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Information published on 2.12.2020.
The duration of studies in higher education institutions in the life of each student is linked to new challenges and responsibilities, so it is important to be aware of the available support opportunities in the various educational processes provided and provided by the staff of educational institutions, career centres, public bodies and the e-services under their management for a more successful resolution of various issues.
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Three types of financial support are available to students: a study and student loan with a guarantee provided on behalf of the State, as well as a commercial credit. The following types of credit are available to students who will start or already study in accredited study programmes:
Study and student credit with a guarantee provided on behalf of the State
The amount of the study credit (from the funds of a credit institution with a guarantee provided on behalf of the State) for one student does not exceed the specified fee for studies, and the amount of the student credit for one student per month in the higher education institutions of Latvia does not exceed 80% of the amount of the minimum monthly salary specified in the State in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 231 of 21 April 2020, Regulations regarding the lending of studies and students to studies in Latvia from the funds of credit institutions, which are guaranteed from State budget resources.
In order to obtain the credit, it is necessary to enter into an agreement with the credit institution. In accordance with the contract concluded between the credit holder and the credit institution, the credit institution shall transfer the amounts intended for the study to the accounts of the relevant higher education institution.
During studies (including a break-up of studies not exceeding two academic years), the student credit is an interest-free credit. During this period, interest shall be paid from State budget resources. The student credit interest shall be calculated by the twelfth month following the completion of the relevant study programme, applying the credit institution's interest rate in euro auctioned during the year of conclusion of the credit agreement. The basic amount of the study credit must be repaid by the twelfth month following the completion of the relevant study programme or by the third month following the exclusion of the credit holder from the list of students.
The amounts intended for the student's credit shall be credited each month for ten months per year (except for July and August) into the account of the credit holder or the account of the settlement card.
The student's credit interest rate for the borrower is the euro interest rate of the credit institution auctioned in the year of conclusion of the credit agreement, while the interest starts to be calculated on the day of payment of the credit. Where the said rate is higher than five per cent per annum during the period in question, the borrower shall pay a five per cent rate per year. The difference between the rates is covered by State budget funds. The principal amount of the student's credit must be repaid by the twelfth month following the completion of the relevant study programme or by the third month following the exclusion of the borrower from the list of students.
Conditions for the receipt of studies and student credit with guarantees provided on behalf of the State
If you are a citizen of the Republic of Latvia or a non-citizen, as well as if you are a citizen of the European Union, who has been issued a registration certificate or permanent residence certificate, if you successfully acquire the State accredited study programmes (Cabinet Regulation No. 231 of 21 April 2020, Regulations regarding the lending of studies and students to studies in Latvia from the funds of credit institutions, which are guaranteed from State budget resources) for which it is possible to ascertain in relation to study programmes to be studied in the Republic of Latvia Higher education quality agencies e-platform. In the Republic of Latvia, in accordance with the Law of higher education an accredited study programme shall be a study programme corresponding to a specified accredited direction of higher education or college studies, which has been recognised as complying with the requirements of the said Law in the relevant course of study evaluation process.
More detailed information on the registration certificate and residence certificate of a national of the European Union is available in Cabinet Regulation No. 675 of 30 August 2011, Procedures by which Union citizens and their family members enter and reside in the Republic of Latvia.
A student's credit may be received by full-time students, while the study credit may be received by students of both full-time and part-time (evening, distance or e-study). It should be noted that you may receive credits for studies and learners for a maximum of one bachelor's degree, one master's degree, one PhD or a higher vocational degree and a professional degree, and no longer than the period for the acquisition of the relevant study programme. A study break (academic leave) shall not be credited during the period intended for the acquisition of the study programme.
To make a credit request for studies in the Republic of Latvia, refer to the Credit Grant Commission of your higher education institution.
Since 2020, an improved student lending model has been introduced in Latvia, which aims to make higher education more accessible by facilitating lending conditions for students.
Changes to be taken into account:
One of the types of financial support for students is a variety of scholarships, both state budget scholarships and mecenate scholarships. The student can apply for and receive both the State budget and the mecenate scholarship at the same time.
Students in higher education programmes who have been admitted in competition procedures and study in State funded study places who have successfully passed the necessary examinations within the specified time period, as well as have fully obtained the number of credits provided for the relevant semester of the academic year, may be eligible for the receipt of the State budget scholarship.
