General rules

1.1.   The calculation of competition evaluation and ranking of applicants:

1.1.1. competition evaluation is calculated using a formula, in which the following criteria are added up:

1.1.1.1. calculation of evaluation formula variant 1 – centralized examinations, specifying: the name of the examination (average rating of parts (coefficient x maximum number of points = maximum amount of obtainable points));

1.1.1.2. calculation of evaluation formula variant 2 – final grades of the secondary education document, specifying: grade name (coefficient x maximum number of points = maximum amount of obtainable points);

1.1.1.3. if the calculation of evaluation besides centralized examinations and final grades of the secondary education document also uses entrance examinations at the University of Latvia (hereinafter - UL), specified within formula: name of the entrance examination (coefficient x maximum number of points = maximum amount of obtainable points);

1.1.2.      additional points are rewarded to applicants who have been awarded prizes in  Latvian national study subject Olympiads, Latvian national student scientific conferences, UL organized scientific research and creative work competitions and UL organized young specialist school classes, in accordance with the rules of study programmes. Additional points are added up with competition evaluation in accordance with competition criteria;

1.1.3.      preferential claims on a study place are determined for persons, who have been awarded prizes in Latvian national, international and open study subject Olympiads, Latvian national student scientific conferences, UL organized scientific research and creative work competitions and UL organized young specialist school classes, in accordance with the rules of study programmes. The aforementioned persons are given the rights to claim a study place avoiding competition. In cases where the number of persons with preferential advantages are higher than the number of study programme state-funded study places, the study places avoiding competition are claimed by persons with higher competition evaluation in accordance with competition criteria;

1.1.4.      applicant ranking is done in accordance with the earned sum of points that is formed by competition evaluation of criteria in a 1000-point scale, additional points and preferential claims.

1.2.   The enrolment requirement of undergraduate degree programmes is a previously obtained secondary education that is certified by a secondary education document – a certificate of general secondary education or a diploma of vocational secondary education that certifies a learned secondary vocational education programme started by the student after a finished basic education.

1.3.   Persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards are enrolled in study programmes based on specific centralized examination (hereinafter - CE) results. Persons competition evaluation is determined by evaluation calculation formula variant 1. It is required in the competition evaluation calculation for the average percentage rating of CE parts or overall percentage assessment to be no less than 10 (ten) percent. Centralized examination certificates are valid from their year of issue when the aforementioned certificate has the point score specified in percentages for each of the examination parts.

1.4. For persons who have completed secondary education before 2008, the centralized examination (CE) in Mathematics may be replaced by a final grade in math (either average grade in Algebra and Geometry) in secondary education diploma. The coefficient of this mark in calculation formula variant 1. is the coefficient of average rating of parts in CE mathematics, multiplied by 10 (ten).

1.5.   Persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs can be enrolled in study programmes based on specific secondary education document final grades. Persons competition evaluation in this case is determined by evaluation calculation formula variant 2. It is required in the competition evaluation calculation for the secondary education document final grades to be passable (no lower than 4).

1.6.   Persons who are exempt from centralized exams in accordance with regulations but are not considered as persons with special needs have the right to be enrolled in the study programmes in the same manner people with special needs are.

1.7.   In order to be enrolled in study programmes it is required for the secondary education document final grades (in accordance with study programme requirements) to be passable (no lower than 4).

1.8.   The average grade of secondary education document in certain subjects for enrolment in study programmes is calculated from the following subjects:

1.8.1.      for educational programmes in Latvian: Latvian, Latvian literature, English, Russian, German, French, Maths (Algebra, Geometry), Information science, Latvian and world history, Economics, Politics and rights if they are present in the secondary education document;

1.8.2.      for minority educational programmes: Latvian and Literature, minority language, minority literature, minority language and literature, English, German, French, Russian, Maths (Algebra, Geometry), Information science, Latvian and world history, Economics, Politics and rights if they are present in the secondary education document

1.9.   If the final grades of secondary education document are determined by a 5-point scale, they are compared to the secondary education document final grades using a 10-point scale. Subject final grade 5 (excellently) is compared to final grade 9 (excellently), grade 4 (good) – to grade 7 (good), grade 3 (average) – to grade 5 (average).

