University of Latvia

4.2 out of 5 (228 ratings / 79 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.



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.


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.


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 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

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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

Optometry in Latvia
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Since I study in the English program, it is relatively new. So there are small classes, which have their own advantages like individual approach. The teachers are good and each year the program becomes better and better.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university of Latvia offers a variety of programs in English language which can suit many international students. The tuition fees vary from 1500 to 4000 errors. The academic staff is very responsible and intelligent. The university offers all the necessary study materials for free, with a huge library databases.However, it should be noted that the studies are not...

Life-changing (without exaggerating) experience at University of Latvia
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience as a student at University of Latvia has been positive. I enjoyed most of the courses I have had while studying. Of course, some courses were harder for me and some were easier but overall experience has been life-changing (and I am not exaggerating). I have learnt to be more open-minded, creative, hard-working and, sometimes, very patient. I enjoyed courses...

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