Admission Process in 2016

SSE Riga runs a three-step selection process: Assessment of satisfactory fulfillment of eligibility criteria, the SSE Riga Admissions Test, and interviews.

The Admissions Procedure is free of charge, with the aim of selecting the most talented students to study in the BSc in Economics and Business programme. Every student admitted to SSE Riga can receive financial support if needed. There are grants programmes and loans at favorable conditions available to cover tuition fees and living costs.


To Begin: Check Eligibility

Note that to be eligible to apply to SSE Riga,
a candidate must meet the formal requirements.

  • A secondary school education completed by July 2016 or earlier.
  • Minimum grades in Mathematics and English: 7 on a scale of 10, or equivalent on a comparable scale.
  • State examination results in Mathematics and English are required for candidates who will complete secondary education in 2016 in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.

All applicants who fulfil the formal entry requirements are welcome to submit an
on-line application form. State examination results in Mathematics and English are required for candidates who completed their secondary education in 2011, or will complete it in 2012 in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania  


Step 1: Fill In the On-line Application

Till April 8, 2016

 You will have the option to begin YOUR APPLICATION and then complete it at a later date. Note that only fully-completed forms will be considered for the next step in the selection process.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Personal info, contact information.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA), grades in Mathematics and English.
    Candidates who will complete their secondary education by July of 2016 will provide information on their academic performance (grades in Mathematics and English and overall grade point average) for the first semester of the academic year 2015/2016.
  • For Baltic candidates, State exam confirmation or results.
  • A statement of purpose (400 words).
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  • Evidence of work experience, achievements, extracurricular activities
  • Enclosures must be uploaded – grade transcript, passport copy, diplomas, certificates etc.

On-line application forms will be reviewed, and applicants who have fulfilled the eligibility criteria will be selected for the SSE Riga Admissions Test.


Step 2: Take the SSE Riga Admissions Test

 On Saturday, April 23, 2016

It consists of the following: Logical aptitude tests, English language tests, and mathematics. The tests aim to evaluate analytical and critical thinking skills. All tests are in English. To take the tests, applicants should have a pen, a pencil and an eraser; no other materials are allowed. The tests will take place in Riga (for Baltic candidates), Chisinau, Kiev, Minsk, Saint Petersburg, and Tibilisi. Applicants will be informed about the testing location by e-mail.

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Results: All candidates invited for an interview will be informed by e-mail on April 29, 2016.


Step 3: Come to the Interview

May 9-20, 2016

Approximately 220 of the top-performing candidates, according to
the SSE Riga Admissions Test results, will be selected for interviews.

The top 125 candidates will be selected to study at SSE Riga. The offiicial letter will be sent out by post to selected candidates on May 26, 2016.

 Candidates from Baltic countries who will graduate by July, 2016 will receive conditional acceptance after the Admissions Committee receives and evaluates the State Exam results in Mathematics and English from the testing centers in Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.

Candidates from other countries who will graduate by July, 2016 will receive conditional acceptance after the Admissions Committee receives documentation confirming the completion of secondary school-level education and the final grade transcript.

All candidates from countries for which a residence permit is required to stay in Latvia for periods over 90 days will be asked to confirm their placement by June 1, 2016 in order to start the residence permit process.


Registration and Matriculation

Register by August 1, 2016

To become a student of SSE Riga, an accepted candidate should register by August 1, 2016 and present originals and submit copies of the following documents:

  • Secondary school diploma.
  • Grade transcript.
  • State examination certificates.

If a candidate does not register for studies on time, the Admissions Committee has the right to invite the next candidate from the reserve list.


Start your Studies

The new academic year begins on August 22, 2016.


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