Languages of instruction:
Latvian/Lettish, Russian, English
Stages of Studies
Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational
Since 1999, studies in "college programmes"
of two- to three-years' duration leading to a
first-stage higher professional education Diploma
are available. These lead to Level IV professional
qualifications. Holders are eligible to continue
their studies towards the Bakalaurs Degree or
a (full) Higher Professional Education Diploma.
University Level Studies
University 1st stage: Undergraduate
The first cycle leads to the award of a Bakalaurs
(Bachelor' degree), which in most cases includes
the preparation of a thesis. The duration of studies
varies from three to four years. Holders are eligible
for further studies towards a Magistrs degree
or higher professional education qualifications.
University 2nd stage: Postgraduate
The second cycle leads to the award of the Magistrs
(Master's degree), a terminal qualification of
higher education awarded one to two years after
the Bakalaurs. This degree also includes the presentation
of a thesis. The total duration of the course
of study is no less than five years. In Medicine
and Dentistry, studies are not divided into two
stages but the degrees Arsta grads (degree in
Medicine) - six years - and Zobarsta grads (degree
in Dentistry) - five years- are considered equivalent
to the Magistrs.
University 3rd stage: Doktors (Doctorate)
Doctoral studies are available at both higher
education institutions and research institutes.
A Doctor's degree is awarded three to four years
after completion of the Magistrs and following
the public defence of a thesis.
Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school
Secondary school teachers (skolotajs) follow
either a teacher training course parallel to their
academic studies towards a Bakalaurs degree or
a one- to two-year professional teacher training
programme following completion of the Bakalaurs