It should be noted that scholarships financed by the State budget are awarded in priority order in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 740 of 24 August 2004, Regulations on Scholarship. If two or more students who apply for that scholarship have equivalent performance and scientific performance indicators, the higher education institution grant commission shall first grant the grant:
Students can also apply for mecenate scholarships. Universities offer scholarships awarded by angelists, natural and legal persons, as well as various special-purpose scholarships. Information on the types of scholarships, application deadlines and award conditions is available on university websites.
Latvia has concluded intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements on cooperation in education and science, which also provides for the granting of scholarships to students from Europe and other countries around the world. On the basis of these contracts, Latvian students may take the opportunity to study, study or participate in summer courses abroad. Junior scholarship offers are available on the website of the State Education Development Agency as well as they are published on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science.
One of the types of eligible expenditure under Cabinet Regulation No. 336 of 31 July 2001, Regulations Regarding Eligible Expenditure on Education and Medicated Services are expenses associated with getting higher education. Expenditure for the acquisition of higher education shall also include expenditure on training in the preparatory departments, expenditure on training courses in higher education, annual fees specified in the educational institution or educational establishment, fees for first and repeated examinations, fees for applying for studies. If you have received a study credit for covering educational expenses from the State budget or a credit institution, the eligible expenditure of all the credit received for the use of educational services must be included in the tax year in which you have started to repay the received study credit.
Eligible expenditure is indicated when submitting an annual income statement to State Revenue Service(SRS) via the electronic declaration system (EDS). More detailed information on eligible expenditure and the annual income statement, the process for submitting it, can be found in the description of the life event How do I submit an annual income statement?
One of the types of support available to students in higher education institutions is the mentoring program. You may be interested in the mentoring program in your choice higher education institution. Often, this mentoring programme in a particular higher education institution is linked to the objective of supporting the successful integration of freshman students into the learning environment, by helping to understand the arrangements in the higher education institution through senior students, as well as by providing support in the event of confusion.
Tasks raised more frequently by mentoring programmes:
Participating in student corporations is a great way to fit into the environment of higher education institutions. Students' corporations have a daily opportunity to meet not only with students, but also with professionals who have already graduated and specialists from different fields. Membership of the corporation provides ample opportunities for self-development and meaningful leisure. Today, student and student corporations are still guided by the principles expressed in their objectives and moods, advocate for Latvian culture, traditions and values, and promote the academic and personal growth of each member. There are 23 student and 13 student corporations in Latvia. More detailed information about corporations is available on websites www.pk.lv and www.spk.lv.
Training in a higher education institution, especially the first year of training, may be linked to a number of challenges, so several higher education institutions in Latvia offer students the support of a psychologist.
Such advice and support should be addressed at the higher education institution where you are studying. Advice can help you better understand yourself, think about important issues, understand your feelings, consider your options, make choices. In the psychological counselling process, the student, together with a psychologist, addresses certain life difficulties or problems, important issues relating to studies, mutual relations and feelings.
The growth of students and the acquisition of practical work experience in higher education institutions are driven by a variety of activities, such as career counselling, the possibility of pursuing professional practices in a company or organisation.
Individual career counselling is available in higher education institutions and is provided in higher education career centres. These centers offer different kinds of free counselling and practical help to existing students as well as alumni. Career centre services are provided, for example at University of Latvia, Riga Technical University as well as other higher education institutions.
As part of your career advice, you can find answers to the following:
Career centres also offer a variety of opportunities to participate in educational seminars and lectures on career choices, as well as a job interview simulation training that enables you to try to answer questions that you might ask during a job interview.
Career counselling also offers State Employment Agency (SEA). Highly qualified career professionals (career advisers) provide advice on the choice of the profession, job search, professional fitness and other career-related issues. Career counselling can be applied by the NVA CV/Vacancy Portal under the heading Applying for Career Consulting by selecting the “Connect” option and authorizing with the portal Latvija.lv mediation. Apply for Career Consultation in CV/Vacancy Portal you can only if you are officially registered as an unemployed person or job seeker at the SEA. If you are not registered as an unemployed person or job seeker, you can apply by contacting the NVA. Contact details of the SEA branches are available here.
On the SEA website and the SEA CV/Vacancy Portal a methodology for self-determination in career selection and planning is available.
Useful - Searching a workplace
One of the solutions that can help in job search is the NVA CV/Vacancy Portal in which you can take advantage of the following options provided by the portal when you are looking for a job:
For example, E-Learning section (available by authorizing with portal Latvija.lv) there is an opportunity to learn one of the training modules, such as “How to create an effective job search strategy”. At the end of the training, the knowledge test must also be carried out.
