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Interest towards studies in Latvia increases among foreign students

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe number of applications received from foreign students for studies in Latvia has increased significantly this year. Compared with 2016, when the State Education Development Agency received 162 applications, the interest of foreign students for studies in Latvia has nearly doubled, reaching 316 applications, as reported by the agency.

A total of 230 applications for studies and 86 for research have been received so far in Latvia. In the past five years, the agency received on average 150 applications for studies and 14 applications for research every year, the agency reports.

VIAA reveals that the highest degree of interest is noted among residents of Uzbekistan (15 applications for research and 54 applications for studies), followed by residents of Kazakhstan (8 and 21 applications respectively) and Georgia (14 and 13 applications respectively). 19 applications in total have been received from residents in Tajikistan and Germany. «The number of applications received from Lithuania is a little below that – 16. 14 applications have been received from Sweden and China. Turkey is on the ninth place with 13 applications, and Portugal is on the tenth with nine applications,» says the agency’s representative.

Scholarship size for Bachelor and Masters degree students is EUR 500 a month. Doctorate degree student are paid EUR 670 a month. Researchers who perform their work in Latvian higher education and scientific institutions are eligible for scholarship of EUR 30 a day and EUR 300 a month to cover accommodation costs for up to five months, VIAA notes.

One of the factors that affect the increase of interest towards scholarships offered by Latvia was the simplification of the enrolment process. VIAA has introduced an electronic enrolment system that allows applicants submit the necessary documents more easily, VIAA representatives say.

«Latvian state scholarships are a tool for promotion of exports of Latvian higher education and attraction of foreign students. Scholarships in research offer an opportunity for researchers from other countries to gain practical cooperation experience,» says VIAA Communication and Programme Publicity Department’s representative.

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