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Baltic International Academy

Country: Latvia

City: Riga


Type of school: Public Universities


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The Baltic International Academy (BIA) is the largest non-governmental institution of higher education in the Baltic States and Eastern European countries (established in 1992). The number of students studying in the Academy today amounts to 7,500, including more than 450 foreign students from 20 countries worldwide, including many of the European countries. More than 13,000 graduates of the Baltic International Academy work in 15 countries worldwide.


BIA offers 19 different educational programmes in both humanitarian and technical areas, including:

  • programs of higher professional education of the first level (duration of studies – 2-2,5 years)
  • Academic and Professional Bachelor's Degree programs (duration of studies – 3-4,5 years)
  • Programs of higher professional education of the second level (duration of studies – 4-4,5 years), as well as Academic and Professional Master's and Doctoral programs


Studies at the BIA are multilingual and are conducted under the program “Eurolingua”:

  • Russian taught groups – 75% - in Russian + in Latvian and English
  • Latvian taught groups – 75% - in Latvian + in Russian and English
  • English taught groups – 75% - in English + in Russian and Latvian


As their foreign language students can study: English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish and Russian.


Students of the Academy have 22 computer laboratories, 17 reading rooms at their disposal, as well as the unique system “Media-bridge” (in Riga and branches of the Academy in: Daugavpils, Ekabpils, Rezekne, Liepaya, Ventspils, Smiltene and Elgava).


There are separate preparatory course organized for foreign students, not only offering possibility to adapt to the study environment and training process in the higher educational establishment, but also allows to improve the level of language proficiency for future studies during one or two semesters.


The Baltic International Academy is proud to offer lectures and master classes conducted by 300 staff lecturers, 100 of which are doctors of sciences and professors. In the course of the current year the Baltic International Academy was honoured to meet such outstanding public figures and politicians, as ambassadors of the USA and Russian Federation in the Republic of Latvia.


Student programs

BIA takes part in different European programmes and projects, including:

  • student exchange programme “ERASMUS”, providing the students with the opportunity to participate in the exchange programmes with 50 partner European universities starting from the 2nd study year
  • programme “TEMPUS”, providing the students with the opportunity to participate in different European projects jointly with higher educational establishments of the countries – non-members of the EU


Students' social life is rich and various, students have at their disposal: Small and Medium Business Study Laboratory, Multidisciplinary Research Centre, "Russky Mir" Foundation's centre, German centre, developing and active Students' Self-government, Students' Advertising and PR Agency where students can conduct different sociological researches and realize creative projects, Art Gallery "BIART", Ceramics and Drawing Studio for designers, different sport teams: football, basketball, boxing.



The Baltic International Academy participates in such European Programmes and projects as:

  • Exchange students` programme “ERASMUS” giving the opportunity for the students to participate in the exchange programmes with partner European universities starting from the 2nd study year
  • The programme «TEMPUS» gives the opportunity to participate in different European projects jointly with higher educational establishments of the countries – non-members of the EU
  • European Training Foundation, ETF – the students are enabled to do an internship within the grants
  • Within the European Social Fund the students do an internship in the Latvian companies and organizations

At students` disposal at BIA

  • The laboratory on investigation of small and medium business
  • The Multidisciplinary Research Centre
  • The Students` Self-government
  • The Students` Advertising and PR Agency
  • The Art Gallery «BIART»
  • The Ceramics Studio
  • The Drawing Studio
  • The KVN teams in Riga end Liepaya
  • The Sport teams: football, basketball, boxing, free-style wrestling
  • Show-ballet studio “Natalie”

Detailed description regarding the Study Programmes available at: - programmes

About City

Riga, the capital of Latvia, was officially founded in 1201. Riga is divided into six administrative districts: Centra, Kurzeme, Ziemeļu, Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale districts. Riga is located along the Baltic Sea at the southern coast of the Gulf of Riga, on the Rigava coastal plain. The historical core of Riga is situated on the right bank of the Daugava River, about 10 kilometers from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga.


Climate in Riga is influenced by its proximity to the sea; therefore it is moderately warm and humid. Summers are comparatively cool and cloudy. Winters are comparatively warm with frequent thaws.


The Riga City history is more than eight hundred years long, and it has an abundance of dramatic events stored in countless volumes of works and monuments, legends, songs, memoirs and tales.


The archeological discoveries in the territory of Riga testify that a settlement existed there already in the 12th century. A broadening was formed in the place where the Rīdziņa River ran into the Daugava, which is the present region of Albert’s Square; this was called Riga Lake. This place was convenient for a harbor because settlements of local tribes – the Cours and the Livonians were formed in its vicinity.


At the end of the 12th century, crusaders came here as well when the German merchants tried to widen and strengthen their area of activities along the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Their first leader Bishop Berthold in 1198 was killed in action near the Riga Old Mountain. When the chronicler Indriķis recorded the word “Riga”, it appeared for the first time in the written sources.


The history of Riga over more than 800 years testifies that the city has vast experience being proud and rich and knowing how to rise once again after war, starvation and disaster. And how to be proud again.


In the architecture of the historic centre of Riga examples of all architectural styles characteristic for the Northern Europe, from Gothic to Modernism, are found. The regular building of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries is characteristic for the planning of the historic centre, oriented towards the direction of main streets in the Old City, which emerged approximately in the 14th century. Dismantling of outdated defense systems (ramparts, dams, constructions) in 1857 – 1863 was an important impetus for the development of the city construction.


As a result, the picturesque Boulevard Circle was designed and in the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, with the rapid development of high-rise dwelling construction, unique Art Nouveau examples were created. In some districts of Riga, for various reasons, complex wooden constructions of that time have still been preserved, and that is an amazing phenomenon in the 21st century. In 1997 the historic center of Riga due to this valued architecture was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.




Interesting Places

Riga Cathedral - Protestant Cathedral located in the city, built near the Daugava River in 1211

Riga Castle which serves as the official residence of the President of Latvia and also houses several significant museums

Saint Peter's Church

Mezaparks which is a neighborhood in Riga, known as ‘forest park’. Built in the 20th century, the park hosts the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in late July every year

Powder Tower, which is the sole structure remaining from the original city walls

Latvian Museum of War

Ethnographic Open - Air Museum

Domina Shopping Centre, which is the largest shopping centre in the Baltic States

Entry requirements for Bachelor programmes and 1st and 2nd level professional programmes:

  1. A secondary school education completed by July 2010 or earlier
  2. Detailed information for Latvian residents regarding the entry requirements at the Programmes of the Baltic International academy can be found under the link:
  3. Foreign applicants have to submit or to send by e-mail a certified copy of the secondary education grade transcript and a copy of the photo page of his/her passport
  4. Knowledge of English or Russian language, or international certificate in these languages with necessary scores


Entry requirements for Master and Doctor programmes:

  • A secondary school education completed by July 2010 or earlier
  • The corresponding university degree
  • Knowledge of English or Russian language, or international certificate in these languages
  • CV and motivation letter

Contact details

Address:Lomonosova 4

LV-2016 Riga


Phone:+37167100626, +37167100626


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