Apply for competitiveness-enhancing measures CV/Vacancy Portal you can only if you are officially registered as an unemployed person or job seeker at the SEA. If you are not registered as an unemployed person or job seeker, you can apply by contacting the NVA. Contact details of the SEA branches are available here.
To apply for EURES advice CV/Vacancy Portal you can only if you are officially registered as an unemployed person for employment. If you are not registered as an unemployed person or a job seeker, you can apply for contact with EURES advisers. You can also get online counselling in a chat room.
More detailed information on job search is also available in the description of the life event Losing and Searching for job for job.
A useful source of information is also on website The professional world, which aims to broaden the picture of the diversity of professions and posts, as well as to provide information on the content of the work and the requirements imposed on individuals employed in particular occupations or positions. On the website The professional world for each profession, a description of the profession, an interview with a person working in this profession, a photograph gallery and the possibilities for acquiring the profession in question are available. In National Educational Capability Database (NIID.LV)students and other stakeholders can find extensive information on educational opportunities, including on-going admissions at all levels of study, infographic career planning, useful articles on educational topics such as winter and summer admissions in higher education institutions, open-door days, centralized exams for high-school, disabled people, etc., and you can receive e-counselling on education and career support topics.
Professional practice provides an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with the working environment of an undertaking or establishment, and provides an opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge within the framework of the study programme in practice. Practice can take place both in Latvia and abroad.
Practice (as part of the study process) is intended within the framework of vocational study programmes. For the most part, higher education institutions provide students with places of practice in a variety of companies, institutions and organisations with which the university or faculty have concluded cooperation agreements.
In the process of searching for and finding places of practice in higher education institutions, a career centre can also be assisted by providing information on the labour market, on employers' practices and job offers, on career opportunities, on the possibilities to pursue practices in different organisations, in line with the student-selected study programme, the professional interests and expectations of each student.
Also State Employment Agency (SEA) offers career advice on a variety of topics, including in relation to the choice of education programmes, topics in the labour market, job and practice search. For more information please read here.
Career counselling can be attended by any interested party at the SEA branch, unemployment status is not required, but it is mandatory to sign in in in advance. Contact details of the Career Consultants of the SEA branch are available here. The SEA also offers an electronic labour market forecasting tool, more detailed information on this tool is available here.
Information on international exchange programmes, study and practice mobility can be consulted in website of the State Education Development Agency under the heading For students, as well as in their chosen higher education institution.
Students from higher education institutions have the opportunity to participate in learning mobility. This option is provided under the Erasmus + programme. Mobility activities are allocated to mobility of studies and mobility of practices.
It is recommended that you be interested in specific application arrangements for the mobility of studies or practices in the higher education institution in which you are a student.
Student mobility provides an opportunity for students to spend an integrated period of study in one of the universities of the Member States or partner countries of the Erasmus + programme with which the student's higher education institution has a cooperation agreement. The program aims to provide students with valuable academic, language and cultural experience by studying abroad for a certain period of time.
Practice mobility enables students to practice in foreign companies or institutions in one of the Member States or partner countries of the Erasmus + programme. Erasmus + practice aims to help students adapt to the European Union's labour market requirements, to provide an opportunity to develop student skills (including language skills) and to improve understanding of economic and social culture in the country concerned in the context of acquiring work experience.
General conditions for mobility:
The exchange of experience between higher education institutions in the Northern and Baltic region is supported by Nordplus Higher Education Programme which also includes student-exchange projects. More detailed information is available on website of the State Education Development Agency under the heading Nordplus higher education.
As part of the programme, students are offered three types of mobility:
Students travelling abroad, for example, in the framework of mobility, like every citizen of Latvia, should be advised to register the planned travel and future absence in the Consular Register so that in the event of a crisis (natural disasters, political unrest, war activities, etc.), in any of the countries of the world, they can communicate with the person and ensure that the necessary consular assistance is provided operationally.
Registration in the Consular Register shall be voluntary and free of charge. You can also register outside Latvia. The information contained in the consular register shall be confidential, accessible only to the consular post and used only in cases of crisis. You can register remotely in the portal Latvija.lv by using e-service “Electronic registration in the consular register”.
For students travelling to one of the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is useful, which confirms your right to receive the necessary or emergency healthcare to the same extent as it is provided to the nationals of that country. For students to study abroad or in teaching practice, the EHIC shall be issued for the entire period of study/practice. More detailed information on the EHIC card and the process of applying for a card is available in the description of the life event Health information for me or my children under the heading Health-related services if you are abroad. You can apply for an EHIC on the portal Latvija.lv by using e-service “To apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)”.
