Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure


Latvia - other programmes

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Country: Latvia
Area (km2): 64 589
Population (mln): 2,23
Official language/s: Latvian
Currency: Lats (LVL)
Government: Parliamentary republic
Capital: Riga
Density (km2): 35
Internet TLD: .lv
Car code: LV
Calling code: +371
GDP total 2011 (billion USD): 28,3
GDP per capita 2011 (USD): 13 618
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 14.7
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 31.4
Males enemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 16.9
Females unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 12.4
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 12.5
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 26.5
Males unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 14.7
Females unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 10.2
Country codes in education system: LV

There are not that many programs that fall out of the Bachelor - Master structure. Those are basically the programs in some study fields - such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine - leading to a degree in regulated professions.

Firstly, there are many regulations and standards that have to be taken into account and secondly the professional/vocational associations are very involved in their governance and are rather reluctant to changes due to the high risk of diminished/ less transparent through introduced changes - level of quality.

Many of the programs include an internship period.

The qualification obtained after completing any of these study programmes (six or seven years except internship period) is equated to Master's degree, according to Latvian legislation.

Admissions requirements are similar as of the typical Bachelor programme.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND

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