Why study in Riga?

Studying in Latvia has never been more accessible than today! For foreigners choosing to start or continue their professional development journey in Latvia:

  • 19 higher education institutions are available
  • 14 are located in the capital city of Riga
  • 5 are located in other major cities throughout Latvia
  • All level studies available (BS, MS, PhD)

Studies in Latvia are open to both EU and non-EU residents. And relocation should not be a hassle - our universities and municipalities will guide you through the process. More than 40 countries have partnered with Latvia to make scholarships available to their citizens.

The majority of universities offer accommodation for both international and local students. Additionally, the cost of living in Latvia is more affordable than in many other popular EU study destinations.

To discover all study-related relocation processes in detail, visit the Study in Latvia page. There you will find information about visas, residence permits, the admission process and so on.

If you want to work during your studies, you can!

There are some restrictions:

  • Full-time Bachelor’s students are entitled to work for up to 20 hours per week (part-time) during studies;
  • Full-time Master's or doctoral students are entitled to work 40 hours per week (full-time) during their study break.

And if you want to stay in Riga to work, we will be happy to have you!

Full-time bachelor's students receive a residence permit for: the study period and an additional 4 months after the end of their studies (graduation). These additional 4 months are provided with the aim of giving them time to apply for Master’s studies or to find a job.

Full-time Master's and doctoral students receive a residence permit for: the study period and an additional 4 months, with the possibility to request an additional extension for 9 months to look for a job. This must be done in advance before the previous permit has expired.

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