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Why choose LBTU

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If you are searching for a university that provides real-life knowledge, modern facilities, and supportive community, all in a picturesque, European city then look no further, the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technology (LBTU) is the right choice for you!

As one of the leading universities for science in the Baltic region, LBTU specialises in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and food technology, however you can find equally dedicated facilities and passionate lecturers in IT, economics and social development, veterinary medicine and other programs (a full list). More than 90% of our undergraduate students find employment during their first or second year after graduating – the highest figure among the Latvian higher education institutions (source).

Research in various fields related to biosciences, engineering and social sciences is carried out in LBTU paving the way for better use of biological resources and smarter agricultural practices, adoption of smart technologies and robots, sustainable development and future economy. LBTU is also proud to be present the Rural Sustainability Research – a peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal that focuses on publishing research concerning agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, food technology, environmental and agricultural economics. Find the previous editions here.
We offer comfortable, freshly renovated accommodation for all students in a walking distance to the university, in fact most necessities be it a post office, hospital, quirky café or a nightclub can be reached by foot when you are in Jelgava. However, if it gets too crowded for you, Riga is just a 45min train or bus ride away.

Our mission is to ‘’ develop competitive intellectual capital on the basis of excellence in research, application of research findings, high quality of education and effective management of the university.’’ A community of numerous nationalities and 3 880 students create both a tight knit and diverse academic environment, with graduates who are true citizens of the world.

And have you heard about the Jelgava palace? It is a true baroque pearl, built by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the 18th century as primary residence for the Dukes of Courland. Currently the palace houses the administration of our university as well as three faculties. You can visit the palace and see wonderful paintings by local artists, immerse yourself in history and see the crypts of noblemen of Courland or simply take a relaxing stroll in the surrounding area.

At LBTU you have the possibility to establish connections with real-life practitioners – our students are given lectures and seminars by professionals in various industries, policy makers and experts in their respective fields. You will also not have time to get bored with theoretical studies, as most degree programs feature several field trips and excursions

LBTU is had been featuring yearly in the Times Higher Education, which encompasses the best universities in the world. In 2021 commendable results were noted in the social and life sciences disciplines, and our university was ranked in the 1001+ bracket.

LBTU also features in the THE Impact ranking 2021, this year being in the 601-800 group among more than a thousand universities in 94 countries. THE Impact ranking assesses the adherence of universities and institutions to the UN sustainable development goals.

The prestigious QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia university top LBTU ranks in the 211-220 group.


So, when will you join? Start your application here and come meet us in Jelgava!