The programme “Architecture" is not a profession but a lifestyle. The school of architecture does not have a definite address, it is the whole world.” 

Prof. Ahmet Eyüce

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About programme

The academic bachelor study programme “Architecture” is an international, contemporary
and competitive architecture study programme taught in English. The number of recognised local and foreign professionals from architecture and related fields together with the students make up the faculty’s multicultural community thus opening the gateway to the international careers in
architecture, urban planning, design or other interdisciplinary realms.

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Engineering Sciences in Architecture
(This programme accreditation is valid until December 3, 2019)
Language of instruction: English
Study fee 6000 EUR (full tuition fee), 4800 EUR (with the discount for citizens and permanent residents of Republic of Latvia)
Form of study: full-time studies
International opportunities: one semester abroad (ERASMUS+ Programme)

Until 14.07.2018 you should apply online via  portal

After that you can apply via Dreamapply Apply online

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Programme Director
Janis Dripe

+371 28625222
[email protected]
Deputy Director, International project manager, lecturer:
Dina Suhanova

+371 22306818
[email protected]  

Study environment 

Studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6.
Every year in spring second and third-year students undergo internships outside Latvia.

Why RISEBA, why Architecture? 

RISEBA University College offers contemporary and high-quality education. RISEBA is the place where “BUSINESS MEETS ART”.

As from 2011 RISEBA offers a unique and truly international study programme in Architecture in English.

The best European and American educational standards of Architecture are integrated into this new study programme. By establishing a new course of Architecture studies RISEBA has taken the next step in accomplishing its mission: to become “THE GATEWAY TO AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER!”. 

Advantages of the programme

  • the international study environment
  • the possibility to thoroughly master the English language
  • studying abroad for one semester within ERASMUS+ programme
  • internships abroad
  • academic staff with international experience
  • library, computer classrooms, specialiSed computer programmes, equipped design studios and modelling workshops
  • a variety of courses of students' choice.

Form of study and tuition fees

Form of study Duration Language Fee per 2017/2018 year, EUR 
full time studies 3.5 years English 6000 EUR
full-time studies with the discount* 3.5 years English 4800 EUR

* 20% discount applies to citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Latvia. Discount applied to the whole study period - 3,5 years.

Entrance requirements 

Entrance requirements for EU citizens

  • centralized exams in English and Mathematics*
  • entrance examination in drawing/spatial modeling
  • interview and work portfolio (documentation of previously performed works reflecting a person’s individuality, creativity and capacity for work in any field and techniques (photo, cinema, music, dance, computer graphics, multimedia, design, installations, etc.)***.

*For those who have obtained secondary education until 2004, centralized exam certificates are not required. If a person has not passed the centralized exams, RISEBA will additionally organise entrance examinations in English.

**The application process usually opens in June. Please follow the information on our website in order not to miss the application deadlines.

***On demand.

Entrance requirements for non-EU citizens

Step 1: The candidate should submit the following documents:

- The candidate should submit his/her portfolio of creative work (drawings, paintings etc) reflecting the true interests and passion. Please send it as a PDF document not exceeding 5 MB
- Motivation letter in English
- CV in English
- Copies of diplomas from previous education

Step 2: If necessary, a Skype interview with the candidate will be arrayed. (optional)

Step 3: The board of the faculty will review all the portfolios and send acceptance or refusal a letter to the candidate not later than in 2 weeks.

Programme curriculum

Studies in six fields of concentration:

  • Architectural Design
  • Fine Art
  • Building Technology and Science
  • Project Management, Economics and Law
  • City Planning
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Humanities and Social Subjects
  • Internships
  • Bachelor Thesis.

*Architecture students are encouraged to compose their curriculum by choosing additional study courses from the Creative and Business programmes.

The curriculum aims to integrate the knowledge of all these diverse, yet complementing domains. The main aspiration is to provide students with the ability to analytical thinking and problem solving: granting the knowledge, intellectual capacity and practical skills of interrelating apparently separate domains of the architectural realm of theory and practice.
The successive years of the curriculum are built upon one another in Architectural Design studies. Each academic year the curriculum aims to explore consequently more complex issues and scales of design problems as such:

- Principles of Design
- Private Space and Dwelling
- Public Space and Place-making
- Urban Space and Urban regeneration


Year 1 Year 2
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Visual Structures and Composition
Basics of design I
Math (Calculus) I
Descriptive geometry I
Environmental psychology
Fine arts I
English for Architects I
Introduction to Architectural culture I
Semester 3
Architectural Design I
Building technologies and practices I
Introduction to architectural structural systems
Fine arts III
Computer media in architecture
History of art, architecture and urban design II
Practical philosophy
Semester 2
Basics of design II
Basics of building technologies 
Math (Calculus) II
Descriptive geometry II
Fine arts II
English for Architects II
History of art, architecture and urban design I
Study practice
Ethics and social responsibility in architecture
Semester 4
Architectural Design II
Building science and application I
Building technologies and practices II
Architectural structures I
Fine arts IV
Computer applications in design I
History of art, architecture and urban design III
Study practice
Civil protection
Year 3 Year 4
Semester 5
Architectural Design III
Building science and application II
Building technologies and practices III
Architectural structures II
Landscape architecture
Computer applications in design II
Architectural theory and criticism I
Latvian architecture
Semester 7
Interior (Fine arts)
Study practice
Basics of legal aspects 
Sustainable design 
Organization management 
Bachelor Thesis (Final/State Exam)
Semester 6
Architectural Design IV
Architectural structures III
Architectural theory and Criticism II
Building science and application III
Urban design
Project and construction management
Basics of work safety
Cultural heritage

*A wide range of free selection courses (Section C) are available. Architecture students are invited to compose their curriculum by choosing additional courses also Creative and Business programmes.

Programme description
Brochure about a programme.


RISEBA Architecture and media centre H2O 6

Adress: Durbes street 4, Riga, LV-1007
Fax: + 371 67 500 252 
+ 371 29349122
E-mail: [email protected]
Skype: riseba_udens






The studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6
The studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.