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Fall Semester

The study process for Bachelors begins on October 1.
Admission lasts till August 1 (if student resides outside Latvia).

Spring Semester

The study process for Bachelors begins on February 1.
Admission lasts till October 15 (if student resides outside Latvia).

Admission for Master studies - all year long.



Dear applicants!

Starting of August 1, Latvian embassies will restart to issue entrance visas for students. If you will not be able to come to Riga till the beginning of Fall semester you will be able to start studies remotely (online) .

Within the study process students are provided with:
1) Lectures according to the list of classes online. During the lectures you have the opportunity to ask questions to the lecturer, demonstrate the completed work, perform practical tasks and receive other information related to the study course.
2) Study materials in the EKA e-environment and e-resources available at the library.
3) Consultations.
4) Independent tasks that should be performed in accordance with the study course requirements. All tasks will have to be submitted to EKA′s e-environment.

We ask you to prepare for remote studies in time:
1) You will need a computer with a good Internet connection (1 Mbits for Download un 0.5 Mbits for Upload. To check please visit http://www.speedtest.net/);
2) Headphones and a microphone to fully participate in  classes;
3) Get acquainted with the instructions for working in the e-environment (see Student′s Guide)

Your benefits of starting studies in this semester without postponing:

1) Time savings: the faster you start, the faster you will get a diploma of higher education;
2) Funds savings: there will be no expenses for living in Latvia and travel;
3) It is possible to obtain a visa and residence permit more easily if the studies are successful and other regulations related to immigration are met.

6 steps of admission for international students

Step 1

Please send following documents atl international@eka.edu.lv :

  • Signed and scanned Application form;
  • A copy of a passport;
  • If an enrolee has changed name or surname, it is required to provide a copy of the document confirming change of name or surname;
  • Notarized copy of general secondary education diploma + transcript of records;
  • Notarized copy of higher education diploma + transcript of records – for enrolees entering Master study programs;
  • Copy of International English language certificate (original must be shown upon arrival);

     iBT – 72+

    TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) - 513+

    IELTS - 5.5 - 6.0

    TOEIC – 605+

    FCE (First Certificate in English) – 160+

    CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) – 160+

    CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)  - 160+

    Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) – 160+

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) – 59+

    Cambridge English Linguaskill – 160+

  • If you do not have abovementioned certificate, but your previous education was fully tought in English, please provide a copy of a letter from the educational institution which approves this fact.
  • If you do not have ANY of proofs about your English skills, you can pass an English proficiency exam online in our University for additioonal cost of 50 EUR. Please mention this fact in application email.
  • Applicants for Master degree -  CV and motivation letter.

Documents shall be provided in one of the following languages: Latvian, English, French, Russian or German. If original documents are in other languages than mentioned above, documents shall be translated into English and translation notarized.


Step 2

If you are eligible for studies, within 7 days you will receive a link to online test (for Bachelor students only). After you will take it, we will inform you about the results.

Those, who will answer correctly to 60%-100% of the test questions , have to pass the  next step - an interview via Skype (you will need camera and microphone on your computer to participate in the interview). You will be informed about necessary procedure.

If you pass the interview, you will receive  invoice for registration and tuition fee in 7 days. Registration fee includes document processing, organisation of Diploma recognition by Academic Information Centre of Latvia (AIC) (www.aic.lv – necessary procedure to start studies in any of Latvia’s higher education institution), settling the invitation and consultation when preparing documents to receive residence permit in EU country.

In case you have problems with Diploma recognition, visa, or residence permit or you cannot start studies at EKA University of Applied Sciences(EKA), registration fee is not refundable.


Step 3

EKA sends your education documents to AIC  for recognition (takes approx.1 month and 2 weeks to get an answer).

After academic recognition of foreign qualification from AIC, EKA sends an enrolee a written confirmation and Study Agreement.

You have to send following documents back to us:

  • Scanned version of signed agreement between you and University
  • Scanned copy of payment order of tuition fee
  • choose a place where you′ll live and make a booking. You may choose from here 
  • Inform us in written in which Embassy of Latvia you submit documents for residence permit.


Step 4

EKA prepares invitation for you to start visa procedure. EKA sends you by email following documents:

  • An invitation
  • Original Study agreement
  • A copy of certificate confirming academic recognition of foreign qualification (AIC)
  • A copy of the EKA accreditation documents and study programs.


Step 5

Document processing for residence permit


Step 6

Congratulations! You have successfully done the procedure of receiving residence permit and received positive answer.

After arriving to Riga you have to visit the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) to claim residence permit and order ID card. http://www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/services/residence-permits/procedure-of-registration-of-the-residence-permit.html

By the moment you receive ID card you have to prepare:

  • Original note of fluorography or X-ray examination results
  • Health insurance policy (for full residence permit period, including repatriation, coverage territory: Latvia and Schengen area)

 Students of the EKA choose dynamic, creative and interesting life style because this describes us perfectly!

Come and join us, your study years will be unforgettable!

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