Who we are
The International Students' Association (ISA) is a non-profit student, voluntary, organization for students by students. It is an official branch of the RSU SU, established to care for the interests of International Students.
The ISA work to help promote integration and school spirit among International students, as well as Latvian students of Rīga Stradiņš University. The ISA also aims to provide opportunities for students to apply and develop their talents, skills, and interests, through various academic, social and cultural programs.
The ISA’s mission is to represent, serve, and help improve the lives of international students at RSU. The ISA co-operates with the RSU Student Union, the International Department, and the Deans of different faculties in order to help all our students with any queries or problems that they may have during their study time here.
- Our primary aims
Our primary aims
To implement and maintain efforts to facilitate the integration of International and Latvian students in the RSU student community
To provide information, offer advice and speak to the appropriate departments, within the University, in order to help students with questions or concerns
To represent the opinions of the international students in matters affecting their interests at RSU
To co-ordinate and organize academic and social events for students
To promote constructive collaboration among students, staff, and organizations at RSU
To further the interests of the international community at RSU and promote cross-cultural contacts
- Executive board
PresidentStav BrodskyVice-PresidentJohannes Georg SteiblHead of Academic AffairsLeonard GeorgeTreasurerShalva DavarashviliMedical Science OfficerRajenthini VaradarajahAssistant to the Head of Academic AffairsMaya ShinaPublic Relations OfficerHabarawa Batuwattage Roshika FernandoLiaison OfficerShelly BagelmanHuman Resources OfficerKonstantin LevinasHead of Social & Integration AffairsVili PehkonenAssistant to the Head of of Social & Integration AffairsDita DāleSecretaryMarit Synøve Bjørkum Gjerde
- Get in touch
Get in touch with us
We are always available for a chat if you have any worries, complaints or suggestions about academic or social affairs. We also welcome any ideas for social events so just drop us a line if you have anything in mind! If you see any of our board members walking around campus, please feel free to have a chat with us then or even just say hello! We are always pleased to meet our students and speak to them.
RSU Main building, 16 Dzirciema Street
Block C, Room 213
Phone: +371 22 720 750
- Teddy Bear Hospital
The Teddy Bear Hospital is a fun program organized by the ISA. International and Latvian students create a hospital setting for the young students of the International schools in Riga. The aim of the event is to alleviate the fears of young children about going on a hospital visit. The children were allowed to treat their teddy bears at a number of different stations e.g. surgery, general practice, X-ray etc. In recent years Teddy Bear Hospital has introduced a “Dental Clinic” which was held by Dentistry students and was a success in educating the young children in oral hygiene. The TBH experience is wonderful for both the University and school students alike.
- Shadowing Project
The ISA have recently launched a Shadowing project where students from later semesters have the opportunity to shadow a resident in different departments in the hospital. This is a wonderful experience for medical students to understand how work in the hospital takes place.
- Movies and Medicine
The Movies and Medicine project was undertaken by the ISA, with this program medicine related movies are shown in the auditoriums of the University. These evenings combined the interests of people who enjoyed watching a movie but also wanted to learn something about a particular area of medicine whilst watching it. The movie nights also often ended with a talk from an expert in the area on the movie and its accuracy and also about the condition involved in the movie.
- Sectio Chirurgica
The Sectio Chirurgica program is a screening of live surgical procedures from Germany. The sessions are interactive and allow the students to witness live operations and dissections. The students also have an opportunity to ask questions in the form of a live chat.
- Guest Lectures
ISA is always looking to help students expand their medical interests. Every year the ISA holds several Lectures with top professors from Europe. The lectures cover a wide range of topics and are very popular among the student community.
The International Students Association holds many social events through the year.
The social calendar starts with the Welcome week and the Welcome Week Party!
Throughout the year the ISA works with the other national societies at RSU to hold events that showcase the wealth of cultures at this University.
The showcase event of the year is the #WorldWide – Talent & Cultural experience. The ISA organizes a talent show, showcasing the best musical, dance & performance talents from the students at RSU, the event also showcases all the different cultures at our university.
For more information about ISA events, take a look at the ISA Facebook page.