Spring Intake 2020. Call for applications

University of Latvia invites prospective students to submit applications for studies at the University of Latvia for spring intake 2020. Admission is open from September 10th.

Study programmes:
Business Administration, Bachelor, Full-time
International Economics and Commercial Diplomacy, Bachelor, Full-time
Industrial Engineering, Bachelor, Full-time
Optometry, Bachelor, Part-time
International Business with specialization in Export Management, Masters, Full-time
European Studies and Economic Diplomacy, Masters, Full-time
Educational Sciences, Masters, Full-time, 1,2 years

Application deadlines:

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries have to apply till 22.11.

EU and EEA citizens have to apply till 30.12.

Visa-free countries have to apply till 30.12.

Citizens from countries with additional assessment cannot apply for an indefinite period, please follow the information on the website for an update.

Admission procedure

Before applying for studies at the University of Latvia, applicant should assess conformity with the following general criteria of admission (these can slightly differ for some bachelor’s/master’s programmes):

  • Application deadlines: the academic year begins on September 4.
  • Enrolment documents:

- 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.

  • Does the applicant meet the language requirements?
  • Has the applicant ascertained the requirements for tuition fees, scholarships?
  • Has the applicant selected the study programme and inquired after the specific requirements, if any?

N.B. Applicant’s educational documents (certificates and transcripts of records) must be suitable to enrol at a university in his/her home country.

If the applicant is in the process of completing the last semester and has not received a diploma yet, application can be submitted with with provisional results from his/her school. The obtained diploma will be required as soon as available.

If the applicant complies with these general criteria, he/she is welcome to proceed with 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. Applicant must create an account to complete the online application. Online application form can be saved and completed in multiple sessions.

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

Applying for bachelor’s/master’s programme requires completed application form and upload of the following documents:

  • General secondary school diploma/certificate in original language and a notarized copy in English;
  • Transcript of grades or final examination 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 the applicant is not a native English speaker and/or the previous education has not been obtained in English language (in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Scotland or Ireland));
  • Passport copy;
  • Residence permit card copy (if available);
  • One photo;
  • Medical report (applying for Medicine or Dentistry programmes)

After uploading all the required documents, the applicant will receive the registration fee invoice (100 euro) and diploma recognition fee (41 euro).

Bank details:

Address: Raiņa bulvāris 19, Riga, Latvia, LV-1586 
VAT number: LV90000076669 
Address: Smilšu iela 1, Riga, Latvia, LV-1919 
Account No. IBAN: LV33TREL9150101000000 
BIC code (SWIFT code): TRELLV22 
EKK 21351

Payment description text: 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 cannot be included in the amount of application fee or tuition fee.

After completing the payment, the applicant will receive a notification from the UL coordinator, who will submit the applicant’s documents to Academic Information Centre for diploma recognition (the estimated duration of the process is 4 to 6 weeks), and to study programme director for decision upon admission.

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

  • 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 placement in the UL residence hall (if necessary for visa and residence permit) 

After completing the above requirements, the applicant can proceed to Step 3

After receiving acceptance letter from the UL coordinator, the applicant completes the 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. Legalisation of documents is not a notarial act. More information about process of legalisation is available here.

NB! It is recommended that the applicant completes legalisation of documents before applying for studies, and this task certainly must be concluded before applying for visa and 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 is available here.

EU citizen must 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 EU citizen resides in the Republic of Latvia for longer than 90 days counting from the first day of entry. More information about the necessary documents is available here.

Citizens from visa-free countries (Albania (only the 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 the 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 the holders of biometric passports), Singapore, Taiwan (only the holders of passports, which include identity card number), Uruguay, the USA, The Vatican and Venezuela) have two options to receive a residence permit: to apply for a residence permit themselves after arriving to Latvia, or entrust this process to the international coordinator at the UL before the arrival of student, thus ensuring a more prompt procedure. More information about the necessary documents is available here.

Citizens of other countries, who need visa to Latvia also have two options to apply for residence permit. The first is to apply for residence permit themselves at the Embassy of Latvia in their country of origin, or at the embassy of another country who is entitled to issue visas of Latvia. The second option is to entrust the UL international coordinator to apply in applicant’s name to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. More information about the necessary documents is available here.

Citizens of other countries requiring additional assessment. The countries whose citizens require an additional assessment to receive a visa or a residence permit are stipulated in legislation. The citizens of these countries must apply for residence permit and visa personally at the Embassy of Latvia in their country of origin or at the embassy of another country entitled to issue visas of Latvia. The University has no authority to undertake this process. More information about the necessary documents is available here.

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. 

NB! If a residence permit issue has been confirmed by the OCMA, the applicant should obtain an entry visa at a Latvian diplomatic mission abroad www.mfa.gov.lv/en/mission Please consult a respective diplomatic mission to find out the required documents.

NB! If the applicant’s residence permit has been approved, but visa request rejected, the UL will refund the tuition fee paid by the applicant.


NB! Before applying for a visa or a residence permit, the applicant must pay the tuition fee for the entire first year of study (unless the applicant has a scholarship).

NB! If the acceptance letter is received after August 20, the applicant 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 the applicant should:

1) Visit Student Services to 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 introduction 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 the place of residence 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.