Latvia

Study in Latvia

Last edited on 25 Jun 2018
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Welcome to Latvia!

With beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, dynamic cities and a fascinating and multi-ethnic culture, Latvia has something for everyone, and has been called “Europe’s best-kept secret”. Located at the crossroads of Northern and Eastern Europe, Latvia has been influenced both linguistically and culturally by neighbors such as Lithuania and Estonia, while retaining its own distinct national identity and traditions.

Latvia, member of the European Union since 2004 and member of the Eurozone since 2014, is a wonderful place to study with a very affordable cost of living compared to other countries in Europe. Whether you intend to study in Latvia a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree, Latvian institutions provide international students with a varied range of fields of study. And don't be discouraged by the language. You may also study in Latvia in English and other foreign languages.


Higher Education System

There is academic and professional higher education in Latvia. Most of the institutions of higher education offer both academic and professional higher education qualification.

Academic higher education programs are tended to prepare graduates for independent research, as well as to provide theoretical background for professional activities. Academic education programs are implemented according to the national standard of academic education. They usually comprise a thesis at the end of each stage and lead to bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.

Professional higher education programs are tended to provide in depth knowledge in a particular field, preparing graduates for design or improvement of systems, products and technologies, as well as to prepare them for creative, research, and teaching activities in this fields. In total the duration of professional/vocational study programs is not less than 4 years after secondary education and not less than 2 years after college education.

Duration of bachelor’s program maybe for 3 or 4 years. The total length of fulltime bachelor and master studies is not less than 5 years. Doctoral studies last 3-4 full time years.