University of Latvia

Riga, Latvia
The University of Latvia (UL) with its 20,000 students, 13 faculties and more than 20 research institutes is one of the largest comprehensive research university in the Baltic States. The University offers more than 141 state-accredited academic and professional study programmes. At UL, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and medicine.
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  • 6 Masters
  • 19600 Students


The University of Latvia (UL) with its 20,000 students, 13 faculties and more than 20 research institutes is one of the largest comprehensive research university in the Baltic States. The University offers more than 141 state-accredited academic and professional study programmes. At UL, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and medicine. Taking into account the leading role of the UL in the higher education area of Latvia, the UL has always striven to sustain and improve the quality of education at both national and institutional level. UL was the first higher education institution (with the graduate numbers being larger than 6000 per year) to gain Diploma Supplement label in Baltic States.

UL is also very active in promoting other Bologna reform principles, such as e.g.. teaching based on learning outcomes. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration, and especially supports different schemas of mobility. At present the University of Latvia has signed more than 520 agreements with 278 institutions in 32 European countries within ERASMUS programme. University of Latvia is currently a successful partner in Erasmus Mundus (Action 2) projects JoinEU-SEE, Triple I, Lot 3b and Centauri and Erasmus Mundus Master Program Misoco.

UL has longstanding good cooperations with the projects partners through different networks, e.g. UNICA, UTRECHT, SYLLF, BSRUN. Since 2010 UL is the coordinating institution of the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN).

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Latvia!



The Library of the University of Latvia is the largest accredited higher education library of State significance, the main information resource centre for studies and research at the University of Latvia.

The library users have access to over 2 million volumes in different world languages. The library collections contain printed paper, unpublished documents, audio-visual materials, electronic resources and others. Any student of the University of Latvia can become a library user by registering at the main building of the library or any of the branch libraries. Students sign for being informed of the regulations for library users.


The sports life of the University is organised by the UL Sports Centre, which is located in the Olympic Sports Centre (Grostonas Str. 6b); the centre will serve as the sports basis of the UL students in the future years. In cooperation with the Student Council and the Sports Department of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, which is the academic and professional knowledge centre of sports and health subjects, competitions and sports events are held in various disciplines. Students can apply for training in basketball, football, volleyball, swimming, floorball, athletics, wrestling, chess, aerobics, table tennis, physical health exercises, athletic gymnastics and physical therapy exercises. Recently, football has become very popular; in cooperation with the football school METTA, the football team FS METTA/ Latvijas Universitate was established, which now plays in the 1st league of Latvian Football Championships.

The best football players of the University play in the main team. Even secondary school students can claim participation in the team if they commit to studying at the University of Latvia and are capable of playing at such level. The football team trains 6 days a week in professional circumstances and are fully equipped to perfect their playing and aim for the national team. Other priority sports of the University follow a similar pattern of development.

The best athletes are included in the UL team that participates in international and national championships the LASS University Games, the SELL Student Games, the World Student Games, European Student Championships, a.o.

Each year the University Cup for male and female teams is held, where participation is open to all students from the faculties. Among them are the Athletics Day, sports events, football events, aerobics festival, streetball tournament, and others.
The Universitys partners among professional clubs are: the team Barons/LU in basketball, the FS METTA/ LU in football, the Jelgava/LU in volleyball, and the Latvijas Avize/LU in floorball.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1922 as a research base for students and school children.

Main areas of research:

  • plant introduction, collection, selection and investigation;
  • public education and teaching work.

The BG exchanges seeds and literature with many botanical gardens and scientific research institutions. The BG occupies 16 ha, collections comprising 8300 plant species; new varieties and cultivars have been created.

The BG introduces the visitors to the diversity of the kingdom plantae from different aspects through a variety of expositions. The greenhouses offer to view 2000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.

The Botanical Garden is more than just a pretty park. It is the only place in Latvia where bananas are grown and harvested. The systematic biological and medicinal plant groups give an insight into the systematisation of 2 600 plants as well as their biological and curative properties. The decoratively-ecological expositions (DEE) reveal the multiplicity of ornamental plants and their applicability in parks and gardens. The DEE also offers to view 3 100 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, which have been grouped according to their ecological requirements. The rhododendron garden represents one of the largest rhododendron collections in Northern Europe. In the rhododendron hybrid and trial grounds one can see the new sorts developed in the BG. The lily garden and the dahlia garden display the latest lily and dahlia sorts developed by the BG selectionists. The rock garden and phlox garden strike with the diversity of the perennials. An assortment of roses is represented in the rose garden, but the heath garden familiarises you with different conifers and heathers. In total in the above-mentioned DEE and in the arboretum, there are 760 species and varieties of ligneous plants.

