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.

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Why Study in Latvia

Latvian education offers a broad-based curriculum and global perspective to equip students with the relevant qualification and skill that will serve as a springboard to a brighter future. Studying in Latvia provides an opportunity for cross-cultural exposure and personal development. Latvia remains a wonderful country for studies abroad in Europe due to:

Bachelor / Master/ Doctorate level Programs taught in English

Prestigious Globally Recognized Degrees

Government approved Universities

Exchange semester or internship abroad

Attractive Tuition Fee

On-campus accommodation provided

Moderate living costs (400 $/month)

Numerous opportunities for leisure activities and sports

Latvia is a multi-ethnic country and rich in different cultural and education traditions. The higher education institutions in Latvia are members of international cooperation within many different fields of study. 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.

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Education Cost for Studying in Latvia

Fees for studying and living in Latvia vary depending on the level of study, the area of study and the type and location of the college/university. When you choose to study in Latvia, it becomes important that you know about the cost of higher education in Latvia.

Tuition Fee (EUR €)

Public Universities EUR 3,000 (approx.)
Private Universities EUR 4,000 per annum (approx.)
Accommodation (EUR €) >EUR 4,000 per annum (approx.)
Other Living Expenses (EUR €) EUR 5,000 per annum (approx.)

In order to fulfil the visa requirements, the students need to show proof that they have, or have access to, around 6,000 EUROs per year for living expenses.

Note: Living in the rural parts of Latvia can be a little cheap.

Admission Process for Studying in Latvia

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Latvia students should register with Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy, work on Latvia admissions process –

  • Registration
    You register with Oasis Abroad Study services and Consultancy and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.
  • Profiling
    We make an assessment of your academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
  • Standardised Tests
    We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
  • University/Course Selection
    Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
  • Document Editing
    We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
  • Application Review and Submission
    The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
  • Interview Preparation
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
  • Visa Counselling
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
  • Pre-departure information
    We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.


Contact us to know more about the admissions process in Latvia.

Documents Required for Student Visa for Latvia

Here is a list of documents required for Latvia:

  • Attested copies of X, +2 & Graduate Degree (if applicable)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities


Note: The documents required for individual universities and individual courses in Latvia may vary.

Exams for Studying in Latvia

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These include English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

The students also need to go through an online test conducted by the University for Bachelor’s level. In addition, all the students also should pass the Skype interview before being approved by the admission officer.