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Service Design Strategies and Innovations

24 months
4000 EUR/year
8000 EUR/year
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SDSI is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s programme with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and cross-specialization in design, management, business, social sciences and technology. It is jointly delivered by 4 universities – the Art Academy of Latvia, the University of Lapland, the Estonian Academy of Arts  and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.


SDSI is an international curriculum, delivered by a consortium of 4 higher education institutions – the Art Academy of Latvia, the university of Lapland in Finland, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, and the Estonian Academy of Arts. 

About Erasmus Mundus status:

SDSI consortium has signed a Grant Agreement with the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Starting with the study year 2023/2024, SDSI becomes an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s programme.

It is a sign of quality and recognition. Erasmus Mundus programmes are being evaluated by the European Commission and only some are selected and deemed worthy of the status. Programme is designed so that it corresponds the labor market trends – this could be your way to become a versatile service innovator who can enable change in public and private organisations through strategic design, management and creative leadership.

To make this educational journey even more exciting, the studies will take you to 3 countries – Latvia, Finland and Estonia, letting you expand your horizons - meet new culture and new people during your way top become a versatile professional with an agile mindset.

Career Opportunities:

Service Design Strategies and Innovations at Art Academy of Latvia is a degree with a high employability potential. Career prospects include such positions as Design director, Innovation director, Experience manager, Design strategist, Service designer, UX designer etc.


Multiple degree: Master of Arts (Art and Design) by the University of Lapland, Master of Design by the Art Academy of Latvia, Master of Arts by the Estonian Academy of Arts, and a joint diploma supplement.


Thanks to the Erasmus Mundus status SDSI is now an international masters’ programme that is jointly designed and delivered by 3 Nordic partners – the AAL, the University of Lapland in Finland, and the Estonian Art Academy. Therefore students will receive a master diploma from each university as well as joint diploma supplement.

Programme Structure

  • The Study process will start in picturesque Kuldiga, Latvia. As the studies will be on-site only, students will spend two semesters in Latvia, followed by one semester in Finland and one in Estonia. Brand new experience, brand new horizons, different cultures, unique people and valuable knowledge – all this will lay in SDSI programme.


Service design is a multidisciplinary field. As the experience has already shown -  knowledge and experience meet here. SDSI content structure is designed on the 4 basic knowledge of service design, i.e., design, business, technology and social science. 


SDSI lecturers are an international team, coming from the 4 consortium universities: the Art Academy of Lativa, the University of Lapland, the Estonian Art Academy and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Many of them are industry professionals closely linked to the labor market needs. Check SDSI web site for lecturers background: section "People" > "Faculty!"

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • You can apply starting from February 1 till February 28, 2023.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Education documents (diploma and official transcript of records) and their official English translations
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Copy of the biodata page of your passport or ID card (the document needs to be valid during the application process)
  • Admission assignment

Work experience

Preferable, but not obligatory

Technological requirements

Candidates will have to complete a service-related assignment.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Considering that the SDSI study programme has been awarded the status of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM) programme* and has received financial support from the European Union, the SDSI consortium can now apply a 50% discount to the SDSI original study fee (8000 EUR per year), starting with the study year 2023/2024. The discounted study fee is 4000 EUR per year, and applies to students originating from the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Study fee for students from the rest of the world remains the same – 8000 EUR per year. 

Living costs for Kuldiga

250 - 370 LVL /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students can apply for Erasmus+ mobility grant, to fund the mobility from Latvia to Finland during the 3rd (and possibly - 4th) semester. In addition, Erasmus+ internship grants are also possible to foster students' integration into labor market. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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