Heritage Programme

Heritage Programme

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) Heritage Programme invites students to study for a semester or a full study year in Riga, Latvia.

The Heritage Programme offers students with Latvian roots the opportunity to connect to Latvia and its culture while studying business, economics, and the social sciences at a fully accredited, internationally ranked university. 

Useful links:
The official Facebook page for Latvia

Latvian Tourism Portal

Students may choose from a wide variety of course offerings taught by international experts. Course offerings include: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Laboratory of Entrepreneurship, EU Studies, Ethics and Sustainable Business, Economic Anthropology, Leadership Skills, Presentation Skills, Negotiation, Strategy, Consumer Behavior, Marketing, and Business Law, among many others. All instruction at SSE Riga is in English.

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SSE Riga is located in the beautiful Art Nouveau District of Riga, a ten minute walk from historic Old Riga (map here). The School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including sports activities, a debate society, and other clubs. Social events are planned both at the school and in other locations around Riga. 

SSE Riga Bachelor Studies programme students are from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, as well as from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Additionally, students from Germany, Spain, Italy, France and elsewhere choose to spend their exchange semester at SSE Riga. Many students make lifelong friends and important connections while at the School.

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How do I apply for the Heritage Programme? 
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You must include a copy of a transcript from your current university (or a complete transcript from a university from which you have graduated) and a letter of motivation. Successful candidates will be invited to interview with an SSE Riga staff member via video conference.

Must I be fluent in Latvian to apply to the Heritage Programme?
No.  All courses at SSE Riga are taught in English.  Latvian language courses from beginning to intermediate level are offered as electives.  SSE Riga can provide more advanced Latvian Language instruction if necessary.

Must I be a Latvian Citizen to apply to the Heritage Programme?
No.  Having a Latvian passport simplifies the immigration process, but any nationality is welcome to apply.

How do I coordinate between the Heritage Programme and the Exchange Programme at my home university?
You should start by gathering information at your home university.  Find out their requirements for exchange, how credit points are evaluated (SSE Riga uses the European Credit Transfer ECTS system), and any other information they require.  After you have collected all of the requirements from your home university, contact SSE Riga for assistance.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of his/her home university are satisfied. 

What about room/board?
Some Heritage students may wish to reside with family or friends in Riga.  SSE Riga can also connect Heritage students with current students looking for roommates. SSE Riga can also help to facilitate connections with SSE Riga alumni for accommodations options. There is also a dormitory available a short distance from the School.

So, what's there to do in Riga?
Riga is a major European culture center with activities from ballet to basketball.  The city has numerous clubs, exhibitions, and is home to a ballistic start-up business scene. Riga is also a great place for sports, particularly hockey.  Sports organizations at SSE Riga offer football, basketball, swimming, and many others.

Are there opportunities to travel while in the Heritage Programme?
Yes!  There is easy and inexpensive bus/ferry/plane service from Riga to many destinations in the Baltics and beyond.  Weekend trips to such destinations as Jurmala and Rundales Pils are easy to arrange on the inter-city bus.


Please fill out the form below to start the application process to the Heritage Programme. You will be asked to upload a current transcript from your university and a letter of motivation as part of the application process. SSE Riga will contact applicants to schedule an interview after application materials have been reviewed.


Should you have any questions, please contact:

Sandra Slokenbergs
Executive Director
North American Office
phone: (845) 518-9644

The SSE Riga North American office supports the development of the School’s strategic relationships in Canada and the United States, with a specific aim to reach out to the Baltic community. The office engages in student recruitment, in particular to the SSE Riga Heritage Program; develops the SSE Riga North American Alumni network; and engages in fundraising activities. 

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College students from the diaspora have a unique opportunity to discover their heritage and forge new connections by studying business at SSE Riga.

Edgars Rinkēvičs,
Minister of Foreign Affairs


As a Latvian-American, the semester in Latvia helped me further understand my family’s culture, along with the unique traditions that have been passed onto me by my grandparents.  For six months of challenging, informative, and enjoyable experiences, I highly recommend studying at SSE Riga.


Victor Dzenis,
Trinity College