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Study in Latvia

Study in Latvia
Study in Latvia

Why Choose Latvia

For a country with a population of two million people, Latvia has a a good number of both public and private higher education opportunities – 59 universities and colleges. Programmes taught in foreign languages (mainly English and Russian with a few German and Scandinavian language programmes) cover a wide range of fields, from Architecture to Social Sciences. In fact medical studies and qualifications in the aviation industry are the most popular course that are picked by student to study in the country. Latvia is one of three countries located in North-Central Europe on the Baltic Sea. The country maintains borders with its Baltic neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as borders with Russia and Belarus and a maritime border with Sweden. The geography of the country is relatively flat, and the highest elevation is about 300 meters; much of the country is still covered in forests. Latvia is tiny country and is home to only about 2 million people. Furthermore, what Latvia lacks in size, it has in spirit and determination.
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Despite its small population, the country houses four national parks that preserve the natural beauty of the country.
The currency is the Latvian Lat, abbreviated LVL. Although hit hard during the recent global financial crisis, Latvia has recuperated quickly and is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Latvia is a member of the EU and NATO.
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Why Study in Latvia?

At Latvian public universities, lot of study programmes cost between 1,550 and 6,000 EUR per academic year, which is much cheaper than fees in other top countries. Medical degrees can reach up to 15,000 EUR, and business courses, like Executive MBAs, have the highest fees — up to 25,600 EUR per year.
Are you curious by nature, interested in research, or simply come up with innovative ideas most of the time, Latvia is the best location for you. The country has a big history of investing in research and making important success in fields like smart materials, bio-medicine, wind tunnels, cancer treatment, etc.
Close to half of Latvia's territory is covered by forests, which blend in beautifully with the over 500 km of coastline and clean beaches. We suggest visiting popular sites, such as the Gauja National Park, the Kemeri National Park, the Gutmanala cave, Raznas nacionalais, Lake Razna, the Vermane Garden, etc.
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Essential Facts
About Latvia

Capital: Riga
Currency: Euro (€)
International dialling code: +371
Language: Latvian
Population: 2,040,000
Area size: 64,589 km²
Academic year: September to June
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Visa and Admission Processing

General Application Requirements

Admission office of your university of choice will assist you during the application process and will educate you about specific application requirements and necessary documents.
While getting admission for studies the following documents shall be delivered to the admission office of the chosen university:


Admission office of your university of choice will assist you during the application process and will educate you about specific application requirements and necessary documents.
While gettting admission for studies the following documents shall be delivered to the admission office of the chosen university:

  • Education/Degree Certificate or Diploma
  • Transcripts of records/marks (all education documents shall be translated into English)
  • English language proficiency certificates (IELTS, TOEFL or equivalents) or the perspective University exam (if applicable)
  • Copy of ID or passport
  • Motivation Letter or/and CV

    • Although each university has slightly different application and registration procedures, the general steps you take during the application procedure and registration period are as follows:
      • Apply by sending your documents for evaluation. Once eligibility is confirmed you receive your Conditional Acceptance Letter followed with the positive AIC approval.
      • Once you pay the tuition fees stated on your letter, you can simultaneously apply for Resident Permit and Study Visa.
      • Make sure you inform the University about your flight details at least 3 working days before your arrival for the airport pick-up.
      • Register the forthcoming day after you arrive in Latvia, get your student ID, start selecting your courses, and register at accommodation halls if you are staying on campus.

Living cost in Latvia is low. Many universities gives accommodations for international students that cost from €85 to €230 per month, depending upon living arrangements.


Intending students from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland will only need to have a registration certificate, which can be obtained in person at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Riga. The student must bring proof of study agreement, proof of health insurance and a bank account statement that shows the student has about €300 per month available.
All other international students must have a residence permit, which can be gotten through the Latvian embassy or consulate in the student’s home country or the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Riga. The permit application must include the University Study Agreement; a bank statement that shows an account balance of about €4,000; proof of residence in Latvia, such as a rental agreement, hotel reservation or letter confirming stay at university-provided housing); and documents proving previous education, such as a transcript and diploma. Many universities will file an application for the residence permit.
The residence permit process is complex and can take up to 40 days, so students should plan accordingly. Students should also carefully check requirements, because there is some variation in the process depending upon the student’s home country.

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