Studying in Latvia
There are more than 110 thousand students in Latvia resulting in 0.0492 students per capita.
The education system is built in four levels:
- The compulsory basic education from the age 7 to 16;
- Secondary or vocational education to prepare for higher education or labour market;
- Higher education in academic (university ISCED level 6) or professional (non-university – ISCED level 5) programmes.
The basic and secondary education is guaranteed to all residents and funded by the State.
The academic higher education provides internationally recognised bachelor, master and doctor degrees. The professional higher education programmes are focused on professional skills required in the work market offering bachelor and master academic degrees. It takes approximately three to four years to obtain a bachelor’s degree, one to two years for a master’s degree and three to four years for a doctoral degree. Many of the higher education institutions provide Erasmus/Socrates exchange programmes for international students. Learn more (pdf document) [link to http://www.apa.lv/download/erasmus/ErasmusGuide2008.pdf]
The foreign students are liable for the same tuition fees as permanent residents of Latvia.
Applying for studies in Latvia
In order to apply for any higher education programme in Latvia the diploma for secondary level education is required. Students are enrolled based on centralised examination passed at the secondary school or entrance examinations organised by the higher education institution individually.
To find out more about enrolment, please contact the chosen institution directly.
List of Universities and Higher Education Institutions
- University Of Latvia Learn more [link to http://www.lu.lv/eng/]
- Riga Technical University Learn more [link to http://www.rtu.lv/component/option,com_newsbox/task,view/id,2/Itemid,1074/lang,en/]
- BA School of Business and Finance Learn more [link to http://www.ba.lv/en/uz_sakumu]
- Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Learn more [link to http://www.sseriga.edu.lv/]
- Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration Learn more [link to http://riseba.lv/Default.aspx?tabid=55&language=en-US]
- School of Business Administration Turiba, Ltd Learn more [link to http://www.turiba.lv/eng]
- Riga Stradins University Learn more [link to http://www.rsu.lv/eng/]
- Daugavpils University Learn more [link to http://www.du.lv/en]
- Ventspils College Learn more [link to http://www.venta.lv/portal/index.php?lang=en&page=1,0,0,0]
- Vidzeme University College Learn more [link to http://www.va.lv/en/]
- Latvia University of Agriculture Learn more [link to http://eng.llu.lv/]
- Vitols Latvian Academy of Music Learn more [link to http://www.jvlma.lv/english/page/1013.html]
- Latvian Maritime Academy Learn more [link to http://www.latja.lv/?lang=en]
- Latvian Academy of Culture Learn more [link to http://www.lka.edu.lv/index.php?newlang=eng]
- Art Academy of Latvia Learn more [link to http://www.lma.lv/eng/index.php]
Learn more [link to http://www.aiknc.lv/en/list.php]