Latvia University of Agriculture

Introduction

Education, Science and Culture centre

Latvia University of Agriculture is the only higher agricultural education establishment in Latvia and it aims to: promote intellectual potential for rural development in agriculture; encourage young people to acquire higher academic and professional education; develop research; contribute to the cultural development; study, maintain and perfect the gained experience from the Latvian people and pass it over to the future generations.

The university is multi-profiled. Besides the traditional study fields, LLU also provides multiform unique study programmes related with advanced agriculture, veterinary medicine, food production, forestry and landscape architecture.

The university is located in Jelgava - an old cultural city which is only 40 km from the capital of Latvia - Riga. Jelgava is recognized as a true student city.

Mission & Vision

The Latvia University of Agriculture (LLU) Strategic Development Plan 2015-2020, was developed during 2015 and approved by the LLU Senate on December 9, 2015.

In order to perform its functions and implement its goals and objectives, the Latvia University of Agriculture has developed three activity programs:

  1. Studies
  2. Science
  3. Administrative and financial support for studies and research work

The goal of the Latvia University of Agriculture is to provide the possibility to obtain higher academic and higher professional education in agriculture, veterinary medicine, food technology, engineering, forestry science, social science, information technologies and environment management sectors as well as to develop science and to maintain and develop the Latvian intellectual potential and culture.

The objectives of the LLU:

1.To ensure the study quality corresponding with the standards of a national university what would allow to educate competitive specialists for the Latvian and international labor markets.

2.To develop the scientific potential to participate in international research, to integrate the academic education and research what would ensure introduction of innovative, knowledge - based technologies into the Latvian national economy, specially, in the Zemgale region.

3.To ensure sustainable development for the university as a national education, science and culture institution:

  • to strengthen the legal basis;
  • to improve the organizational structure in accordance
  • to the LLU objectives;to develop cooperation with institutions, academic education and science institutions in Latvia and abroad, enterprises and professional organizations and regional institutions of Zemgale;
  • to manage the LLU material and technical basis effectively.

The LLU mission

To develop competitive intellectual capital on the basis of excellence in research, use of research results in the economy, high quality of education and effective management of the university.

The LLU vision

Latvia University of Agriculture is one of the leading universities of science and technologies in the Baltic Sea region, specializing in the sustainable use of natural resources aimed at the enhancement of quality of life for society.

Facts & Figures

  • Latvia University of Agriculture (LLU) was founded in 1939 and its oldest faculty is the Faculty of Agriculture, founded in 1863, which has close cooperation with many universities abroad. LLU has been a rapidly growing institution in the time period since Latvia regained its independence.
  • There are 8 faculties in the university: Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Food Technology, Environment and Civil Engineering, Forest, Information Technologies, Economics and Social Development.
  • 64 bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes are provided by 313 lecturers and researchers for 4350 students in 2014/2015.
  • There is international cooperation based on 80 cooperation agreements signed together with 21 European higher education institutions.
  • Museum of the university welcomes to see History of Jelgava Palace and History of Latvia University of Agriculture expositions.
  • The cultural environment of the university is actively formed and explored in traditional and unique events.
  • There is also wide range of sports opportunities available for the university students and employees.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

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Master

Master in Agricultural Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

The Master study programme of Agricultural Engineering offers two specialisation options: Automotive Engineering and Power Engineering. The programme includes the study courses: Research and Engineering science, Computerized Measurement Systems, Logistics, Transport Management and Logistics, Automobile Construction Technology, Traffic Management and Modelling, Alternative Fuels and Oils, Intellectual Technologies and systems, etc. [+]

The Master study programme of Agricultural Engineering offers two specialisation options: Automotive Engineering and Power Engineering. The programme includes the study courses: Research and Engineering science, Computerized Measurement Systems, Logistics, Transport Management and Logistics, Automobile Construction Technology, Traffic Management and Modelling, Alternative Fuels and Oils, Intellectual Technologies and systems, etc. The study programme is completed with the elaboration of the Master thesis envisaging analytical and experimental research. Experiments are performed in up-dated laboratories at the Faculty of Engineering using modern research methods and equipment. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics or Physics; Engineer qualification (higher professional education) eligible for studies at the Master study programme in engineering or computer sciences. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in state-owned or private companies of agricultural machinery, autotransport, energy supply and machine building. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral study programme in universities in Latvia or abroad. Why Latvia University of Agriculture? WORLDWIDE RECOGNISED DIPLOMA – diploma supplement acknowledged by the European Commission. Graduates can continue studies or work all over the world. ADVANCED FACILITIES – modern laboratory equipment, comfortable dormitories, studies in an outstanding architectural monument – the Jelgava Palace. REASONABLE COSTS – be smart and spend less by studying at LLU! ADVANTAGEOUS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION – major European cities can be conveniently reached by bus, airplane or ferry. GREEN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT – a great way to experience Latvian culture. Despite variety of many different national and international events, Jelgava is a very safe city for everyone. STUDENT LIFE – well-balanced studies and cultural life, a wide variety of sports activities for free. Gain international experience by using international exchange opportunities! [-]

