Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry
Awards: Bachelor (Bachelor of Natural Sciences in Optometry)
Accreditation: Study programme is accredited
The part-time programme covers 4 academic years, full-time programme covers 3 academic years.
Bachelor studies in optometry are wide ranged studies based on the vision science and the modern problem of primary vision care. The degree offered by the University of Latvia, as it is in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, is based on natural sciences, while the additional professional skills and competencies are from the field of primary vision care – optometry.
The academic content of the study program consists of natural science subjects and specially selected medical subjects that are related to the human vision system. The program provides the students with a scientific basis for their further professional activity in primary vision care, developing the skills of scientific analysis and the ability to independently solve problems related to the patient's vision defects, as well as skills for the students' future scientific work.
General secondary high school diploma (both in original language and a notarized translation in English);
Transcript of grades or final examination results (both in original language and a notarized translation in English);
Grades in Mathematics or Physics or Chemistry or Biology must be no less than 4 in a 10 point grading system;
Diplomas and transcripts issued outside EU/EAA countries, United Kingdom or Switzerland must be legalized with a legalization stamp or Apostille. More information available HERE.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally arrive at the University.
Applicants must prove their English language proficiency. The University accepts the following international language tests:
TOEFL IBT – at least score 72
IELTS – at least score 5.5
PTE General – at least level B2
FCE – at least level B
CPE – satisfactory pass
CAE – satisfactory pass.
If you don’t have any chance to take English test, University of Latvia offers to take online Pearson test.
If your previous studies have been obtained in English but in the country where English is not native language, then you have to present an official letter from your previous educational institution (secondary school, etc.) where is stated that all your studies were in English (medium of instruction is English), and you have to pass interview where the University of Latvia will evaluate your language skills.
Applicants who have obtained previous education in English in one of the bellow listed countries do not need to provide separate language proficiency: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Internationally recognized foreign language certificate does not have to be presented if the applicant has acquired secondary education in a EU/EEA country, United Kingdom or Switzerland and in his secondary education certificate is included an assessment of foreign language skills, which are comparable to at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.
This programme prepares competitive graduates for Latvian and European labor markets. Graduates work as optometrist’s assistants in optics and clinics, helping to make the necessary visual function assessments and measurements or by training patient contact lenses in use and care. The skills acquired during the study practice allows becoming also an optician or a visual ergonomic consultant.
If a graduate wants to become an optometrist, the studies must be continued in the professional Master's programme "Optometry".