Latvia is one of the three Baltic States, situated between Estonia and Lithuania, bordered by Russia and Belarus. The country is spread in an area of 64,589 km2 and has a population of 2 million. This European country is one of the world’s greenest countries, with over 44% of its territory covered by forests.
Riga is the largest city and also the capital. Latvia has been a member of the European Union(EU) since 2004
Latvia is well-known for offering good quality Master’s Degree. Courses in Master’s Degree are imparted in a wide variety of languages like Latvian, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian although most of the programs are in English. The cost of living and education is very affordable.
Higher education institutes carry out certain test for student selection so that the deserving students can get the advantage of public funding.
Latvia has two kinds of higher education programs – academic and professional. Universities offer both academic and professional education, while the Non-University type educational systems provide only professional education.
This system of education follows Bologna system and is divided into three levels:
A Bachelor degree is awarded after three or four years of study, while a Master’s degree is awarded on successful completion of the second phase of academic higher education, lasting one or two years. Only graduates holding a master’s degree or equivalent degree are permitted to take up Doctoral studies.
There are around 60 state and private colleges, university colleges and universities in Latvia. More than 50 of which have been established since Latvia became an independent nation from the Soviet Union in 1990.
Tuition fee for master’s degree program at public schools is nearly about €1,700/year for EU/EEA and about €3,700 for all other international students.
Academic session in Latvia is divided into semesters (autumn and spring) that usually starts in September and ends in June. Each semester is a program of 20 weeks that ends with a final examination.
After obtaining the Master’s Degree, students are able to seek a job in Latvia and other surrounding countries. Most students are required to show a job invitation from a reliable authority before applying for a visa and work permit, but students with some techno scientific skills may get a work permit without a job offer.