Study in Latvia
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In Latvia, there is both state-financed and fee-paying higher education. In order to single out the most able students, whose studies are publicly financed, higher education institutions carry out a procedure of student selection.
Latvia has two sorts of higher education programs: academic and professional (for example translators, bank staff, business lawyers, pilots etc.). University-type higher education institutions offer both academic and professional education, while the “non-university type” institutions provide only professional education.
Academic higher education in Latvia follows the Bologna system and is divided into three levels: bachelors studies, masters studies, and doctoral studies. A Bachelor degree is received after three or four years of study, while a masters degree is obtained on successful completion of a second phase of academic higher education, lasting one or two years
Only graduates holding a masters degree or equivalent higher education diploma may take up doctoral studies. These last three to four years, involving advanced studies, examinations and the preparation and defense of a doctoral thesis.
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.
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.