Master in Career Counseling

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

This career counseling program provides students with knowledge in career counseling and management of career development in multicultural environment of education and employment. [+]

Academic profile This career counseling program provides students with knowledge in career counseling and management of career development in multicultural environment of education and employment. Learning objectives: Knowledge in career development, counseling and communication theories, career service management and different types of career development in organizations; Understanding of professional ethics in counseling communication, the latest trends in employment and job search, social integration and intercultural aspects; The opportunity to develop and strengthen the skills of communication of counseling process as well as the skills of IT in career counseling and research skills, where research methods are applied; The opportunity to arouse interest in research activities and to have practical training in the presentation of research results. The full-time degree program covers 2 academic years. In the 1st year, general skills and abilities for career counselors in different types of educational and employment institutions are acquired, practices in investigation of counseling fields and observation of counseling process are carried out. The 2nd year focuses on specific and common professional skills in career counseling, application of these skills in two practices of counseling and counseling research. The study program is completed with the defense of a masters thesis. The studies are based on a dynamic and innovative knowledge provided by experienced knowledgeable and responsive academic staff as well as open and friendly study environment. The programme offers you practical solutions how to organize and manage the career counselling process of education and employment sectors. Admission Requirements Applicants with the Bachelor‘s degree of education sciences in pedagogy, or Bachelor‘s degree of social sciences in psychology or the psychologist‘s qualification or applicants with completed second-level professional higher education and the teacher‘s qualification are approved for admission to the program. Applicants must be able to present good English knowledge (minimum - CEFR level B2, IELTS score 5.5, TOEFL score 520, TOEFL-iBT score 65). Career prospects and further studies Educational and leadership positions in career counseling institutions, adult education, career and counseling centers, government institutions in the education sector. Students may also choose to continue studies in a respective Doctoral study program at universities of Latvia or abroad. Curriculum Career Development Theories Communication Theories in Counselling Career Service Management Investigation of Counselling Fields (practice) Human Life Cycles Employment and Job Searching I Employment and Job Searching II Social Inclusion and Multiculturalism Organizational Culture Legislation in Career Support System Professional Ethics of Career Counsellor Observation of Counselling (practice) Theory and Methodology of Career Counselling I Theory and Methodology of Career Counselling II IT in Career Counselling Counseling (practice) Methodology of Scientific Research Counselling and Research (practice) Master Thesis Total: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Sociology of Organizations and Public Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

The current economic trends in Latvia and Europe highlight the necessity of highly qualified specialists and researchers in economics, management and sociological research. [+]

