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Credits and grading system

ECTS credits are a numerical value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete the courses. They reflect the quantity of work each course unit requires in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of academic study at DU, which are, lectures, practical work, seminars, fieldwork, private study – in the library or at home – and examinations or other assessment activities.

Thus, ECTS is based on a full student workload and not limited to contact hours only. At DU degree programmes are designed in a way that one academic year corresponds to 40 credit points (local). This comparing to the ECTS system, where studies are taking up a full academic year correspond to 60 ECTS. Thus, one credit point in DU awards 1.5 ECTS credits.

Studies are based on three levels – Bachelor, Master and Doctoral (PhD). All courses are measured in credits. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is implemented in all faculties of the university. One year of studies at DU equals to 60 credits, i.e. 30 per semester. More information on credit point system can be read here.

Ten-point grading scale is used to access the knowledge of the university students.

Achievement level Grade and MeaningApprox. ECTS grade
  very high 10 izcili (with distinction) A
very high  9 teicami (excellent) A
high 8 ļoti labi (very good) B
high   7 labi (good) C
  medium 6 gandrīz labi (almost good) D
medium  5 viduvēji (satisfactory) E
  medium  4 gandrīz viduvēji (almost satisfactory)      E/FX
  low 3-1 negatīvs vērtējums (unsatisfactory) Fail

Accommodation

Student dormitory (15 min from the university)

Address: Sporta str. 8, Daugavpils

University dormitory offer double and triple rooms only, so you will have to share it with other students.  The dormitory offers shared bathroom facilities (bathroom and toilet per 2 rooms), a kitchen and a laundry on the floor. Linen and bedding is offered by the university (change 2 times per month). Also it is possible to bring your own bedding. All university facilities are easy reachable on foot and will take only up to 15 -20 minutes to the study buildings.

The monthly rent is EUR 55,00. The fee includes heating, lights, water and internet. Extra fee is for laundry washing.

! Payment of the dormitory

Upon your arrival Erasmus programme coordinator will issue an invoice for the dormitory. Payment have to be done for 4 months (September, October, November and December) in amount of EUR 220.00.

Payment for the last month (January) will be calculated on the factual basis. We kindly ask to pay via bank transfer for the last month. The manager of the dorm will help to count the factual dates and inform about the total sum.

Payment of the dorm can be done:

  1. via bank transfer (see details below) or
  2. by cash at the Vienibas str. 13 (cash desk)
    Cash desk working hours
    Monday-Friday: 8:30 – 16:00
    Lunch break: 12:00 – 13:00

! Details for payment via bank transfer

DAUGAVPILS UNIVERSITY

VAT No. LV90000065985

Address: Vienibas iela 13, Daugavpils, LV-5400

Account No. LV15TREL9150210000000

Bank: Valsts Kase, kods: TRELLV22

PAYMENT PURPOSE:

EKK 21382, student name, surname, date of birth, Sporta iela 8, month names    (if the payment is less than for a month, the exact dates from – to should be specified)

Example (payment for full months):

EKK 21382, Sara Lapina, 10.01.2019., Sporta iela 8, September, October, November, December.

Example (payment for less than a month):

EKK 21382, Sara Lapina, 10.01.2019., Sporta iela 8, from 1st – 22nd January

!!! Paymend confirmation (PDF file) must be sent to saimniecibasdala@du.lv

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a joint document for all European Union, European Economic Area countries and Switzerland Confederation that confirms the rights of citizens to receive state-funded emergency and necessary healthcare services to the same extent that it has secured the country’s population.
The EHIC ensures that the necessary and urgent medical care is given to the same extent as is provided to the country’s residents, where a patient is receiving medical help.
This medical help will be provided by the hospitals and the doctors who provide state-guaranteed health care services.
Find more information about EHIC in Latvia, provided services etc. here: http://www.vmnvd.gov.lv/en/nhs-services/european-health-insurance-card-ehic

All international students coming to Latvia have to obtain an internationally recognized health insurance policy.

