SSE Riga has, since 2006, appeared in the Financial Times Ranking of European Business Schools. The School is ranked together with its 'mother', the Stockholm School of Economics, and its 'sister' , the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia (SSE Russia). SSE Riga has been recognized as the best economics and business school in the Baltics. SSE Executive MBA programme has been ranked as No 1 in the Baltic region and 19th in Europe
The mission of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga has since its inception in 1994 been to provide a state-of-the-art education in business and economics that contributes to the economic and social development of the region, in particular Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Today this is done through two degree programmes – the original B.Sc. programme and since 2002 also through the SSE Riga Executive MBA programme – as well as through various executive education activities. The mission also includes research, and SSE Riga should produce state-of-the-art research of relevance to the Baltic countries and the school should actively participate and foster public debate in its fields of competence.
SSE Riga offers two degree programmes:
- Three-year B.Sc. in Economics and Business
- Two-year Executive MBA programme
Latvia, the pearl of the Baltic States, is one of the European Union member states and is situated in the North of Europe – on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Since ancient times Latvia has been at the cross-roads between East and West, North and South. Therefore, Latvia is a multi-cultured state, where the traditions of all these countries have merged, creating a unique environment, the like of which is not to be found anywhere in the world.
Latvia's capital city Riga has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage. As Riga has always been located at a juncture of trading routes, it is a multicultural city which means there are things to see there. Riga has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the collection of art nouveau buildings that is one of the largest in the world, as well as a city in whose architecture the entire history from 1201 to the present day is reflected
Placed in North Eastern Europe, by the Baltic Sea, Latvia has always been a multi-ethnic country and rich in different cultural and education traditions and sees its role as a bridge between the East and the West. The higher education institutions in Latvia are members of international cooperation within many different fields of study
Why Study in Latvia?
- Tuition fees and living costs are generally lower than the costs in most "Western Countries".
- Universities are well known for producing high quality IT and engineering graduates.
- EU membership means that a degree from Latvia is equivalent to other EU countries, making it easier to get credentials recognized.
- You will have all the benefits of living in a European country with lower costs than many westernized EU nations.
- The capital of Latvia, Rīga, is an attractive, lively, cosmopolitan city, but less expensive than many other Western European capitals.
Currency rate: 0,7 LVL = 1 €
Education: Please find this information on the left side of this page.
- Living place is in average 80 –400 € per month.
- Transportation is around 20-30 € per month. Students discounts are available.
- Food & other costs are in average 200-400 € per month.
The cost of living in Riga is similar to most European cities of its size. Most students coming to Latvia from other EU countries find Latvia to be even cheaper than their home countries; however, the cost of living depends very much on one’s choice of lifestyle. As a rough guide, it is recommended as a minimum of EUR 500 per month (including accommodation) for expenses such as phone, food, study materials, local transport, hobbies, leisure, etc.
Financial aid in SSE Riga
1) The SSE Riga Alumni Scholarship is an initiative by the Alumni community who are willing to support talented and motivated young people from the Baltics by covering a tuition fee for one academic year of studies
The majority (45%) of students who are enrolled in Year 1 and who apply for a scholarship receive grant to cover the tuition fee.
More information here
2) Grants and Research Assistantships
The Grant Programme provides additional financial resources to students who demonstrate academic achievement and research potential. There are merit-based awards and research assistantship grants available
More information here
3) Loan programmes
In addition to need-based scholarships and merit-based grants, subsidized, low-interest loans are available through the SEB-SSE Riga Loan Programme and national student loans programmes provided by governments in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
More information here
Most of the higher educational institutions in the country have hostel facilities. Students can, before traveling to the country for higher studies, get in touch with the respective institutions in order to get information on availability of accommodation. Hostel facilities are also available in different parts of the country. Dormitories, rented rooms, or rented apartments, and residence halls are available. Students willing to stay alone or in small groups can also go for private accommodation which include shared flats, home stays, and private rooms. Those willing to avail of accommodation can also be in the lookout for advertisement in the local newspapers or contact the programme coordinator.
There are several student hostels in Rīga, but places are limited and have to be booked well in advance.
Accommodation in SSE Riga
1) Students who are not from this area are encouraged to take advantage of the SSE Riga Student Residence Hall to facilitate their integration in the student community. The institution offers newly renovated accommodation that is safe and secure, where students can sleep and study in comfort.
A residence unit in a twin room is 100 EUR per month and in a triple room it is 80 EUR per month.
More information about the students residents can be found here
2) Some students may prefer to rent living space in the city. Students often choose to share the rental for an apartment. To find out more about the possibilities of sharing a room or an apartment with your peers from SSE Riga, SSE Riga Student Association is ready to assist you.
One room apartment is in average 200 EUR and up.
Working in Latvia does not require a work permit or a visa if you are a citizen of a European country. While studying you are permitted to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the vacations. It is not recommended for you to work more than 15 hours per week - otherwise you may neglect your studies.
Information on living and working conditions and job opportunities for foreigners at: http://www.nva.gov.lv/eures/