Latvia

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About Latvia

Latvia is a European country known for having an advanced and high income economy. It is officially known as the Republic of Latvia, and can be found in the northern regions of Europe, surrounded by Estonia, Russia and Belarus.

Study in Latvia

 Many Latvians speak English, which makes it easy to settle in. Latvia is part of the European Union and is a member of the Schengen Area as well. Latvian universities offer different fields of study such as – engineering, medicine, business, tourism, public relations, natural sciences, social sciences and more.

Latvia provides a modern and safe study environment; internationally recognized faculty; Very competitive tuition fees and reasonable living costs. Degrees obtained from Latvian universities are recognized in all countries of the European Union and the world.

 The capital

 The capital is located in Riga, which is home to many tourist destinations and landscapes worth traveling. The cost of living and studying in Latvia may be more affordable when compared to the most popular European destinations.

Latvia is one of the European countries and has a rich history that has shaped its unique culture which is considered influenced by the surrounding countries.

lifestyle in Latvia is very rooted in ancient traditions and customs, and they shared belief in its folklore, and they also: 

  1. people in Latvia respect the older and take in their consideration their valuable advice and wisdom 
  2. In general, Latvians are very private and formal people as well as they do not speak loudly in public.
  3. Latvian cuisine is very delicious and unique. Meat, potatoes, pastries,  and smoked fish are a major part of the diet.
  4. Literature in Latvia is rooted in its folk songs and music.
  5. Latvian families often spend lots of time together

THE MOST IMPORTANT LANDMARKS IN LATVIA

  • Old City of Riga.
  • Freedom Monument.
  • St. Peter’s Church.
  • Latvian Museum.
  • Latvian Open Air Museum.
  • Vermanes Park.
  • Jurmala.
  • Riga War Museum.
  • Rundale Palace and Museum.
  • Automobile Museum.
  • Gauja National Park.
  • National Museum of Art, City of Kuldiga.
  • Museum and Rondal Palace.

Study in Latvia

Tuition fees at Latvian universities vary by institution, program and where you are from – non-EU students usually pay more than EU/EEA and Swiss students. In general, you should expect to pay between 3,000 and 5,000 EUR (about 3,300 – 540 USD) per year for an undergraduate degree. Courses such as dentistry and medicine are more expensive, costing up to 15,000 euros (about 16,600 US dollars) per year.

 At the master’s level, most courses range from €1,700 (approximately US$1,900) per year for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals to around €3,700 (approximately US$4,100) per year for all other foreign students. 

TUITION FEES FOR THE MOST POPULAR SUBJECT:

  • A humanities degree normally costs about 1600 EUR (1870 $) annually.
  • A medicine degree costs up to 15,000 EUR (17,600 $) per year. 
  • Some postgraduate degrees cost up to 25,600 EUR($30,000) per year
  • Pharmacy: between 7,500 to 15,000 EUR per year.
  • Commercial disciplines: it costs around 2000 to 6000 EUR per year
  • Management disciplines: the average costs between 2000 to 6000 EUR per year
  • Computer and engineering majors: are around 2,200 to 4,000 EUR per year
  • Mathematics: the fees range between 2000 to 4000 EUR per year 
  • Computer science: it costs about 2000 to 4000 EUR per year

Living in Latvia

Living in Latvia is low in cost compared to the standard of living, and varies according to the city, as it is higher in the capital, Riga, compared to others, ranging on average between 450-750 euros per month, according to the individual’s lifestyle and priorities.This money covers food, utilities, transportation, and others and the student will live a good life. 

Is food expensive in Latvia?

Food prices in supermarkets are suitable for students.. For example, in Latvia you have to pay for:

  • Bottle or carton of milk (1 liter)(0.92 EUR)
  • Popular yellow cheese (1 kg) (7.00 EUR)
  • Sausage or cold cuts (1 kg) (11 EUR)
  • Fried potatoes (small package) (1.5 EUR)
  • Baked meat 200 gr(3.6 EUR).

TRANSPORTATION

Narvesen outlets are the places where people buy public transport tickets and this is the safest way to get the tickets and you can buy them from the driver.

However, it is better to buy a ticket before you go on a trip. Anyone who wants to know about transportation in Latvia needs to know that buses in Latvia are very good and one of the most convenient means in this country for students. 

Also, the rail network system in Latvia connects almost all the cities in Latvia. It links the capital with lines to seven cities, Valga, Zilupe, Liepāja, Tukums, Daugavpils, Skulte, and Gulbene.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Latvia is available for international students. There are some universities that provide university housing service for their students, while other students prefer to rent a private apartment, to get more privacy.

