Social Work with Children and Youth - Riga Stradiņš University

Social Work with Children and Youth

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1.5 or 2 years (3 or 4 semesters), depending on undergraduate education and work experience

Credit points:

90 or 120 ECTS


Full-time studies

Teaching language:


Degree conferred:

Professional Master's degree in Social Work / Social Worker

Course places:



See Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Start dates:

September, for more see Academic Calendar

Application procedure:

To apply, click here


Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, RSU (Latvia) & Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)


Social Work“Social Work with Children and Youth” is the only international Master’s programme in Latvia focusing on social work with children and youth. The programme is designed and implemented by two European universities: Rīga Stradiņš University (Latvia) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), following the global standards for education and practice in the field of social work. The programme is designed to investigate the problems among children and youth, improve scientific research skills and develop the contemporary social work competence required for work in international environments.

Aims & Structure

Aim of the programme

The programme is designed to prepare skilled professionals in the field of social work. Graduates of the programme are able to:

  • Work with children and youth in intercultural environment;

  • Carry out research, analyse social problems of children and youth;

  • Find efficient solutions for social problems by organising the provision of social services;

  • Evaluate professional work and ensure its improvement.

Course structure

Studies take place in two universities: two week intensive full-time studies in Lithuania (1st and 3rd semester) and Latvia (2nd semester), once per semester; in-between intensive learning sessions at the universities, the studies take place online (in the e-environment) as distance learning.

E-studies are organised via


Below you can read examples of courses, which you will study over the course of your degree. 

Typical Year One 
Compulsory coursesElective courses
  • Theoretical Models of Social Work
  • Social Work Research Methodology
  • Professional Development and Supervision in Social Work
  • Interactive Methods Working with Children and Youth
  • Comparative European Social Policy
  • Scientific Research Practices
  • Master's thesis
  • Children and Youth Behaviors by Bio-Psycho-Social Aspects
  • Social Work with Family
  • Cross-Cultural Mediation
  • Children and Youth Career Guidance
Typical Year Two
Compulsory courses
  • Youth Intercultural Communication
  • Socio-cultural Empowerment of Different Youth Groups
  • Master’s thesis


Upon graduation

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be conferred professional Master’s degree in social work* which allows you to start a career in your chosen field of social work as well as continue your education in a PhD programme.

As a social work professional you will be able to work in various institutions: municipality governmental institutions, NGOs and private institutions providing social services for children and youth at local and international level.

* Diploma is a document that attests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with Diploma Supplement, which includes information on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance. You can see Diploma Supplement sample here.

Additional information on accreditation

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University, are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Public Health, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, given that Latvia has been an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state. 

In short, the Lisbon Convention, and the fact that RSU is an officially accredited state University, ensures that qualifications obtained at Rīga Stradiņš University are recognised in all EU and EEA member states. 

Entry criteria

1. Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences or Humanities

Competition evaluation criteria:

Applicants are ranked by individual assessment according to their career background, English language proficiency test scores and information provided in the motivation letter regarding their academic and professional goals.

2. English language requirements

All applicants, except native English speakers, must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting documents that testify their knowledge of English. Preferably you should submit one of the following certificates with a minimum score of:

GCSE (or GCE) C level
Cambridge First Certificate in English Level B2 (CEFR

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level B2 (CEFR)


NB! International English proficiency certificates and corresponding test results are valid for 2 years.

If none of the above applies, you may submit a substitute certificate or other proof of English language proficiency; e.g., if you have studied English at Secondary School, the grade from the Secondary School Official Transcript may also be accepted, provided that the grade received is very good or excellent; however, in case of any doubts, RSU reserves the rights to ask for an official language certificate as listed above.

For additional information regarding the programme, please contact:

Ms Ilze Trapenciere,
Department of Welfare and Social Work
Phone: +371 27897704 (UTC+3)
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Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia, +371 67409261 (UTC +2),