Riga is the capital of Latvia and also a political, economic and cultural centre. The cityscape is characterised by Art Nouveau and Classicism - for example the Academy of Science.
The size of a city can make a big difference on your study experience. Some students prefer the feel and pace of larger busy cities, while some may prefer a smaller and calmer feel. Whatever your preference, U-Multirank has you covered. Riga averages a population of about 696000 residents and covers some 307 km2.
U-Multirank includes 15 colleges and universities in or near the Riga area. To explore some of the colleges and universities in Riga, click on the university names below, or visit our Study in Latvia page.
One of the first questions students wonder when deciding to study abroad, is ‘do I need to speak the local language to study there?’ Every country and sometimes even universities themselves have their own requirements for the language of instruction. Students should contact the university to see if a language certificate is necessary to study there. Some countries offer inernational courses and study programmes in English as well, but you will most likely need to show proof of English proficiency. To receive an English language certificate like the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), four parts of the language are tested, including: reading, listening, speaking and writing. For more information on IELTS, or TOEFL, click here.
Safety is an important point to consider when studying abroad. According to the current Numbeo Safety Index, Riga has a score of 62.16 – ranking it at number 171 of 461 cities globally for safety.
The cost of living can play a major factor in deciding where to study. Aside from tuition fees, students should consider the local cost of living – including items like housing, food, and social life. According to the current Numbeo Cost of Living Index, Riga has a score of 51.72 – ranking it at number 296 of 515 cities globally for the cost of living (the higher the ranking, the more expensive the cost of living is).
If you’re considering pursuing a degree abroad, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s For students track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. Create your own personalised university rankings today, and compare universities according to what matters most to you. To start, make sure to select your desired study destination and we’ll help guide you through the rest.