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Number of first-year students up at RSU and University of Latvia

The number of freshmen at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and the University of Latvia has increased this year, while it remains unchanged at other major universities.

In the new academic year, 2,548 new students begin their studies at RSU, which is about 150 students more than last year. Among them are 331 foreign students from 31 countries, mostly from Germany and Scandinavia, the university informed LETA.

At the University of Latvia, there are 4,337 freshmen this year, up from 4,305 freshmen last year. The university said that there were freshmen from 61 countries this year, most of them from Germany, Uzbekistan, Finland, China, Italy, India and Russia.

More than 1,200 students will start their studies at Turība University this year, but admissions will continue until September 27, which means that the number will change yet, said Marta Kive, the university's development director. She also said that most foreign students at the university were from India, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Italy.

About 1,200 freshmen will start their studies at Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Lana Janmere, the university's communications manager, told LETA. She said that the university had about 60 freshmen from abroad and most of them had chosen to study veterinary medicine.

Meanwhile, at the Riga Technical University there are 4,000 Latvian freshmen and nearly 1,000 freshmen from 80 different countries,  in line with last year's statistics. 

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