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Latvia

WHY STUDY IN LATVIA?

  • Quality education at international standards in English.
  • Internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Education in line with the American Credit System.
  • Qualified faculty members at international standards.
  • On-campus education with a wide range of facilities.
  • Affordable tuition fees and moderate living expenses.
  • Excellent facilities for social, cultural and sports activities.
  • Medical insurance, provided by the government of Latvia.
  • Transport, shops and entertainment are close at hand.
  • Accommodation on campus and around the city.
  • Student can work 20 Hrs a week.
  • Paid internships Guaranteed.

Tuition fees and living costs are generally lower than the costs in most “Western Countries”. Universities are well known for producing high quality IT and engineering graduates. EU membership means that a degree from Latvia is equivalent to other EU countries, making it easier to get credentials recognized.

The Latvian educational system comprises pre-school education, 9-year basic education, upper-secondary education and higher education. Formal post-secondary non-tertiary education in Latvia is classified within the secondary education level.

I. Pre-school education (ISCED level 0) : 5-7 year old children have to participate in pre-school programmes provided by general education establishments or kindergartens as a part of the compulsory basic education. The objective of the pre-school education is to foster general development of children and their readiness to enter primary stage of the basic education.

II. Basic education (ISCED level 1 and 2) : 9-year single structure basic education (primary and lower secondary education according to ISCED) is compulsory for all children from the age of 7. The curriculum is determined by the national basic education standard.

III. Secondary Education (ISCED level 3): There are two types of secondary education programmes: general secondary and vocational secondary education and training programmes. When admitting students to the secondary level education, schools are free to hold entrance examinations according to the basic education standard, except in those subjects for which students have already received a Certificate of the basic education.

IV. Post-secondary non-tertiary vocational education (ISCED level 4) : Vocational continuing or in-service training programmes can be acquired also after graduating general secondary or vocational education and training institutions (duration 1-2 years) or in vocational upgrading/ development programmes (duration not less than 160 study hours, which may be considered as a part of the qualification).

V. Tertiary Education (ISCED level 4-5) : The admission procedure is not centralized: each higher education institution has its own admissions board and criteria. From the year 2004 the entrance examinations are replaced by the results of the national centralized secondary education examinations.

You will have all the benefits of living in a European country with lower costs than many westernized EU nations. The capital of Latvia, Riga is an attractive, lively, cosmopolitan city but less expensive than many other Western European capitals.

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