If you are in the mobility of studies or practices abroad, the Latvian State Administration Language Technology Platform may be useful for you Hugo.lv.
The platform shall ensure:
Several higher education institutions provide an opportunity for students to rent space in their service hotels. In higher education institution service hotels, you can also get a rental discount. You should address the higher education institution in which you are already studying or starting studies to find out whether such an opportunity is being offered. For example, University of Latvia implement the Social Programme, designed to support students in need of social assistance, and offers students living in service hotels to obtain up to 50% of the semester rent.
Any student, regardless of the age and study programme, who gains higher education in one of the educational institutions registered in the administrative territory of Riga City, is entitled to fare relief. Riga City Councils foresee this binding provisions On fares incentives in the Riga City public transport route network. The binding rules state that students whose residence is declared in Riga and who are studying in a higher education institution registered outside Riga are also eligible for discounts. Students studying full and part-time study programmes can travel at a discount in Riga public transport.
In order for a student to purchase travel tickets for ease in public transport in Riga, it is necessary to make a personalized e-voucher. E-talone is a single electronic ticket that allows you to use the most convenient way of paying for public transport services. More detailed information on the types of e-voucher is available at Riga traffic website, under the heading “Tickets”.
Students are offered two ways to apply for a personalized e-voucher:
When you log in electronically, you will need to go to the selected customer service centre after the e-voucher, because it is not sent to your home. On the other hand, if an e-voucher is applied to the customer service centre, it shall be made on-the-spot within a few minutes. In both cases, the issue of a first-time personalised e-voucher is free of charge, the re-making of an e-voucher in the event of loss or damage costs EUR 2.85.
To get the student-intended fare relief, Riga traffic in cooperation with certain higher education institutions (University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Business University Turiba, Banking University, Riga Stradins University, Transport and Communications Institute) offers the possibility of submitting an individual electronic application for the benefit of fares without going to Riga traffic customer service centres. To do this, you have to authorise to your higher education institution information system for submitting an application to Riga traffic and get the student fare relief. You should be interested in the conditions for receiving relief and the deadlines for applying for it in your higher education institution.
It should be noted that at the end of the student status you do not have the right to use the public transport of Riga City with the facilities available to students.
Residents of Riga City municipality who have difficulty in moving and who cannot move with public transport have the opportunity to apply for the benefit provided by the municipality. More detailed information is available on this portal of Riga Municipal Service website.
You can find out about the fares in another city, in the county, in the relevant city council or municipality. Contact details of the City Council of the Republic and municipality municipalities are available on the website of the Latvian Municipal Union (LPS).
In public transport, urban and regional routes are entitled to a number of categories of passengers, in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 371 of 27 June 2017, Regulations on Driving Charge Relief.
In order to take advantage of the free movement of public transport, passengers with such rights must purchase a free or “zero” ticket. This may be done at ticket offices (terminal, railway station) or at the driver of the public vehicle.
Documents attesting the passenger's right to a discount (identity document together with Latvian Honor Family Certificate “3 + Family Card” or a pupil, a student's certificate), must be accompanied both at the time of the purchase of the ticket and during the journey.
For students with special needs who need special access and support, higher education institutions in Latvia are trying to adapt the environment and training process. For example,Riga Stradins Universitywith a view to creating equal opportunities for higher education for all, including students with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities, as well as students with dyslexia or dyslexia (difficulties in planning and coordinating movements), provide support measures at different stages associated with studies, starting with the choice of an appropriate study programme and ending with the adaptation of study materials. Students also have access to alternative opportunities to meet the requirements of study courses and to use innovative learning methods, access to training or monitoring, assistive products or assistive technologies, application of the requirements of study courses to individual capacity and modification of the test form.
An assistant for higher education shall be entitled to receive all persons with an I and II disability group who, due to the restrictions on the functioning of which, cannot move independently outside the dwelling and to whom State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability issued an opinion on the need for an assistant service. More detailed information on disability design is available in the description of the life event Drawing up disability and disability-related formalities.
The assistant service is assigned according to the time needed to get to and from the educational establishment and to help you learn the educational programme, but not more than 40 hours per week and only during the course of the school year.
The State paid assistant service shall be provided by the social service of the local government of the declared place of residence of the student. In order to receive a service, the student or his or her legal representative must provide an application regarding the granting of an assistant service in the social service of the local government of his or her declared place of residence. The application may be submitted by the portal Latvija.lv via e-address. Using this service, it is possible to send an electronical application to any public or local authority. You can also send an application to the social service of the local government of your declared place of residence.
It should be noted that the person will have to go to the relevant local government social service after submitting an electronic application in order to assess the actual need of the person for the assistant service.
