University of Latvia

Riga, Latvia
The University offers more than 130 state-accredited academic and professional study programmes. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration. At present the University of Latvia has signed more than 500 agreements with 326 institutions in 31 European countries within ERASMUS programme.



The University of Latvia named at that time "The Latvia Higher School" was founded on September 28, 1919 on the basis of the former Riga Polytechnic (founded in 1862). In 1923 this school received its now resumed name - the University of Latvia (Universitas Latviensis).

In the period between 1919 and 1940 the University of Latvia was the greatest centre of higher education, science and culture.


At UL, you can obtain an academic bachelor’s or master’s degree in humanities (philology, philosophy, history, theology a.o.), pedagogy, social sciences (economics, communication studies, political science, psychology, sociology, law, management a.o.), natural sciences (biology, physics, geography, geology, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science a.o.), and health sciences (pharmacy, nursing). The UL also offers professional qualifications or bachelor’s or master’s degree, including MD, qualifications of doctor, teacher, social worker, economist, translator/interpreter etc.


The institutes of the University of Latvia have longstanding research traditions, and they cooperate with their respective faculties. For instance, the Institute of Solid State Physics is a European Union 6th Framework Programme Center of Excellence, where advanced research is conducted on nanotechnologies, holography, and robot technologies; the Institute of Educational Research of the Faculty of Education and Psychology carries out comparative research on education in cooperation with approx. 50 countries all over the world.


Career Centre

  • Career portal "E-karjera" - a meeting point for employers, students and graduates
  • The Entrypark International Career Book
  • Entrypark for international career opportunities
  • The EUROGRADUATE - European Graduate Career Guide
  • Free consultations for third-country nationals-students and students who have Latvian non-citizen status
  • Real World Magazine presents: What should I do with my life?
  • First steps into the labour market. Ready to take the step? Deloitte is launching an international survey on students’ perspectives on the labour market across Central Europe.

Master's Programmes

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


Student services

Students' Council of the University of Latvia is an independent collegial institution, which represents the rights and interests of the students of the University of Latvia.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Council implemented the Culture Exchange Programme or CEP – its idea is that local and foreign students work in couples and learn each other’s language.

Housing services

The University of Latvia has an official cooperation with real estate agency GlobalHome. This company will help you find the best place where to live in Riga taking into account best match for location/price/living conditions.

Library services

More than 657 600 books borrowings in the Library per year. The Library offers traditional and electronic information resources for more than 35 500 Library's users and pays attention to the development of electronic resources collection. About 2 million printed information resources are available there, and more than 150 000 subscribed electronic resources of different scientific fields as well.

Student Life

Campus life

University of Latvia (UL) offers two student hotels for International students “Prima hostel” and ”Reznas student hotel”. Both of them are located in Riga, Reznas street. There is a well-developed public transportation, it takes about 20 minutes to reach city centre, main building of the University of Latvia as well as Old town and Central Railway station.

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

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.


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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