Summer School “The Latvian Language in a Multicultural Environment”

From July 29, 2018 to August 11, 2018 Ventspils University of Applied Sciences  in cooperation with Liepāja University is organising the summer school ‘’The Latvian Language in a Multicultural Environment’’ that is primarily aimed at Master and Doctorate level students who have some existing knowledge of Latvian as a foreign language.

The aim of the summer school is to promote the multi-faceted cultural environment of the Latvian language, giving students an opportunity to learn in an authentic environment about the usage of the Latvian language in a multicultural world, and explore parallels and interactions with other contact languages and cultures.

Programme (PDF)

The program of the summer school will include theorethical and practical classes, Latvian language practicums and discussions about these topics:

1)       Usage of Latvian in different contexts:

-           every day (spoken texts);

-           economy and government institutions (technical, administrative and legal Latvian);

-           fiction (including Latvian in translation) and media;

-          science;

-          Latvian Regional Variants: South Kurzeme dialects.

2)      Latvian language and culture in contact and contrast with:

-           German Language and culture;

-          Russian Language and culture;

-          English Language and culture.

The programme aims to closely connect theorethical issues (language use, language contacts, linguistic cultural analysis research) with practical classes ( in the first part of the day). Every day there are also intensive Latvian language classes (Latvian language practicums). In the afternoons there will be discussions, workshops or field trips ( Ventspils, Liepāja, Rucava, Kolka, Kuldīga).

After successful completion of the summer school the participant is awarded 9 ECTS (6KP).


Foreign students have the chance to receive a scholarship from the Latvian government to attend the summer school. There are ten scholarships available. The scholarship is not paid out in cash to the participant, but it covers the participant’s expenses during the summer school : accomodation in a triple room at the guest house ‘’Veldzes nams’’, three meals a day and study materials and participation in cultural events. Participants must cover their travel expenses ( from their home country to Ventspils and return trip), visa and insurance costs. Information about the scholarship award will be sent to the e-mail address given in the application form.

Students from the following countries (Countries list) can apply to be considered for the scholarship. Students from all other countries and other interested parties may still participate in the summer school by paying the participation fee detailed below.


To apply for the Latvian government scholarship, candidates should submit their applications from 1/03 to 04/05/2018. Other applicants can apply up to 1/06/2018.

Application documentation:

    • completed application form for the summer school (application form);
    • CV/resume and cover letter
    • copy of passport/ID;
    • certificate from the participant’s current university about their student status.

All documentation should be emailed to

Information for students from outside the EU

Students should obtain their own visas. The organizers of the summer school will not cover these costs.


The participation fee is 500 EUR.

The fee covers: theorethical and practical classes, Latvian language practicums, discussions and workshops, study materials, field trips and meals. The fee does not cover hotels, travel costs (from the participant’s home country to Ventspils and back), visa and insurance costs.


The participation fee should be paid via bank transfer by 01/06/2018.

Bank details:

Ventspils Augstskola

Reģ. Nr.: 90000362426

Valsts kase, kods: TRELLV22

Konts: LV23TREL9150140000000

Payment purpose:Vasaras skola „Latviešu valoda multikulturālā vidē”, name, surname