Latvia | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
Labi (Good), 7/10
B Plus GPA
Loti Labi (Very Good), 8/10
Instruction Languages
Latvian, Lettish, Russian, English
Bachelors Equiv.
Bakalaurs; Specialist Diploma
Masters Equiv.
Magistrs; Arsta Grads*; Zobarsta Grads*; Specialist Diploma**
Grading System

10 – Izcili – With Distinction
9 – teicami – Excellent
8 – loti labi – Very Good
7 – labi – Good
6 – gandriz labi – Almost Good
5 – viduveji – Satisfactory
4 – gandriz viduveji – Almost Satisfactory (Pass/Fail level)
3-1 neapmierinosi – Unsatisfactory

The traditional university scale, which is being phased out, is below:
5 – teicami – Excellent
4 – labi – Good
3 – apmierinosi – Satisfactory
2 – neapmierinosi – Unsatisfactory
1 – loti vaji – Very poor

Recognized Universities

Art Academy of Latvia
Daugavpils Pedagogical University
Latvian Academy of Culture
Latvian Academy of Medicine
Latvian Academy of Music
Latvian Academy of Sports Education
Latvian Maritime Academy
Latvia University of Agriculture
Rezekne Higher Education Institution
Riga Aviation University
Riga Technical University
University of Latvia

Notes for Latvia

Pre-university education requires 12 years of study in academic programs.

Most higher education institutions are State-run. There are some recognized private institutions. Quality assessments of higher education institutions are conducted regularly. Check with your Student Services Officer for information on private institutions.

* Arsta Grads (degree in Medicine) is awarded after six years of study. *Zobarsta Grads (degree in Dentistry) is awarded after five years of study. In these fields, studies are not divided into two stages. The Arsta Grads and Zobarsta Grads are considered equivalent to the Magistrs. Since these are first degrees in these fields, departments may consider admission to either a U of T master`s or doctoral degree.

**A Specialist Diploma requiring 5 years of study may be considered as equivalent to the Magistrs and considered for doctoral admission.

Bologna Note:

Latvia joined Bologna process in 1999.

Since 2000 most universities (i.e. University of Latvia) started to offer three cycle degree system:

First cycle (Bakalaurs) – 3-4 years
Second cycle (Magistrs) – 1-3 years
Third cycle (Doktors) – 3-4 years

Diploma Supplements have been issued by institutions since 2002.

ECTS grading system is being used in addition to the local grades.

Old degrees are no longer offered.

Last modified: June 13, 2019