Practical Information for Students
I’m accepted, didn’t get lost in the immigration maze and ready to come to Latvia – tell me more. With pleasure!
As you first set your foot in Latvia your life will never me the same. Many things will be different for you when you first arrive in Latvia and even in Ventspils. We cannot possible spare you from a culture shock, but we can most certainly try to lessen its intensity.
International Full-time degree seeking students, here is what you need to keep in mind:
Within the first week after your arrival you will need to finalize immigration matters by getting the actual residence permit card (RP) or if you entered with a visa - apply for one.
In case you already have a positive decision for the right to reside in Latvia, then after having arrived here you need to:
Get a chest X-ray certificate (obtained at Ventspils hospital. Costs around 10 EUR. Results are ready in two days. Results can be collected after 16:00).
Buy medical insurance (valid in all Schengen countries, covering one year period, the minimum amount of insurance is 42 600 EUR)
Make sure you have a valid travel document (passport) on you
Go to the immigration office (Ventspils, Užavas street 8) to have your photo taken for the residence permit (RP) card. An appointment has to made prior to going there. An appointment can be made by calling either +371 67209455 or +371 67209454.
Pay 4.27 EUR for declaring your place of residence (done at the immigration office)
Pay 14.23 EUR for the RP card (is ready in 2 weeks) or 28.46 EUR for making your RP card in 2 working days
Other helpful materials:
Your time in Ventspils and must-dos in a nutshell
For International degree seeking students:
Full-time students’ checklist (PDF)
For Erasmus+ (other exchange students):
Incoming exchange students’ checklist (PDF)
Once you land at Riga airport or arrive at Riga International bus station, you are just one bus/car ride away from Ventspils:
How to get from Riga International Airport to Ventspils (PDF)
We try our best to answer all your questions and this colorful guide holds if not all then a lot of answers to your questions about life and studies in Ventspils:
Student guide ’2019-2020 (PDF)
Ventspils University of Applied Sciences students can benefit from a semester or a year abroad:
Outgoing Erasmus students’ checklist (PDF)
Outgoing Erasmus trainee’s checklist (PDF)
You are welcome to travel also on your own, but please do inform us and give us this document along with tickets for a round trip:
Travel document form (PDF)
Internal Rules for VUAS student Dormitory (PDF)
Student guide at VUAS IT services (PDF)