Wel­come to the seven-day summer school "Getting to Know Latvian Art History"!

Organized by the Department of Art History and Theory of the Art Academy of Latvia, the seven-day summer school "Getting to Know Latvian Art History" is designed as an open platform for people from different cultures to experience Latvian art through the prism of art history within the context of European culture. The program will be of particular interest to students of art history, architecture, and culture, as well as the academic staff.

Under the guidance of experienced and highly respected lecturers and researchers, participants of the summer school will have seven days to study Latvian cultural history, significant examples of Latvian historical art, contemporary art, as well as to learn about art and art history education opportunities and major art institutions in the capital, Riga, and the regions of Latvia. The format of the summer school will also allow participants to get acquainted with Latvia's cultural landscape and cultural heritage by participating in field trips to the "hearts" of two Latvian regions — Kuldīga and Rēzekne. Finally, participants will take a tour of Riga's historic center, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, to learn about Riga's oldest architecture and Art Nouveau imagery.

Learning outcomes: 

Participants of the summer school will get an insight into the history of Latvian art, culture, as well as the Latvian language. Lectures, seminars, discussions, and field trips will help learn about the history of Latvian art in the context of European culture and the challenges of local contemporary art.


  • A successfully completed course converts to 6 ECTS credits


August 24 - 30, 2020


Latvia: Riga, Kuldīga, and Rēzekne

Who can enter the competition for 10 scholarships?

Students and academic staff from 41 country (except Latvia). The selection of participants is based on a competitive evaluation of the questionnaire's content and the motivation letter.

Membership fees?

Participation in the summer school is paid by grants from the National Agency for Education Development. It covers summer school program (lectures, seminars, field trips), accommodation, and two meals per day. Participants must cover travel expenses, insurance, visa.

How to apply?

Send the following to the e-mail address by April 1, 2020:

  1. Application form;
  2. CV;
  3. copy of the passport;
  4. proof of English knowledge (if available);
  5. motivation letter.

For more detailed information on applying, contact:

The summer school is organized by the Department of Art History and Theory of the Faculty of Art Science

  • Photo: "Relief on the facade of a rental house with shops on 37 Brīvības Street in Riga, owned by Jānis Aleksandrs Freijs. 1909. Architect Eižens Laube, Ferdinand Vlasac's Sculpture Workshop.