About Latvia

The education system in Latvia, like its culture, is best characterized by its openness to outside influences. It is an active participant in international collaborations such as the establishment of the European Higher Education Area, which advocates an active exchange of staff and students within and outside of Europe.

Educational perspective

The education system in Latvia, like its culture, is best characterized by its openness to outside influences. It is an active participant in international collaborations such as the establishment of the European Higher Education Area, which advocates an active exchange of staff and students within and outside of Europe.

The Latvian higher education system adheres to the Bologna process, in which there are three cycles of study, namely Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees. Bachelor’s programs could be completed in 3-4 years, Master’s in 1-2 years, and Doctorates in 3-4 years.

Why choose Latvia – From a student perspective

The education system in Latvia is also heavily involved in multi-national cooperation in the field of education and research, with the aim of further developing student competitiveness in both local and international job markets.

Latvia offers researchers and teaching staff from several countries for studies as well as research work. Universities also offer both English taught academic and professional Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Tuition fees and living costs are generally lower than the costs in most "Western Countries". Universities are well known for producing high quality IT and engineering graduates. EU membership means that a degree from Latvia is equivalent to other EU countries, making it easier to get credentials recognized

You will have all the benefits of living in a European country with lower costs than many westernized EU Countries.

Intakes

September & February

Deadlines

Varies from university to university

Passport validity requirement

Validity should extend 3 months after the intended date of departure.

Living cost

While living costs in Latvia will depend on the city, type of accommodation and one’s lifestyle, everyday expenses in this Baltic state are still generally cheaper compared to many European countries.

It is estimated that around €450 – 700 is enough to cover necessities such as food, transportation, utilities and accommodation for a month.

After studies – settlement options

After five years of legal residence it is possible to apply for permanent residency. After ten years of legal residence it is possible to apply for Latvian citizenship (EU citizenship).