University level courses and programs

Courses in the Latvian language are offered at several universities worldwide. The list below focuses mainly on European universities, but if you know of a university-level Latvian language program elsewhere in the world, and we will add it to our list.

According to a study by the National Agency for Latvian Language Training (Latviešu valodas apguves valsts aģentūra, or LVAVA) in 2008, Latvian language courses are now offered by 20 European universities outside of Latvia. Several of these language and cultural studies programs began in the early 1990s. Some of the universities listed below have developed a strong Baltic studies program, while others offer Latvian language instruction only through interdisciplinary studies or as an additional or elective subject.

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Arts


Tallinn University

University of Tartu


University of Helsinki


Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald

Humboldt University in Berlin

Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz

University of Cologne

University of Münster


University of Western Hungary in Szombathely, Department of Philology (Uralistics Section)

Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Department of Philosophy (Slavic and Baltic Languages Section)

For more information contact Lāsma Ģibiete at,, or +371 298 44 524.


University of Latvia


Klaipeda University, Faculty of Humanities

Siauliai University

Vilnius University

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas


Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznan

University of Warsaw


Saint-Petersburg State University


The Department of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow offers Latvian language courses (basic reading knowledge and communication skills) to its Honours and Masters students. For more information contact Dace Prauliņa at


Stockholm University

United States

The University of Washington’s Baltic Studies Program allows students in Scandinavian Area Studies to specialize in Latvian, Estonian or Lithuanian studies.

Requiring less commitment, but still fairly intensive, is the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), hosted each summer by a different participating university. BALSSI offers language classes in elementary Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian. Additional English-language courses in Baltic history and culture, as well as a variety of cultural events, are also offered. The Center for Russian, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host BALSSI in the summer of 2010, from June 14 to August 6, 2009. For more information visit the BALSSI website or contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator, at or +1 (608) 262-3379.

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