Study in Latvia: Student Visas & Permits

Latvia is part of the border control-free Schengen Area. This means that it’s visa requirements are similar to those of countries like France and Germany. Any member of the Schengen Area can issue a visa for the area, but you’ll need to enter the Area through the country that issued the visa. For example; you can’t enter through France on a Schengen visa issued by Poland.

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Requirements vary depending on your nationality and what type of visa you’re applying for, but this is broadly what you’ll need for a Latvian Schengen visa:

  • A completed application form
  • Your passport and two passport photos
  • Health insurance with minimum coverage of €30,000 within the entirety of the EU
  • A letter outlining why you want to enter Latvia
  • Flight confirmation
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay - at least €14 ($16.50) per day
  • Proof of enrolment from your school

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You’ll need to apply in-person at your nearest Latvian embassy or consulate. You’ll need to present these documents in Latvian with a notarized translation. Your student visa is valid for the entire duration of your studies.

Your permit allows you to work for up to twenty hours per week during term time, going up to forty hours per week during holidays.

Remember, if you have an EU, EEA or Swiss passport, you can freely enter Latvia and, once registered, stay for as long as you like. The requirements listed here only apply to third-country nationals. Please note: UK citizens are now third-country nationals.

Study in Latvia

From ancient woodland to a vibrant business district, Latvia has a lot to offer international students. Find out a little more about the Land of Blue Lakes, as Latvia is known, in this section.

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Education in Latvia

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Latvia? Latvia is a good destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, lifestyle and internship opportunities. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Latvia!

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Latvia.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Latvia can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Latvia, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

Latvia is a country rich in culture heritage and significance. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of languages, culture, and more! We also talk about safety in Latvia in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to Latvian schools and the documentation you need to do it in this section.

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Last update: 01 Apr 2021


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