderful country, but make sure you prepare for the winter!

My degree programme is ...
International, European Union, Economics, Law, Politics, Philosophy, History, Future Development, Diplomacy...

I miss the most...
Without a doubt, Cadbury’s Chocolate, Bovril, Marmite and proper tea. Other than that, I miss hills (I grew up in the Cotswolds and there’s no proper hills here!) and the English countryside. Sure, it sounds a bit stuffy and weird, but really once you have been away from England you really notice that there are no other fields the same colour as the fields in England, and you really miss it! One thing I certainly don’t miss though is our famous weather! I’d take Estonia’s three seasons (Cold and Snowy, Hot and Sunny and then the grey bits either side) over England’s one season (grey and never as hot/cold as you’d like it to be) any day!

I like to study here...
You get to learn a whole lot about yourself and your country by studying abroad, but also if you want to study International Relations then I would consider studying abroad for at least some time compulsory.

My future...
To get a masters (although I don’t know where yet) then hopefully off in to the world of international security, but who knows!

The last thing I want to say...
Make sure you learn Estonian! It can be a struggle at first, but it’s probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done.