Optometry - bachelor’s study programme

The bachelor’s study programme “Optometry” offers diversified, wide-ranging studies based on the vision science and contemporary problems of primary vision care. The degree awarded after graduation from the study programme offered by the University of Latvia, similarly to Great Britain, USA and Australia, is in natural sciences, but additional professional skills and abilities are drawn from the field of primary vision care field – optometry.


Bachelor studies in optometry are wide ranged studies based on the vision science and the modern problem of primary vision care. The degree offered by the University of Latvia, as it is in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, is based on natural sciences, while the additional professional skills and competencies are from the field of primary vision care – optometry.

The academic content of the study program consists of natural science subjects and specially selected medical subjects that are related to the human vision system. The program provides the students with a scientific basis for their further professional activity in primary vision care, developing the skills of scientific analysis and the ability to independently solve problems related to the patient's vision defects, as well as skills for the students' future scientific work.

After completing studies, graduates work as optometrist’s assistants in optics and clinics, helping to make the necessary visual function assessments and measurements or by training patient contact lenses in use and care. The skills acquired during the study practice allows becoming also an optician or a visual ergonomic consultant. If a graduate wants to become an optometrist, the studies must be continued in the Optometry Professional Master's program, which gives the opportunity to become an optometrist.

Duration: 1) 3 years of full-time studies 2) 4 years of part-time studies  
Tuition fee per year- 4000 EUR
No State funded budget places for studies in English
Bachelor of Natural Sciences in Optometry

Admission requirements for international students:

1. General secondary high school diploma;
2. English language proficiency.
3. Grade in Mathematics or Physics or Chemistry or Biology must be no less than 4 in a 10 point grading system.

Additional admission requirement for citizens of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal: complex test in the form of a Skype interview.