The well-preserved 18th century building of the former manor now accommodates the lecture-room, the BG laboratories and the UL Tissue Culture Lab. In the territory of the garden, there is also a satellite observation station and the geodetic initial point of the trigonometrical network of Latvia.
The BG

Nursery of Rhododendrons "Babite"

Nursery of Rhododendrons Babite, the University of Latvia, was founded on July 1, 1980 according to the UL Boards decision. It is located in the beautiful area of pine forest - Babite, Riga district with a total area of 12 ha. Currently it is the only specialized nursery of rhododendrons in the Baltic States.

The major activities of Babite include the following:

  • introduction and selection of rhododendrons; creation of new ornamental and winter-hardy plants suitable for the Latvian agro-climatic conditions;
  • testing of new plant varieties according to the UPOV (the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) guidelines;
  • improvement of existing and development of new, effective methods of generative and vegetative rhododendron propagation;
  • improvement of agro-technical methods, elaboration of methods and techniques for disease and pest control;
  • examination of theoretical and practical aspects of plants endurance physiology relating to physiological and biochemical changes during the process of ecological adaptation of rhododendrons;
  • participation in student training; organizing the placements of students, as well as expanding closer cooperation for writing bachelors, masters and doctoral thesis;
  • plant propagating on TV, radio and the media;
  • supplying plants and all information required to clients;

In 1957 the selection of new rhododendron varieties was started under the guidance of Professor Rihards Kondratovics in the UL Botanical Gardens with the aim to cultivate open-air, ornamental and winter-hardy rhododendrons adapted to the Latvian agro-climatic conditions. Since 1980 further work continues at Nursery of Rhododendrons Babite. As a result, 634 crosses in different combinations have been made and the selection of several thousands of hybrids gave hundreds of the most valuable and perspective hybrids.

In the period of 1999 2010, upon successful examination of plant varieties, 69 species of open-air rhododendrons were approved and included in the Latvian State Register of Protected Plant Varieties (33 summer-green and 36 evergreen varieties of rhododendrons), 36 of them are also registered in the International Rhododendron Register, the Royal Horticultural Society.

UL Museum of History of Science and Technology

The establishment of the University of Latvia gave rise to the thought of collection and preservation of precious museum pieces.

The Museum includes several branches of science:

  • Museum of History
  • Botanical Museum
  • Memorial Museum of F. Zander
  • Museum of Geology
  • Museum of Pathology and Anatomy
  • Museum of Pedagogy
  • Museum of Computing and Informatics
  • Museum of Zoology
  • Collaboration Partner: Latvian Museum of the History of Chemistry

Culture, sports and social activities

Cultural Facilities:

  • The cultural, artistic and educational creative society
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choirs
  • Vocal Ensembles
  • Dance Ensembles
  • Wind Ensemble

University of Latvia Wind Ensemble (ULWE) has been created in September 2008. The collective can be regarded as the next level of Latvias youth Symphonic Band; they have in common the conductor Janis Purin and producer Astrida Kenina.

It is a ULWE that is able to prepare each month a new concert program. The collective has participated in musical festivals organized by J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music Trumpet days 2008 and Low Bras Days, by playing musictogether with soloists from USA, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia. The ULWE has performed on Advent and Epiphany concerts in churches of Riga. The ULWE has visited Lithuania, in order to participate with the university choir Juventus in the International Music Festival in Siauliai, and traveled through Moscow region.

The musicians say that their business card is - the smile, but the collective value is daring and desire to play music from classics till jazz, from miniatures to masses.

  • The Student theatre

The Student theatre of the University of Latvia first appeared in 1946. The creator and manager of the theatre was the director Elvira Elksne. Since 1993 the Student theatre of the University of Latvia is led by Visvaldis Klintsons, director Maija Veide, which staged the contemporary drama by Margarita Pervenecka Civil chain , this performance gained recognition as the best stage debut in the festival Riga plays theatre 2005.

The plays are performed both on stages in Riga, Latvia and in international festivals of amateur theatres. The repertoire includes "Mlle Julija" by A. Strinbergs the play has obtained recognition both in Latvia and abroad, "Big, brightly red buss " by L. Stumbre has been awarded as the best play in festival " Riga plays theatre 2004", as well as Students theatre festival by Riga Technical University. "Last summer in Chulimsk" by A. Vampilov, Basement by Z.Zile and Blood wedding by F.Garsia Lorka, that has won the traveling prize Big Tom Riga plays theatre 2008.

  • Ceramics studio "Vape"

The studio Vape has been founded in 1975 and managed for a long time by an artist and docent of the University of Latvia Helga Ingeborga Melnbarde.

