Riga Stradins University – Latvia
Riga Stradins University is a public university located in the city of Riga, Latvia. The Stradins name in the university’s title is fitting, since members of the Stradins family have had a significant influence on the course of community and academic life in Latvia for over a century.
University of Latvia Faculty of Medicine ensured the passing on of the values, standards, and quality of education in medicine. Riga Stradins University is a state-funded university which offers various study programs and ensures the realization of scientific projects, providing training of experts in health care and social sciences who work in Latvia and across the world. Riga Stradins University is the only university in Latvia which has traditionally been integrated into the healthcare system of the country, and therefore ensures a successful run of the university, which is a precondition for an effective existence of the health care system in Latvia.
Latvia is situated in the center of the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) that are all located on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in North-Eastern Europe. Latvia is bordered by four countries – Estonia to the north, Russia to the East, and Belarus and Lithuania to the South.
Structure of the RSU Medical Program
Doctor of Medicine is a globally recognized medical course which spans for six years covering comprehensive clinical experience. The first three years, cover the basic sciences. Commencing from their third academic year of study, Faculty of Medicine students have the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of paediatrics. Placement in patient clinical care, internal diseases, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology are also included in the teaching process where theoretical knowledge will be supplemented by practical skills.
RSU Faculty of Medicine is more widely integrated into clinical practice than the others. Laboratory experience is an integral part of these first two years, along with small group discussions designed for problem-based learning and early integration of basic sciences in to the clinical experience. Clinical skills begin in the first term with various basic science courses teaching specific components of clinical skills. Students gain a foundation in the profession at university clinical hospitals: at the PaulsStradins Clinical University Hospital, the Children’s Clinical University Hospital, the Rīga East Clinical University Hospital and the Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics. They are the main treatment and medical science institutions in Latvia.
|Year 1||Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Histology, Introduction in to Speciality & First Aid, Medical Cell Biology, Medical Terminology in Latin, Philosophical Anthropology|
|Year 2||Anatomy, Histology, Normal Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Parasitology, Medical Genetics, Medical Ethics & Deontology, Anthropology, Psychology|
|Year 3||Pathological Anatomy, Pathological Physiology, Pharmacology, Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases, General Surgery, Radiology I, Clinical Care & Rehabilitation, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Pathological Anatomy, Clinical Pathological Physiology, Pharmacology, DNA Analysis in Practical Medicine, Ethics, Sexual Health|
|Year 4||Internal Diseases I, Surgery I, Occupational Medicine & Diseases, Obstetrics, Public Health and Epidemiology, Ear , Nose, Throat Diseases, Paediatrics I, Infectious Diseases & General, Physical Medicine, Dermatovenereology & Clinical Immunology, Disaster Medicine and Toxicology, Actualities in Obstetrics, Extreme Situation Medicine|
|Year 5||Internal Diseases II, Surgery II, Paediatric Surgery, Gynaecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care, Paediatrics I, Neurology, Children’s Infectious Diseases, Forensic Medicine & Autopsy, Clinical Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology|
|Year 6||Internal Diseases III (Outpatient Department included), Haematology, Radiology II, Surgery II (Cardiovascular Surgery included), Maxillofacial Surgery, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Psychosomatic Medicine & Psychotherapy, Clinical Immunology & Clinical Genetics, Paediatrics II (Children’s Infectious Diseases included) Infectious Diseases II, Clinical Pharmacology, ECG, Family Medicine, Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics|
Reasons to Study Medicine at RSU
- Recognize in all EU countries and no need to do the medical entry exam to enter in to the medical system in EU countries
- RSU credits are transferable to any university within the EU and EEA
- The system of higher education in Riga Stradins university is well formulated and at par with the western countries
- Studies are organized in groups that are smaller student teacher ratio is 1:17 on average
- Due to the liberal cost of study living and competitive education RSU is becoming increasingly popular among international students
Recognition and Accreditation
Riga Stradins University is rated high in the world-rating systems and its MD degrees are recognized by the Sri Lankan Medical Council (SLMC), General Medical Council (UK) Medical Council of India, Australia and many others and also enlisted in the directories of the World Health Organization (WHO) Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG) of USA etc.
Compared with the study of medicine at most European universities, the facilities in RSU university is second to none. They provide a well rounded education, academic as well as social atmosphere. When they arrive in Latvia students enrolled in the MD program will find that most of their needs will be met satisfactorily. Students can join clubs for music and fine arts, enjoy literary pursuits, meditation, yoga, debating, photography and language classes. In addition, the campus has playgrounds and courts for cricket, hockey, football, tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball, as well as swimming pools, gyms and athletics track.
As in many other European cities, the demand for reasonably priced accommodation options are very high, and therefore student housing facilities are limited. At the same time, the city’s private rental market is considerably cheaper than that in other European cities, Students have the option of getting the university hostel (based on the availability) or the renting and an apartment. Students can have meals in the canteen or café during educational sessions. They may also prepare their meals individually or collectively in their hostel itself.
Learning environment at RSU: Medical studies
RSU Medical Technology Centre
Riga: European Capital of Culture
*Last year Riga, capital of Latvia, was the European Capital of Culture. This video was produced by the Latvian Institute to promote the city.