Latvian Language courses

AUTUMN SEMESTER

THE LATVIAN LANGUAGE FOR FOREIGNERS I

Study Course CodeValo1306
Branch of ScienceLinguistics
Credits4
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits6
Total Number of Contact Hours64
Number of hours for seminars64

Course lecturer(-s)

Dr.philol., doc. Svetlana Polkovņikova
Mg.philol., lekt. Inguna Teilāne

Study Course Abstract

The aim of this study course is to develop the communication skills of students in the Latvian language; to learn grammar and vocabulary of the Latvian language.

Course Plan

Course structure: practical work – 64 h.
1.Introduction to the Latvian phonetics and alphabet.
2. Acquaintance. Speech etiquette.
3. Study and work.
4. Numbers. Phone number.
5. Address. States. Capital city.
6. People and languages.
7. Temporary and spatial concepts.
8. Urban environment.
9. Life to villages. Designation of color.
10. Place of residence.
11. My family.
12. Arrangement of my house.
13. Day regimen.
14. Transport and orientation in the city.
15. Designations of the direction.
16. Hours, minutes. Meal.
17. Daily occupations.
18. Purchases. Clothes.
19. Designations of quantity, volume, weight, etc.
20. Cooking.
21. In cafe and at restaurant.
22. Free time. Hobby.
23. Sports and cultural actions.
24. Travel.
25. Seasons. Weather.

26. Latvian culture.

Course content

Introduction to the Latvian phonetics and alphabet. Acquaintance. Speech etiquette.
Study and work. Numbers. Phone number. Address. States. Capital city. People and languages. Temporary and spatial concepts. Urban environment. Life to villages. Designation of color. Place of residence. My family. Arrangement of my house.
Day regimen. Transport and orientation in the city. Designations of the direction.
Hours, minutes. Meal. Daily occupations. Purchases. Clothes. Designations of quantity, volume, weight, etc. Cooking. In cafe and at restaurant. Free time. Hobby. Sports and cultural actions. Travel. Seasons. Weather. Latvian culture.

Compulsory Reading List

1.Auziņa, Ilze, Berķe, Maija, Lazareva, Anta, Šalme Arvils. A1 Laipa. Latviešu valoda. Mācību grāmata. ¬– Rīga: Latviešu valodas aģentūra, 2014.
2.Auziņa, Ilze, Berķe, Maija, Lazareva, Anta, Šalme Arvils. A1 Laipa. Latviešu valoda. Darba burtnīca. ¬– Rīga: Latviešu valodas aģentūra, 2014.
3.Klēvere-Vehli, Inga, Naua, Nikole. Latviešu valoda studentiem. – Rīga, 2012.
4.Svarinska, Asja. Latviešu valoda. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2003. 4. Лиегениеце Л., Латышский язык для всех. .– Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2005.

Further Reading List

1.Budviķe I., Šiliņa A., Vizule R. Palīgā! 1. līmenis. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.
2..Budviķe I., Šiliņa A., Vizule R. Palīgā! 1. līmenis. Darba burtnīca. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.
3.Budvike, Inta PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvās gramatikas vingrinājumi.1.-2. burtnīca / Inta Budvike, Nikola Nau. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2003.
4.Cīrule, Līga PALĪGĀ! Mācībgrāmata pieaugušajiem. 2. līmenis / Līga Cīrule. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2004.
5.Nau, Nikola PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvās gramatikas vingrinājumi. 1. burtnīca / Nikola Nau, Vineta Vaivade. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2003.
7.Nau, Nikola PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvā gramatika / Nikola Nau. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2002.
8. Šalme, Arvils, Ūdris, Pēteris. Do it in Latvian! – Rīga 2005. 8.Корст-Стрейпа Л. Лёгкий путь к латышскому языку. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.

Periodicals and Other Sources

www.learnlatvian.com
www.maciunmacies.lv, www.sazinastilts.lv/language-learning

SPRING SEMESTER

THE LATVIAN LANGUAGE FOR FOREIGNERS II

Study Course CodeValo1339
Branch of ScienceLinguistics
Credits2
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits3
Total Number of Contact Hours32
Number of hours for seminars32

Course lecturer(-s)

Dr.philol., doc. Svetlana Polkovņikova
Mg.philol., lekt. Inguna Teilāne
Mg.philol., Inese Zuģicka

Study Course Abstract

The aim of this study course is to develop the communication skills of students in the Latvian language; to learn grammar and vocabulary of the Latvian language.