Vape has turned into one of the leading Ceramics studios in Latvia. There has established a successful cooperation with art museums of Kuldiga and Valmiera. Every five years the studio organizes anniversary exhibitions Earth, Time, Beach rhythm, Fire.

The second feature characterizing the studio is related to the research of the traditional cultural heritage of Latvias nation, and creative use of modern visual art of plastic forming. This is certified by the exhibition "One sun, one earth" based on the Latvian folksongs dedicated to sun, "Discoveries" - Neolithic pottery impressions, "X-files" - Latvian incantations and proverbs, and "Bread" based on Latvian folksongs. The studio Vape together with the national applied art studio Ridze organized the exhibition "Naughtiness", inspired by Naughty folksongs.

Radio Naba

The University radio station NABA 93.1 FM boasts 70 DJs who broadcast the best music and over 40 entertaining original programmes at twenty-four-seven.
Radio NABA began broadcasting on December 1st, 2002, and over the six years of its existence it has managed to maintain its non-commercial stance. This is reflected not only in the alternative music it plays, but also in the wide variety of original shows it broadcasts. These shows provide their listeners with a view of a wide range of musical genres, art and culture.

Club "Nabaklab"

The creation of NABAKLAB is not an accidental event originating from external historical circumstances; it is the result of the spiritual maturity accumulated and shaped by an intellectual human. The idea of the necessity of NABAKLAB is connected with a call of cultural and educated people at the beginning of the XXI century to strive for knowledge and high-quality sound by creating a compelling, high standard club. This call materialized in 2009 when café Gauja and "Radio Naba of the University of Latvia decided to establish a new club.

The 600 km2 club contains a spacious concert hall, DJ room, exhibition gallery, two bars, lounge, smoking-room, a stylistic imitation of the Soviet-retro café Bufete Gauja, as well as a shop, Retro Spectro with a wide range of vintage clothing, accessories and interior objects as well as various creations of local designers and music records. The clubs backstage area has a lounge and a shower for musicians and artists as well as the office of clubs creative workers. Hot sandwiches cooked by the recipe of Martin Sirmais using Latvian bread baking traditions will be listed in the menu of NABAKLAB.

The authors of various Radio Naba programmes and clubs guest artists participate in the events of NABAKLAB offering musical, poetry, literature, theatre and cinema nights, exhibitions and fashion shows, creative lectures and workshops. At weekends concerts of local musicians and bands, DJ sets and various thematic events as well as regular performances of foreign guests take place at the club.
The rector of the University of Latvia Marcis Auzin has been selected as the patron of NABAKLAB.

NABAKLAB is located on Zigfrida Annas Meierovica Boulevard 12, Riga (opposite Bastejkalns Park).

UL Student Council

The UL Student Council is the representative body for University of Latvia students; it protects their rights and interests.
The Council held several events in 2008, among which the biggest were the informative event «The UL Garden» (LU Darzs) in the Vermanes Park and the annual freshman celebration «Aristotle» at the end of August.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Council implemented the Couple learning programme its idea is that local and foreign students work in couples and learn each others language.

Students with Special Needs

Information and consultation about studies and study opportunities for current and future students, as well as for other interested individuals with special needs can be obtained by contacting a consultant at the service section of the university.
There are several ways in which information can be obtained and consultation can be given. Firstly in writing simply send your question to; secondly, by telephone call +371 67034444; or in person at Raina blvd. 19, office 125 (please arrange a time beforehand, either by email, or by phone).

Student Life

For exchange students we offer to join Riga ESN (Erasmus Student Network) or UL Student Council, they will help to adapt in Latvia, find new friends and organize events and trips.

UL offers extracurricular activities sports, fraternities and sororities, dance, choirs and theatre. During the year a lot of events are taking place in Riga, for example, Festival White Night , Music and Movie Forum Skanu Meaerodium (we are proud of our Latvian guys who have invented, created and manufactured these vertical wind tunnels in Torino Olympic Games 2006, Expo 2010), bungee jumping or snowboarding in Sigulda (les then one hour from Riga) and in Cesis, boat ride on river Gauja, zorbing in Ramkalni, paintball, horse rides, teniss, plane & hot air balloon flight, sauna. We also suggest to visit our resort zone Jurmala - largest resort area in the Baltics which has 33 km of coastline with modern relaxation and resort facilities.

During all the year Old Riga is open for everyone You can enjoy sightseeing, relax with refreshing cocktail in some bar or pub or dance till the sunrise in the club.


UL has the state accreditation by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia & Council of Higher Education from 1999.

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