Education in Latvia

The government of Latvia promotes education among the young in the country by providing free education for all school students. Latvia is also home to good colleges and universities of international significance.

Requirements for International Students to Study in Latvia

  • Passport valid for at least six months after end of course
  • Students visa
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Residence permit (EU students do not need residence permit till 3 months of stay in Latvia)
  • Certificates and proof of any achievement in previous academic career
  • TOEFL or IELTS certificate that is proof of English

List of Top Colleges in Latvia

Name of the College Courses Offered
Art Academy of Latvia Bachelor’s and Master’s program in Visual Arts, Visual Plastic Arts, Design, Audio – Visual Media and History & Theory of Art
National Academy of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
  • Master’s in Military Leadership & Security
  • 2nd Level Professional program in Officer Training
Ventspils College
  • Bachelor’s in Management
  • Master’s in Business Administration
  • Professional Short Term courses in Translation & Interpreting
Latvian Christian Academy Bachelor’s and Master’s in Biblical Art, Biblical Archaeology, Theology, Plastic Anatomy, Byzantine Aesthetics, Sacred Art Traditions of the Baltic Region and Comparative study of Eastern & Western Church
Latvian Academy of Sports Education
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate in Sports Pedagogy
  • Short Term Professional courses in Military Studies, Social Sciences and Active Tourism

List of Top Universities in Latvia

Name of the University Courses Offered
University of Latvia Post graduation in Latvian, Russian & Baltic Languages, Economics, Management, Social & Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Education and Psychology
Riga Technical University Post graduation (including Ph.D) in Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering, IT, Economics, Applied Chemistry, Management and Computer Science
Riga Stradins University
  • Postgraduate Studies and Doctoral programs in Medicine, Law, Social Sciences, European Studies, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Education and Communications
  • Ph.D in Sociology
Daugavpils University
  • Bachelor’s in General Science, Economics, Philology, History, Sociology and Psychology
  • Master’s in Business Administration, Intercultural Relations, Law Science, Labour Protection, Law Science and Environmental Planning
  • Doctorate in General Science, Literary Science, Pedagogy, Economics, Linguistics and Psychology
  • 1st and 2nd Level Professional programs in Social Sciences, Foreign Languages, Art Management, Physiotherapy and Translation
Latvia University of Agriculture Master’s in Architecture, Information Technologies, Engineering, Pedagogy, Land Management, Forest Ecology & Siviculture, Business Management and Food Science

Scholarships Offered to International Students

The State Education Development Agency of Latvia offers scholarships to international students pursuing post graduation and doctoral studies in Latvia.

Educational Expenses

On an average an international student has to spend Euro 400 to 500 per month for registration and tuition fee?.

Students Visa

An international student has to submit the following document to get a students visa in Latvia:

  • Passport that is valid for three months after end of course. The passport must also have two blank pages.
  • Filled and duly signed visa application form
  • Passport size photo
  • Letter of recommendation from institute that the student has enrolled in. This letter also has to be signed by authorities from the Migration Affair of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia.
  • Health certificate
  • Life insurance
  • Proof of funds for stay in Latvia

Education System

The different stages of education system in Latvia are:

  • Pre-School education
  • Basic education
  • Special Needs education
  • Vocation Oriented education
  • Secondary education
  • Post Secondary Non Tertiary Vocational education
  • Tertiary education
  • Postgraduate education