For a country of just over two million inhabitants, Latvia has a wealth of both public and private higher education opportunities – 59 universities and colleges. Programmes taught in foreign languages (mainly English and Russian with a few German and Scandinavian language programmes) cover a wide range of fields, from architecture to social sciences. In particular, medical studies and qualifications in the aviation industry are the most popular study options in the country.

Studies in Doctoral Programmes

Enrollment in doctoral study programmes is in accordance with the enrollment regulations.

-Doctoral studies duration is defined in the Programmes. It is at least 3 years in full time studies. The amount of student's workload is measured by credit points.

- It is allowed to study only in one doctoral programme at a time, national budget grants can be awarded to an applicant only for one Programme in doctoral studies.

- Annual individual plans and reports of doctoral studies are made together by the doctoral student and advisor, they are approved by the field DC (doctorate council) chair. Individual plans and reports are stored, doctoral students' files are filled in and other study documents are unitary administered in accordance with the established procedure.

- Doctoral student's individual plan accomplishment is controlled by the advisor and field DC or doctorate council.

- Doctoral students study process is planned 48 weeks per year with a 4 weeks' vacation in full time studies and the doctoral student can receive a grant, a student and study loan if such are awarded. Doctoral students study process in part time studies is planned for less than 48 weeks per year and without specific vacation.

- During the study process the doctoral student has the rights to take intervals (academic vacation) up to 2 years in total. The decision about the interval is made by DC chair. During the interval doctoral student's status, study place and study form in the Programme is preserved, but no grants, study and student loans are awarded.

- The reason for taking an interval can be health, social or family problems, research work periods abroad for more than 3 months, necessity to summarise and analyse work results. The minimum interval is three months.

- In accordance with established procedure the doctoral student can be ex-matriculatedon their own accord and later re-matriculated again.

- There is no special study period for exams and other tests for doctoral students.

- Doctoral students work is annually evaluated by DC or the Promotion council who decide about student's certification for the next year, maintaining the study form or graduation.

- The procedures for exams and certifications, as well as challenging the results in doctoral studies are stated by the corresponding UL documents.

- A change of study form in doctoral studies is possible after DC's proposal by changing terms of the agreement in accordance with the UL established procedure.

- National budget grants available in doctoral studies as a result of a doctoral students study interval or change of study form are redistributed by DC proposal in accordance with UL established procedure.

- For successful completion of doctoral studies the doctoral student should take a theoretical course, do research work and write a doctoral thesis that must reflect original research results appropriate for scientific publication. The issue of accomplishment of study programme in general is resolved by DC.

- Doctoral scientific degree is awarded by the Promotion councils working in accordance with the regulations of doctorates in compliance with the laws and regulations of the Republic of Latvia.

- The defence of the doctoral thesis is possible also after the planned doctoral studies programme set date. If the defending student has already been ex-matriculated, then for the period of defence they must be re-matriculated in accordance with the enrolment regulations.

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