Course Plan

Course structure: practical work – 32 h.

1. Transport and orientation in the city.
2. Designations of the direction.
3. Hours, minutes. Meal.
4. Daily occupations.
5. Purchases. Clothes.
6. Designations of quantity, volume, weight, etc.
7. Cooking.
8. In cafe and at restaurant.
9. Free time. Hobby.
10. Sports and cultural actions.
11. Travel.
12. Seasons. Weather. 13. Latvian culture.

Course content

Transport and orientation in the city. Designations of the direction. Hours, minutes. Meal. Daily occupations. Purchases. Clothes. Designations of quantity, volume, weight, etc. Cooking. In cafe and at restaurant. Free time. Hobby. Sports and cultural actions. Travel. Seasons. Weather. Latvian culture.

Compulsory Reading List

1.Auziņa, Ilze, Berķe, Maija, Lazareva, Anta, Šalme Arvils. A1 Laipa. Latviešu valoda. Mācību grāmata. ¬– Rīga: Latviešu valodas aģentūra, 2014.
2.Auziņa, Ilze, Berķe, Maija, Lazareva, Anta, Šalme Arvils. A1 Laipa. Latviešu valoda. Darba burtnīca. ¬– Rīga: Latviešu valodas aģentūra, 2014.
3.Klēvere-Vehli, Inga, Naua, Nikole. Latviešu valoda studentiem. – Rīga, 2012.
4.Svarinska, Asja. Latviešu valoda. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2003. 4. Лиегениеце Л., Латышский язык для всех. .– Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2005.

Further Reading List

1.Budviķe I., Šiliņa A., Vizule R. Palīgā! 1. līmenis. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.
2..Budviķe I., Šiliņa A., Vizule R. Palīgā! 1. līmenis. Darba burtnīca. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.
3.Budvike, Inta PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvās gramatikas vingrinājumi.1.-2. burtnīca / Inta Budvike, Nikola Nau. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2003.
4.Cīrule, Līga PALĪGĀ! Mācībgrāmata pieaugušajiem. 2. līmenis / Līga Cīrule. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2004.
5.Nau, Nikola PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvās gramatikas vingrinājumi. 1. burtnīca / Nikola Nau, Vineta Vaivade. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2003.
7.Nau, Nikola PALĪGĀ! Komunikatīvā gramatika / Nikola Nau. – Rīga: LVAVP, 2002.
8. Šalme, Arvils, Ūdris, Pēteris. Do it in Latvian! – Rīga 2005. 8.Корст-Стрейпа Л. Лёгкий путь к латышскому языку. – Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998.

Periodicals and Other Sources

www.learnlatvian.com

Health Care institutions in Daugavpils

Daugavpils Regional Hospital: http://www.slimnica.daugavpils.lv/centra-poliklinika

Daugavpils Childrens Health Center: http://www.dbvc.lv/en

Health centre “Olvi”: https://www.vca.lv/olvi.html

Daugavpils Dentistry Clinics: http://zobi.daugavpils.lv/kontakti/

Medical Cabinet – in case of an illness, students can visit the DU Medical Cabinet at Parades street 11 –8a, Daugavpils. Working days: Mon-Fri; working hours: 08.00-14.00. Sat-Sat closed. Visit is free of charge.

How to arrive to Daugavpils

By car:

Riga – Daugavpils. By A6 road. Travel time – 3-3.5 hours

By train:

From Riga railway station. Travel time – 3-3.5 hours

From Vilnius railway station. Travel time – 2 hours 40 minutes

From Minsk railway station. Travel time – 8 hours

From Vitebsky railway station in Saint-Petersburg. Travel time – 10 hours

By bus:

From Riga bus station. Travel time – 3.5 hours

From Utena bus station. Travel time – 1.5 hours

From Moscow bus station. Travel time – 14.5 hours

From Kiev bus station. Travel time – 14.5 hours

From Minsk bus station. Travel time – 7 hours

Information Offices:

Daugavpils bus station, 10 Viestura Street, +371 65423000

“Lietuvos geležinkeliai” Lithuanian Railway Company, information and train schedule for Vilnius-Daugavpils-Vilnius route –  www.traukiniobilietas.lt

Public Transport:

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