Program Details

Latvia may be a small spot on the world map, but the hospitality, history, culture, adventure, and people will take up a big part of your heart if you choose this Baltic country as your YFU destination.
Riga, Latvia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Take classes in a Latvian school, studying a wide variety of subjects including math, physics and computer sciences, chemistry and biology, foreign languages and humanities. Students choose to attend one of the special Art, Ballet, or Music programs in Lativa where you'll receive special instruction and a classical education that pushes you to be the best you can (see the YFU website for more information). As you explore Latvia, either with the program or your Latvian host family, you'll grow to love the local culture.


Students wanting a summer program may look forward to our five-week homestay in Latvia! Students on the Russian language summer program in Latvia will live in Riga, Latvia's capital, where you'll be able to immerse yourself in the language, absorb colorful culture, and make new friends in your local community. You'll also have the unique opportunity to live with a local host family and attend a summer Russian language classes 4-days a week.


Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, language, cultures, and communities of a real family in one of more than 40 countries around the globe. YFU is a homestay experience where you live with a carefully selected host family who has agreed to open their home and their hearts to you---providing room, board, and a caring home. You'll gain a global family, make new friends, and even attend a new school, on a academic programs. Previous language study is not required.

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults---more independent, competent, and confident---with a deeper understanding of their family and country. They also discover that the YFU experience opens doors for many years to come, enhancing educational and professional opportunities. 

Setting Description:
Tucked in the heart of the Baltic countries, Latvia is famous worldwide for its painters, musicians and writers. Buildings featuring different historical periods encourage you to explore cities like Riga, the biggest metropolis in the Baltic region.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually.

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