The University of Latvia, for example, allows its students to live in two hotels designated for international students: “Prima Hotel” and “Resnaz Student Hotel”. These two hotels are located in the city of Riga, and the student needs 20 minutes to reach the university using the available transportation.

There are many places to rent in Latvia, but this is determined by your salary. Renting a house in Latvia is not expensive, the cost starts from 350 EUR.The cost of a shared apartment for students is between 100-200 euros per month, while the cost of a single suite is between 250-350 euros.

Riga is the most popular place to rent in Latvia, followed by Jurmala. However, the rent for one apartment is between 150 and 900 EUR depending on the location, and size. A shared apartment can cost around 100 – 200 EUR per month, while an apartment on your own can be found for 250 – 350 EUR per month.

Here is a glimpse of rental costs in Latvia:

  • One-bedroom apartment near the city center between 180 – 600 euros.
  • One-bedroom apartment far from the city center: between 120 – 350 euros.
  • Three-bedroom apartment near the city center between 300 – 1000 euros.
  • 3-bedroom apartment away from the city center: between 250-750 euros.

Homestays are a great option for international students to learn the culture and language of Latvian. Also, the student can share his or her own culture with the house owners. 

About 85% of the homestay students in Europe learned the Latvian language faster by living together with the natives. 

Universities in Latvia

Education in Latvia offers a broad-based approach and global perspective to provide students with the necessary qualifications and skills that will serve as a stepping stone to a brighter future for international students, so studying in Latvia is an opportunity to learn about cultures and personal development, in addition to the Latvian education system with a long historical background that makes its quality stronger And world class..

Latvia has 58 higher education institutions which consist of six state universities and a large number of educational institutions, partly private, and other higher. the list below show the most important universities in Latvia:

 University of Latvia

Ranked 47th in the QS University Rankings: EECA 2016 and 651-700* In the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, the University of Latvia is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the Baltic states, located in Riga, and attracts around 15,000 students . Founded in 1919, the university has a rating of four out of five stars overall in the QS Stars rating system, and has received five-star ratings in the categories of ‘internationalization’, ‘teaching’, ‘facilities’ and ‘innovation’.

 The university offers a number of international programs that are taught partially or wholly in English, including medicine and dentistry.

Technical University of Riga

Riga Technical University (RTU) ranked 64 in the EECA ranking this year and was the first technical university in the Baltic states to be established, dating back to 1862, when it was known as Riga Polytechnicum. In 1958 the Latvian University Technical Institutes were separated to form the renewable Riga Technical University (RTU). Today, the RTU is responsible for a great deal of research that is essential to the Latvian economy, and the university achieves three QS stars, including a five-star rating in the “Employability” category.

Riga Stradins University

The last Latvian university to appear in the EECA ranking is Riga Stradins Public University (RSU), ranked in the 111-120 range. Riga Stradins has 7,875 students currently enrolled, of which 1,775 are international students, with 50 countries represented in the student body overall, making it among the EECA’s top 10 countries for international student proportion. Originally founded as Riga Medical Institute in 1950, RSU has a particularly strong reputation in health sciences and is the only Latvian university traditionally integrated into the country’s healthcare system.

 DAUGAVPILS UNIVERSITY

Daugavpils University is a public university in Daugavpils, Latvia, and the largest regional university, it began its academic activity in 1921. It is one of the top 20 universities in Latvia.

Every year, a lot of international students choose to study at Daugavpils University due to its strong education, offering many types of scholarships, and it also has various student exchange programs.

The University consists of five faculties

  1. Faculty of Humanities.
  2. Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
  3. Faculty of Social Sciences.
  4. Faculty of Music and Arts.
  5. Faculty of Education and Management

TURIBA UNIVERSITY

Turiba University is one of the leading universities, established in 1993 and is situated in Zemgale Suburb, Riga, it is the largest business school in Latvia, and the most famous university, especially the high employment rate of its graduates, which reaches 99.61%,

The university provides its students the chance to gain work experience during their studies and prepares them well for the job market.

Turiba University consists of four faculties, It runs 25 study programs, which include Bachelor’s Program, Master’s Program, and Doctoral study program: 

  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of International Tourism
  • Faculty of Communication

Student Visa - Latvia

After you have been accepted into a Latvian university, you should start preparing for a visa to travel and reside in this country, especially if you are an international student outside the European Union.

