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Study in Latvia

Why Latvia?

Latvia is a pleasant and friendly country. Despite the fact that the average Latvian is not an open book and prefers to smile internally, we are adept at forming lifelong friendships. Latvia is not overburdened with massive megacities, enormous traffic congestion, or mile-long lineups. Instead, it provides a peaceful setting in which to study and work, where you can select how much nightlife or peace and quiet you want. Latvia ranks high on the Global peace index as a country with low crime rates, a stable political scene and almost zero natural disasters.

Bologna Process and 3-Cycle System

The Latvian higher education system is a part of the Bologna process, and follows the 3-cycle system:

• The 1st cycle includes short cycle programmes and academic or professional Bachelor’s degree programmes.
• The 2nd cycle includes academic or professional Master’s degree programmes
• The 3rd cycle includes Doctor’s degree programmes.

Credit Point System

Latvia is using a national credit point system in higher education. One Latvian national credit point is defined as a one-week full-time study workload. The average full-time workload of an academic year in most higher education programmes is 40 credits. The Latvian credit point system is compatible with ECTS.

• 1 credit point = 1,5 ECTS = 1 week full-time study workload
• 1 academic year = 60 ECTS = 40 Latvian credit points

Universities and other higher education institutions in Latvia run both academic and profession-al programmes, e.g. lawyer, teacher, translator, marine mechanic etc.
Bachelor’s (in Latvian – bakalaurs) and master’s (in Latvian – maģistrs) degrees are awarded in both academic and professional higher education rogrammes.

Graduates of both types of bachelor’s and master’s degrees have access to further studies.


The objectives of academic higher education are to prepare graduates for independent research, as well as to provide theoretical background for professional activities.

1. Academic programmes leading to a bachelor’s degree comprise 120 – 160 national credit points (160-180 ECTS), including:

• Compulsory subjects – not less than 50 national credit points (75 ECTS);
• Electives not less than 20 national credit points (30 ECTS);
• Thesis not less than 10 national credit points (15 ECTS);
• The remainder is left for students as free electives.
• The duration of full-time studies is 6 – 8 semesters (3-4 years).

Academic programmes leading to a master degree comprise 80 national credit points (120 ECTS), of which:

• The thesis is not less than 20 national credit points (30 ECTS)
• The compulsory part of the programme includes theoretical aspects of the specific field of scientific discipline – not less than 30 national credit points (45 ECTS)

The practical application of theory in solving actual problems – not less than 15 national credit points (22,5 ECTS). The duration of full-time studies is 4 semesters (2 years) and requires at least 5 years total length of bachelor and master studies. Academic education programmes are implemented according to the national standard of academic education.
The objectives of professional higher education are to provide in-depth knowledge in a particular field, preparing graduates for design or improvement of systems, products and technologies, as well as to prepare them for creative, research and teaching activities in this field.

3. Academic programmes leading to a master degree comprise 80 national credit points (120 ECTS), of which:

General courses – not less than 20 national credit points (30 ECTS)
Theoretical courses of the chosen field – not less than 36 national credit points (54 ECTS)
Specialized courses – not less than 60 national credit points (90 ECTS)
Optional courses – not less 6 national credit points (9 ECTS)
Practical placement – not less than 26 national credit points (39 ECTS) The duration of full-time studies is 8 semesters (4 years)

4. Professional higher education programmes leading to a professional master’s degree comprise no less than 40 (60 ECTS) credits, of which:

• State examinations including thesis – not less than 12 national credit points (18 ECTS).
• Up-to-date achievements in the field – in theory and in practice ≥7 (10,5 ECTS) credits
• Practical placements ≥6 (9 ECTS) credits,
• State examinations including thesis ≥20 (30 ECTS) credit
• Research training, courses of design, management, psychology etc.

Duration of full-time studies is 2-4 semesters (1-2 years).

Comprise 80-120 national credit points (120-180 ECTS) credits.

These programmes are targeted mainly to the labor market. Graduates of the first level programmes can continue their studies in related second-level professional programmes or professional bachelor programmes.

These programmes are targeted mainly to the labor market. Graduates of the first level programmes can continue their studies in related second-level professional programmes or professional bachelor programmes.

Can comprise either at least 40 national credit points (60 ECTS) for holders of the bachelor’s degree or at least 160 national credit points (240 ECTS) for secondary school leavers.

In both cases programmes should include a practical placement of at least 26 national credit points (39 ECTS) and graduation examinations including thesis of not less than 10 national credit points (15 ECTS).

(5 and 6 year studies), are equal to the master’s degree and graduates of these programmes can continue their studies in doctoral level programmes.

The degree of master or equivalent is required for admission to doctoral studies. A doctoral degree is awarded after public defense of a doctoral thesis and successfully passed exams in the chosen scientific discipline.

The doctoral thesis must include results of original research and new insights in the scientific discipline. The duration of doctoral studies is 3-4 years.


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