Ranking  921   1
Latvijas Universitāte Riga
Country Latvia
City Riga
Bachelor (foreigners)3,000 USD/year.
Master (foreigners)3,000 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens)3,042 USD/year.
Master (citizens)3,042 USD/year.
Cost of living $395-805 USD/Month.
Acceptance Rate 50%
Official Website
General information
Finance type For-profit
Organization type Public
Established 1919
Abbreviation LU
Teachers 1,124
Students 12,868
Foreigners 4%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
AdmissionBased on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Scientiae at patriae
• Latvijas Republikas Izglitibas un zinatnes ministrija
• European University Association (EUA)
• Utrecht Network
World ranking921
Country ranking1
Quality of teaching376
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking921
QS World University Rankings870
Cost of living in Riga
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 117 185
Food 126 265
Transportation 44 78
Communications and utilities 62 102
Clothing 23 85
Sports and leisure 23 90
Accommodation in Riga USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre118
Shared room in city centre187
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre211
1 bedroom apartment in city centre312
Alternative title
lt Latvijos universitetas
lv Latvijas Universitāte
Russian Латвийский университет
Location on map
University of Latvia or Latvijas Universitāte Riga (LU) - public higher education institution in Latvia. LU was founded in 1919. The university campus is of urban type and is located in the vicinity of Riga.

University ranking. According to the most influential rankings University of Latvia is the best educational institution in Latvia. The university has its well deserved place among the top 5% of the world’s best universities.

Application process and the cost of tuition. For evaluation the university uses the applicant's academic performance and examination results. It is worth mentioning that LU is characterized by a mild competition among the students, there are only 2 applicants per seat. The academic year is traditionally divided into semesters. LU has affordable bachelor’s programs that cost less than 3,000 USD/year. Doing your master’s studies at LU is not cheap - a year of studies will cost you 3,000 USD. In addition to low tuition fees the university provides the students with extra financial assistance in the form of scholarships. For more information you can visit the official website of the university http://www.lu.lv.

The composition of the university. University of Latvia is average in size with a capacity of 13 thousand students. Foreign applicants are not excluded from the admission process. The ratio of foreign students at LU is 4% of all students. The academic staff includes more than 1100 teachers and professors. The students may participate in various student exchange programs. The university is also present on social media platforms: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of LU. The university has a functioning library. For those who require accommodations dormitories on and off campus are offered. It is one of the members of European University Association (EUA), and Utrecht Network.

University of Latvia - Official Description

The UL’s provision of educational postgraduate programmes reflects a dynamic process of evaluation within past 10 years. The strategic goal is to ensure the Latvian economy with leaders and managers in the governmental and non-governmental sectors, to ensure the renewal of academic staff at the UL and other Latvian institutions of higher education and research. Graduate study programmes with higher degree of selectivity, specialisation and internationalisation are based on research activities corresponding to the mission of a research university. In such programmes student numbers are average sized, the methodology is original and the study infrastructure is more specialised and expensive.

Bachelor - University of Latvia

The UL’s provision of educational undergraduate programmes reflects a dynamic process of evaluation within past 10 years. The strategic goal is to ensure far reaching accessibility to the BA study programmes, which guarantee employment possibilities after graduation. These programmes are academic and professional study programmes based on local-relevance research on subjects of importance in the community, generally recognized methodology and study infrastructure, developed taking into account the latest achievements in science. The UL promotes the development of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, programmes of excellence for especially well trained and motivated students.

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