The study programme is designed to provide internationally competitive education in communication science with an emphasis on media and information literacy, to train highly educated professionals to advance their careers in various fields related to information collection, analysis, creation and dissemination. Over the course of these studies, students will acquire a set of theoretically informed competencies to research, analyse, evaluate media content of any format and kind for its content and aesthetics, and utilise various media technologies to create sophisticated, artistic and effective media materials. The programme will provide in-depth knowledge and skills not only for further career development but also civic participation in today's globalised, digitised and mediated world.


To accommodate international students, the programme combines several intensive executive-education weeks in Latvia as well as allows remote learning through online seminars and exercises. Industry internships with the university's partners or at student-determined organisations/businesses are an integral part of the programme.

Lectures take place every Friday from 2 pm and every Saturday from 9.45 am (Eastern European Time).


  • The programme has been developed in collaboration with communication and media experts. It is based on recommendations for international media and information literacy education.

  • It’s the only such programme available in English across Europe (other programmes with similar content are only available in the USA).

  • The programme is based on utilising such innovative study methods as strategic games and simulations, which help to integrate theoretical knowledge with the development of practical skills when looking for solutions for various strategic communication issues in an ever-changing world.

The penetration of digital media in all aspects of human life is growing rapidly. Societal resilience has become a broad and complex concept in contemporary communication, media and ICT studies and being competent in matters related to media literacy, strategic communication, digital technologies and cybersecurity is important to us as individuals as well as representatives of states and organisations. Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences' study offer addresses this demand, offering education that prepares specialists with skills in:

✔️Media & Information Literacy

✔️Strategic Communication & Governance

✔️Virtual Reality & Smart Technologies

✔️Cybersecurity Engineering


Graduates can work in various sectors such as marketing, media, journalism, and social media management, where skills and knowledge of media content monitoring and analysis, content creation and dissemination are important as well as at institutions that provide media literacy education, such as schools, museums, archives and more.


Study mode: full-time (module based)
Accreditation: Until September 9, 2027
Language: English
Duration: full-time 2 years (4 semesters)
ECTS: 90
Degree title: Master's Degree of Social Sciences in Communication
EQF: Level 7
Exchange opportunities: Available through Erasmus+ and Nordplus.


TUITION FEES 2024/2025
3082 EUR per year (EU, EEA, Swiss Confederation) 
2810 EUR per year (non-EU)
 10 (for EU, EEA, Swiss Confederation students)


Non-EU, Non-EEA applicants:  March 1 - May 31 (Scholarships that cover tuition fees are available to non-EU, non-EEA students for this program).

EU/ EEA/ Swiss Confederation applicants: March 1 - August 20 (students are eligible to apply for Latvian state-funded study placements).

All the eligible students are invited to apply for Latvithe an State Scholarship. The application deadline for the academic year 2024/2025 is 1st of April, 2024.

For further information, get in touch with International Office at [email protected].

Apply through Media and Information Literacy - Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (

Communication theory
Communication Theories, Media and Information Literacy Theories
Cognitive, social, and political aspects of media literacy
Social Cognition and Behaviour, Persuasive Communication, Argumentation Theory and Critical Thinking, Culture, Society and the Digital Media
Media ethics in a professional context
Media ethics
Media environment and business
Media Management and Online Economics, Media and Communication Law, Project Management and Innovation in Creative Industries
Research methods
Quantitative research methods, Qualitative research methods, Master’s Thesis Seminar, Research Internship
Digital Storytelling
Visual Culture and Semiotics, Data Visualization, Basics of Multimedia Storytelling
Master's Thesis

The tuition fee is outlined in the individual agreement between the student and the university. The student receives the agreement together with the admission letter. Accepted students must pay the tuition fee in advance for the full academic year.

Citizenship Per year EUR Full programme cost EUR
Tuition Fees for  the citizens of the EU, EEA, Swiss Confederation 2023/2024 2445

3667,50 for 3 semesters

4890 for 4 semesters

Tuition Fees for others 2023/2024 2810

4215 for 3 semesters

5620 for 4 semesters


Application fee (non-refundable) must be paid before the application is submitted (confirmation of payment must be included in the application):


Application fee amount EUR

Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia and Moldova 50

EU, EEA countries, Swiss Confederation, USA, Australia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Russia, Macedonia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam


International applicants from other countries


Applicants from Ukraine are exempt from Application fee

Payment details:

Recipient: Vidzemes Augstskola
Address: Cēsu iela 4, Valmiera, Reg.NR.: LV90001342592

Application fee should be paid to one of the following bank accounts:

Bank: AS Swedbank
Bank code: HABALV22
Bank account number: LV78HABA0551027191593
Bank payments should be marked: “Study registration fee: your name”

Bank: AS Citadele banka
Bank code: PARXLV22
Bank account number: LV74PARX0006876240003
Bank payments should be marked: “Study registration fee: your name”

Bank: AS Luminor banka
Bank code: RIKOLV2X
Bank account number: LV90RIKO0002013197983
Bank payments should be marked: “Study registration fee: your name”


To have and overview of the costs involved in studying in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, please see the indicative list of costs:

Costs per month EUR
Rent of room in student hostel

115 double room

170 single room

Local transportation costs 25
Food, other personal costs (minimum) 200
Total of other costs (average) ~350

The cost of living in Valmiera can seem rather inexpensive for students from some other countries. 


Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Cēsu street 4, Tērbatas street 10, Valmiera, LV-4201, Latvija

Company reg. Nr. LV90001342592