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Kuldīga is a city of tourist apartments, and a shared renting option with other SDSI fellow students may be considered. The student hostel at the Kuldīga Sports' School may also be available for SDSI students.
The local student housing foundation, Domus Arctica (DAS), offers an off-campus accommodation. There are shared apartments, studios, and family apartments. The monthly rent varies depending on the size, condition, and level of the furnishings of the room.
SDSI local advisors – the welcoming team – will help you to find your previously selected accommodation and orient in the city.
During the 1st and 2nd semesters, while studying in Kuldīga, Latvia, the students will be granted access to use the e-library and online services of the University of Lapland. This will be organized during the kick-off week, when the students will also be awarded the credentials which allow the access to the library.
Laptop computers may be hired at the University of Lapland. Any questions regarding student support can be individually discussed with the SDSI incoming team members.
Students shall obtain at their own cost health and third party liability insurance, which must be valid during the entire enrollment with SDSI. Healthcare facilities are located off campus, and SDSI Incoming team is available for questions and assistance.
SDSI studies take place in 2 locations and countries: Kuldīga in Latvia during the 1st and 2nd semesters, and Rovaniemi in Finland during the 3rd semester. Location of the 4th, the Master thesis semester, depends on student’s selection of the thesis supervising university. SDSI locations are ‘safe countries’ characterised by societies striving for social and economic development, wellbeing, and culture.Students will have access to vast and modern resources of SDSI partner schools, including prototyping studios and makerspaces in an international learning and networking environment. City center, stores, sports and beauty services, and many other are available nearby the study locations.
SDSI students come from all corners of the globe. Although our primary goal is to educate these future professionals and researchers, we also want our students to enjoy themselves while studying here. Numerous cultural opportunities and outdoor recreation and sports facilities are available in the cities of Kuldīga in Latvia and Rovaniemi in Finland, which ensure that students are able to lead sociable and healthy lives outside of the classroom. The available services include wellness centres, swimming pool, sauna, and other.
Both, the Art Academy of Latvia and the University of Lapland, have vivacious Student Unions, who take care of the students’ rights and interests. The Unions make sure that the students’ voice is heard everywhere at the University and in the surrounding society. Unions have their representation in the administration of the University, and also represent students in both the local and the national level of decision-making. The student unions arrange a variety of events and activities, offers services and negotiate student discounts for various services. Those include a discount to public transportation, museum tickets, wellness pass, swimming pool, sauna, legal aid and other.
This is the first master program for Creative Industries in Latvia, so basically we are the ones who tries and creates this program. There is a lot to improve and Latvia still might not be ready for this. Culture Academy of Latvia version for Creative industries mostly covers traditional arts - theatre, movies, music, but there is a lot more in it.
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