Sunday, 30 December 2018

Summer School of Latvian Language and Baltic Culture 2019

Latvian language summer school. Latvian Language and more 2019 Summer School of Latvian Language and Baltic Culture | Baltic Media Language Training Centre in cooperation with Liepāja University in Latvia
Latvian language summer school. Photo Baltic Media

Latvian Language and more 2019

Summer School of Latvian Language and Baltic Culture | Baltic Media Language Training Centre in cooperation with Liepāja University in Latvia

Travel and study together with your family or friends, invest in your self-development and spend a fabulous time with your beloved ones.

August 16 – August 25, 2019

The leading Nordic-Baltic language service company Baltic Media, in cooperation with the University of Liepāja, offers an intensive Latvian language and culture program in the mesmerizing city of Liepāja, located on Latvia’s beautiful Baltic Sea coast.

Liepāja is a fantastic place to learn Latvian as it has everything from a beautiful seaside to market stalls offering fresh local produce to the Great Amber Concert Hall, a new architectural landmark of the city:

Latvian language summer school. Latvian Language and more 2019 Summer School of Latvian Language and Baltic Culture | Baltic Media Language Training Centre in cooperation with Liepāja University in Latvia

This intensive Latvian language and culture program provides:
  • ·       solid instruction in learning the Latvian language (24 academic hours) at two levels – beginners (A1) and pre-intermediate (B1);
  • ·       specially designed course materials;
  • ·       cultural activities, including tours of the city and movie séances at an outdoor cinema featuring Latvian movies;
  • ·       1 day trip to a B&B with amber hunting along the sea coast and yoga on the beach.

·       450 EUR includes tuition, course materials, coffee and snacks, cultural activities, tours, and 1 day stay at a B&B (yoga instruction included).
·       199 EUR for person for those who want to participate only in the cultural activities (without tuition costs).
·       430 EUR early bird special price if you enroll by May 30.

For more information, please e-mail us at

Ten Amazing Days

We encourage you to pack your travel bag, bring along your friends, and spend 10 amazing days discovering the beauty of the Latvian language as well as the unique culture and nature of Latvia’s beautiful sea coast.
It will be your best summer ever.

Accommodation is not included in the rate. Please book your hotel or guest house yourself. Liepāja has a wide choice of accommodation for all budgets.

Hotels and Guest Houses in Liepāja

How to get to Liepāja

Latvian language summer school.
Windsurfing Liepāja beach 2018. Photo: Baltic Media
Latvian language summer school.
Coffeeshop Boulangerie in Liepāja. Photo: Baltic Media

August 16 - August 25, 2019 Liepāja, Latvia
Latvian Language and more 2019
More information coming soon.

Please contact us:

Riga Office

World Trade Center
Elizabetes iela 2
LV-1010, Riga, Latvija
+371 67 224 395
+371 26 404 054
371 67 224 982

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About Liepāja University

Liepāja University is one of the oldest higher educational establishments in Kurzeme region (Latvia) with large experience and academic traditions. It is located in the heart of Liepaja city - a city with long and diverse history, unique architecture and atmosphere, and mostly - the wonderful sea and the beach.
  • Liepaja University is an accredited state higher educational establishment, which implements study programmes at all three study levels: basic studies, Master and Doctorate studies.
  • Every year about 30 study programmes are implemented.
  • Full-time and part-time studies.
  • The number of elected teaching staff members - 74, among them more than 64,8% - Doctors of Sciences; 35,1 % professors and associate professors.
  • About 2000 students.
  • LiepU has its own anthem, coat of arms, logo and a banner.
  • More than 20 thousand graduates

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Swedish Lucia for Dummies

Swedish Lucia – the origins

The Lucia tradition can be traced back both to the martyr St Lucia of Syracuse (died in 304) and to the Swedish legend of Lucia as Adam’s first wife. It is said that she consorted with the Devil and that her children were invisible infernals. The name may be associated with both lux (light) and Lucifer (Satan), and its origins are difficult to determine. The present custom appears to be a blend of traditions.
In the old almanac, Lucia Night was the longest of the year. It was a dangerous night when supernatural beings were abroad and all animals could speak. By morning, the livestock needed extra feed. People, too, needed extra nourishment and were urged to eat seven or nine hearty breakfasts. The last person to rise that morning was nicknamed ‘Lusse the Louse’ and often given a playful beating round the legs with birch twigs. In agrarian Sweden, young people used to dress up as Lucia figures (lussegubbar) that night and wander from house to house singing songs and scrounging for food and schnapps.
The first recorded appearance of a white-clad Lucia in Sweden was in a country house in 1764. The custom did not become universally popular in Swedish society until the 1900s, when schools and local associations in particular began promoting it. The old lussegubbar custom virtually disappeared with urban migration, and white-clad Lucias with their singing processions were considered a more acceptable, controlled form of celebration than the youthful carousals of the past. Stockholm proclaimed its first Lucia in 1927. The custom whereby Lucia serves coffee and buns (lussekatter) dates back to the 1880s.