Amendments to the Law On Institutions of Higher Education (excerpts), 2018

The previous version of the Law On Institutions of Higher Education (our highlighting added)The version as amended in June 2018 (our highlighting added)
Section 56. Regulation of StudiesSection 56. Regulation of Studies
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(3) The study programmes of State-founded institutions of higher education shall be implemented in the official language. The use of foreign languages in the implementation of study programmes shall be possible only in the following cases(3) The study programmes of institutions of higher education and colleges shall be implemented in the official language. The use of foreign languages in the implementation of study programmes shall be possible only in the following cases:
1) study programmes which are acquired by foreign students in Latvia, and study programmes, which are implemented within the scope of co-operation provided for in European Union programmes and international agreements may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union. For foreign students the acquisition of the official language shall be included in the study course compulsory amount if studies in Latvia are expected to be longer than six months or exceed 20 credit points;1) study programmes which are acquired by foreign students in Latvia, and study programmes, which are implemented within the scope of co-operation provided for in European Union programmes and international agreements may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union. For foreign students the acquisition of the official language shall be included in the study course compulsory amount if studies in Latvia are expected to be longer than six months or exceed 20 credit points;
2) not more than one-fifth of the credit point amount of a study programme may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union, taking into account that in this part final and State examinations may not be included, as well as the writing of qualification, bachelor and master’s thesis;2) not more than one-fifth of the credit point amount of a study programme may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union, taking into account that in this part final and State examinations may not be included, as well as the writing of qualification, bachelor and master’s thesis;
3) study programmes, which are implemented in foreign languages are necessary for the achievement of the aims of the study programme in conformity with the educational classification of the Republic of Latvia for such educational programme groups: language and cultural studies and language programmes. The licensing commission shall decide the conformity of the study programme to the educational programme group; and3) study programmes, which are implemented in foreign languages are necessary for the achievement of the aims of the study programme in conformity with the educational classification of the Republic of Latvia for such educational programme groups: language and cultural studies and language programmes. The licensing commission shall decide the conformity of the study programme to the educational programme group; and
4) joint study programmes may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union.4) joint study programmes may be implemented in the official languages of the European Union.
Transitional ProvisionsTransitional Provisions
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49. The amendments in Paragraph 3 of Section 56 of the present law, concerning language of implementation of study programmes, enter into force on January 1, 2019. Institutions of higher education and colleges whose language of implementation of study programmes does not meet the requirements of Paragraph 3 of Section 56 of the present law, are entitled to continue implementation of study programmes in the respective language until December 31, 2022. After January 1, 2019, admission of students to study programmes, whose language of implementation does not meet the requirements of Paragraph 3 of Section 56 of the present law, shall not be permitted.

Document data: the amendments were adopted on June 21, 2018. Their text is available in Latvian at https://likumi.lv/ta/id/300116-grozijumi-augstskolu-likuma A partly outdated English text of the law is available at https://likumi.lv/ta/en/en/id/37967-law-on-institutions-of-higher-education

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