Founded in 1992, Baltijas Starptautiska akademija (English: Baltic International Academy) is a for-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Riga (population range: 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Daugavpils, Jekabpils, Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne, Smiltene, Ventspils. Officially accredited/recognized by the Latvijas Republikas Izglitibas un zinatnes ministrija (English: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia), Baltijas Starptautiska akademija (BIA) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Baltijas Starptautiska akademija (BIA) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 24 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Latvian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. BIA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.