FAQ - Riga Stradiņš University


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Is Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) a private or public university?

Rīga Stradiņš University is a public state-founded and state-recognized higher educational establishment implementing state-accredited study programmes (in conformity with the EC Directives) that are subjected to regular re-accreditation procedures.

Is RSU on the list of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization?

RSU is listed on the Avicenna database by its former name, Latvijas Medicīnas akadēmija (LMA). The university acquired its current name, Rīga Stradiņš University, in 2002 and is the legal successor of LMA and its legal status.

Is RSU accredited by the EU? Are the degrees acquired at RSU recognised in the EU and the EEA member states?

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. The Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Medicine and Dentistry, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, since Latvia is an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides, many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state.

EC Directives to be considered are as follows:

In short - being an officially accredited state University plus the Lisbon Convention ensures that qualification obtained in Rīga Stradiņš University is recognised in all EU and EEA member states.

Are degrees acquired at RSU recognised outside the EU and EEA?

Degrees acquired at RSU are accredited in several states of the US, and a few Asian countries – Sri Lanka, China, India, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan. Concerning the recognition in other countries you should contact directly the Medical Council of the country you are interested practicing in.

What is the equivalent of MD degree in the UK?

The degree acquired at RSU (MD) is equivalent to MBBS and one year of internship in the UK.

Is it possible to transfer to/from RSU?

It is possible to transfer to RSU from any EU and EEA country. To apply, click here and choose the Application Form for TRANSFER students. A detailed offer will be prepared after receiving and examining the applicant’s most recent official Academic Transcript.

It is also possible to transfer from RSU to any University in EU and EEA, and the ECTS credits obtained at RSU must be taken into account.

It is not possible to transfer to RSU from a non-EU and non-EEA University due to EU regulations on the recognition of Qualifications of Higher Education.

I have an MD degree from a non-EU country, but I wish to obtain a degree recognised in the EU and EEA. Can I do that at RSU?

Due to EU and EEA regulations no study/credit transfer is possible to RSU from a university outside the EU/EEA zone. Thus, you can acquire a degree recognised in the EU and EEA only if you study the entire degree programme (for instance, undergraduate study programme “Medicine” is a six-year programme). 

If you do not wish to receive the RSU MD diploma, but are interested in post-graduate studies, please be informed that post-graduate studies at RSU are held in Latvian language. If you do not know the Latvian language skills on high level, you cannot undergo specialisation at RSU. 

Are there any additional costs apart from the tuition fee?

There is an application fee of EUR 50.00, which is non-refundable and to be paid once when applying for studies. In addition, once you have been officially enrolled, you must pay bond money of EUR 300.00 (refundable) and a registration administration fee of EUR 1500.00 (non-refundable), payable in accordance with the provisions of International Study and Research Fund LLC, a daughter enterprise and partner of RSU. The registration administration fee is not required form Master’s degree programme students. 

Do I receive any money back if I interrupt my studies at RSU?

The bond money is refundable, if there is no damage or debts made to the University.

It is possible to receive part of the tuition fee back, which will be calculated individually depending on how long you have studied, however, it shall not exceed the amount set in the study contract.

What is the bond money for?

The bond money (security deposit) is for recovery of study payment debts, penalty for late payments, other payments unpaid within the dates fixed, and losses inflicted to the University and the University Student Hostel due to Student’s fault. If, in cases of completion of studies or premature termination of studies, the University does not have such claims against Student, the bond money is refunded to the Student within 60 days after completion of studies or the day of premature termination of the studies.

Do I need to buy all the books that are given in the book-list before starting my studies at RSU?

The book-list contains all recommended books, but it is not necessary to buy all of them. You can start the studies, discuss with the Professors which books will be essentially needed and purchase the necessary books during the first month of the studies. However your own copy of Anatomy Atlas (with Latin terminology) is a mandatory requirement. A limited number of books is available at RSU Library.

What if I do not pass an exam the first time?

If you do not pass an exam with the first try, you can ask for prolongation of the examination period and sit the exam one more time. If you do not pass it the second time, the course must be repeated. In that case an additional charge applies.

Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia, +371 67409261 (UTC +3), international@rsu.lv