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Riga, Latvia Academics

To apply, you must be a a currently enrolled, degree-seeking UW-Eau Claire student.  You must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. Although you may apply as a freshman, you need to be a the sophomore level or above by the time the program begins.

The LU Baltic Study program offers several courses, taught in English, for international students. Exact course offerings vary; sample offerings are below. You may also take a three-credit Latvian or Russian language course.

Sample courses 
Baltic History--1200-1850                                        
Baltic History--1850-present                                   
Recent Economic Development of Latvia
Baltic Music
History of Ethnic Minorities in Latvia
Latvian Literature
Europe and the Baltic States, Reunification
International Human Rights Standards in the Baltics

Most Baltic study courses are 1.5 UWEC credits (but some can be as many as 4 UWEC credits), so students take 7-8 courses. Students must take enough courses to meet a minimum of 12 UWEC credits. 

For business majors, additional courses in English are offered through the Faculty of Economics and Management. See for details on courses in English.

Many course you can take in Riga have already been evaluated for UW-Eau Claire credit. To find courses that have been evaluated for Latvia, you will go to the Transfer Wizard site here:

  • Choose Latvia, then click "Search"
  • Click on the link "Univ of Latvia" when it appears
  • Click "Search" again. All Latvian courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear in alphabetical order by the Latvian School Course Number.
  • If the Latvian course does not appear on the list, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit
Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalencies. There is no guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future, or that they will be offered during the term in which you are abroad. 

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

Students are only able to study in Riga for the fall semester. You will arrive in Riga in late August. Classes begin in early September and run through late December. Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.

updated 7/7/14 jmk


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