The Latvian educational system comprises pre-school education, 9-year basic education, upper-secondary education and higher education. Formal post-secondary non-tertiary education in Latvia is classified within the secondary education level.
Universities and other higher education institutions run both academic andprofessional programs, e.g. lawyer, teacher, translator, marine mechanic etc. Bachelor's (bakalaurs) and master's (maģistrs) degrees are awarded in both academic and professional higher education programs. Graduates of both types of bachelor's and master’s degrees have access to further studies.
Latvia is using a national credit point system in higher education. One Latvian national credit point is defined as a one-week full-time study workload. The average full-time workload of an academic year in most higher education programs is 40 credits. The Latvian credit point system is compatible with ECTS. The number of ECTS credits is found by multiplying the number of Latvian credit points by a factor of 1.5.
Study in Latvia is a land of lakes, forest and coast; a wilderness in northern Europe nestled among its neighboring Baltic states.
Latvian people feel a strong sense of cultural identity and Latvian festivals and folk tales have been passed down for many hundreds of years. The nation’s capital, Riga, home to one third of the country’s population, is a modern, culturally diverse European city. Riga is rightly famous for its amazing wooden buildings, concert halls and the winding streets of its heritage medieval Old Town.
Built on a natural harbor at the mouth of the river Daugava, Riga is an ancient trading hub (Vikings once passed through here to trade with Byzantium) and the city has long been a bridge between east and west. That cultural diversity has continued and is still celebrated there today.
Despite its relatively small population Riga is home to no less than six universities including The University of Latvia and the Riga Technical University. Latvia welcomes foreign students, and 10 per cent of graduates in Latvia are Erasmus students form other European countries.
1. for residents of other countries
The right to study:
Citizens and non-citizens of the Republic of Latvia
Citizens of the European Union member states
Citizens of the European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation, permanent residents of the European Community
Persons who have a permanent residence permit
Foreign citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit have the right to study in compliance with p.83 of the Law on Institutions of Higher Education.
Document Checklist for Study Abroad:
Standard application form
2 photographs (3x4 size)
A copy of the full secondary education with grades
A copy of the bachelor`s degree and diploma supplement with grades (if any)
A copy of the professional diploma and diploma supplement with grades (if any)
A copy of the master diploma and diploma supplement with grades (if any)
Persons who successfully completed Enrollment assessment procedure.