Graduate Medical Training

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2nd level professional education programme "Residency in Medicine"

Form of Study Programme: Full-time studies

Length: 3 to 6 years, depending on the chosen programme or speciality

Degree Awarded: Specialist Qualification

Description of the study programme is available here


Aim of Study Programme

The aim of the programme is to ensure the enhancement and improvement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in accordance with the requirements of the respective specialisation.

Study Process 

Graduate medical training ("Residency in Medicine") is organized by rotation through study courses according to the speciality programme.

The study process includes:

  • theoretical education – problem lectures, seminars, patient discussions; 

  • practical training – study courses in hospitals and out-patient institutions, laboratories, etc.; 

  • independent work – practical work, literature research, scientific research.

Assessment methods

Workload includes 40 hours per week at various medical institutions with additional seminars and problem lectures. Theoretical and practical knowledge is assessed at the end of each study course. The final examination consists of MCQ test, clinical situation tasks and presentation of scientific thesis.

Application Procedures for Graduate Medical Training at RSU

If you wish to apply for graduate medical training in Latvia at the Faculty of Continuing Education of Rīga Stradiņš University, you must comply with the regulations described below.

For applicants with diplomas issued in an EU/EEA country

  • STEP 1 Submit a certified copy of your educational document and diploma supplement (transcript of records) to the Academic Information Centre (AIC) in Latvia (2 Vaļņu Street, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia, phone: +371 67 225 155; fax +371 67 221 006, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The AIC will give you its conclusion.

  • STEP 2 Submit AIC's conclusion to the Association of Doctors of Latvia (3 Skolas Street, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The Association of Doctors of Latvia will give you a Reference "On Academic Recognition of Foreign Qualifications".

  • STEP 3 Only after you have received positive results from the AIC and the Association of Doctors of Latvia, you can submit your documents to the Faculty of Continuing Education of Rīga Stradiņš University.

All international students studying at the University are obliged to complete the immigration procedures within the first three months of arrival to Latvia. For further details, please contact the Immigration Office of Rīga Stradiņš University: 16 Dzirciema Street, Block K, Room 223; phone: +371 67 409 262; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For applicants with diplomas issued in a non-EU/EEA country

Medical doctors with non-EU degrees wishing to apply for post-graduate (specialisation) studies in universities of Latvia should note that:

  • Post-graduate studies in medical specialities in Latvia are provided in the Latvian language;

  • A person wishing to pursue post-graduate studies in medical specialities should FIRSTLY be recognised as an EU doctor and registered in the Latvian Register of Medical Persons;

  • There is no automatic recognition of non-EU medical degrees in Latvia, so one should be ready to meet certain additional requirements (test or/and additional study courses) to prove one’s knowledge;

  • One should bear in mind that the procedure of meeting the additional requirements can take at least one year.

The procedure for professional recognition is as follows:

Step 1: The prospective trainee must submit the following documents to the Academic Information Centre (external link, will open in a new window):

1) Application;

2) Copy of passport;

3) Diploma of medical degree and academic transcript of all study years;

4) Certificate from competent home institutions on registration, if applicable;

5) Certificate on work experience in home state, if any;

6) Certificate of no criminal records from home country.

All the documents in a language other than English, Russian or Latvian should be translated into one of these languages.

The Academic Information Centre accepts only original documents that are legalised in the Republic of Latvia (except, Belorussia, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). For further details, see http://www.am.gov.lv/en/service/legalisation/.

The fee for the procedure is EUR 56.91 + VAT

Within four months, the applicant will receive an answer from the Latvian Medical Association (the competent body for medical doctors and dentists in Latvia) on additional requirements that should be met.

Step 2: Upon receipt of a statement, the prospective trainee is preparing for the additional requirements by himself/herself or with the help of Rīga Stradiņš University. The trainee then contacts the University regarding the arrival date and other practical issues for fulfilling the necessary additional requirements (in Latvian).

Step 3: The trainee fulfills all the necessary requirements as set by the competent body and receives a statement from the University about it. The statement should be submitted to the Latvian Medical Association which will issue a certificate on professional recognition as a doctor or a dentist. The certificate gives the trainee the right to be registered as a medical doctor in Latvia.

All international students studying at the University are obliged to complete the immigration procedures. Please note that students representing countries outside the EU and the EEA have to undergo complex and time-consuming immigration procedures before arrival in Latvia, therefore it is essential to contact the RSU Immigration Officer as soon as you know that your study place has been confirmed. In addition to that, there are more procedures to be completed upon arrival and once every calendar year after commencement of studies. For more information, please contact the RSU Immigration Officer at 16 Dzirciema Street, Block K, Room 223; phone: +371 67 409 262; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Note! The official language in Latvia is Latvian, hence all communication with patients and patient notes must be taken in Latvian. After successful graduation from the training programme, those having failed to acquire the Latvian language are awarded a diploma only. Certification in any given speciality is possible on condition that the graduate be able to demonstrate fluency in Latvian. As regards the language, we have good news for you: language courses at RSU's Language Centre prior to your residency term! Remember: Latvians are friendly and welcoming people!

 

Before applying for graduate medical training, please contact Rīga Stradiņš University to learn if there exist study vacancies in a desired speciality by e-mailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .