Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

4.4 out of 5 (14 ratings / 14 reviews) Valmiera, Latvia
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) is a state higher education institution, which offers 17 study programmes at the Faculty of Society and Science and the Faculty of Engineering. ViA offers high-quality and flexible study programmes that successfully balance theory and practice. These are adapted to the current needs of society and changes in the labour market. The quality of the studies is ensured by experienced and professional teaching staff, advanced study methods, as well as by students who know what they want to achieve and how to succeed.  BOOST YOUR CAREER AT A FORWARDTHINKING NORTHERN EUROPEAN EDUCATION INSTITUTION.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1996 to promote economic, political and social development of the area.In 2001 it changed its status from a regional governmental institution to a state educational institution. Later in 2004 it introduced two master's degree study programmes. In October 2013 it received the Green Flag award, becoming the first institution of higher education in the Baltic states to hold international Eco university status. In February 2014, the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Faculty of Social Sciences were merged into one faculty.

Currently Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences participates in two student exchange programmes: Erasmus and Nordplus Exchange and visiting students can also apply for a Latvian Government scholarship for a study or research period in Latvia. Since 1999 it also organizes a traditional summer programme called The Baltic International Summer School where foreign students get educated about issues concerning the Baltics. 




  • Information technologies:


  • Business Environment Administration
  • Cybersecurity Engineering 
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • Strategic Communication and Governance
  • Virtual Reality and Smart Technologies


  • Socio-technical Systems Modelling
  • Economics and Business




  • Virtual reality technologies, visualization and computer vision
  • Eco-buildings and smart technologies for national economy
  • Socio-technical Systems Modeling Technologies
  • E-learning management and technologies
  • Cybersecurity engineering
  • Sustainable national economy and knowledge society

Vidzeme University have: 



Depending on the study program, students have different career opportunities.

Information technologies bachelor study program graduates  are able to adapt to changing working conditions, follow market demand, development trends and technological changes, understand the industry processes and their impact on society.

During the studies, the students acquire an extensive basis of technical knowledge, which gives them the professional knowledge and skills required by the industry. As well as that, the studies offer an insight into user experience (UX), artificial intelligence (AI) - machine learning (ML) and computer vision (CV), cloud computing, virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality and data analysis.

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Student services

There is international office:

  • The staff unit of the Administrative Department which coordinates international study projects and is responsible for foreign exchange students and staff mobility at the University. Coordinates ViA student exchange studies and internships abroad, informs students about various available scholarships for studies abroad.
And also study administration group: 
  • The staff unit of the Administrative Department which is responsible for the study information system, administration of the study process, study contracts, organizes the registration for the next study semester. Maintains students' personal files, prepares certificates, transcripts of records, diplomas and their supplements, coordinates the rotation and scholarship award processes.

Housing services

Exchange students are offered accommodation in the student hostel on Ausekla street 25a. As soon as your application form is received and approved, International Office will make a room reservation for you. All international students are guaranteed a place in a student hostel.

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences offers only double rooms for its students (two students share 1 room). All rooms are fully furnished. A bathroom and toilet is shared between four students (two rooms). Several rooms share one kitchen equipped with cooking facilities. Most students prepare their own food in the kitchens at the student hostels; this will be slightly cheaper than buying your food at cafeterias and cantinas in Valmiera. If you prefer to cook for yourself, you can use the kitchens, however, the utensils for kitchens are not provided. These can be bought cheaply in the local stores. Bed linen is provided by the university and changed every two weeks. Exchange students live together with the local students and usually also share a room with a local student.

Library services

  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Library is a unit for ensuring the planning and provision of informative resources necessary for the academic and scientific activities of ViA.
  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Library, together with Valmiera Library, forms Valmiera Integrated Library (VIB). Valmiera Integrated Library is a new form of cooperation in Latvia between the libraries of a city and a regional university, in which legally and financially independent libraries cooperate professionally by coordinating, merging and rationally using the information and personnel resources and expanding the services offered.
  • ViA Library is a member of the Association of Academic Libraries of Latvia since 2002.
  • Since January 30, 2003, VIA Library is the United Nations World Tourism Organisation depository library.

ICT services

  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences has an IT support group that provides all the necessary assistance not only in the university, but also in dormitories.
  • They  maintains ViA computer network and servers, installs software, takes care of the technical condition of ViA hardware, maintains e-mail and e-learning environment, etc. 

Medical services

There is local hospital in the city and also various health centers.

Student Life

Campus life

Both Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences faculties are located in Valmiera city center.

Near to the faculties are also cafes, supermarkets, a library, a cinema, a theater, hairdresser etc.


Cēsu street 4


  • Library
  • Contemporary classrooms
  • Digital learning eco-system
  • Multimedia laboratory
  • Spatial analysis laboratory
  • Student Union
  • Study rooms


Tērbatas street 10


  • Contemporary classrooms
  • Digital learning eco-system
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality laboratory
  • Computer network laboratory
  • Mobile technology laboratory
  • Radio frequency identification laboratory
  • Cybersecurity laboratory
  • Electronics laboratory
  • Mechatronics laboratory
  • Energy efficiency laboratory
  • Study rooms

Sports facilities

  • Whether you’re interested in sport as a participant or a spectator, Valmiera has plenty to offer. In 2019 new swimming pool was built, new BMX track was opened where the European Championship has been held. Basketball, floorball, hockey and many, many more.
  • Ready to joy for your team? P.S. Best basketball, football, hockey etc. players can get university scholarships.

Student clubs

Student can be part of various clubs.

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences have professionl basketball team Valmiera glass/Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Professional football team Valmiera glass/Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, hockey team Valmiera, professional floorball club “Valmiera”, youth choir “Skan”, various folk dance groups,  Vidzeme University of Applied student union and many, many more. 


Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences is accredited for an indefinite period of time.Depending on the study program, the duration of accreditation may vary, for example, Information technologies study direction accredited until december 31, 2022.

Student Reviews

Review of Vidzeme Univeristy of Applied sciences
Kristofers Grinšpons rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university is pretty small. Only around 800 people are studying there full time, but it give us- students the ability to communicate with our lecturers on a daily basis. Its really easy to connect with them. Also my school is very open and positive towards internships in different countries. I really value the fact that our lecturers ar proffesionals in their fields...

Great working
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

They give us a great workshops and experience about the field, great laboratory facilities thatsl can be helpful for a student

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Teaching level is more good for the students

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