Incoming Students

Incoming Students

SSE Riga has proven to be a very interesting and challenging place to study! Even though SSE Riga is a relatively small school, each year it hosts 30-40 incoming exchange students.

Exchange studies are one of the most effective ways for young people to learn about new cultures and get life experience by living alone in a country other than their own, with different customs, languages and history. It is an experience that no one can take away; it enriches one’s understanding of the world and very often changes preconceptions about the respective country and the people who live there.

In addition to all this, exchange of knowledge is invaluable in a person’s development – new perspectives, new ways of learning, and new styles of communication will often make a person think more deeply. Altogether, student exchange is a wonderful opportunity provided by the EU Erasmus+ programme SSE Riga takes part in, or based on bilateral agreements between universities.

There is no tuition fee for incoming exchange students from the universities SSE Riga has an agreement with, whether a bilateral agreement or an Erasmus+ partnership agreement.

Students who decide to come to SSE Riga as free movers (from a university SSE Riga does not have a partnership agreement with) must pay the tuition fee of EUR 4150.00 per semester.

However, all exchange students have to cover other costs, e.g., travel costs, costs for a visa, insurance costs, living expenses (including accommodation), and costs for handouts and printouts.


Timetable 2024/2025

Fall Semester from August 19
November Holiday November 18 
Christmas Break December 21 - January 5
Spring Semester from January 8
Easter Break April 18 - April 21
May Holidays May 1
Graduation June 14
End of Year June 20


Teaching at SSE Riga is very intensive and interactive and an average day involves at least eight hours of work at school (lectures, seminars, assignments, reports). Successful studies require a full-time commitment.

Courses from different study years might overlap; consequently, it might not be possible to take several core courses from different study years. Courses usually run for 3-6 weeks and students are assessed continuously. Furthermore, written exams are given in each course.

Application deadlines:
April 15 for the Fall Semester
October 15 for the Spring Semester


The application process for students

1. Students must be nominated by a representative of the home university's international office.
2. An application form for exchange students will be sent out after the nomination.


Additional requirements

1. Students must be at least in their 2nd year of studies.
2. Students’ grade average must be at least B according to the ECTS grading system.


Admissions process for students

The application is accepted only when all the required documents are submitted.

The SSE Riga administration will notify candidates by April 30 for the fall semester or October 30 for the spring semester.

SSE Riga maintains the right to reject applicants that do not match the criteria mentioned in the requirements for admission.



We are pleased to offer our students accommodation at the SSE Riga Student Dormitories.  The dormitories are located at Patversmes iela 22, Riga, and are about 20 minutes by bus from SSE Riga.

The Dormitories are for SSE Riga students only.

The prices range from 170 - 230 EUR per month. We have the following units available: Triple room with shared bathroom: 170 EUR per month (43 beds available), double room with shared bathroom: 190 EUR per month (16 beds available), double room with private bathroom: 230 EUR (12 beds available). Prices include all utilities: electricity, heat, hot water, wifi internet, and kitchen facilities. Prices listed are in effect for the 2023/24 academic year. Prices are subject to change for the following academic year. A 100 EUR security deposit is required. Please note that contracts for the dormitories are executed on a semester or school year basis, and are not available on a month-to-month basis. The minimum term for a contract is one semester.  

The Dormitories have four large shared kitchens, as well as study rooms and a leisure room, and wifi internet throughout. 

If you are interested in living in the Dormitories, please email the property manager Janis Meija ( and include the following information: 1) your full name and study year, 2) type of room you are interested in, 3) which semester you would like to live there (whole year or one semester), 4) roommate preference, and 5) your country of origin. Availability is based on a first-come first-served basis, so make your reservations today!

Dormitories account information for rent payments:   

Reg. No.: 40103309585
Legal address: Strēlnieku iela 4a, Riga, LV-1010
IBAN Account No.: LV13HABA0551048035638


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I am so grateful to have this experience. SSE Riga is a wonderful place to develop yourself, accumulate knowledge and experience, expand your worldview.

— Valeria Vishibaeva
From T.G. Shevchenko University in Tiraspol, Moldova

Riga is a relatively small capital, so everything you want is within reach. Friendly and open-minded staff will help you settle in quickly and support you throughout your stay. 

— Sun Yue Sunny Wong
From Finland HÄMKE University of Applied Sciences

SSE Riga dormitory has a unique atmosphere - it is a fascinating mixture of various cultures, be it Ukrainian, Moldovan, Georgian, or even Brazilian. What I appreciate the most is the welcoming and supporting spirit of every dorm person.

— Daria Shepetko
Ukraine, Class of 2022


You’ll study in a very interesting region of Europe since Riga has always been an international city serving as a gateway between the East and West.
Marina Troškova
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