Studies abroad

The Faculty of Computing implements study exchanges within the framework of the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, which is funded by the European Commission. The Erasmus programme provides for two types of student mobility – studies and internships. The aim of the Erasmus student mobility is to provide an opportunity to gain academic, linguistic and cultural experience by studying or doing internships in other European countries, and to promote the education of new qualified and internationally experienced professionals. It provides a student's studies at one of the EU and EEA partner universities and the recognition of study results at a home university. The duration of studies is from 3 months to one academic year. The usual practice, however, is to apply for one semester. Mobility is based on Erasmus bilateral agreements concluded between Erasmus+ Programme partner universities. These agreements fix the number of mutual exchange students, as well as the level of studies (bachelor's, master's, doctoral) in each academic year.

Coordinator of the Faculty of Computing – Prof. Juris Borzovs

IMPORTANT!
A student must contact a foreign university or internship organisation in order to find out the possibilities and decide whether he/she is satisfied with them. The faculty cannot make a decision for you.

  • Universiteit Gent
  • Brno University of Technology
  • TU Darmstadt
  • Deggendorf Institute of Technology/ Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  • Johannes Gutenberg-  Universität Mainz
  • Universität Mannheim
  • Universität Osnabrück
  • Reutlingen University
  • Hochschule Wismar
  • Aarhus Universitet
  • Tallinna Ülikool/ Tallinn University
  • EE TALLINN05
  • Universidad de Alcalá                                    
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC)
  • Universidad de Deusto
  • Universidad de Granad
  • Campus Ceuta
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – IAE Graduate School of Management
  • Université Paris - Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC)
  • University College Algebra - University of Applied Computer Engineering
  • Free University of Bolzen-Bolzano
  • Universita' degli Studi di Catania
  • University of Catania
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico
  • Sapienza - Universita' di Roma
  • Universita degli Studi di Salerno
  • Università degli Studi di Sassari
  • Vilnius University
  • University of Groningen
  • Lodz University of Technology
  • Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Instituto de Estudos Superiores de Fafe (agrāk Escola Superior de Tecnologisas de Fafe)
  • Instituto Politecnico Do Porto
  • School of Management and Technology of Felgueiras (ESTGF)
  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University
  • Izmir University
  • Bülent Ecevit University
  • Bar Ilan University
  • Petrozavodsk State University


Full list of FC partner universities

The Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) has a special agreement with the Faculty of Computing on a double diploma programme for master's students. The programme expects a student to spend one year abroad and one at UL. Depending on the requirements of a programme, the master's thesis may have to be written in two languages (Latvian for the University of Latvia and English for a foreign university), and the defence is only mandatory at the University of Latvia. As a result of the successful completion of studies, a student will receive diplomas from both universities. More information about the offer in the attached brochure.

Students who choose a double diploma programme can apply for an Erasmus scholarship. 

 

About the double diploma programme at the Blekinge Institute of Technology

More information about each university and the courses offered can be found on their websites. Students have to take care of the choice of courses themselves. Regarding the recognition of courses at the University of Latvia, the director of student’s study programme should be consulted (first-level professional – Prof. Jānis Zuters, bachelors – Prof. Lila Niedrīte, magistrates – Prof. Kārlis Podnieks, doctoral candidates – Prof. Andris Ambainis).

Students can apply for exchange studies in the spring semester from the beginning of September till 10 September, but for exchange studies in the autumn semester – from the beginning of February till 10 February. When choosing a university, one of the most important criteria is a language in which the study courses are offered. You need to be sure that your studies at a foreign university of your choice, and in particular the courses that interest you, are taught in the language you speak.

To participate in an Erasmus student exchange, you must be a Latvian citizen or permanent resident and meet the following basic selection criteria:

  • you can prove good knowledge of a foreign language;
  • you have clear justification for studying at a foreign university;
  • you have not previously used more than 12 months of Erasmus+ mobility (studies or internship) at study level (bachelors, masters, doctoral students);
  • you have successfully completed at least the first year of study at the undergraduate level;
  • at the time of application you are not studying for the last semester before receiving the diploma;
  • you are registered for studies in the study programme of the University of Latvia (you are not on sabbatical leave);
  • you have no study or tuition fee debts.

If the language skills and average mark (at least 7) requirements are met, preference will be given to disciplined students who are loyal to the University and the faculty and who have invested their time to improve them.

When applying for studies abroad, the coordinator (Juris.Borzovs@lu.lv) must receive the following documents.