If a person with disabilities has indicated an additional address in the administrative territory of another local government for a specified period of time when declaring the place of residence and actually resides at that address, he or she has the right to apply with an application to the social service of the local government where the person actually resides. More detailed information on the declaration of residence is available electronically in the description of the life event Notification of residence or declaration.
The social service of the local government shall evaluate the situation and decide on the most favourable solution for the person (transfer the application according to the declared place of residence or decide on the granting of the assistant service). In a situation where a decision is taken to grant an assistant service, the local government social service may check and make sure that a person with disabilities does not receive an assistant service in another local government for the period in question. The social service may ask a written statement from a person that she will not request an assistant service in several municipalities at the same time. More detailed information about the assistant service in the municipality for disabled people is available at Welfare Ministry website under the heading Assistant service for disabled people in the municipality.
Latvian State Administration Language Technology platform Hugo.lv provides automated translation, speech recognition and speech synthesis – tools that can help by facilitating communication and information awareness. Students with dyslexia or weakness can use speech synthesis, namely the wording function of written text, to facilitate the perception of text. With the text spoken function, you can download the result in MP3 format. Hugo.lv also offers a speech decryption function (passage of speech in written text), such as recording lectures, as well as easier learning of teaching material.
Students with hearing disabilities who wish to obtain higher education have the possibility of receiving surpass interpreter services for the acquisition of an educational programme provided for up to 480 consecutive hours per student per year of study.
The service to persons with hearing disabilities is provided in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 250 of 20 April 2009, Procedures by which the Latvian Blind Society and the Latvian Union for deaf provide social rehabilitation services and provide technical aids - tifo-technical and surdotechnics. Surpass interpreter services are administered Latvian Association of the Deaf (LNS). Persons with hearing disabilities shall be provided with a surpass interpreter service for up to 480 academic hours during one training year (classes, consultations, seminars, exams and other activities related to the acquisition of an educational programme) in basic vocational education, vocational secondary education and higher education institutions.
In order to receive the service, the student or his or her legal representative must provide an application for the necessity OF the passing interpreter service LNS. The application may be submitted in person TO THE LNS, sent by post or by electronic means, using e-address or by sending an application to LNS e-mail if the electronic document has been prepared in conformity with the regulatory enactments regarding electronic documents.
Students of higher education institutions have the right to report irregularities in the educational process. Knowledge of their rights and compliance with their duties makes student life easier in a higher education institution, but consideration should be given to difficulties or conflicts in the study process, which should be addressed first by communicating with the parties involved. However, if you suspect that your rights are being infringed, you may use the opportunity to refer to the director of the study programme or to the department's dean, rector, rector, academic arbitration. If the problem is initially not resolved by addressing one of the above parties, the additional possibility is to apply to the student authority of their higher education institution, or Latvian Students' Association. More detailed information on the possibilities of student interest representatives to defend your rights and on the possibility of enrolling in these organisations is available in Latvian Student Associations, on Facebook page and association website.
You can also file a complaint for breaches in the educational process to State Service of Quality of Education (ICVD). The complaint can be submitted electronically via the website of the e-service of the authority E-application on the Education Quality State Service or by e-address.
Compliance with hygiene requirements in higher education institutions falls within the competence of the institutions themselves, because there is no regulatory enactment in Latvia that determines hygiene requirements for higher education institutions. On the other hand, hygiene requirements for service hotels are laid down in Cabinet Regulation No. 137 of 11 April 2000, Hygiene Requirements for Service Hotels, the enforcement of which is controlled by Health Inspectorate (VI).
These Cabinet regulations shall specify the hygiene requirements for the premises and fitting of the service hotel, water supply, sewer, room heating, ventilation and lighting, as well as the sanitary state of the premises, equipment and equipment.
VI supervision and control of service hotels and the hygiene requirements specified thereto shall be performed in accordance with the supervision programme of the current year and the specified frequency of supervision, as well as in the case of applications (complaints) or after other information regarding an inappropriate hygiene condition. Portal Latvija.lv e-service Application Health Inspectorate shall ensure the possibility of submitting an application, complaint or proposal to the Authority. You can also submit an application, complaint or proposal by using e-address.
Students who are recipients of social services and their relatives or guardians may submit to Ministry of Welfare addressed applications, complaints or proposals on social assistance and social services in the cases and procedures specified in other regulatory enactments - Social Aid and Social Services Law. You can use to do this the portal Latvija.lv available e-service Complaints, submissions and proposals on social assistance and social services or e-address.
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