The education system in Latvia, like its culture, is best characterized by its openness to outside influences. It is an active participant in international collaborations such as the establishment of the European Higher Education Area, which advocates an active exchange of staff and students within and outside of Europe.
The education system in Latvia is also heavily involved in multi-national cooperation in the field of education and research, with the aim of further developing student competitiveness in both local and international job markets.
The Latvian higher education system adheres to the Bologna process, in which there are three cycles of study, namely Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees. Bachelor’s programs could be completed in 3-4 years, Master’s in 1-2 years, and Doctorates in 3-4 years.