International Students' Association
The International Students' Association’s (ISA) 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 various faculties in order to help all our students with any queries or problems that they may have during their time at RSU.
The ISA works to help promote integration and school spirit among both International and Latvian students at 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.
Our primary aims
- To implement and maintain efforts to facilitate the integration of international and Latvian students into 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 international students in matters affecting their interests at RSU;
- To coordinate and organise academic and social events for students;
- To promote constructive collaboration among students, staff, and organisations at RSU;
- To further the interests of the international community at RSU and to promote cross-cultural contacts.
- Academic events
Teddy Bear Hospital
Our Teddy Bear Hospital is a fun and educational project where international and Latvian students create a hospital setting for the pupils of the international schools in Riga. The aim of the event is to alleviate the fears of children about visiting a hospital. The children are allowed to treat their teddy bears at a number of different stations e.g. surgery, general practice, X-ray etc. In recent years the Teddy Bear Hospital has introduced a dental clinic which was organised by dentistry students and a great way to educate children about oral hygiene. Visiting the Teddy Bear Hospital is wonderful experience for both University and school students alike!
A full day seminar with lectures by esteemed specialists from various countries and different workshops such as Suture Techniques, Trauma & Emergency Medicine, Toxicology and ENT.
This annual lecture aims to inform RSU students on 'How To Do USMLE '. It gives an introduction to the USMLE steps and provides information about different parts of the exams with practice questions.
We organise Radiology, Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Suture workshops which offer students a possibility to gain more practical knowledge and skills.
We are always looking to help students expand their medical interests. Every year the ISA holds several lectures by top professors from Europe. The lectures cover a wide range of topics and are very popular in the student community.
- Social events
The ISA organises many social events throughout the academic year working together with the many national societies at RSU to hold events that showcase the wealth of cultures at the University.
The social calendar starts with Orientation Week! We organise the Info Fair, a Sports Day, a Movie Night, a Riga Night, various Museum Tours and a Board Game evening for RSU freshmen together with the International Department. The week always ends with a Welcome Party!
The biggest showcase event of the year is the #WorldWide Talent & Cultural Experience. We organise a talent show showcasing the best musical, dance and performance talents from students at RSU. The event is also a good showcase for the various cultures at our university.
Every year before the Christmas holidays we organise the most anticipated event of the year - the Winter Ball! Complete with photo booths, workshops, a dance floor, drinks and snacks this event always attracts the most attention. In 2017 we collaborated with the RSU Student Union for the first time and hosted the biggest event to date with over 3,000 participants.
We have organised several charity events to help children from orphanages, refugee centres and other social institutions.
European Refugee Crisis Aid Project
Together with the national societies we held an event to sell food and handicrafts in support of Syrian refugees in Latvia.
Easter Charity Project
We organised a charity stall to collect chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies for the children in Māras Center. We also spent a day with the children and prepared fun Easter activities such as egg painting and an Easter egg hunt.
Where Is The Love? – Valentine's Day Charity Project
For Valentine's Day we sold postcards made by children from the social care centre Ezerkrasti. All of the donations were given to the NGO Pūks un draugi (Pooh and Friends) that works with children with disabilities.
For more information about ISA events, take a look at the ISA Facebook page.
- National Societies
Get in touch with us:
We are always available for a chat if you have any worries, complaints or suggestions concerning academic or social affairs at RSU. We also welcome any ideas for social events so just drop us a line if you have anything on your mind! If you see any of our board members walking around campus please feel free to approach us, talk to us or even just say hello! We are always pleased to meet our fellow students.
If you are even more interested in helping us out be sure to get in contact with our Activist Group! Email them at activist[pnkts]isagmail[pnkts]com or check them out on Facebook!
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E-mail us: isarsu[pnkts]lv or follow us on Instagram.
Telephone: +371 22 720 750
- President – Andreas Davidsson
I’m Andreas and I’m a 4th year medical student and the president of the ISA. I like cooking, music, sports and medicine.
While on the ISA board I want to improve the academic societies, invite guest lecturers and organise practical seminars. Creating events to promote all cultures – both international and Latvian – is also a high priority. International students have come a long way to RSU to pursue a dream, and what they experience here will shape the rest of their lives.
That is why I want every student to grow and thrive, both academically and personally. Together with the rest of the ISA board I intend to improve student life at RSU as much as possible.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
- Marianne Williamson
- Vice-President – Roshika Fernando
Hello! I am Roshika Fernando, a 6th year Medical student and currently serving as Vice-President of the ISA. This is my third year working in the ISA, because I believe I still have so much more to offer to the RSU student community. I would also like to complete the projects which I started mid-year and start more projects this year.
From January 2017 until December 2018 I worked as the Public Relations Officer of the ISA. I published the ISA Review & Preview and the ISA Newsletter every month. These include information about student association events and student discounts. I also published the magazines RSU ISA Today and RSU ISA 7th Year Anniversary which contain information for RSU students. I served as President of the RSU Asian Society for two years and organised collaborations with several associations and charity organisations.
Over the past few years my goals have been to be the voice of the students, to build a stronger bond between students and the ISA, and to improve integration between local and international students - I managed to fulfill all my goals.
This year, with the support of my team, I would like to improve both the academic and social life of international students at RSU.
I am an open-minded, friendly and approachable person and a great team player, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great time!
The building blocks that form the foundation of a great and successful future are the actions you take today.
