General English Foundation

General English Foundation

The GENERAL ENGLISH FOUNDATION (FS) has been designed for students, who intend to improve English proficiency and continue studies in the study programmes offered by Riga Technical University or any other EU universities

The Foundation programme entry requirements:

Applicants are requested to present a copy of an Internationally recognized English certificate

  • TOEFL iBT/PBT: 56/477;
  • IELTS – 5 or above;
  • TOEIC test score – 600 or above;
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment – B1;
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) – 43 or above;
  • Duolingo – 80 or above;

Riga Technical University TOEFL code: 8498

After the Foundation period, students shall pass the International exam (min B2 level) to qualify for the studies in their selected Full-time study programme.

The program has been designed to improve English proficiency level to provide a realistic environment within which students can develop the skills to start and manage the study process in the degree programmes effectively.


  • The purpose of this chart is intended only to provide minimum results to enter FS. This chart is not to be quoted or used for official English language proficiency test score comparison purposes.
  • Prospective students should note that full educational background will be taken into consideration for admission purposes.
Eligibility for Admission
Step 1 – Online application
  • A Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Copies of passport identification pages;
  • Your previous education document copies or the most recent transcripts if final scores are not yet available (official final certificates and transcripts are required) . Education documents must be accompanied by English translations of all certificates and transcripts along with approval of the documents authenticity;

Please note: At least 60% of maximum possible results is expected in order to qualify for studies at RTU.

Proof of English certificate or other acceptable information, according to the set language requirements by the Riga Technical University.

Step 2 – Application fee

To proceed with further examination application fee shall be paid.

Application fee is EUR 150 (non-refundable) per student. Online application will be processed only after application fee received.

NOTE: Candidate pays all bank commission fees for international transfer.

Step 3 – Final application examination

Once the first 2 steps have been fulfilled an invitation to complete Video interview will be sent via online application system.

Also a request to do online entrance examinations are sent out (if applicable).

After receiving all required documents the university sends those to ENIC/NARIC Center for evaluation. The ENIC/NARIC Center evaluates foreign qualifications. This process may take time up to 1 month. Several cases may take longer.

Results on admission are informed after all the above steps of application process have been done.

Programme Availability

  • Foundation Semester (16 September 2024 – 17 January 2025)
  • Foundation Year (16 September 2024 – 13 June 2025)

Programme Tuition Fee

  • Foundation Semester 1700 EUR + one semester tuition fee for the study programme + security deposit
  • Foundation Year 2500 EUR + security deposit

* Accommodation, travel and living expenses, health insurance are covered by an applicant.

For any questions regarding admission into RTU Foundation Semester, contact  Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term courses Unit:
Ms Marite Tranina
+371 67089036