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University of Latvia

The University of Latvia was founded in 1919 on the basis of the former Riga Polytechnic School. The University of Latvia is the only classical university in the country and the largest university in the Baltic States.

The University of Latvia with its 17,000 students, 13 faculties, and more than 20 research institutes is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltic States. The University offers more than 150 state-accredited academic and professional study programs. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration.

The Unesco World Heritage city of Riga is establishing itself as the most renowned destination in the Baltics, mostly due to its spectacular architectural Art Nouveau ensemble and the Old Town cobbled streets. Among the prominent architects that have left their mark in Riga the spotlight goes on Mikhail Eisenstein, father of the world famous cinema director. Other highlights that should not be missed are the Central Market, which housed in 1930s former Zeppelin hangars, the Occupation Museum of Latvia, the Freedom Monument, and the bustling cultural and nightlife.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15 3 students within 2 semesters
Contact person for incoming students Ms. Beate Ramina
International coordinator
International Relations Department
University of Latvia
Raina Blvd. 19, Riga LV-1586
Latvia
Email: beate.ramina@lu.lv
phone: +371 67034350; fax: +371 67243091
Contact person for outgoing students Mrs. Alina Grzhibovska
Director of International Relations Department
University of Latvia
Raina Blvd. 19, Riga LV-1586
Latvia
Email: alina.grzibovska@lu.lv
phone: +371 67034334; fax: +371 67243091
General university web site www.lu.lv
International Office/Website for Incoming Students http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

Humanities and Social sciences

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

Humanities, Social sciences, Computer science, Chemistry, Optometry, Medicine

Orientation session(s)

Autumn 2013
26.08.13 – 01.09.13


Spring 2014
27.01.14 – 02.02.14

Are graduate areas open for exchange? Yes, partly open Humanities and Social sciences
Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

Humanities and Social Sciences

Open graduate areas of study taught in English Humanities, Social sciences, Computer science, Chemistry, Optometry, Medicine
Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses? Yes
Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses?

Yes

Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties

No

Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students No
Websites for course offerings

http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/courses

Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?

No

Orientation session(s) for incoming students 25.08.2014. - 31.08.2014. Registration week (autumn)
02.02.2015. - 08.02.2015. Registration week (spring)
Participation is highly recommended. Introduction meeting held on Friday of the Registration week. Free of charge.
Academic Calendar

AUTUMN semester (starts – 01.09.2014.)
25.08.2014. - 31.08.2014. Registration week
01.09.2014. - 21.12.2014. Studies
22.12.2014. - 04.01.2015. Christmas and New Year holidays
05.01.2015. - 01.02.2015. Individual studies and Exam session

SPRING semester (starts – 09.02.2015.)
02.02.2015. - 08.02.2015. Registration week
09.02.2015. - 06.06.2015. Studies
07.06.2015 - 04.07.2015. Individual studies and Exam session
http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/calendar/2014-2015/

Examination period(s) Autumn semester: 05.01.2015. - 01.02.2015.
Spring semester: 07.06.2015 - 04.07.2015.
If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early? Yes
Application deadline for each term Autumn semester/Academic year: May 15
Spring semester: November 15
Application website

http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/enrolment/ Paper only.
Expected to be online for A.Y. 2014/2015

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates? Does not differ
Course registration deadline Upon arrival
Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country? No
Language Requirements English language: At least B1 level
Language test certificate required? Language proficiency approval sent with application documents.
IELTS not less than 6.0.
Preparatory language course for incoming students? No
Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection? In case of course list related questions, students are expected to contact each faculty's international coordinator.
Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange Not specified
Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed? Yes
Housing options UL offers a place in 2 dormitories
Housing Website and Contact Person(s) http://www.lu.lv/eng/services/accommodation/
UL international degree students: studies@lu.lv
UL international exchange students: dormitory@lu.lv
Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate? Separate application.
Application deadlines for international exchange students of the University of Latvia:
Autumn semester/full year – 10th July*
Spring semester - 19th December *
*Dates may change
Is housing available between breaks in the term? Yes
Is there a campus meal plan? No
Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)
 
-Housing
Approx. 300 EUR (per single room)
-Meals Approx. 500 EUR
-Books Approx. 20 EUR
-Local Transportation Approx. 25 EUR
-Health Insurance Approx. 50 EUR
Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed? Yes
Are health facilities available at the university? Psychological assistance
Are internships available? Yes
Are student jobs available/allowed? Yes
Other important notes http://www.lu.lv/eng/istudents/exchange/advice/
Last update of this information November 2013