The current economic trends in Latvia and Europe highlight the necessity of highly qualified specialists and researchers in economics, management and sociological research who can work in innovative enterprises and institutions. The masters program "Sociology of Organizations and Public Administration" is offered by the Faculty of Economics and Social Development. Academic profile The programme aims to educate highly qualified specialists for managerial posts in organizations of public and private sectors as well as for research institutions. The study programme ensures the student-centred approach to the study process which allows students to develop their theoretical and empirical knowledge, skills and competence for the in-depth analysis of the contemporary social processes, organizational performance and issues of public administration. The programme covers two academic years. In the 1st semester students extend their knowledge and skills in sociological theory, research methodology and techniques, organizational behaviour, and public administration. Study courses of the 2nd semester specifically focus on organizational studies, the public and nongovernmental sector, social welfare, research of the quality of life, rural studies, and development programmes. During the research practice in the 3rd semester students are offered to visit organizations of the public sector and are required to demonstrate their practical skills in one of the organizations; a few compulsory and elective courses are also delivered such as Project Management, Policy Analysis, Human Development, Time Management, and Innovations and Creativity. In the 4th semester the programme is completed with the elaboration and defence of a Master’s thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in social sciences or humanities. Applicants with Bachelor’s degree or professional Bachelor’s degree in other specialities are expected to have basic knowledge in social theory and research methodology. English requirements: CEFR B2, IELTS score 5.5, TOEFL score 520, TOEFL-iBT score 65. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work and have successful careers in a wide variety of areas, such as teaching, research, politics, public administration, municipalities, social and health services, the media, personnel management, NGO and trade unions, insurance companies, police and Probation Service. A number of graduates have pursued their careers also in scientific and research institutions. The graduates are eligible to continue studies in the respective doctoral programmes in Latvia or abroad. Why study Sociology of Organisations and Public Administration at the Latvia University of Agriculture? You will develop a deeper and multidisciplinary understanding about management of organizations and people in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors as well as how to improve their performance. You will acquire knowledge and practical skills in: (1) researching social structures and issues, organizational behaviour and performance, (2) developing proposals and solutions, and (3) their practical implementation. You will be equipped with knowledge and skills on contemporary trends in social life, public policies, and organizations, which form strong foundation for your future career in any field or job highly related to social responsibility. We offer you an interactive study process: organized field trips, opportunities of e-learning, problem solving seminars and discussions, guest lectures, and research practice. We ensure the student-centred approach to the study process and focus on your needs and interests in every study course. Study plan Compulsory courses (60 ECTS) Organisation of Research Sociological Theory History of Sociology Methods of Social Research Topical Problems of Management Contemporary Sociological Theories Social Policy Social Psychology Organizational Theory Development Programmes Rural Sociology Social Work in Municipalities Sociology in Latvia Methodological Problems of Research Public Administration Organization of Local Municipalities Urban Sociology Nongovernmental Organizations Policy Analysis Human Development Compulsory elective courses (15 ECTS) Philosophy of Science Applications of Mathematical Methods Management Psychology Project Management Processing of Sociological Information European Union Anti- Discrimination Policy Time Management Business Etiquette and Protocol Organizational Culture Free Elective courses (3 ECTS)* Practice (12 ECTS) SociP005 Study of Organizations [research practice] Master thesis (30 ECTS) Soci6010 Master Thesis I Soci6008 Master thesis II Total: 120 ECTS [-]

Master of Architecture in Landscape Architecture

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

This programme aims to prepare professional and creative specialists for solving definite problems in landscape architecture or in the sectors related to landscape and the environment. The programme includes compulsory study courses in Landscape Architecture Theory, Landscape Sciences, Landscape Inventory, Historical Landscape Quality, Sustainable Community Development, Landscape Ecology and Analysis. [+]

This programme aims to prepare professional and creative specialists for solving definite problems in landscape architecture or in the sectors related to landscape and the environment. The programme includes compulsory study courses in Landscape Architecture Theory, Landscape Sciences, Landscape Inventory, Historical Landscape Quality, Sustainable Community Development, Landscape Ecology and Analysis. You will obtain knowledge for creative and critical thinking in developing landscape policy, rational use of resources, design process and materials, renovation and restoration of landscape. The research is performed in the following directions: landscape design, landscape architecture, landscape planning. This programme is completed with the elaboration and defence of a Master’s thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree is required in Architecture or Landscape Architecture or the second-level professional higher education in similar disciplines such as geography, forestry, agriculture, environment management, ecology, territorial planning and design. Students need to have the basic knowledge in drawing, composition, history of architecture and landscape architecture, theory of landscape architecture, landscape analysis and landscape design. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in all kinds of architecture, design, research companies. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective Doctoral study programme at universities in Latvia or abroad. Why study Landscape Architecture at the Latvia University of Agriculture? Professional and knowledgeable academic staff. The research work in architecture science deals with the solution of topical problems in urban environment, cultural historical rural environment, the process of changes in nature foundation and new landscape elements and factors. You will have the opportunity to study in an international and multidisciplinary environment since there is cooperation with the Estonian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish universities. Within the framework of Erasmus network LE: NOTRE Thematic Network Project, students have an opportunity to participate in international study courses online and get acquainted with the international experience. Summer Schools, team work in research projects, solving current ecological, social and aesthetical problems, opportunities to publish research works in the Scientific Journal "Landscape Architecture and Art". Modern environment for creative work in the reconstructed historic hunting palace Valdeka. [-]

Master of Engineering in Food Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

The programme is aimed to educate academically educated specialists and new scientists with creative thought and competence to make decisions for promoting future development of food science and food production in Europe, competitiveness in foreign markets. [+]

