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The International Department along with the International Student Department take care of all the international applicants and full-time students studying at RSU in the various programmes.

Additionally, our Erasmus Office deals with academic exchange, ensuring mobility of staff and students alike. Students have the opportunity to participate not only in Erasmus exchange, but also Nordplus, and acquire scholarships through our partners, e.g. DAAD.

Through participation in various international programmes and networks, we have partners in many countries and over 80 universities.

Brief historical overview



2015 This year RSU celebrates its 65th anniversary as an institution of higher education and ISD its 25th year of experience in educating international students. There are 1,611 international students from more than 40 countries. International students represent such countries as Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, India, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Turkey. The majority of international students represent Germany, Sweden and Norway. Approximately 450 international students have graduated from RSU from 1995 to 2015. In 2015, over 500 international students have been enrolled into RSU. Most of them come from Germany and Sweden.
2010 There are 210 international students from 17 countries studying in the ISD. International students represent Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia (study process in English), Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. The majority of international students represent Sweden, Norway and Germany.
Approximately 300 international students representing 25 countries have graduated from RSU from 1995 to 2010. The majority of graduates come from Lebanon and Sri Lanka.
February 2010 The structure of the DAFA is changed. The DAFA consists of International Student Department (ISD) and the following specialists – Academic Exchange Programme Manager (ERASMUS Institutional Coordinator), Project Manager, International Project Manager, Student Service Manager
October 2009 Dr Smuidra Žermanos is elected to the position of the Dean of Division of International Studies
20 October 2008 Establishment of the Department of Academic and Foreign Affairs (DAFA) with 3 Divisions – Division of Academic Exchange Programmes, Division of International Studies, Division of Foreign Affairs. Professor Juta Kroiča becomes the Director of DAFA.
18 May 2004 Upon the decision of RSU Senate, the ISD is reorganised into the Division of International Studies
2003 ISD international students are studying in the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Rehabilitation. International students are representing 18 countries
1998 There are 150 international students from 18 countries studying in the International Student Department (ISD)
1996 The first international graduates of the Faculty of Medicine receive their diplomas
1995 The first international graduates of the Faculty of Dentistry receive their diplomas
20 December 1994 Professor Juta Kroiča elected Dean of the ISSD, lecturer Smuidra Žermanos becomes the Vice Dean of the ISSD
1994 There are 125 international students studying at the ISSD (105 in the Faculty of Medicine and 20 in the Faculty of Dentistry). International students represent such countries as Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria
12 October 1992 Professor Juta Kroiča becomes the Vice Dean of the ISSD
1 September 1991 – 21 September 1992 Associate Professor Sarmīte Boka is the Vice Dean of the ISSD
14 November 1990 – 31 October 1991 Ms Aīda Beķere is the Vice Dean of the ISSD
1990 Establishment of the International Student Study Division (ISSD). The very first international students admitted are from Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Syria, and Egypt.