1.10.   It is possible to substitute the required study programme enrolment final grade of the secondary education document with a centralized examination assessment of the corresponding subject by producing the centralized examination certificate. Secondary education document final grade is substituted by the average percentage rating of CE parts, being divided by 10. If admission requires at least a passable (no lower than 4) final grade, then the average percentage rating of CE parts must be not less than 10 (ten) percent. If a final grade higher than 4 is required for admission, the average percentage rating of CE parts divided by 10 must not be lower than the value of this grade.

1.11.  Required study programme centralized examination of English, French, Russian or German can be substituted with an international English, French, Russian or German test result that is not a lower level than B1 in accordance with European language levels (CEFR). International language test results are compared to certain UL points in a scale of 40-103 (in accordance with annex III). When substituting the centralized examination the international language test result coefficient in competition evaluation calculation formula is the same as the coefficient of the average percentage rating of CE parts.

1.12.  The required study programme enrolment secondary education document final grades in English, French, Russian or German can be substituted with an international English, French, Russian or German test result that is not a lower level than B1 in accordance with European language levels (CEFR). In the sub-programs “Teacher of English Language”, “Teacher of Russian Language and Literature” and “Teacher of German Language” of the study program “Teacher” the profiling final grade in English, Russian or German can be subsituted with an international English, Russian or German test result that is not a lower level than B2. International language test results are compared to certain UL points in a scale of 40-103 (in accordance with annex III). Points are divided by 10 when substituting the secondary education document final grade.

1.13.  Applicants who do not have an enrolment-required secondary education document final grade in Latvian, it can be substituted with:

1.13.1.  an acquired state language skills test level that is certified by the following documents:

1.13.1.1.  a Ministry of Justice issued state language proficiency certificate that certifies a state language proficiency higher or equal to second (average) degree (from 1st of January, 1992 to 31st of August, 2000);

1.13.1.2.  Ministry of Science and Education (IZM) Curriculum and Examination Centre (ISEC) issued state language proficiency certificate that certifies a state language proficiency higher or equal to second level A degree (from 1st of September, 2000 to 31st of August, 2009);

1.13.1.3.  Ministry of Science and Education State Centre for Education (VISC) issued state language proficiency certificate that certifies a state language proficiency higher or equal to average level 1 degree (B1) (from 1st September, 2009);

1.13.2.  an acquired UL Faculty of Humanities Centre of Applied Linguistics Latvian proficiency test evaluation that needs to be no less than 4 (almost average) in a 10-point scale. The assessment obtained in the examination is valid for admission for three years.

1.14.  Acquired state language proficiency test level conforms the following secondary education document final grades:

From 1st of January,

1992 to 31st of

August, 2000

From 1st of September, 2000 to 31st of August, 2009

From 1st September, 2009

10-point grade

Third (highest) degree

III B

C2

10

 

III A

C1

9

Second (average) degree

II B

B2

7

 

II A

B1

6

 

1.15.  Foreigners who have acquired secondary education abroad need to verify the corresponding language proficiency when applying for study programmes with English, German, Russian study languages. This can be done with international language test results (certified by a document issued in the last five years) listed in article 1.16.. Proficiency in English can also be confirmed by the result obtained in the UL English language test at least at B2 level. Proficiency in the corresponding language is not required if the secondary education was acquired in the corresponding language. International language test results does not have to be presented if the foreigner has acquired secondary education in a country of the EU and the EEA or in the Swiss Confederation and in his secondary education certificate is included an assessment of foreign language skills, which are comparable to at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

1.16.  Language proficiency at least at B2 level is verified by the following international test results::

1.16.1.  English:

1.16.1.1.  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based 72 points minimum;

1.16.1.2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Essential - at least 8 points;

1.16.1.3.  International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5,5 points minimum;

1.16.1.4.  Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) any level;

1.16.1.5.  Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) any level;

1.16.1.6.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) – B;

1.16.1.7.  Pearson Test of English (PTE) General B2 minimum;

1.16.1.8. LanguageCert International ESOL at least Level Communicator B2 (Written and Spoken exams);

1.16.2.  German:

1.16.2.1.  Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD) der Kultusministerkonferenz 2nd degree;

1.16.2.2.  Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) 2nd degree minimum;

1.16.2.3.  Der Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) 4th degree in all sections minimum;

1.16.2.4.  Goethe – Zertifikat B2 minimum;

1.16.3. Russian:

1.16.3.1. Тест по русскому как иностранному (ТРКИ), in English – TRFL, B2 minimum;

1.17. As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.

1.18. The language of the study programme is Latvian unless specified otherwise.