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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 846
Adopted 10 October 2006

Regulations Regarding the Requirements, Criteria and Procedures for Admission to Study Programmes

Issued pursuant to
Section 46, Paragraph two
of the Law On Institutions of Higher Education

I. General Provisions

1. This Regulation prescribes the requirements, criteria and procedures for admission to study programmes.

2. An institution of higher education or college may not create any direct or indirect advantages for a person in relation to his or her admission to a study programme, which are in contradiction with the admission rules of the institution of higher education or college, regulatory enactments and general legal principles.

3. An institution of higher education and college shall, each year by 1 November, draw up, approve and publish (also on the Internet home page) the rules for admission to study programmes (hereinafter - study rules) for the next academic year.

II. Admission to a Study Programme

4. Admission to a study programme shall include:

4.1. registration of entrants for studies;

4.2. course of the competition for study places;

4.3. notification of the results of the competition;

4.4. entering into a study contract;

4.5. enrolment in the list of students (matriculation).

5. An admission commission established by the institution of higher education or college shall ensure admission to a study programme. The admission commission shall operate in compliance with the by-law approved by the institution of higher education or college.

III. Registration for Studies

6. In registering for studies, a person who is applying for admission to a study programme shall file a submission (the form shall be determined by the relevant institution of higher education or college), present the passport or identity card and:

6.1. a document certifying secondary education, certificates of centralised examinations in the cases specified in the Law On Institutions of Higher Education (hereinafter - Law), as well as present or submit other documents specified in the rules for admission to the study programme - if the person is applying for admission to a full-time or part-time bachelor or vocational study programme, in which the requirement for admission is a previously acquired secondary education;

6.2. a document certifying the previously acquired higher education, which, according to the Law, gives the right to apply for admission in the relevant master degree or doctoral study programme, as well as present or submit other documents specified in the rules for admission to the study programme - if the person is applying for admission to a master degree or doctoral study programme.

7. If a person has acquired the education document or degree abroad, he or she shall append to the submission a statement of the Academic Information Centre regarding the education document or degree granted in Latvia to which the education document or degree acquired abroad conforms.

IV. Competition, General Requirements for the Course Thereof

8. An institution of higher education or college shall organise an open and equal competition for admission to a study programme in compliance with the admission rules of the institution of higher education or college. The objective of the competition shall be to select the most appropriate applicants in the selected study programme.

9. In competition regarding admission to full-time and part-time bachelor and vocational study programmes, in which the previously acquired secondary education is the requirement for admission, the institution of higher education or college shall rely on the results of the centralised examinations, except the cases specified in the Law.

10. The institution of higher education and college shall determine at least two study subjects, in which the results of the centralised examination taken is the criterion for selection.

11. After co-ordination with the Council of Higher Education, the institution of higher education and college may determine additional requirements in relation to the special previous education, particular suitability and preparedness or compliance with other conditions (hereinafter - additional requirements). In order to determine the conformity of the person with the additional requirements specified by the institution of higher education and college, the institution of higher education and college may specify respective entrance examinations.

12. An institution of higher education and college shall determine the procedures in the admission rules, by which persons who, in compliance with the Law, need not take centralised examinations - persons who have acquired the secondary education by 2004, persons who have acquired the secondary education abroad, as well as persons with special needs - shall be admitted to a study programme. The institution of higher education and college shall, by 1 November of the current year, co-ordinate with the Council of Higher Education the procedures, by which persons who need not take centralised examinations shall be admitted.

V. Components of the Admission Rules

13. Institutions of higher education and colleges shall include the following in the admission rules:

13.1. an indication regarding the previously acquired education necessary for admission to the study programme;

13.2. an indication regarding the centralised examinations, which need to be taken for admission to the study programme;

13.3. an indication regarding the additional requirements specified for admission to the study programme if the institution of higher education or college has specified such;

13.4. the evaluation criteria of the competition and the final term of the competition;

13.5. the procedure by which a person shall be admitted to the study programme, including master degree and doctoral study programme;

13.6. the procedure by which a person who has acquired the secondary education by 2004, a person who has acquired the secondary education abroad in conformity with the Convention Defining the Statute of the European Schools of 21 June 1994, as well as a person with special needs, shall be admitted to the study programme;

13.7. the mutual rights and obligations of the person and the institution of higher education or college during the admission process;

13.8. the procedure by which a person shall have access to information regarding the course of the admission;

13.9. the procedure by which a person may contest and appeal decisions related to the admission to the study programme; and

13.10. other information, if required.

VI. Determination and Notification of the Results of a Competition and Matriculation

14. Results of a competition shall be determined and approved by the admission commission. Results of the competition shall be announced no later than within three days following the final day of the competition.

15. A person shall be matriculated in a study programme with an order of the official specified by the management of the institution of higher education or college.

16. A person who is applying for admission to a study programme has the right to request in accordance with the procedures specified in the Administrative Procedure Law that a decision of the institution of higher education or college on refusal to matriculate such person is drawn up in writing.

17. A decision of the admission commission on results of the competition may be contested by filing a submission to the rector of the institution of higher education or the director of the college. A person may appeal the decision taken by the rector of the institution of higher education or the director of the college to court in accordance with the procedures specified in the Administrative Procedure Law.

Informative Reference to the European Union Directive

This Regulation contains legal norms arising from Council Directive 2004/114/EC of 13 December 2004 on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service.

Acting for the Prime Minister,
Minister for Defence A. Slakteris

Minister for Education and Science B. Rivža

 


Translation © 2012 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 846Adoption: 10.10.2006.Entry into force: 28.10.2006.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 172, 27.10.2006.
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