Spring entry of 2019. Call for applications

University of Latvia invites prospective students to submit applications for studies at the University of Latvia for spring entry of 2019. Admission opens on September 12.

Study programmes:
Business Administration, Bachelor’s
International Economics and Commercial Diplomacy, Bachelor’s
Industrial Engineering, Bachelor’s
International Business with specialization in Export Management, Master’s

Application deadlines:

Citizens from countries requiring additional assessment must apply until 15.10.

Citizens of the countries outside EU and EEA must apply until 01.12.

EU and EEA citizens must apply until 17.12.

In case of questions regarding application procedure, academic or practical matters, feel free to contact us at studies@lu.lv.

With questions regarding Medicine and Dentistry study programmes, please email: lumedi@lu.lv

NB! University will comence the admission procedure only after the receipt of application fee payment is submitted.

Admission procedure

Before applying for studies at the University of Latvia, it is recommended to check if you meet the following general criteria of admission (these can slightly differ for some bachelor’s/master’s programmes):

  • Academic year begins on September 4. Have you checked application deadlines?
  • The following documents are required to enter:

- General secondary school diploma in original language and its notarized translation in English.

- Transcript of records or final examination results, in original language and notarized translation in English.

- Bachelor’s degree diploma and diploma supplement or transcript of records in original language, and notarized translation in English, or an equivalent qualification from a university or other accredited academic institution.

  • Do you meet the language requirements?
  • Have you checked information about tuition fees, scholarships?
  • Have you chosen the study programme?

N.B. Your educational documents (certificates and transcripts of records) must be suitable to enrol at a university in your home country.

If you are still studying in the last semester and have not received a diploma yet, you can apply with provisional results from your school. Remember that later you will need to submit the obtained diploma, as well.

If you meet these general criteria, you can follow the next steps and apply for studies at the University of Latvia.

The online application form must be submitted to apply for studies at the University of Latvia. Create an account to complete the online application. You may complete it in multiple sessions.

Please submit an application form only when all of the required documents are uploaded!

To apply for bachelor’s/master’s programme, you need to complete the application and upload the follosing documents:

  • General secondary school diploma/certificate in original language and a notarized copy in English;
  • Transcript of grades or final exam results in original language and a notarized copy in English;
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma in original language and a notarized copy in English;
  • Diploma supplement or transcripts of records (both in original language and a notarized translation in English);
  • Motivation letter (if required);
  • CV (if required);
  • English language proficiency document (if you aren’t native English speaker and/or your previous education has not been obtained in English (in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Scotland or Ireland));
  • Copy of passport;
  • Copy of residence permit card (if you have any);
  • One photo;
  • Medical report (if you apply for study programmes in Medicine or Dentistry)

After uploading all the required documents, please wait for the invoice to pay the registration fee (100 euro) and diploma recognition fee (41 euro).

Bank details:

Beneficiary: UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA 
Address: Raiņa bulv. 19, Riga, Latvia, LV-1586 
VAT number: LV90000076669 
Bank: THE TREASURY OF REPUBLIC OF LATVIA 
Address: Smilsu 1, Riga, Latvia, LV-1919 
Account No. IBAN: LV33TREL9150101000000 
BIC code (SWIFT code): TRELLV22 
EKK 21351

Purpose of payment: Application fee, NAME, FAMILY NAME and DATE OF BIRTH of the applicant

Preliminary evaluation and further guidance will be provided within 3 working days.

NOTE: The applicant covers the bank commission fee for transfers, it can not be included in the amount of application fee or tuition fee.

After this, you need to wait for a reply from the UL coordinator, who sends your documents to Academic Information Centre for recognition of your diploma (the answer can take 4 to 6 weeks), and to study programme director for decision upon your admission.

After receiving approval from AIC, the UL coordinator sends (via regular mail or email) to applicant the following documents:

  • Study agreement  and appendix (2 originals)
  • AIC approval (if needed for visa or residence permit)
  •  Invitation (for visa or residence permit)
  • Reference from the UL, about the place in UL residence hall (if necessary for visa and residence permit) 

After completing the above requirements, you can move to STEP 3

After receiving a positive answer from the UL coordinator (acceptance letter), you need to take care of your education document legalisation (certification of document authenticity). The documents (original diploma and transcript) must be legalised according to Hague Convention on Legalisation of Foreign Public documents. Remember – legalisation of documents is not a notarial act. Here you can find more information about process of legalisation.