TYPES OF THE LATVIA STUDENT VISA

  • LONG-TERM VISA (TYPE D)

The students whose studies require them to stay for more than 90 days should apply for a long-term student visa.

The holder of this visa has the right to enter the Schengen Zone as well as he or she can renew the visa without returning to their own home.

  • SHORT-TERM VISA (TYPE C)

is known as a Schengen student visa, this type is issued a duration up to 90 days in 180 days period. This visa can be issued as multiple entries, single entries, or double entries. 

How to get a study visa in Latvia?

First of all, you must visit the nearest Latvian embassy to obtain the exact required documents and the costs of obtaining a visa and accommodation, and know that some universities can provide you with this information as well, and may even help you to obtain a visa and residence and submit the application on your behalf.

And be sure not to be late, it may take several weeks to obtain the visa, and you are supposed to obtain the travel and residence visa, before the beginning of the first semester, so apply for the visa as soon as you obtain university admission.

Among the papers and documents required to obtain a visa and study residence in Latvia:

  • Fill out a student visa application.
  • Personal Photos.
  • A valid passport.
  • The university acceptance letter you obtained in the previous step.
  • Receipt of payment of university fees for at least the first year.
  • A bank receipt showing that you are able to meet the costs of staying in Latvia for at least one year.
  • Proof of obtaining housing.
  • Get health insurance.
  • Your academic record.
  • A medical report attached to the results of the X-ray study.

How to apply - Latvia

The duration of study for a bachelor’s degree in Latvia takes 3 to 4 years and a language certificate of at least IELTS5.5 must be provided (although some schools require IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL). On average, you should expect to pay between 3,000 and 5,000 euros per year for a bachelor’s degree.

HOW TO APPLY TO A UNIVERSITY IN LATVIA ?

The admission procedure for each university is different, but in general in order to apply to study in Latvia you will first need to have your educational documents (academic transcript, degree/diploma certificate) approved to prove that you are eligible to apply. Therefore, you must send the appropriate documents to the admission office of your chosen university. The university will guide you through the process and inform you about the exams you need, including any language test results (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL if you want to study in English). You may also have a video interview and/or need to submit your resume or personal statement.

Once your eligibility and acceptance are confirmed, you will receive a conditional acceptance letter, receive and sign an agreement, and pay the tuition fee for the first year of study (some institutions may require a security deposit).

Latvian universities follow the Bologna system, offering three levels of study (bachelor, master and doctoral degrees). Most bachelor’s degrees take three or four years to complete, while master’s degrees take one or two years. The school year runs from September to June, with exams taking place in May and June.

The language of instruction in Latvian universities is mainly Latvian, but there are a small number of programs taught in English, many of which are aimed specifically at foreign students.

Other required documents are:

  • Application form
  • Invitation letter.
  • Guarantee letter.
  • Admission letter.

Scholarship in Latvia

Latvia offers an unlimited number of scholarships for international students wishing to study there. If you want to study in Latvia, and university fees are the obstacle, try to find an opportunity for yourself in one of the scholarships offered in this country.

What are the requirements for a scholarship?

To obtain a scholarship in this country, there are many conditions. These scholarships are allocated to students of countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia: Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, China, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Mexico, South Korea, Georgia, Ukraine, “Israel”, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Peru, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova.

In addition to scholarships for international students, researchers and faculty who have passed at least one academic year in their country or at a Latvian university.

One of the conditions for obtaining a scholarship is that the applicant must have obtained a certain level of English or Latvian in order to be able to continue studying in this country.

And know that these scholarships are given to the student for a period of one academic year for bachelor’s and master’s programs, ie for a period of 10 months, and for a period of 11 months for doctoral students.

Grants in Latvia focus on several specializations, most notably those related to the study of Latvian philology, Latvian culture, Latvian literature, and Latvian history.

BEST SCHOLARSHIPS IN LATVIA

1- LIEPAJA UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • Scholarship Amount: the average is 430 – 500 EUR
  • Eligible Degree: Master’s degree

2- LATVIAN STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Scholarship Amount: for Bachelor’s a monthly stipend of 500 EUR while Master’s degrees and Ph.D. students a monthly stipend of 670 EUR.
  • Eligible Degree: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees

3- LATVIAN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Scholarship Amount: 30 EUR per day for personal use and 300 EUR for accommodation costs.

Eligible Degree: Ph.D. degrees

4- TURĪBA UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition fee coverage or 600 EUR
  • Eligible Degree: Bachelor’s degree

5- UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA

  • Eligible Degree: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees