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Description of the life event “Studies and lifelong learning” with VIDEO attachments
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When studies are started immediately after the acquisition of secondary education, people often start planning for the future directly with thoughts of further learning in a particular university. However, it is certainly worth assessing the situation in the long term: in which professions your abilities, qualities and knowledge will be assessed by employers and what opportunities the education acquired will provide in the labour market.
A major role in the study is also played by the results and achievements that have been achieved in the specific subjects. Look at the steps to be done from far to the nearest – taking into account your strengths and weaknesses, find out what work you have done best, then what education you need, and then what university and study programme would be the most appropriate. It will reduce the likelihood that you will start constantly changing curricula or educational establishments in the hope of confronting the “real” that will deliver fulfillment and allow for successful inclusion in the working environment. Identify your goal, only then the ways to reach.
Getting to know yourself as a potential employee, knowing the main characteristics of your character and attitudes is very important when making choices about future careers and studies that will help you get to it. One of the easiest ways to find out your interests, abilities and values in the context of careers and studies is different tests.
The tests are available at:
If you want to receive personalised information about the educational or professional pathway of interest and ask questions to a knowledgeable specialist, career advice is a good choice: every citizen who has an up-to-date choice of the curriculum, choice of profession and job, career planning, etc. can apply for it.
State Employment Agency (NVA) provides free of charge Career consultation, during which the assessment of professional fitness and training capacity is determined. A career adviser is also tasked with providing psychological support and educating clients on career choices and planning issues.
Advice may be given to:
Information on available career services and their development will be obtained by the NVA or any branch of the NVA. Job descriptions and job tasks specific to the profession of interest can be obtained by the NVA Catalogue of Job Descriptions.
Individual counselling is also available in higher education career centres. They offer a variety of free counselling and practical assistance to prospective and existing students, as well as graduates.
Advisers can help set targets and design a plan to achieve them, find the right jobs or places of practice, choose the direction of studies, and so on.
The services of career centres shall be provided by:
Asking questions about education and receiving electronic advice on examinations, educational documents, etc. is possible via the National Educational Development Agency (SWAA) National Educational Capacities Databases (NIID) e-consultant.
No theory-based instrument will provide such a good idea of the everyday and necessary knowledge of the profession as practical experience. This can be provided by business practices or voluntary activities.
Places of practice can be searched for by questioning parents, friends and acquaintances, as well as by looking for published practice offers on different job vacancy and practice portals. You can also ask about the different possibilities of practice in university career centres.
You can also find a place of practice abroad, with foreign language training being added to the benefits. Extensive opportunities for foreign practices are available through the resources offered by the European Union (EU):
Volunteering is most often focused on helping a social group, an organisation dealing with charity, environmental issues, etc., and can include very different activities. Volunteering can provide insight into the work of many industries and offer a broad profile of experience.
The possibilities of volunteers may be interested in:
Citizens of the Member States of the European Union under the age of 30 may apply for a European Voluntary Service which helps young people to participate in voluntary projects abroad. More information:
If you are familiar with your areas of interest and have an idea of what course of study would be the most appropriate, the next step is to choose a specific study programme.
The list and contact details of higher education institutions accredited in Latvia can be founded in Ministries of Education and Science website.
In higher education, study programmes are broken down by level: basic studies, higher-level and doctoral studies. The first two-year studies can be full-time and part-time. Full-time studies mean 40 are getting in the academic year credit score that is to say, studies are devoted to 40 weeks of full-time study work. Part-time studies, in turn, have a lower level of study per academic year, i.e. less than 40 credits per year.
The duration of studies also depends on whether you will study in an academic or professional program that will also give professional qualifications alongside an academic degree.
Portal Latvija.lv using the available e-service Electronic application to study in undergraduate programmes it is possible to apply for studies in twelve Latvian high schools:
You must pay when executing an e-service.
You will be able to apply electronically, or you will be able to complete the application by another person if you provide the necessary educational data. Upon submission of an application by electronic means, any of the designated points of higher education shall show the required Documents and the application must be approved.
Important!!! Electronic application does not mean that the application for studies has been fully submitted. It is necessary to arrive in person for an application to be approved and to produce the necessary documents.
When applying electronically, each applicant may mark up to 10 programmes and 20 priorities, such as studies on public funds or personal resources.
Following the approval of an application on-site, the possibility of changing the priorities of the study programmes, following the results of the first and second rounds of the competition and meeting the final results shall be possible. The results can be received via Latvija.lv, SMS and e-mail.
Applicants who have already acquired the coveted place of study in the first round shall be required to enter into study contracts at the times specified by the institution of higher education. However, those who have failed Round 1 have to confirm their participation in Round 2. Otherwise you will lose the place of study!
More information about applying for studies in Latvija.lv.
Upon arrival at reception, please bring:
Riga Stradiņš University can apply for studies electronically in RSU e-Reception System.
