ISA – International Students' Association
The International Students' Association’s mission is to represent, serve, and help to improve the lives of international students at RSU. The ISA co-operates with RSU Student Union, 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 at RSU.
The ISA work to help promote integration and school spirit among International and 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.
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 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 promote cross-cultural contacts
- Academic events
Teddy Bear Hospital
Our ISA 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 going on a hospital visit. 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 Teddy Bear Hospital has introduced a “Dental Clinic” which was held by Dentistry students and is successful in educating the children about oral hygiene. The TBH experience is wonderful for both the University and school students alike!
A full day seminar with lectures by esteemed specialists from different countries and different workshops such as Suture Techniques, Trauma & Emergency Medicine, Toxicology and ENT.
This annual lecture aims to inform RSU students 'How To Do USMLE '. It gives an introduction to the USMLE steps and 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.
ISA is always looking to help students expand their medical interests. Every year 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.
- Social events
The International Students Association organises many social events through the academic year. ISA works together with the national societies at RSU to hold events that showcase the wealth of cultures at this University.
The social calendar starts with the Orientation Week! Together with the International Department, we have organised the Info Fair, Sports Day, Movie Night, Riga Night, Museum Tours and Board Game evening for the RSU freshmen. At the end there is always a Welcome Party!
The showcase event of the year is the #WorldWide – Talent & Cultural experience. The ISA organises 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.
Every year, before the Christmas holidays we organise the most anticipated event of the year with photo booths, workshops, dance floor, drinks and snacks. In 2017, for the first time we collaborated with RSU SP and hosted the biggest event with more than 3000 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 sold food and handicrafts to support Syrian refugees in Latvia.
Easter Charity Project
We organised a charity stall to collect chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies for the children in Maras Center. We also spent a day with the children and prepared Easter fun activities such as egg painting and Easter egg hunting.
Where Is The Love? – Valentines’ Day charity project
For Valentines’ Day, we sold postcards made by children from Social Care Centre "Ezerkrasti". All of the collected donations were given to the NGO "Pūks un draugi" 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 about academic or social affairs at RSU. 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 approach us, talk to us or even just say hello! We are always pleased to meet our fellow students and speak to them.
If you are even more interested to help us, be sure to get in contact with our Activists group! Email them at activist[pnkts]isagmail[pnkts]com or check them out on Facebook!
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- President – Andreas Davidsson
I’m Andreas and I’m a 4th year medical student and the president of ISA. I like cooking, music, sports and medicine.
While on the board of ISA 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 of 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. As part of the ISA board, together we 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.
- Vice-President – Roshika Fernando
Hello! I am Roshika Fernando, a 6th year Medical student and currently serving as Vice President of the RSU 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 and I would 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 ISA. I have published RSU ISA Review & Preview and the RSU ISA Newsletter every month, which includes information about events of student associations and student discounts and published the magazines RSU ISA Today and RSU ISA 7th Year Anniversary which contains information for RSU students. I have served as President of the RSU Asian Society for two years and done collaborative work with several associations and charity organisations.
Over the past few years my goals were to be the voice of the students and build a stronger bond between students and ISA and to improve integration between local and international students which I managed to fulfill.
This year, with the support of my team, I would like to improve both Academic and Social life of the international students at RSU.
I am an open-minded, friendly, approachable person and a 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
Hi I am Anna, the treasurer of ISA and I´m studying medicine at RSU. As the treasurer, my main goal is to achieve a great utilisation of the budget and to have successful cooperation with the national and academic societies as well as RSU SP. Achieving this will give the chance to organise great workshops, events and lectures for us 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 within your study groups, semesters or courses which might arise, trying to find a fast solution, so that you can keep focusing on your academic studies. I am also open to listen to your complaints and suggestions for improvements regarding academic issues, as my main goal is to support our departments with feedback on how to improve our study process.
Part of my role is also helping our new students to settle in to our academic environment at RSU, as I know it can be difficult dealing with living far away from home and in a country that is new to you. During the introduction at your Orientation Week I will try to help you become familiar with our University programs such as E-studijas and student portal, its usage and where you can find information regarding your courses.
I will also try to work closely with our 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“
- 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 fifth 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 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. ”
- 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 in medicine, research and other fields. To be a university student shows dedication and most of us are also interested in acquiring more knowledge through our extra-curricular activities. Therefore, we want to provide a wide variety of events for the students to attend.
“It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice”
- 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.”
- Integration and Sports Officer – Irina Mariotti
My name is Irina and I’m a 6th semester medical student.
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 and social life 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.”
- 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 the first semester students during Orientation Week and helping them make Rīga their new home. We are also organising activities and events for all students such as 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 our complex studies and to take time for our 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."
- 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 of the 2019 ISA Board.
In general, 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 good working structure within our board.
As 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 cooperation 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."
- Public Relations Officer – Arathi Nair
Hello! I am Arathi Nair, the Public Relations Officer of ISA and a
medical student at RSU. I’m a people’s person with extreme levels
of innovation, creative ideas and social skills. A team player, who
takes 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 reaction, get to know the
members of our society individually and incorporate their views in 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 profitabilité. I am a multi-asseted person with the highlight being linguistics. I am a cross-over; a problem solver. I love to laugh around with people who are scintillating and fabulous.
Coming to my job as a Liaison Officer, I become the thread between the National Societies and ISA.
Born and raised in Tamil Nadu, India where we assign more value to our roots; the same way we encourage the international students to portray their nation and its culture via so many events such as World Wide and from the academic side we organise Teddy Bear Hospital where we treat the kids' toys from the school. Not only this; we have so many things and my job as Liaison Officer is to make sure that there are no hurdles for you – the International Students –t o 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.