Latvia has banned a Russian-language teaching in private universities

Latvia has banned a Russian-language teaching in private universities. On 21 June, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the amendments to the law on education.

В Латвии запретили обучение на русском языке в частных вузах

Until now, the law on universities regulates the use of languages in state educational establishments. Now the initiative was extended to private entities. According to estimates Delfi, in 2017, around one third of students of private higher schools of Latvia were educated in the Russian language.

Universities and colleges where teaching is conducted in Russian language, allow to use the transitional period, until the end of the accreditation training programmes. However, after January 1, 2019 the admission of students to such programs would be illegal.

Education in universities is still possible to lead in one of the languages of the EU. At public universities such training is provided only in some cases — for foreign students and international cooperation programs. If the study lasts longer than six months, foreign students have to study the Latvian language.

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