  • Transcript of Records for the last completed semester, for the first year master’s students – for bachelor’s studies.
  • Application form. Attention: the forms must be filled in on the computer. The photograph in the application form must be affixed in the place where the “Place for the photograph” is indicated, not next to it.
  • Proof of foreign language skills.

The number and amount of scholarships at the University of Latvia are determined centrally for each academic year separately. The Faculty of Computing has the opportunity to award several scholarships each year, but the number of places is also limited by host universities. A competition is announced for scholarship places. Students who are not granted a scholarship but who are eligible for Erasmus student status may decide to participate in an exchange programme without funding (at their own expense).

Attention: Scholarships and the procedure for their payment may change from year to year.

Internship abroad

Erasmus+ internship mobility enables students to get internships in foreign companies/institutions in one of the Erasmus+ Member States. The Erasmus+ internship aims to help students adapt to the requirements of the EU labour market; to provide an opportunity to develop students' specific skills, including language skills, and to improve their understanding of the economic and social culture of the country concerned in the context of gaining work experience; to promote the development of well-qualified, open and internationally experienced future professionals.

The results of the Erasmus+ internship period must be fully recognised by the University of Latvia. The student must receive UL credit points for the Erasmus+ internship period. 

Erasmus+ internship mobility is open to students of all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral students) who are registered for studies at the University of Latvia and are not on sabbatical leave. Priority shall be given to those students whose internship is provided for in the UL study programme.

If a student's UL programme does not provide for internship, but a student nevertheless wants to participate in Erasmus+ internship mobility, then he/she, before applying for a internship at the faculty coordinator, should agree with the director of his/her UL study programme on how he/she will have to submit a content report on the internship, how the results of the Erasmus+ internship will be recognised in UL, how many credit points can be awarded for a internship and how this internship will be reflected in the student's Transcript of Records and the Annex to the Diploma.

Doctoral students may participate in Erasmus+ internship mobility if its purpose is the preparation of a doctoral thesis and related research.

The minimum Erasmus+ internship mobility period is 2 months.

Students have the opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ internship mobility several times, provided that the total Erasmus+ period (studies + internship) at each of the study levels does not exceed 12 months.

Erasmus+ internship can be completed in foreign companies, training or research centres and other organisations, with the exception of EU institutions and bodies; organisations administering EU programmes.

Application for Erasmus+ internship mobility and approval of candidate lists takes place at the faculties. The application procedure is organised by the international cooperation coordinator of the faculties. Candidate applications are considered and the list of nominated mobility trainees is approved by a commission established by the faculty. The approved list of the Erasmus+ internship mobility participants is sent to the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division, who helps to settle the necessary formalities.

To participate in Erasmus+ internship mobility, a student must meet the following basic selection criteria:

  • a student is registered for studies in the study programme of the University of Latvia, i.e. he/she is not on sabbatical leave;
  • a student has no study or tuition fee debts;
  • a student can prove good knowledge of foreign languages.

Faculties may set additional selection criteria at their discretion. For the information about the selection criteria and the time of the competition contact the international coordinator of the respective faculty.

Before applying for Erasmus+ internship mobility, the student must find an institution or organisation in one of the Erasmus+ Member states that agrees to take him/her on internship and ensures that they perform work that corresponds to the same tasks and objectives as those laid down in the UL programme.

Each nominated candidate for an Erasmus+ internship must fill in the UL application form on a computer, print and sign it, attach or scan a photo, and receive a signature of a faculty coordinator. Then a student needs to make an appointment with the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division to submit a completed internship application form and discuss issues related to the preparation for the Erasmus+ internship.  

The student nominated for Erasmus+ internship mobility bears personal responsibility for compliance with the rules of the Erasmus+ programme.

If for some reason, the internship in a foreign company/institution cannot take place, the nominated student is obliged to immediately inform the international cooperation coordinator of the faculty and the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division.

A student nominated for an Erasmus+ internship needs good knowledge of foreign languages.

All Erasmus+ trainees must take mandatory online foreign language assessments (tests) in the OLS system before and at the end of the internship. This must be done by trainees whose main working language of mobility is English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Dutch. 

The purpose of the online foreign language tests is to allow a trainee to ascertain the level of foreign language knowledge prior to the period of Erasmus+ internship, as well as to assess what changes have taken place after the Erasmus+ internship.  

After signing the Erasmus+ agreement (grant agreement), the trainee's e-mail addresses will be entered into the OLS system. Afterwards, trainees will receive automated e-mails from the OLS system with a link to the online foreign language test. The trainee will be given a certain number of days to complete the online foreign language test. If the trainee does not pass the online foreign language test in a timely manner, he/she will be barred from performing the test. In this case, the University of Latvia has the right to decide on withdrawal of the nomination for the Erasmus+ internship.  

