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Rīga Stradiņš University’s (RSU) Faculty of Continuing Education established the Residency Section with the objective to provide qualification in the study of medicine or dentistry in one’s chosen speciality and, subsequently, relevant certification, i.e., authorisation to work unsupervised.

Graduate medical training (Residency in Medicine) is provided by highly qualified professors and various leading experts in the field of medicine and dentistry in Latvia. Training is carried out in clinics in Latvia, at modern teaching, clinical and scientific bases. The trainees can actively learn and independently carry out the examination of patients and provide therapeutic treatment with modern technologies. Determined, motivated and creative individuals with leadership skills having completed higher medical education and having been awarded an MD degree (diploma complying to European Union standards) are encouraged to apply for graduate medical training at Rīga Stradiņš University!

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 organised 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 a MCQ test, clinical situation tasks and presentation of a scientific thesis.


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. The AIC will give you its conclusion.

Step 2

Submit AIC's conclusion to the Association of Doctors of Latvia. 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 at RSU. All international students studying at the University are obliged to complete the immigration procedures within the first three months of arrival in Latvia.

For further details, please contact the Immigration Officers at RSU:

Applicants with diplomas issued in a non-EU/EEA country

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

Graduate studies in medical specialities in Latvia are provided in the Latvian language; A person wishing to pursue Graduate studies in medical specialities should firstly be recognised as an EU doctor and registered in the Latvian Register of Medical Persons;

The procedure for professional recognition is as follows:

  • Graduate studies in medical specialities in Latvia are provided in the Latvian language;
  • A person wishing to pursue 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):

  • Application;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Diploma of medical degree and academic transcript of all study years;
  • Certificate from competent home institutions on registration, if applicable;
  • Certificate on work experience in home country, if any;
  • Certificate of no criminal record from home country.

All 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

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 prepares 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 to meet the necessary additional requirements (in Latvian).

Step 3

The trainee meets all the necessary requirements as set by the competent body and receives a statement from the University. The statement should be submitted to the Latvian Medical Association which will issue a certificate of 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 Officers:



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The official language in Latvia is Latvian, therefore all communication with patients and patient notes must be taken in Latvian. Certification in any given specialty is possible on the condition that the graduate is able to demonstrate fluency in Latvian.