Tirgonu Iela in Riga, Latvia. Image by Sergey Vladimirov.University of Latvia

Faculties: Master of Tourism students only
Level: Postgraduate only
Language of instruction: Latvian and some English
Semester dates:

  • Autumn semester: mid-September – mid January
  • Spring semester: mid-February – mid June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: This exchange offers opportunities for Master of Tourism students to spend a semester at the University of Latvia undertaking study from the Baltic Studies Program. Further details can be found on the Master of Baltic Sea Studies website and further advice can be obtained from Dr Jeff Jarvis ( in the National Centre for Australian Studies.

About the University of Latvia

The largest university in the Baltic states, the University of Latvia is located in Riga, the nation’s capital and an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial and cultural centre of the Baltic Sea region. The university itself is a cultural centre within Riga, with a range of theatrical, musical and sporting facilities for students. Some of Latvia’s cultural heritage buildings are located within the university, including the Great Hall and the main building of the university, which stands as the oldest building in Latvia.

The specifics

All courses within the Baltic studies program are taught in English and cover Latvian, political, cultural, economic and linguistic life within a European context. Those who wish to study Latvian or Russian should contact the respective schools. Language courses are offered at all levels. For visa requirements, follow these instructions for a residence permit.

The University enrols several hundred foreign students each year, click here to take a glimpse at student life at the University of Latvia. Two student dormitories are offered to exchange students, PRIMA and REZNAZ. These are located close to the university and within a short trolleybus ride of the campus.

For those new to Latvia and Latvian culture, the university aslo offers a practical guide (pdf, 7.8mb) to help you find your feet!