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For Students

In order to ensure the continuation of the study process as well as research and scientific activities at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study process at the University will be carried out remotely until 6 April 2021, with some exceptions. The new rules have been introduced to reduce the health risk to students, staff and visitors and comply with the mandatory epidemiological safety measures and restrictions imposed in the country.

Rector's Decree "On further organisation of the study process under conditions of the spread of COVID-19 infection" (12 January 2021)


  • Rotation placements for 6th-year students in the Medicine study programme will continue both remotely and in person in accordance with the schedules that have been developed and agreed upon with the medical institutions;
  • Clinical residency placements will be allowed to take place in person in compliance with the epidemiological safety requirements of the medical institutions;
  • The RSU Library will enable loans and returns in person, organising these by prior appointment and observing the epidemiological safety requirements specified in rules and regulations.

Information for 1st-year international students

The first semester of all study programmes (including examinations) for those 1st year international students who have started their studies after 1 January 2021 will take place remotely. The implementation of practical components, if there are any in the first semester, will be transferred to another semester. This does not apply to international students in medical residency programmes. 

Additional information for international students

Despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, RSU organises its work in such a way as to ensure that all students achieve the learning outcomes in their study programmes!

Travel in and out of Latvia

All students still have to follow the safety rules regarding travel in and out of Latvia. If a student has travelled to one of the countries published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to which special precautionary and restrictive measures apply, and is preparing to return to Latvia, the following safety rules must be taken into account:

  • The student must inform the Dean via email at least 2 working days before returning to Latvia, indicating the countries where they have been (including in transit) and the period of absence;
  • The student must not enter any RSU premises and must not come into face-to-face contact with RSU students, staff or other personnel, and additionally must self-isolate; 
  • Special conditions must be observed before arriving in Latvia - a person may enter Latvia,
    • if they have a negative Covid-19 test result 72 hours before boarding their mode of transportation, or
    • if they present another medical document recognised as valid by RSU, certifying that they are not infectious.

Further changes to the study process will be outlined by a Rector’s Decree, taking changes in rules and regulations, trends in the epidemiological situation and the capacity of RSU into consideration. All RSU students are invited to follow further information, including Rector's Decrees regarding study process organisation and anti-epidemic measures to increase the safety of the study process.

It is the duty of the heads of the study programmes to ensure that all epidemiological safety requirements and other instructions from third parties (medical institutions, clinical base units, placement locations, etc.) are strictly adhered to by RSU and RSU students when carrying out study activities, including placements, at these locations.

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Let’s take care of our safety and the safety of those around us!