The programme is aimed to educate academically educated specialists and new scientists with creative thought and competence to make decisions for promoting future development of food science and food production in Europe, competitiveness in foreign markets. The Master study programme covers food product structure-mechanical properties, food sensory evaluation, sensory and consumer science, regulation of biochemical processes in human body, functional properties of food, natural substances in food system, food shelf-life analysis, development tendencies in nutrition science, genetically modified food, physical-and-chemical properties and metrology, food additive application, in food safety and identification of microorganisms, quality systems in food circulation, food system innovative development, entrepreneurship and marketing, perspective solutions in food packaging. The study programme is completed with the elaboration and defense of the Master thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree of Engineering Sciences in Food Science, Bachelor's degree of Natural Sciences, Engineer qualification in Food and Beverage Technology, Professional Bachelor's degree in Catering and Hotel Management. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in all kind of food companies. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral programme in universities in Latvia or abroad. Why Latvia University of Agriculture? WORLDWIDE RECOGNISED DIPLOMA – diploma supplement acknowledged by the European Commission. Graduates can continue studies or work all over the world. ADVANCED FACILITIES – modern laboratory equipment, comfortable dormitories, studies in an outstanding architectural monument – the Jelgava Palace. REASONABLE COSTS – be smart and spend less by studying at LLU! ADVANTAGEOUS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION – major European cities can be conveniently reached by bus, airplane or ferry. GREEN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT – a great way to experience Latvian culture. Despite variety of many different national and international events, Jelgava is a very safe city for everyone. STUDENT LIFE – well-balanced studies and cultural life, a wide variety of sports activities for free. Gain international experience by using international exchange opportunities! [-]

Master of Engineering in Information Technologies

Campus Full time September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

The masters programme "Information Technologies" is offered by the Faculty of Information Technologies, that trains specialists as for practical as scientific work in the field of IT. Up-to-date computer rooms with the latest equipment are used for the studies, that are practice-oriented and in close connection to the needs of industry and labor market. [+]

Nowadays the development of all sectors of economic and scientific activities is closely related to the application of Information Technologies (IT). The programme is oriented towards the following applications of IT in the interdisciplinary trends: computerized production control systems with the aim to educate you for the analysis of production systems and the development and maintaining of control systems by using the specificity of hardware; systems analysis – you will have good theoretical knowledge of software engineering and practical skills to solve the problems related to the designing, maintaining and application of software systems; information technologies in biosystems with the aim to prepare you to be creative and to be able to apply new solutions of information technologies for storing and analyzing biological data. The study programme is completed with the elaboration and defense of the Master thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics or Physics; Diploma in Engineering (higher professional education) eligible for studies at the Master study programme in engineering or computer sciences. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies IT field and information systems development, functional research, systems analysis and risk assessment. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral programme in universities in Latvia or abroad. Why Latvia University of Agriculture? WORLDWIDE RECOGNISED DIPLOMA – diploma supplement acknowledged by the European Commission. Graduates can continue studies or work all over the world. ADVANCED FACILITIES – modern laboratory equipment, comfortable dormitories, studies in an outstanding architectural monument – the Jelgava Palace. REASONABLE COSTS – be smart and spend less by studying at LLU! ADVANTAGEOUS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION – major European cities can be conveniently reached by bus, airplane or ferry. GREEN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT – a great way to experience Latvian culture. Despite variety of many different national and international events, Jelgava is a very safe city for everyone. STUDENT LIFE – well-balanced studies and cultural life, a wide variety of sports activities for free. Gain international experience by using international exchange opportunities! [-]

Professional Master in Food Hygiene

Campus Full time 14  September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

The food industry is in constant development: new products and production processes go hand in hand with the ever-increasing risks and dangers of the modern world. By specializing in Food Safety, you can play a role in contributing to improving public health. [+]

The food industry is in constant development: new products and production processes go hand in hand with the ever-increasing risks and dangers of the modern world. By specializing in Food Safety, you can play a role in contributing to improving public health. Academic profile The study programme is aimed to educate highly qualified and creative specialists – Professional Masters with specialization in food hygiene with competence to work in the establishments of food chain as well as in the state services. The Master study programme provides proficiency on safety and harmlessness of food chain, quality criteria of foodstuffs, knowledge on elaboration and maintenance of safety systems of the food establishments, as well as ability for scientific research on food safety. The programme is completed with the elaboration and defense of the Master thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree or the second level professional higher education in the following groups of study programmes: veterinary medicine, medicine, food technology, agriculture, biology or chemistry. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in all kind of establishments of food chain. Master`s degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral programme in the universities in Latvia or abroad. Why study Food Hygiene at the Latvia University of Agriculture? You will develop multidisciplinary understanding about management and maintenance of the food safety systems. You will be offered to participate in research projects and volunteering activities. You will acquire knowledge and skills on technology of food production, criteria of food safety, quality and hygiene, food infections as well as on legal aspects of international food trade, which allow you to develop your future career in many professional domains. We offer you an interactive study process with dynamic and experienced academic staff and opportunities of e-learning. We ensure the student-centred approach to the study process and focus specifically on your needs and interests in each study course. [-]

Contact

Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte

Address Lielā iela 2
LV-3001 Jelgava, Latvia
Website http://www.llu.lv/en/
Phone +371 63 022 584