In accordance with bilateral agreements on co-operation in education and science, the State Education Development Agency (Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra – VIAA) offers scholarships to students, researchers and teaching staff of several countries for studies in Latvian higher education institutions (HEIs) in the 2012/2013 academic year.
Only citizens from countries which have signed an agreement on co-operation in education and science can apply for the Latvian government scholarships. These countries are: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium (Flanders Community and French Community of Belgium), Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
Citizens from countries that offer scholarships for Latvian students, researchers and teaching staff without formal agreements on co-operation in education and science are eligible for the Latvian scholarship as well. These countries are: Denmark, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Applications will be accepted from students who have successfully completed at least one academic year of studies at their home HEI.
(Students already studying in a Latvian HEI may apply for the Latvian scholarship as well.)
Scholarships for studies are granted for a time period of up to 10 months. They are applicable only towards full-time studies in Latvia. On-the-job studies, part-time studies and correspondence courses are not eligible for scholarship funding.
If a student wants to continue her/his studies in Latvia for one extra year, she/he has to apply for the Latvian scholarship again. The Latvian scholarship can be awarded twice.
In general, the academic year in Latvia lasts from September 1 to June 30.HowToApply:
By Post, include:
The following documents are necessary to apply for the Latvian scholarship for studies:
1) Application form
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) Motivation letter;
4) Certified photocopies of HEI-Diploma, including transcripts, or transcript of records, if studies are not finished yet;
5) One recommendation letter (written within the past six months) from the HEI lecturer/professor;
6) Invitation letter from the proposed Latvian HEI (please contact the International Relations Department/Unit or Foreign Students Department/unit of the Latvian HEI directly); List of contact persons in the Latvian HEIs.
7) Certificate (or other document) of language proficiency required for studies.
8) Copy of passport or identity card.
Contact: Ms Aija Jakovica, Senior Specialist of the International Cooperation Programme Unit, telephone: + 371 67814331, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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