AIM Overseas is pleased to offer the newly developed Robotics: Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Designs program taught by Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia. RTU welcomes students with a wide range of interests and the program incorporates multiple disciplines such as project management, design, electronics and programming!

Nowadays, we cannot imagine a world without humans and robots interacting. Artificial intelligence has become an integrated part of our lives. Not only have robots improved our way of life, they have also become greater utilised for more complex tasks and are given more complex responsibilities.

Students in the Robotics: Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Designs program will develop their very own functional robot and learn about the processes that are involved in the development, design and construction of the robot. The course will provide students with hands-on and practical experiences such as Computer and Robotic System design, Technical Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Robot Systems Modelling and Microprocessor Controllers.

This program takes a multidisciplinary approach with incorporated teamwork, so that students are able to successfully and efficiently reach their end goal, which is to create a functional robot.

** Details to the program are still subject to final change **

Additional Course Information

The following topics will be explored during the program:

  • Prototype Development and Presentation
  • Technical Graphics (Solidworks3D CAD Design Software)
  • Robot Control System Development Project
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Control Technique with Microprocessor Controllers
  • Logical Foundations of Intelligent Robots

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities

  • Baltic Sea Coast Winter Hike
  • Riga Sightseeing Tour
  • Husky Dog Sledding (subject to weather)
  • Motor Museum
  • Weekend trip to Tallinn
  • Secret Soviet Bunker


Site Visits

Students will have relevant site visits included in the program. These are TBC and will be available closer to the date.

University and Faculty


Riga Technical University (RTU) is the oldest technical university in the Baltics  (three countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and was established in 1862.



During the Robotics program, students will learn through a wide range of disciplines. Academics teaching the program are:

Agris Ņiķiņenko, Associated Professor, Doctor of Engineering.
Work field: Autonomy, Autonomous Robots, Robot Navigation and Decision-Making, Robotic Systems Management.

Modris Dobelis, Professor and Head of the Computerised Engineering Graphics Department.

Egons Lavendelis, one of the leading lecturers in the Artificial Intelligence and Systems Engineering Department.

Guntis Kuļikovskis, one of head engineers of Robotics Club of RTU, Head of RTU Design Lab.

Kārlis Berkolds, research assistant in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, leading engineer and consultant in Robotics Club of RTU.


You will be staying in student accommodation at Riga Technical University’s Kipsala Campus. The campus is in close proximity to faculty buildings, Riga city centre and a big shopping mall. Your dormitory will include internet, bedding, linens and a towel.

Kipsala Campus Riga



Latvia is a tapestry of sea, lakes and woods, with vast unspoilt parklands. Having been invaded by almost every regional power, Latvia has more cultural layers and less homogenous population than its neighbours. Latvians consider themselves the most artistic of the Baltic lot, and this is shown through the myriad of festivals.

Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the gateway to Latvia along with the whole of the Baltics. Riga is included on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. Its location is central to the country, on the South Coast of the Gulf of Riga, and is at the mouth of Latvia’s largest river, the Daugava. Riga is home for more than 700,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the Baltic States.

As Riga has developed at the crossroads of trade, its metropolis has become extremely multicultural city where you’ll always be able to find a multitude of places that are of interest. Riga is a great destination for a weekend trip, somewhere to gain brand new impressions and to relax.

Each Century has left its mark in the city’s features. They can be seen in the architecture of the Old Town and the City Centre. This cultural heritage coexists harmoniously with the quick pace of modern living.

Riga is also known as the pearl of architecture – a city in which one can see together in one place churches that were built at the city’s very origin, the medieval buildings of the Old Town, plus unique Art Nouveau examples, as well as wooden architecture which has survived for centuries.



Credit and Funding


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications for our January 2018 programs are now closed. 

We are no longer taking applications for our January 2018 round of programs. Applications for our July 2018 programs will be open on October 16th.

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about our programs please contact us via or (02) 9975 7792. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can register your interest now for a January 2019 or July 2018 program, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline and when applications are open.