The right move!

Apply now for the Erasmus+ scholarship and enjoy a study or a traineeship period in Europe.

Application deadlines for submitting an online application at OutgoingExchange.rtu.lv:

  • 25 February (for studies in autumn semester);
  • 31 March (for traineeships).

You need to submit your:

  • CV (any format) in English;
  • Transcript of records for all completed semesters at RTU, signed and stamped. Get it at Students Service Centre in Kipsala;
  • Motivation letter in English addressed to International Mobility Unit explaining your interest in going for Erasmus+ mobility and potential benefits from it;
  • Your next semester study plan at RTU (not for submission but for you to know what study subjects or topics to look for in host university course offer for incoming exchange students).

You can apply for Erasmus+ scholarship, in case you are at least 3rd semester student at Bachelor level (with at least 36 credit points) or 2nd semester student at Master level (with at least 18 credit points), your weighted average grade is at least 6.25 (in total for all semesters at RTU), you have no academic or financial debts towards RTU, you have good knowledge of English, German or another language of the EU Member States and a well-defined objective for participating in a mobility. You can see Erasmus+ partner universities for Europe here.

To get more information about Erasmus+ programme and to know tips and tricks for successful application and Erasmus mobility, check information online at rtu.lv/en/erasmusstudies and rtu.lv/en/erasmustraineeship.

When doing Erasmus+ exchange semester for studies or Erasmus+ traineeship, you will have to be present in the host country. Remote Erasmus+ activities are not permitted. In case of additional questions, contact Ms Inga Riharda via inga.riharda@rtu.lv.

RTU Continues to Implement Erasmus+ Mobilities with Higher Education Institutions Outside Europe and Secures Leading Position Among Latvian Universities

In 2015 the Erasmus exchange program broadened its scope of activity, allowing European higher education institutions to apply for funding for cooperation with universities in partner countries, namely, universities located outside Europe.

Since the very start of the new program RTU was able the secure and maintain a leading position in Latvia in terms of the allocated budget and implemented mobilities by organizing student as well as staff teaching and training mobilities with universities from all across the world. A successful start was ensured by the previously established Erasmus Mundus cooperation network that has strengthened and become significantly wider within the last five years.

During the five-year lifespan of the program, from September 2015 to July 2020, RTU implemented 696 staff and student mobilities in cooperation with higher education institutions in 43 countries, securing a leading position among Latvian universities. The overall budget received for the implementation of the project within the five-year period: 2 730 070 EUR

RTU has managed to achieve numerous important goals within this period: a significant number of staff mobilities has been implemented, emphasizing the importance of the Erasmus initiative in relation to RTU’s strategic goals; the number of female participants has slightly exceeded the number of male participants, which is especially important in relation to providing opportunities for talented female students coming from Third World countries, where women often face challenges when establishing themselves in research and science; hundreds of students have had their first international experience; cooperation with the Latvian embassy network has been strengthened, which will facilitate organizational aspects of mobilities in the future not only for RTU, but other Latvian universities as well.

One of success stories within the framework of this program has been RTU’s cooperation with Panama. When the new Erasmus+ program commenced in 2015, RTU was the only higher education institution not only in Latvia, but the entire Europe, that had received funding for cooperation with this Central American country. In cooperation with Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá within the last five years we have not only implemented student and staff mobilities, but also strengthened cooperation within the fields of railway transport, water research and telecommunications. We are also currently involved in an Erasmus+ capacity building project with this partner and other universities from Europe and South America. This shows how the Erasmus+ program becomes a foundation for other research activities and a broader scientific cooperation.

The International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of RTU currently continues to implement mobilities allocated within the Erasmus+ calls of 2019 and 2020, and anticipates 2022 when the European Commission will present the new Erasmus model for cooperation with partner countries. RTU will continue to strive towards strengthening its leading position in Latvia and providing our staff and students, as well as the staff and students of our partners, wider opportunities within the framework of the new program.

Greetings!

International Cooperation and Foreign Student Department wishes all international students, colleagues and friends warmest seasonal greetings!

We express our gratitude for everything that we have achieved together this year. We are looking forward to have more live meetings and see more people on RTU campus in 2021!

May the New Year bring us more happy moments and health!

 

RTU Participates in the First Online Meeting of the European Universities

On 4 November, Rector of Riga Technical University (RTU), Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Kārlis Valtiņš, Head of the International Projects Unit and Oleksii Avdieiev, student representative of the European University of Technology (EUt+) at RTU, participated in the first webinar “European Universities – first and second call” hosted by the European Commission.

The rectors from all 41 European University Alliances that received funding in the first (in 2019) and second call (in 2020) came together. The rectors discussed the transformational potential of European Universities, the support of the EU Member States for the initiative, as well as emphasized the important issue of student involvement in the development process of the projects.

