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University of Latvia

4.1 out of 5 (53 ratings / 41 reviews) Riga, Latvia
The University of Latvia promotes the development of Latvian society and state, guarantees the students an opportunity to acquire excellent higher education and professional skills, as well as pursue personal development through scientific and creative work.

About

History

The University of Latvia has been founded in 1919 and currently, with its more than 14 000 students, 13 faculties and over 20 research institutes and independent study centres, is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltics. The University offers more than 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes.

Education

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.

Research

At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration.

Career

  • Career center:

Information on career and open vacancies in UL portal.

Consultations on best suitable study and/or work field for scholars, students and graduates offered by competent career consultants and psychologistsCareer related activities like Career Day, Organization presentations, Curriculum Vitae workshops, Recruiting procedure simulation and Career planning seminars 

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
801
2019
801
2018
801
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
801
2019
801 -100
2018
701
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
1086 -26
2019
1060 30
2018
1090
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

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.

Housing services

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. 

Library services

  • UL Academic Library (founded in 1524) is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The total stock of the UL Academic Library comprises 3.3 million units of information resources. Its collection of manuscripts spans the period from the 13th century to the present day. 
  • UL Library is an accredited library of national significance, affiliated to the largest Latvian university.

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

UL Sports Center (SC) offers up to 40 different lessons in 12 sports where practices are run by professional coaches.Everyone can choose the most suitable course, for the intensity of the load and for the individual interests.

  • basketball
  • wrestling
  • fitness group classes
  • floorball
  • football
  • table teniss
  • crosscountry skiing
  • athletics
  • self defence
  • volleyball
  • Kendo
  • UL Football League
  • UL Basketball League

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.

Student Reviews

Studies at the University at Latvia
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

During my studies, I've heard different opinions. Some positive, some negative. If you want the studies can offer you a lot of great experiences. In the end, it comes down to your investment. During these years, I've got opportunities to study abroad, every summer at summer courses and one semester as an exchange student at a foreign university.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Our university has created unique atmocphere for students which encourages us to study, explore, set up an aim and go for it. University of Latvia is not only educational establishment, for us it is a system and we are parts of it. Whatever is my question or request I always know that I will be helped and consulted. Business incubator, consultations, fairs, competitions,...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoy my study at Univeristy of Latvia. This Univeristy gave me tons of benefits. Here I made new friends from different countries, learn new culture and last but not the least new subjects which are totally new for me. The education system is pretty good.

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