University of Latvia

City: Riga
Language of instruction: English
  • Established in 1919
  • A state-run university located in Riga, Latvia
  • A a growing, dynamic European institution that nicely complements UBC’s offerings in Modern European Studies, History, International Relations, and other similar fields
  • Has a strong programs in Baltic Studies, Latvian language and culture, Russian language and culture, and Scandinavian languages and cultures
  • UBC students pursuing degrees in Media Studies may also wish to study here, as there are various Media Studies courses available
  • Has strong, internationally recognized programs in humanities, international relations, sciences, math, and communications

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Courses offered for exchange students are taught in English
  • Coursework in Latvian and English


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Students from the Faculty of Arts

Term dates

  • Autumn Semester: Early September to Mid-December
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Early July
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • 4 UL credits = 6 ECTS = 3 UBC credits

Passing grade

10 is the maximum grade, 4 is the passing grade

Grading scheme

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Full course load information

  • Average workload: generally 40 U of L credit points - 15 UBC Credits

Exchange Courses

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

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Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • 2 options for Accomodation: Dormitories and Apartments
  • There are two on-campus Dormitories with one reserved exclusively for exchange students
  • The University also has an agreement with a local real estate agency offering off-campus Apartments

Information on Accomodation

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