University of Latvia: Statistics



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#988 of 14,131 In the World
#372 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 28 In Latvia
#1 of 21 In Riga
#477 of 2,261 For Atomic and Molecular physics
Top50% For 93 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate38%
Admissions RequirementsCompetitive entrance according to the results of the centralized examination following general or special secondary school certificate
Academic CalendarSeptember to June (September - January; February-June)

We've calculated the 38% acceptance rate for University of Latvia based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Latvia is a world-class research university with 12,547 scientific papers published and 131,103 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Quantum and Particle physics, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Organic Chemistry, and Computer Science.


University of Latvia majors

by publication & citation count

7,517 / 76,663
7,484 / 80,204
7,163 / 91,126
6,339 / 79,674
Quantum and Particle physics
5,872 / 60,194
Environmental Science
5,516 / 56,061
Materials Science
4,926 / 56,663
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,796 / 37,919
Organic Chemistry
4,733 / 58,334
Computer Science
3,847 / 33,065
3,275 / 46,083
2,931 / 32,712
Optical Engineering
2,882 / 29,485
Geography and Cartography
2,786 / 23,195
2,769 / 14,221
2,444 / 37,017
Political Science
2,272 / 14,848
2,217 / 33,489
Metallurgical Engineering
2,217 / 25,205
2,151 / 27,293
2,093 / 13,943
2,034 / 17,647
2,008 / 18,469
1,928 / 16,811
1,733 / 8,164
1,730 / 20,635
Electrical Engineering
1,722 / 15,543
1,678 / 8,647
Condensed Matter Physics
1,636 / 21,698
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
1,588 / 11,294
1,545 / 10,462
1,463 / 15,163
Chemical Engineering
1,418 / 19,063
1,403 / 17,580
1,389 / 9,931
1,384 / 8,694
Nuclear Physics
1,369 / 15,585
Astrophysics and Astronomy
1,262 / 13,047
1,221 / 20,993
Physical chemistry
1,120 / 11,961

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 15 71
1991 40 99
1992 57 138
1993 58 160
1994 84 250
1995 102 262
1996 102 383
1997 166 433
1998 140 472
1999 165 665
2000 186 901
2001 207 1003
2002 198 1086
2003 235 1246
2004 227 1641
2005 266 1857
2006 246 2130
2007 290 2647
2008 310 2646
2009 274 3029
2010 351 3232
2011 469 3889
2012 479 4329
2013 517 4738
2014 634 5154
2015 703 5781
2016 615 6531
2017 585 7030
2018 697 7670
2019 727 9735
2020 880 11986
2021 1035 15535
2022 1008 16381
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University of Latvia gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per year)
Bachelor's Degree €2,000 - €4,000
Master's Degree €2,500 - €5,000
Doctoral Degree €3,000 - €6,000

The University of Latvia has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Latvia.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Doktora Astronomy and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Demography and Population, Economics, Educational Administration, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Law, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Pedagogy, Pharmacy, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology

University of Latvia alumni

  1. Mikhail Tal

    Mikhail Tal
    Born in
    Latvia Flag Latvia
    1936-1992 (aged 56)
    Enrolled in the University of Latvia
    In 1958 graduated with Staatsexamen in Russian
    journalistchess playerwriterchess composer

    Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal was a Soviet-Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. He is considered a creative genius and is widely regarded as one of the most influential chess players. Tal played in an attacking and daring combinatorial style. His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability. Vladislav Zubok said of him, "Every game for him was as inimitable and invaluable as a poem".

  2. Efim Shifrin

    Efim Shifrin
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1956-.. (age 67)
    humoristtelevision presenterdiaristfilm directorwriter

    Efim Zalmanovich Shifrin (Russian: Ефи́м (Нахи́м) Залма́нович Шифри́н; born March 25, 1956) is a Soviet and Russian actor, humorist, singer. Creator and artistic director of "Shifrin-Theater".

  3. Agata Muceniece

    Agata Muceniece
    Born in
    Latvia Flag Latvia
    1989-.. (age 34)
    modeltelevision presenteractor

    Agata Edgarovna Muceniece is a Latvian actress, model, and television presenter.

