Looking for Schengen countries with affordable education? Latvia might be the solution!

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Latvia is the newest addition to Indian students' most preferred spots to pursue higher education. The cost of education and living is lower in the country compared to Western European countries and the United States.

Another factor that attracts students to this country is the allocation of Schengen visas, which is advantageous to those who want to explore job opportunities in other parts of Europe.

Many universities in Latvia offer programmes in English, making them more accessible to international students. Here is a list of five sectors that have scope for better job opportunities in Latvia.

1. Information Technology (IT)
Latvia has a rising demand for software developers, IT specialists, and programmers, due to the rapid emergence of tech startups in the country. Many companies, including those from Western Europe, outsource IT services to Latvia due to the competitive cost and skilled workforce.

2. Manufacturing and Engineering
Skilled workers and engineers have a huge demand in Latvia, in the wake of its export-oriented manufacturing sector. Companies often invest in modern technologies and automation, requiring skilled labourers and experts to operate and maintain these systems.

3. Tourism and Hospitality
Latvia's rich cultural heritage, historical sites, natural beauty, and events attract tourists, creating a steady demand for hospitality services. As more tourists discover Latvia as a travel destination, the hospitality sector is expanding to meet the demand for accommodations, dining, and tourism-related services.

4. Healthcare and Life Sciences
Latvia, like many developed countries, has an ageing population, leading to increased demand for healthcare services, including medical professionals and support staff. There is a growing interest in biomedical research and pharmaceuticals, creating opportunities for researchers and scientists.

5. Finance and Banking
Latvia has positioned itself as a financial hub in the Baltic region, attracting international banks and financial institutions. Its location in the European Union makes Latvia a gateway for cross-border financial transactions in the region, creating a steady requirement for finance and banking professionals.

Educational institutions that offer courses related to these sectors:
Riga Technical University
Riga Stradins University
University of Latvia
Ventspils University College
Liepaja University
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
(Information Courtesy: Santhosh Sankar, Managing Director of Universal Study, Ernakulam. www.universalstudy.net/ 7902411111)

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