If you have already obtained secondary education, but you need a centralised examination (CE) to enter into the intended study programme, which you have not sorted, the assessment obtained is not sufficient, or you want to improve the results, each year there is an opportunity to apply for CE sorting in universities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with National Educational Content Centre (VISC).
The CE development in higher education shall be organised at the same time as the examination in schools on a uniform basis. An examination may be taken once in the course of that training year. If the assessment obtained is not satisfied, the examination may be re-applied for in the following school year.
Information on universities in which CE sorting, exam dates and fees are available, available at: National database of educational opportunities.
If a document certifying education has been lost, it is necessary to create a duplicate document. The duplicate educational document shall have the same effect as the original document.
If the basic education certificate or secondary education attestation is lost, stolen, destroyed or non-renewable damaged, the duplicate of the general education document will be drawn up by the educational institution in accordance with the information recorded in the registration book of the issued educational documents.
If an educational institution has been liquidated or reorganised as another type of educational institution which does not issue a copy of a general education document such as the lost, stolen, destroyed or non-renewable defect, the duplicate will be drawn up in the relevant the educational authority of the local government or an educational specialist of the local government.
In order to receive a duplicate of the educational document from the local government, the person concerned an application shall be submitted to The municipality with the following documents attached:
In order to receive a duplicate education document, you must submit an advertisement to the official edition “Latvijas Vēstnesis” declaring the original educational document invalid. An advertisement may be submitted:
Upon receipt of the submission, the local government shall issue an invoice regarding the issuance of a duplicate general education. The duplicate is issued only after the invoice has been paid.
The duplicate of the higher education diploma shall be issued by the institution of higher education where the original document has been received. Documents certifying the education of students of higher education shall be kept for 75 years. In this case, it is not necessary to place an advertisement in the “Journal of Latvia” because the diplomas of general and vocational education have a governmental function, but the diploma of higher education is an education obtained by the free choice of a person.
It is increasingly popular among young people to choose to spend part or full study time abroad. The choice of a national and study programme may be influenced by the national education system, study fees, cost of living, etc.
The various information resources and services provided by the State can make it easier to choose and help to make a reasoned decision.
An exchange program that allows students, trainers and researchers to carry out their academic and professional training is a lot. More information on studies abroad and exchange programmes you can find out on the website of the National Agency for Development of Education (SWAA). SWAA has compiled a list of European countries National education capacity databases where you can find information about practical studies, stay and finance, related affairs, required documents, and useful links to education and public authorities' websites.
There is available on the European Commission's website education Qualification Comparison Instrument, which makes it possible to compare the levels of education of different countries to each other and to understand how to “translate” the education obtained in any country of the European Union. More detailed information at the National Coordination Point of the Academic Information Centre website.
The Latvian diploma, attestation or other documents which need to be submitted abroad may be certified or legalised. This is done to bring public documents drawn up in one country into legal force in another country. Read more about this on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
If the educational document is obtained abroad and it is necessary to recognise it in Latvia, it is possible to turn to Academic Information Centre.
When travelling abroad, it is helpful to consider all health risks in the event of sudden illness, injury, etc.
In such situations, the European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC, is useful, which confirms your right to receive the necessary or emergency healthcare to the same extent as it is provided to the people of the country concerned.
The EHIC shall be a plastic card attesting that the person is a Member State of the European Union, a Member State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or a Swiss Confederation and is socially insured in his or her country.
The card is intended for use in foreign countries for a temporary period of up to three months. This means that during the period of validity of the EHIC, the card holder may be travelling for a duration of not more than three months and the card will be valid. If the journey is longer, the card will not be valid, even if the journey is part of the EHIC term of validity. For students, however, when they go to study or practice, the EHIC is issued for the entire period of study/practice.
An EHIC card can be applied for electronically:
The EHIC shall be issued free of charge and shall be valid for three years. You may receive a new card free of charge after the expiry date of the card (or within one month before the existing EHIC expires).
It should be noted that the EHIC does not cover the patient's contribution or repatriation (transportation) costs, for example in case of a patient's serious illness. Consequently, it is necessary to assess whether to purchase in addition private insurance covering these costs.
Lifelong learning is a life-long learning process based on the need to acquire knowledge, skills and experience in order to raise or change their qualifications, in line with interests and needs, and on the demands of the labour market. When you work in any profession, you will have to face technological developments that require workers to follow the new one, as well as the skills to adapt to changing conditions. Additional training and training will help you become more competitive on the labour market.
Education is not only regarded as academic training: every way we get to the knowledge and skills we need in life is considered to be learning, and the knowledge and skills acquired in any way can be regarded as learning.
Portal muzizglitiba.lv an interactive map is available in which you will find information on adult education opportunities in Latvia's municipalities and cities. When you visit the links on the map, you will be able to find out about the opportunities in specific municipalities, about the professions and educational programmes that are closest to your place of residence.