To emphasise the importance of student engagement for the European Universities Initiative a parallel session for students of all funded alliances took place. The workshop gave students the opportunity to discuss best practices and to share their visions and recommendations for establishing European Universities.

RTU holds the first European Universities Breakfast Meeting in Latvia

On October 9, International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University hosted the very first European Universities Breakfast Meeting involving the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and four Latvian higher education institutions selected for the European Universities Initiative.

The purpose of this meeting was to share experience, ideas and views on the major managerial matters related to the implementation process of the European Universities initiative all the parties are working on in conjunction with other universities from different European countries. Additionally, representatives of the four Latvian higher education institutions explored possibilities for further cooperation in exchange of good practices and dissemination of the information.

We would like to convey our gratitude to the Vice-Rector for Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Latvia, Prof. Ina Druviete and her team – Alīne Gržibovska, Sintija Maculeviča and Sintija Ķestere – for sharing in-depth insight into their experience and several key takeaways from the first year by implementing the project “Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility” and the detailed and constructive comments about the project “For Common Fine Arts Curriculum” and its first year of implementation given by the Head of Project and Development Department of the Art Academy of Latvia, Jānis Gailītis.

Since we are going to begin our journey towards formation of the European University of Technology on the 1st of November (preliminary starting date), we would like to express our sincere thanks also to the Administrative Vice-Rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Iveta Putniņa for sharing their experience and challenges that come along with a preparatory process before launching the project “Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions”.

We would like to highlight the insightful contribution brought to the discussions by Daiga Ivsiņa, an expert at the Ministry of Education and Science, enriching our understanding regarding different organizational matters.

We hope this meeting will serve as a basis for further cooperation between our universities and supporting each other in the establishment process of our each separate European University.

ICFSD meeting

On 6 March International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department (ICFSD) of Riga Technical University (RTU) had semester meeting to evaluate results of Fall Semester admission and international project applications.

Karlis Valtins, Head of International Project Unit informed about European University of Technology (EUT+) initiative where RTU particiates along with the other seven universities -Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), University of Technology of Troyes (France), Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Technological University Dublin (Ireland), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain). Idea of the project is to build transnational alliance that will become the university of tomorrow by promoting European values and identity and revolutionizing the quality and competitiveness of European higher education.

After that department members discussed results of Fall Semester admission and current issues related to studies in Covid-19 situation.

Master degree in Covid-19 time, student’s story

My story: “I started my Masters studies in Logistics and supply chain management at RTU in September 2018. I completed my 3 semesters successfully, and in my 4th semester I had only one task that is to write my Thesis. In the month of January I submitted my first draft of thesis. However in the […]

Invitation to RTU 61st International Scientific Conference section

International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University invites you to the International Education / European University Initiative Section of the 61st RTU International Scientific Conference taking place on 16th of October at 10:00 (Riga time), online platform ZOOM.

Unified and strong European Union universities, joint diplomas, conditions and requirements for obtaining higher education – so ambitious are the goals of the EU, which are also shared by Riga Technical University (RTU). With the support of the European Commission, RTU has joined forces with seven other universities from different European countries with the ultimate goal to build a single European University of Technology (EUt+).

In this section, current topicalities in international education in general as well as future perspectives within the framework of the European Universities initiative by the European Union will be discussed by the representatives from Riga Technical University and other universities of the EUt+ consortium.

CONFERENCE AGENDA HERE

Moderator of the section: Kārlis Valtiņš, Head of the International Projects Unit, International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University.

CONFERENCE FEE

The conference is free of charge and anyone interested is welcome to join the conference. No prior registration is required.

VENUE

Conference via ZOOM platform here.

LANGUAGE

The conference language is English.

CONTACTS

In case of questions related to the section “International Education / European University Initiative”, please contact us via e-mail (Karlis.Valtins@rtu.lv, Ieva.Ziemele@rtu.lv) or by phone +371 67089185.\

More information about the RTU 61st International Scientific Conference can be found on the conference website here.

Greetings from director of ICFSD

We are already in the second week of the study year 2020/2021. It is a great pleasure for us to welcome more than 2000 international students to a new academic year at Riga Technical University! Be assured that we will support you on your way. We hope you will thrive as a student at the Riga Technical University. This is a very special year for all of us, but I am sure – we all together get through the jungle of challenges of this year! Your academic success and well-being is so important to us.

Good luck on your journey! Use your opportunities in Riga, at the RTU!

Igors Tipans – Deputy Rector, International Cooperation and Studies

Mobility opportunity in Shibaura Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan)

Shibaura Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan) is inviting RTU students and young researchers to apply for Spring 2021 mobility programme. Students and researchers interested in spending exchange semester at SIT are asked to send the motivation letter and CV to RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Student Department East Asia region coordinator Ms Anna Sedova via […]