Latvia is an amazing country with beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, aesthetic cities and a vibrant and multi-ethnic culture.In fact, it is safe to say that Latvia has something for everyone regardless of nationality, and is fondly called“Europe’s best-kept secret”. Found at the crossroads of Northern and Eastern Europe, Latvia has been influenced both linguistically and culturally by countries such as Lithuania and Estonia, while keeping its own cultural national identity and traditions.
Are you interested in studying on low tuition in Latvia? If yes, then read on to discover leading Latvian universities, student cities, and how to apply to these awesome universities…
Tuition fees and living costs
Please note that tuition fees at Latvian universities vary considerably and depend largely on the institution, program, and where you hail from – non-EU students typically pay more than EU/EEA and Swiss students. Generally as a rule of thumb you should expect to pay €3,000-5,000 (~US$3,300-5,540) annually for an undergraduate program. Programs such as dentistry and medicine are slightly expensive, going as much as €15,000 (~US$16,600) a year. At master’s level,you will find several courses ranging between €1,700 (~US$1,900) annually for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and roughly €3,700 (~US$4,100) for other international students.
Living expenses are slightly lower than in other European member countries. You should budget €5,400-8,400 (~US6,000-9,300) for everything including food (up to €250 per month), accommodation, travel and other costs. Majority of Latvian universities have student halls of residence, which is currently one of the cheapest accommodation options. If you intend to travel outside of Latvia to explore neighboring countries such as Russia or Estonia, you’ll need to plan for that as well.
How to apply to Latvian universities
You should note that university’s admission procedures vary across institutions, but generally for you to apply to study in Latvia, you’ll need to have your educational documents (academic transcript, degree certificate/diploma) certified to show that you’re eligible to apply. That said, once you have put together the application package, send the appropriate documents to your chosen university’s admission office. The university admissions team will carefully guide you through the process and inform you of what exams you are expected to pass, including any language test result/s (such as IELTS or TOEFL if you want to study in English). In a few cases,you may need to do a video interview and/or submit your CV or a personal statement.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed and you’ve been accepted, you’ll then receive a conditional acceptance letter, duly sign an agreement, pay your tuition fees for the first year of study (some institutions may ask for a security deposit).
List of Low Tuition Universities
University of Latvia
Riga Technical University
Riga Stradins University