When passing the foreign language test and entering data in the OLS profile, a student needs to indicate the full months of the actual study period, without rounding them up. Otherwise, the student may receive a delayed automatic e-mail about the second foreign language test.

UL will be able to offer students to take online foreign language courses in the OLS system with a language learning course licence. A student can only apply for online courses in the main foreign language that is a study language at a foreign university (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Dutch). Online language courses take place during Erasmus+ studies and are adapted to the length of a student's semester. 

For more information please visit the University of Latvia website.

An Erasmus internship mobility participant must give notification about the start of a internship in a foreign company or organisation by sending an e-mail to the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division.

The trainee is personally responsible for complying with the rules of the Erasmus+ programme during the internship in a foreign company or organisation.

The Erasmus trainee must spend the full agreed internship in a foreign company or institution. Return before the end date of the internship period is linked to the partial repayment of the Erasmus+ scholarship.

If it is established during the internship that all internship tasks can be completed prematurely, and the Erasmus+ trainee wishes to return to Latvia before the end date of the internship period specified in the agreement, he/she must inform the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division about his/her intentions. If the trainee has a minimum internship period (2 months), it is not possible to shorten this period.

All issues related to the extension of the Erasmus+ internship period, as well as changes in the internship tasks, implementation and results, shall be discussed with the Director of the UL study programme and the internship coordinator in a foreign company or organisation.

An Erasmus internship mobility participant must give notification about the start of a internship in a foreign company or organisation by sending an e-mail to the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division.

The trainee is personally responsible for complying with the rules of the Erasmus+ programme during the internship in a foreign company or organisation.

The Erasmus trainee must spend the full agreed internship in a foreign company or institution. Return before the end date of the internship period is linked to the partial repayment of the Erasmus+ scholarship.

If it is established during the internship that all internship tasks can be completed prematurely, and the Erasmus+ trainee wishes to return to Latvia before the end date of the internship period specified in the agreement, he/she must inform the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division about his/her intentions. If the trainee has a minimum internship period (2 months), it is not possible to shorten this period.

All issues related to the extension of the Erasmus+ internship period, as well as changes in the internship tasks, implementation and results, shall be discussed with the Director of the UL study programme and the internship coordinator in a foreign company or organisation.

Erasmus+ trainee must send an e-mail with the Intermediate Report (in PDF format) regarding the internship process in a foreign company or organisation to the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division within the time limit specified in his/her agreement.

At the end of or after the Erasmus+ internship period, trainees will receive automated e-mails from the OLS system with a link to the second online foreign language test. The trainee will have some certain period of time to complete the online language test. If the trainee does not pass the test in a timely manner, he/she will be barred from performing the test.

The trainee must complete and submit an individual report (EU Survey) on the Erasmus+ internship online within 30 calendar days after the end of the Erasmus+ internship and the receipt of the automatic e-mail from the EC Mobility Tool database.

The trainee must personally submit the following Final Report documents in paper form to the UL Student Service Mobility Division within 30 calendar days after the end of the Erasmus+ internship period: 

  • Completed UL report form;
  • A copy of the Learning Agreement for Internships and its amendments;
  • A copy of the Erasmus+ Internship Certificate signed by the foreign company/organisation with the start and end dates of the internship period and the evaluation of the trainee's work.

All Erasmus+ Final Report documents must record the same start and end dates of the internship period as indicated in the Erasmus+ agreement (grant agreement).

The trainee must submit the Erasmus+ Final Report documents to the UL Student Service Mobility Division during working hours.

In the case that the trainee plans to stay abroad for personal reasons, even after the end of the Erasmus+ internship period, he/she must individually coordinate the procedure for submitting the Final Report Documents with the Head of the UL Student Service Mobility Division. 

Only after fulfilling all the obligations of the Erasmus+ report, can the University of Latvia transfer the second advance payment of the Erasmus+ scholarship to the trainee.

In the case that the trainee has not filled in and submitted the individual report online in time, as well as has not performed the online assessment of foreign language skills and has not submitted the Final Report documents to the UL Student Service Mobility Division, UL reserves the right to request the partial or full reimbursement of mobility funding.   

Report documents for recognition of the Erasmus+ internship results are submitted to the director of the UL study programme. 

The trainee needs to obtain information from the director of the UL study programme about the types of the Content report of the internship in accordance with the requirements of the faculty in a timely manner (even before going on the internship).