P.S. Legalisation of documents is recommended already before applying for studies, but it certainly must be completed before applying for visa & residence permit.

Student Services assist international students in finding accommodation, if the students would like a place in the University residence halls. Students should apply for residence halls as soon as they have received the acceptance letter. Places in residence halls are limited, and finding alternative housing will take time. More information about accommodation here.

After student has paid the tuition fee, the UL can provide student (non-EU citizen) with invitation for visa or residence permit.

EU citizen has to apply for the registration certificate in person at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) in Riga within 90 days as of the first day of entry, if a Union citizen resides in the Republic of Latvia for longer than 90 days counting from the first day of entry. Here is more information about necessary documents.

Citizens from visa-free countries (Albania (only holders of biometric passports), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only the holders of biometric passports), Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Korea, Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia (only for holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro (only the holders of biometric passports), Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia (only for holders of biometric passports), Singapore, Taiwan (only the holders of passports which include identity card number), Uruguay, the USA, The Vatican and Venezuela) in order to receive a residence permit have two options: to apply for residence permit by themselves after arriving to Latvia, or the international coordinator at the UL can do that before the arrival of student to speed up this process. More information about the necessary documents.

Citizens of other countries, who need visa to come to Latvia after applying for residence permit also have two options – the first is that they apply for residence permit by themselves at the Embassy of Latvia in their country of origin, or at the embassy of another country who is entitled to issue visas for Latvia. The second option is that the UL international coordinator can apply in your name to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. More information about the necessary documents.

Citizens of other countries that require additional assessment. There is a list of countries whose citizens require an additional assessment for issuing a visa or a residence permit. The citizens of these countries must apply for residence permit and visa by themselves at the Embassy of Latvia in their country of origin or at the embassy of other country entitled to issue visas of Latvia. The University has no such authority. Here is more information about the necessary documents.

1. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

2. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

3. United Arab Emirates

4. Kingdom of Bahrain

5. People's Republic of Bangladesh

6. Arab Republic of Egypt

7. Republic of Indonesia

8. Republic of Iraq

9. Islamic Republic of Iran

10. Republic of Yemen

11. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

12. State of Qatar

13. Republic of Kenya

14. Democratic People's Republic of Korea

15. Russian Federation (Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetiya)*

* Applicable to a person whose residential address or place of birth is in Chechnya, Dagestan or Ingushetiya.

16. State of Kuwait

17. Lebanese Republic

18. Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

19. Kingdom of Morocco

20. Federal Republic of Nigeria

21. Sultanate of Oman

22. Islamic Republic of Pakistan

23. Palestinian Authority**

24. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

25. Syrian Arab Republic

26. Somalia

27. Republic of Sudan

28. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

29. Republic of Tunisia

 

** Applicable to a person whose residential address or place of birth is in the Palestinian Authority. 


NOTE: If a residence permit issuance has been confirmed by the OCMA, you should obtain an entrance visa at a Latvian diplomatic mission abroad www.mfa.gov.lv/en/mission Please consult a respective diplomatic mission on required documents for submission.

NOTE: If your residence permit has been approved but visa request rejected, the UL will refund your tuition fee.

ATTENTION! THE UNIVERSITY DOES NOT COVER THE BANK TRANSFER FEES, THESE MUST BE ADDED BY PAYER TO THE TRANSFERRED AMOUNT.

NOTE: Before you apply for a visa or a residence permit, you must pay the tuition fee for the whole first year of study (unless you have a scholarship).

NOTE: If the acceptance letter is received after August 20, the student must submit the documents for residence permit within the period of 10 days.

Upon the arrival after moving in the University residence halls or apartment:

1) Visit Student Services: apply for the student card and receive guidance on residence matters,  receive information (login and password) for the UL information system (LUIS).

2) Visit the faculty to meet the study programme secretary, receive intorduction to the facilities and participate in the orientation activities;

3) Register for the study semester, courses and sports during the registration week by using the University of Latvia Information System.

4) Apply for residence permit card or receive it at the OCMA office.

5) If necessary in order to receive the residence permit – go to clinic for x-ray or fluorography and purchase health insurance.

6) Declare your place of accommodation at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs and apply for a registration certificate (except non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, who should hold a residence permit/visa before the arrival to Latvia);

7) If necessary, open a bank account after receiving the residence permit card.