  4. Raimonds Vējonis

    Raimonds Vējonis
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1966-.. (age 57)

    Raimonds Vējonis is a Latvian politician who served as the 9th President of Latvia from 2015 to 2019 and the president of the Latvian Basketball Association since 2020.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Latvia faculties and divisions

Centre : Baltic Studies Baltic Languages
Centre : Environmental Studies and Management Environmental Management, Environmental Studies
Centre : European and Transition Studies European Studies
Centre : Family Health Education Health Education
Centre : Gender Studies Gender Studies
Centre : Judaic Studies Judaic Religious Studies
Centre : Language Baltic Languages, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Centre : Lithuanistics Baltic Languages, Cultural Studies
Centre : North American Studies American Studies
College : P. Stradiņš Medical College - LU PSK Aesthetics, Medicine, Nursing, Podiatry, Public Health, Social and Preventive Medicine
Faculty : Biology Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Ecology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Zoology
Faculty : Chemistry Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Food Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Science Education
Faculty : Computing Computer Education, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Software Engineering
Faculty : Economics and Management Accountancy, Business Administration, Demography and Population, E-Business/Commerce, Economics, Environmental Management, European Studies, Finance, Insurance, International Business, International Economics, International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Safety Engineering, Statistics, Tourism, Transport Management
Faculty : Education, Psychology and Art Adult Education, Art Education, Computer Education, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Foreign Languages Education, Handicrafts, Health Education, Home Economics, Humanities and Social Science Education, Literature, Native Language Education, Pedagogy, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Special Education, Sports, Teacher Training
Faculty : Geography and Earth Sciences Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geography (Human), Geology, Science Education
Faculty : History and Philosophy Archaeology, Contemporary History, History, Logic, Medieval Studies, Modern History, Philosophy
Faculty : Humanities Anthropology, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Baltic Languages, Classical Languages, Cultural Studies, English, English Studies, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Linguistics, Oriental Languages, Philology, Romance Languages, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Translation and Interpretation
Faculty : Law Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, European Union Law, History of Law, Human Rights, International Law, Law, Public Law
Faculty : Medicine Histology, Medicine, Nursing, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Social and Preventive Medicine, Surgery
Faculty : Physics and Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Astronomy and Space Science, Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Computer Science, Laser Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanics, Optics, Optometry, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Science Education, Statistics, Thermal Physics
Faculty : Social Sciences Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, Library Science, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology
Faculty : Theology Bible, Ethics, History of Religion, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Theology
Research Division : Advanced Social and Political Sciences Development Studies, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Media Studies, Political Sciences, Regional Studies, Social Sciences
Research Division : Astronomy Astronomy and Space Science
Research Division : Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy Atomic and Molecular Physics, Optics, Physics
Research Division : Biology Biology, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Zoology
Research Division : Cardiology Cardiology, Epidemiology, Medicine
Research Division : Education Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences
Research Division : Experimental and Clinical Medicine Biology, Cell Biology, Diabetology, Endocrinology, Medicine, Oncology, Physiology
Research Division : Geodesy and Geo-informatics Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Geophysics
Research Division : History of Latvia Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnology, History, Medieval Studies
Research Division : Latvian Language Grammar, Linguistics, Native Language, Terminology
Research Division : Literature, Folklore and Art Arts and Humanities, Comparative Literature, Folklore, Literature, Musicology, Theatre
Research Division : Mathematics and Computer Science Artificial Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Mathematics and Computer Science, Systems Analysis
Research Division : Microbiology and Biotechnology Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Food Technology, Microbiology, Physiology
Research Division : Pedagogy Computer Education, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Pedagogy
Research Division : Philosophy and Sociology Philosophy, Sociology
Research Division : Physics Mechanics, Physics
Research Division : Polymer Mechanics Materials Engineering, Mechanics, Physics
Research Division : Solid State Physics Materials Engineering, Optometry, Physics, Radiophysics

General information

Alternative names LU
Latvijas Universitate
Founded 1919
Accreditation Ministry of Education and Science (Izglītības un Zinātnes Ministrija)
Motto Scientiae at patriae
For science and fatherland
Colors dark blue, silver, white

Location and contacts

Address Raina boulevard 19
Riga, LV-1586
City population 606,000

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