Education System in Estonia is divided into general, vocational and hobby education. Education has the following levels: preschool, basic (first level of education), secondary (second level of education) and higher education (third level of education). Children who turn seven years of age by 1 October of the current year are obliged to attend school. Before starting school, children usually attend preschool child-care institutions. The compulsory schooling obligation applies to children until they acquire basic education or turn 17 years of age.
There are six public and one private university in Estonia. Five of those are in Tallinn and two in Tartu. The oldest and biggest university in Estonia is the University of Tartu with circa 18 100 students followed by Tallinn University of Technology with circa 13 900 students. Both of those universities have colleges also in other cities of Estonia.