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  • Locations: Riga, Latvia
  • Program Terms: Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Year Long (T1-T2), Year Long (T2-T1)
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 2 2018 25/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Applicants will be notified of acceptance within 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Exchange
Credit Type: Undergraduate Minimum Entry Requirement: 60
Trimester 1 =: Spring Trimester 2 =: Autumn
Program Description:

University

University of Latvia

About:

University of LatviaThe University of Latvia has been founded in 1919 and currently, with its more than 14 000 students, 13 faculties and over 20 research institutes and independent study centres, is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltics. The University offers more than 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration.

Recommended Programs:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Science
  • History
     

Did you know?

You know those rivets on your jeans? You’ve got a Latvian to thank for it. Jacob Davis partnered with Levi Strauss to bring his invention to the denim-clad masses.

Location Profile

Location Profile
About Riga

LatviaRiga, Latvia’s capital, is set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. It's considered a cultural center and is home to many museums and concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with bars and nightclubs.
 

About Latvia

A tapestry of sea, lakes and woods, Latvia is best described as a vast unspoilt parkland with just one real city – its cosmopolitan capital, Riga. The country might be small, but the amount of personal space it provides is enormous. You can always secure a chunk of pristine nature all for yourself, be it for trekking, cycling or dreaming away on a white-sand beach amid pine-covered dunes. Having been invaded by every regional power, Latvia has more cultural layers and a less homogenous population than its neighbours. People here fancy themselves to be the least pragmatic and the most artistic of the Baltic lot. They prove the point with myriad festivals and a merry, devil-may-care attitude – well, a subdued Nordic version of it. (Source)
 

Credit Information

Credit Information

Course Catalogue:

Courses
Please use the course catalogue to search for units available at the host University.
 

How Many Units?

The University of Latvia operates the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). 7.5 ECTS is equal to 1 Deakin credit therefore 30 ECTS is equal to 4 Deakin credits. At the University of Latvia a full time study load is considered to be 3 units (a total of 22.5 ECTS).

A minimum of 6 (8 is recommended) Deakin credits are to be included in your study plan per trimester that you are applying for and for each university preference.

E.g. If you are applying for two trimesters and for two different universities? You would bring 6-8 units for T1 for each university and then 6-8 units for T2 for each university. A total of 12-16 units.

Credit Equivalences and Levels
Country 1 Deakin Credit point Full Time Course Load
USA, Canada and Latin America 3 - 4 Credit Point 12-16 Credits
Europe 7.5 ECTS 30 ECTS
UK 15 Credit 60 Credits
Asia Varies Varies 
New Zealand 15 Credits 60 Credits
 
 

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding
Although costs can vary greatly depending on location and lifestyle, most returned exchange students indicate that a semester of exchange costs approximately AUD$15,000. Students are responsible to budget appropriately for their program and are encouraged to factor unpredictable events, such as currency fluctuations in to their budgets.

Students participating in the student exchange program will be expected to pay for their own:
  • Airfares
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Daily living expenses including text books
  • Personal/ Travel expenses
  • The Deakin University Travel Insurance Policy provides cover for approved international travel for the length of your international program, including a maximum of 10 days leisure travel either immediately before or after the study component (or combination thereof), at no charge. While Deakin Travel Insurance is provided to all staff and students, this policy may not be accepted by some of our overseas exchange partners and it may be necessary for you to take additional health cover at the host institution. You will need to arrange additional travel and health insurance for any travel occurring outside of your formal exchange study period.
  • Any other incidental costs. 
Funding Options

OS- HELP loans
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit.  This loan is added to your HELP debt.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas. If you are on one of our short-term programs, so long as you have a full time study load for the year, your payments will continue while you are overseas. If you are accepted for exchange, you should make an appointment with Centrelink to discuss your plans.

The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy
 

Helpful Links

Important Notes

Important Information

Before you apply, please make sure you have completed all exchange application steps as outlined on the Deakin Abroad website.


Eligibility criteria:

Exchange Programs are available to all Deakin students, including international, postgraduate and off-campus students.

To be eligible to apply for an Exchange Program:
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 8 credit points toward their current Deakin degree. 4 Credits for Prior Learning can be counted towards this requirement.
  • Postgraduate students must have completed at least 4 credit points towards their Deakin degree
  • You must return to at least 1 credit point to complete at Deakin after your Exchange Program
  • You must study a full-time load while on exchange
  • You must have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or above. Some discretion may be applied to this requirement for students with a WAM of between 55-60 at the time of application and will be advised to meet with a Language and Learning Adviser. Applicants with a WAM below 55 will not be considered. 
  • You must have received faculty approval prior to submitting your exchange application

Duration:

Students may apply for a Trimester or Year-long Exchange Program, starting either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2.