A catalogue of adult education programmes is available in the National Educational Opportunities Database (NIID), sections Acquisition of professional qualifications and Professional development and training.
In order to promote adult education, the State provides support for various educational programmes organised by municipalities. Training programmes for adults are available in municipalities on a wide variety of topics. Full list of training programmes in the current login round, see State Education Development Agencies website.
The cost of training at 90% shall be covered by European Union funds and the State, the remainder being a co-payment to be carried out by the training participant or by the member's employer (the training is free of charge for persons with low-income or poor status).
Employed and self-employed workers may apply for training:
80 Latvian local governments have adult education co-ordinators to whom citizens can turn to in order to receive informative advice on the training offered, the available support and the procedures for receiving it, as well as on the application for training or assessment of competence. Contact details of coordinators are available at State Education Development Agency website.
It is worth interesting in the range of adult education opportunities in the local government that corresponds to your place of residence, as it may be different in each municipality, for example, for Riga residents. In the Riga Education and Information Methodist Centre website is available a list of lessons organised and co-financed by the municipality to everyone aged 18:
The programmes are also offered by universities, for example: University of Latvia, Riga Stradins University, Latvian Academy of Culture etc.
Education programmes for adults are implemented by local government training centres, vocational education institutions, lifelong learning departments of higher education, private education providers and non-governmental organisations.
How to make sure that qualifications will be awarded after learning the adult education programme?
There are several types of adult education programmes: vocational training, vocational training and non-formal education programmes. Qualifications shall only be granted after the acquisition of the vocational training programme. The successful acquisition of the vocational continuing education programme shall be attested by an educational document issued by the State. An educational institution shall issue a certificate regarding the acquisition of vocational development and non-formal education programmes. Vocational training programmes shall be characterised by the number of training hours - 480 hours for the second level of professional qualification and 960 hours for the third level of professional qualifications.
(justification: Education Law and Professional education law)
Is there a possibility of obtaining a certificate of formal qualifications when the profession has been acquired in practice?
It's possible, it's called the recognition of non-formal education. In order to certify qualifications, an examination of professional qualifications in the profession concerned must be completed. Read more State Service of Quality of Education website.
How can an adult get basic or secondary education if needed for further learning of the profession?
Basic education or secondary education adults can get by learning the evening (change) in secondary schools. Information on schools is available at: Ministries of Education and Science website, under Contact details of general education schools.
Adults can also obtain primary or secondary education in the form of external education in the form of self-education, acquiring the content of a subject (course) specified in the requirements of the state basic education or general education standard or a part thereof during one school year. Distance learning programmes are implemented by many educational establishments, such as: Riga's 84 th secondary school, Brocēni Secondary School and Private Educational Institutions -Riga Distance Secondary School, Riga 1. Distance secondary school and others.
What are the opportunities for more information on adult education in Latvia and abroad?
Such information can be obtained through the European Platform for Adult Education -EPALE. Ministry of Education and Science regularly supplements information platforms in the section of Latvia.
Libraries and the services they provide can be a useful resource for students, for each study programme and course, and for any other citizen, regardless of age and interest.
Any user can use free internet and free-access computers. You can find the nearest library in Latvia in the Library Portal.
Latvian National Digital Library (LNDB) is the largest publicly available digital storage of documentary heritage in Latvia, consisting of significant resources such as portal Periodicity, Bookportal, collection of digitised photos Lost Latvia, the historical history of Latvia sound recording collection and others collections.
If you have registered as a user in a public-interest library, university or special library, you can find and order books, newspapers, etc. that you want, remotely:
Latvian National Library provides accessfor online subscribed databases. Several of them are also available to registered library readers outside the library. Readers can log in individual access and study materials, regardless of location.
Using PRIMO, it is possible to look for what is needed at the same time in the General Catalogue of State Interest Libraries, databases created by the LNB and online subscriptions. Also available by the user manual in which you will find detailed information about the user's capabilities, search process, and results.
Readers of the Latvian National Library may apply for free individual or group training sessions in which to learn the search for information in catalogues and databases:
LNB basic services will include inquiries and advice on:
However, if you are interested in a specific topic, the following information are available: information service activities, as well as the in-depth selection of information and the drawing up of lists of literature. You can view the service charge in libraries Price List.
In particular for researchers a variety of information resources are offered, staff support for better disclosure and a creative environment for studies. On request, you may receive consultation from an expert in the sector which will help in the field chosen by deeper research, such as the development of research work (paper, course, bachelor's or master's).
Latvian National Library offers to digitize reader-selected LNB item expenses or parts thereof. LNB can get acquainted with the offer of the library stock in the electronic directory. You can view the service charge in Price List.
Library readers can also use interlibrary subscription the benefits of ordering and reading expenses from the LNB in the nearby library.
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