The leading universities in Latvia – Riga Technical University (RTU) and the University of Latvia (LU), in cooperation with the State University of New York University at Buffalo (USA) have launched a new interdisciplinary program of excellence in IT which will be implemented by RTU Riga Business School (RBS).
Through the Computer Science and Organizational Technologies or Baltic IT Leadership program you will receive an international bachelor’s level education in Riga. Upon graduation, you will be a leader who has developed critical and analytical thinking skills, who can make decisions, manage a team, analyze situations, tackle problems, implement creative technology projects, and deal with routine work.
The program includes mathematics, computer science and communication, financial, management, natural science courses, and general education courses such as psychology, international business, international commercial legislation, and general art. General courses will provide students with a broader perspective and wider view of IT processes, and will develop the soft skills needed to be able to work successfully and manage teams, as well as cooperate with specialists from other areas. Students will be able to choose other social science courses as well.
In the first two years of the study program, you will gain a comprehensive theoretical base. In the third year, you will have to choose your specialization.
Two computer science specializations:
Two business administration specializations:
Based on the global demands of the job market, we are looking for candidates who have the potential to develop during their study years the following skills:
The Riga Business School (RBS) admission process follows in the tradition of the leading American universities. We assess both the intellectual and personal capabilities of every candidate. To do this, we calculate the Riga Business School Admission Score: Previous Education Performance (30%) + English Proficiency (30%) + Silicon Valley Challenge Score (40%) or Interview for international candidates = 1 to 100 Points.
1. Secondary Education (diploma and transcript)
In order to succeed in Riga Business School, candidates should have a good intellectual preparation and they should have faced advanced level courses. We carefully study the transcripts of all candidates. On one hand we pay particular attention to specific subjects like Mathematics and English and other subjects more related to Economics and Business. On the other hand we also look at the overall performance of the students during the last two years of secondary education and the student’s performance on Central State Exams or equivalents.
2. English Proficiency (if English is not your native language)
This can be a TOEFL ITP, TOEFL iBT or IELTS.
Candidates should prove they have an adequate level of English, as all courses in RBS are taught in English and we have students and professors who do not speak the domestic language. To demonstrate proficiency, students should take an international language exam.
TOEFL (IBT): 70
TOEFL (PBT): 523
NB! Candidates can take TOEFL ITP at RBS for free.
3. Extra-curricular activities, personal achievements
In order to assess the personality of our students, we review their extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to inform the admissions officers in as much detail as possible inside the appropriate section of Admission Package. Example of extracurricular activities include Student Council, Sports, Volunteer activities, Internships, Cultural Activities, Hobbies, etc. These activities will be one of the subjects during the Admission Interview, therefore they impact the candidate's Riga Business School Admission Score.
The Riga Business School (RBS) admission process follows the traditions of leading American universities. We assess both the intellectual and personal capabilities of every candidate. To do this, we calculate the Riga Business School Admission Score: Mathematics (30%) + English Proficiency (30%) + Interview (40%) = 1 to 100 Points.
Increasingly, employers highlight the lack of staff with comprehensive knowledge and expertise capable of managing companies and teams at different levels, covering various sectors, in order to ensure sustainable development and growth. The program aims to prepare highly qualified computer science leaders who will be able to provide significant added value to every organization by using technology.
In general, the program will promote the attractiveness of computer science, as future occupations, and will increase the number of high-level computer science graduates, and will prepare IT graduates with comprehensive knowledge. Thus, the program will educate the employees whom employers are searched for.>
This program is designed to provide you with basic knowledge of computer science and the specialization you choose, and to develop practical and social skills such as leadership, design, and business thinking.