- Treasurer – Anna Curschmann
I am Anna, the treasurer of the ISA and currently studying medicine at RSU. As treasurer my main goal is to utilise the budget in the best way, and to build successful cooperations with the national and academic societies as well as the RSU Student Union. Achieving this will bring the opportunity to organise great workshops, events and lectures for all students. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you during the next year.
Our wishes are the presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Head of Academic Affairs - Hannah Katharina Schöberl
Hi, my name is Hannah and I am the Head of Academic Affairs for 2019.
The main task of my role is to act as a mediator between students and departments, as well as University officials in problematic academic situations - for example failing colloquia or semesters. Besides that, I also deal with difficult situations which might arise within study groups, semesters or courses trying to find a fast solution so that you can keep focusing on your academic studies. I am also open to listening to your complaints and suggestions for improvements regarding academic issues. My main goal is to support our departments with feedback on how to improve the study process.
Part of my role is also to help new students settle in to the academic environment at RSU - I know it can be difficult dealing with living far away from home in a country that is new to you. During the introduction at Orientation Week I will try to help you become familiar with our University programs such as E-studijas and the student portal, how to use them and where you can find information regarding courses.
I will also try to work closely with semester leaders providing them with useful information and support. Together with the other ISA members we will try to provide RSU students with practical skills workshops and additional useful knowledge, for example during the International Student Conference.
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
- Oscar Wilde
- Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs – Kate Mulholland
My name is Kate Mulholland and I am the Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs. I am currently a 5th-year student at RSU. As part of this role I hope to be a voice for all international students. I hope to communicate any issues students may have with the study process clearly and effectively to the university and work with them to solve these issues.
Also as part of my role, I hope to maintain and develop the student interest groups and workshops that we have at RSU. I would especially like to develop more practical workshops as I recognise how important these are for students to practise and consolidate their knowledge.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.
- W.B. Yeats
- Medical Science Officer – Catharina Clara Blaafjell Holwech
My name is Catharina Clara Blaafjell Holwech, and I am the Medical Science Director.
For the upcoming year I will work together with Sofia Maffei to offer a wide selection of lectures, seminars, and workshops to the students. We will organise events in a variety of fields within medicine, research and others. To be a university student shows dedication and most of us are also interested in acquiring more knowledge through our extra-curricular activities. We therefore want to provide a wide variety of events for students to attend.
It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
- John Cassis
- Assistant to the Medical Science Officer – Sofia Maffei
My name is Sofia Maffei and I'm the Assistant to the Medical Science Director.
In the upcoming year I will be working with the Medical Science Director to create practical workshops, guest lectures and further learning opportunities for all RSU students. Our
aim is to provide new and useful knowledge in a fun and meaningful way, with the involvement of experts from Latvia and abroad.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.
- Steven Hawking
- Integration and Sports Officer – Irina Mariotti
My name is Irina and I’m a medical student in my 6th semester.
I’m the Head of Integration and Sports and my task is to organise various events, such as Orientation Week and sports activities that have the aim to facilitate and improve the integration between students at RSU. My aim is to increase the university spirit among all students through sport, which is the healthiest way to create new collaborations and friendships!
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
- Henry Ford
- Assistant to Integration and Sports Officer – Sarah Liebner
Hello, my name is Sarah and I am the Assistant to the Head of Integration and Sports. We are looking forward to welcoming first semester students at Orientation Week and helping them make Rīga their new home. We also organise activities and events for all students such as the Teddy Bear Hospital and sporting events.
My main goal is to extend the range of sports activities for international students at RSU and to help all students stay physically and mentally healthy. I hope to thereby encourage everyone to find a balance between their complex studies and to take time out for their social lives.
There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
- Nelson Mandela
- Human Resources Officer – Johann Jungermann
My name is Johann Jungermann, and I am a German 5th-year medical student. I am the Internal Collaborations and Human Resources Officer on the 2019 ISA Board.
My intention is to promote the structure and organisation of international and local students at RSU and thus to increase our ability to operate and actively influence academic, social and other relevant affairs. I mostly want to promote a rewarding, fulfilling working climate and a good working structure within our board.
As the HR Officer I would like to support the president and the board and facilitate the functioning of the association. Another part of my position is to cooperate with ISA activists who help with many projects.
A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.
- Rudolf Steiner
- Public Relations Officer – Arathi Nair
Hello! I am Arathi Nair, the Public Relations Officer of the ISA and a medical student at RSU. I’m a people person with a great interest in innovation. I have a lot of creative ideas and social skills. I am a team player and take a balanced approach to volatile situations. My main goals during my time at the ISA are to increase the publicity of smaller-scale events, liaise with people to start up new events based on public demand and feedback, get to know the members of our society individually and incorporate their views into the handling of this role.
It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop.
- Liaison Officer – Rini Stella Roy
Hello folks! This is Rini Stella Roy, Liaison Officer, studying medicine in RSU.
I am a girl with minimal liability and maximum profitability. I have many assets with a focus on linguistics. I am a problem solver who is good at uniting. I love to laugh with people who are scintillating and fabulous.
My job as the Liaison Officer means I am the link between the national societies and the ISA.
Born and raised in Tamil Nadu, India, we assign a lot of value to our roots. Keeping this in mind we encourage international students to show off their nation and its culture via many events, such as #WorldWide. On the academic side we organise the Teddy Bear Hospital where we treat the school children's toys. We do so many things, and my job as Liaison Officer is to make sure that there are no hurdles for you, the international students, to becoming one of us.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness - only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate - only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King Jr.