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Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

4.4 out of 5 (10 ratings / 10 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. In 2017, ViA celebrated the completion of its 20th academic year.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1996 and in 2001 acquired the status of a state university. In 2002, it was accredited for an indefinite period.


Studies in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences are organized in six study directions - Business administration, Communication and Media, Information technologies, Engineering, Governance, Tourism.


ViA's research strategy is a reaction to the challenges created by the transition to the knowledge society and globalisation.

The long-term goal of the research activities at ViA is to create and adapt new technologies of the next generation knowledge society.

The medium-term goal of research at ViA is to foster the national and regional development of smart specialisation areas and increase productivity by doing research where there are actual social and technological challenges.

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Housing services

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 a fridge and 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 canatines in Valmiera. If you prefer to cook for yourself, you can use the kitchens, however, the utensils for kitchens are not provided.

Medical services

Health Services

For non-serious illness and to by medicines you can ask a pharmacist in the pharmacies in the city.

If you have a medical problem, you can get in touch with Valmiera Hospital or one of the many private physicians working in the city

Student Life

Sports facilities

The environmental or Green Activities in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences ensure that ViA students live and work in an environmentally friendly way – sort waste in student hostels, save water, electricity, spend time in nature and clean it up. The people involved in the Green Activities want students, lecturers and other staff at the university to learn about the problems of nature and how they are dealt with in the world and here in Latvia, and what each of us can do to help maintain a clean environment around us.

Student clubs

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Student Union is a platform that respects and fully represents the interests and rights of students of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in academic, material and cultural matters not only at the university, but also in other state institutions. The Union seeks to create a favourable environment for the growth and well-being of students.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is nothing much that I would like to say about my study experience, in general it was useful, but there was enough of blind spots that I had to learn by myself.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The best thing about my university was a lot of practical experience not only theoretical. For example, my course had outdoor life practice and field trips where all the students was divided in groups and each group had tasks which included a plenty of organization - planning the trip, activities during the trip, time management, interesting information and so on. And...

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Dāvis Vilcāns rated 5 out of 5 stars

Did my bachelors studies at Vidzeme University of Applied sciences. Started in 2009 graduted in 2016. Took me seven years to graduate a four year study program because at one point I wanted to explore other areas of interest. Most of the courses were very interesting. We were a rather small group of students - out of 30 people only about 14 were still around during year...