Studying Veterinary Science in Jelgava
Application deadline for winter semester 2018/19: ~ 15 July 2018
Beginning of the semester: ~ 01 September 2018
Tuition Fees: € 2,750/semester (6 years)
The Latvia University of Agriculture (LLU) is a popular choice for international students. Every year, more and more students come from Germany, Sweden, and the UK to study here. No quotas and no waiting periods are just two of the many reasons that speak for Jelgava. The course content was created in collaboration with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The entire course takes place in English. The course is divided into three blocks, with students learning five to seven subjects each semester. Overall, the veterinary medicine programme lasts for six years.
The Latvian University of Agriculture
The university was founded in Jelgava as the Academia Petrina in 1775. It has existed in its present form with its current name for about 80 years. The university also has faculties in forestry, economics, agricultural science, and engineering and is the only institution offering instruction in veterinary medicine in the country. The university has a total of over 7,000 students. 300 lecturers and researchers work there. The library is one of the most advanced in the EU and is connected to excellent information resources. Modern laboratories and medical technology make LLU a true centre of innovation and research. The faculty of veterinary medicine has been working on diagnosing, treating, and preventing animal diseases for more than 80 years. It has several departments, veterinary clinics (including those for domestic pets, horses, and farm animals), research centres and laboratories, and an animal pathology institute. In addition, the faculty cooperates with various pharmaceuticals companies and the food industry.
Studying in Jelgava
Jelgava is only 40 km from the Latvian capital of Riga. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Latvia, a member of the EU and NATO. The old castle built by the local dukes on an island in the river in 1266 was replaced in 1772 with the palace which now houses the LLU. The vicinity of Riga airport makes it quite easy to reach Jelgava, with inexpensive flights with AirBaltic or Lufthansa from Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, London, or Dublin to Riga. It’s easy to communicate in Jelgava as many Latvians speak English well. For international students, there are also several good student residences available with low rents. In any case, the cost of living is much lower than in Germany, Scandinavia, or the UK. There is also a wide range of things to do during your free time: you might go sailing on the Baltic, go for a run on the beach, or stroll through the city. Golf courses, riding clubs, and the university’s sports offerings also involve many students. Culturally, the city shows its musical side through many festivals, with jazz, classical, and modern dance. Even students who want to bring their animal, whether dog, cat, or even horse, are welcome in Jelgava.
- Successful: more than 95% of our clients have been placed in previous years
- Professional: advice on the application process, starting your studies, and returning home as a qualified professional
- No quotas: admissions tests and preparatory courses
- Easy: organise your application with all the necessary documents
- No risk: placement fee only payable upon placement
- Comprehensive: planning the details of living abroad (network of students, tips on finding accommodation, etc.)
- Local support: support and academic supervision of your studies (in particular to ensure you are taking the proper coursework for your qualification back home)
- Return: support for obtaining recognition of your degree and examination results
- Proven quality: checked by international lawyers
The university uses several factors to select its students. Besides English skills, an admissions committee also decides on your application based on the university’s own admissions test. Alternatively, it is also possible to replace this test by successfully passing the MediStart test.
Testing and Preparation
The university places students either on the basis of its own entrance exam or the MediStart test. The opportunity to enrol at this top university of your final school grades or training in the natural sciences is a great opportunity for international applicants. Once you have been enrolled, the matriculation and orientation process follows. This will help you to become familiar with the campus and the city.