Application deadlines for Autumn admission are approaching
Application deadlines for Autumn admission are approaching

The admission process for the Autumn 2021 intake at Latvian higher education institutions is ongoing and deadlines are approaching.

Interested students are welcome to apply by the start of July, in some cases by mid-July and start of August. The deadlines vary from university to university and are related to the citizenship of the applicant.

High quality study programmes

Study in Latvia invites you to choose studies at one of the Latvian higher education institutions and 100 study programmes, which have been selected based on a set of quality criteria defined by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia. 

You can browse the list of programmes and search for a specific programme in the database or click on the links below to go directly to the desired level of studies:

University entry requirements

There are some general entry requirements binding to all higher education institutions in Latvia and some institution-specific requirements, for instance, previous marks in academic transcripts, entrance exams or tests, and online interviews. The general requirements are:

  • Completed previous education: secondary or high school diploma and academic transcript for the Bachelor level (undergraduate) study programmes or higher education diploma and academic transcript for the Master level (postgraduate) study programmes or Doctoral studies.  
  • Recognition of diploma: students should be aware that the admission office of the chosen university will send their education documents to the Latvian Academic Centre for the academic recognition and authenticity verification.
  • Proof of the study language proficiency: all students applying for studies in Latvia need to demonstrate sufficient study language proficiency which is mostly English. The level of knowledge must be equal to or higher than B2 level. Last summer changes have been made to the admission requirements regarding the proof of the language proficiency. It can be provided in different ways depending on:
    • the country, where the previous education has been obtained;
    • the language of instruction in previous educational institution if it is the same as the study language.   

Detailed information about the entry requirements can be found here.

Deadlines are approaching

The deadlines for the autumn admission may vary from university to university, but there are universities which have deadlines until the end of June or start of July. Some are continuing admission until the end of July and start of August.

The exact application deadlines depend on the chosen university, its profile, and the citizenship of the prospective student, but here are the list of universities and current deadlines.

Higher education institution

Deadline for admission

How to apply

BA School of Business and Finance
  • 20 July
Daugavpils University
  • 1 July

Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy

  • 8 July
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
  • 1 July  - for applicants who need a visa
  • 15 July - for applicants who do not need a visa
Liepaja University
  • 1 July
Rīga Stradiņš University
  • 1 July - for Non-EU/EEA applicants and for EU and EEA citizens and for citizens of visa free countries for Faculty of Medicine
  • 13 August - for residents of EU/EEA countries and citizens of countries that have visa-free regime with Latvia 
Riga Technical University
  • 1 August - for applicants from India, China, Nepal, Srilanka, Armenia, Georgia, Central Asia, Azerbaijan and other countries
  • 15 August - for applicants from EU, EEE + candidate countries
The University of Latvia
  • 27 June - Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and Visa-free countries
  • 1 July - EU and EEA citizens for Facaulty of Medicine
  • 25 July - EU and EEA citizens
Ventspils University of Applied Sciences
  • June 27 - for applicants which have an embassy of Latvia in the country. 
  • July 30 - for the citizens of the EU, member states of the EEU and Swiss Confederation. Countries whose citizens may enter Latvia without a visa


Riga Graduate School of Law
  • 18 July -  for citizens of countries which have a visa waiver with Latvia
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
  • 12 July - for Bachelor studies for EU/ EEA/ Swiss Confederation applicants
  • 20 August -  for Master and PhD studies for EU/ EEA/ Swiss Confederation applicants
RISEBA University of Applied Sciences
  • 15 July 
Turiba University
  • 1 August

EKA University of Applied Sciences

  • 1 August

Admission procedure

To apply for the studies in Latvia, students can follow simple steps summarized by Study in Latvia that will help to manage the application to the universities of Latvia. These admission steps are explained here.

As Study in Latvia does not administer the application process and it is managed by individual universities, it is always advisable to contact the chosen university before application to get detailed information.  

Start of studies and arrival

The state of emergency in Latvia has been cancelled and spread of Covid-19 in Latvia is deacreasing. But still, the Covid-19 situation has affected the procedures of getting student residence permit and visa as the work of the embassies of Latvia have been affected. Some are providing services remotely or in person depending on the epidemiological situation in the respective country. The latest information regarding the Covid-19 situation can be found here.

However, many universities in Latvia, similarly to other countries, are planning to offer alternative ways to new students to start their studies if the Covid-19 situation will restrict their arrival in Latvia in September when most of the study programmes begin. Students are advised to contact the Admissions Office of the chosen Latvian university for more detailed information on the available options for starting their studies online or postponing the start of the studies.

Other useful links

  • Tuition fees here.
  • Frequently asked questions here
  • Visa and residence permits here.
  • Higher education in Latvia here
  • About Latvia here