Study in 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.
Higher education in Latvia is generally split between academic and professional studies. Academic programs are designed to improve students’ independent research skills and provide a theoretical background to careers, while professional programs are more vocational, preparing students for graduate careers in the design or enhancement of systems, products and technologies, as well as preparing them for creative, research and teaching activities in their chosen field.
Latvian universities follow the Bologna system, offering three levels of study (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD). Most bachelor degrees take three or four years to complete, while master’s degrees are one or two years long. The academic year runs from September to June, with exams taking place in May and June.
The language of instruction at Latvian universities is mainly Latvian, but there are a small number of English-taught programs available, many of which are specifically aimed at foreign students.