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Please take your time to read the information on this web page in order to prepare for your studies at RSU. Once you have confirmed your study place, the details below will help you prepare for studying and living in Riga!


May – September

Before you leave home, please make sure you have arranged everything you need to move to Riga (e.g. visa, health insurance, travel, budget, bank cards, lab coats etc.).

Date indicated in the RSU Acceptance letter package

Settle Payments (Full time students)
Complete your payments by this date. All payments must be settled in order to prepare all your study related technical and documentation items (student ID, official enrolment documents, etc.).

For questions regarding your payments, please contact Ilze[pnkts]Zveraatrsu[pnkts]lv

1 July – 2 AugustApplication period for Pre-courses (optional)

May – September

Arrange accommodation in Riga
Contact accommodationatrsu[pnkts]lv for different options or visit the Accommodation and Living section.

11 August

In order to help us plan Orientation Week, please fill out the arrival data form.

Register your participation in Orientation Week

Prior to arrival

Read the RSU Welcome Guide
You will find a lot of useful information in the Welcome Guide. Most questions that students ask during their first weeks of studies are already answered in this guide.

Getting to RSU
Getting to the university from Riga city centre is easy and takes only about 15 minutes. Check out the public transport options in Riga and our suggestions.

Read RSU policy
Please read the RSU Academic Regulations and RSU Internal Rules of Studies.

During Orientation Week you will be asked to confirm with your signature that you have read these documents and accept their terms.

19 August – 23 August

Pre-courses (optional): Chemistry / Biology / Physics

RSU Orientation Week will take place from Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August 2019. It is designed to introduce you to University premises, your classmates, student life and Riga.

  • We expect you to arrive in Riga prior to 26 August so that you can participate in the various activities scheduled during Orientation Week
  • We strongly recommend that you participate in Orientation Week, although it is not compulsory
  • Below is the preliminary programme of Orientation Week
  • Before Orientation Week we will open a registration form for Orientation Week activities e.g. a film evening, a trip to Rundāle Palace, a tour of Old Riga, a Latvian food tasting event etc. All the information will be sent via e-mail (if you have submitted your application through an agency, please make sure that the university has your PRIVATE e-mail address!)

Get in touch


Sign up for the private Facebook group RSU students 2019 Autumn



Follow the Rīga Stradiņš University Facebook page in English



Follow the RSU International Students Facebook page in English

Academic Calendar

The academic year at RSU begins in September and ends in late June. All necessary dates regarding your studies can be found in the RSU Academic Calendar.

Orientation Week

See the preliminary programme of Orientation Week

Monday, 26 August
All dayArrival to Latvia


Tuesday, 27 August
10:00Arrival at RSU16 Dzirciema Iela
10:05Group photoBackyard
10:30Greeting by Prof. Aigars Pētersons, RSU RectorGreat Hall
10:40Greeting by Dr Baiba Pētersone, Director, International Department
10:50Welcome by Mr Māris Ginters, Head of International Admissions Office
11:20Team-building game 
11:45ON overview 
13:15Team-building gameGreat Hall
15:30-16:30Payment for the various social events (CASH ONLY)Lobby
15:30-17:00Photos for student IDs: 15:30: Med 1,2 // 16:00: Med 3,4 // 16:20: Med 5,6K-100
19:00Movie night with ISA – film to be specified laterTBA
Wednesday, 28 August
10:00Arrival at RSU16 Dzirciema Iela
10:10Signing of Study AgreementsGreat Hall
11:00RSU Student Union & International Students' Association
11:30Presentation on safety in Rīga
12:00Presentation on avoiding hate crimes
13:30Immigration procedure for EU / EEA citizensGreat Hall
Immigration procedure for non-EU / EEA citizensSenate Hall
14:00–17:30Photos for student IDs: 14:00: Med: 7,8 // 14:30: Med 9,10 // 15:00: Med 11,12 // 15:30: Med 13,14 // 16:00: Med 15,16 // 16:30: Med 17,18 // Med 19,20K-100
16:00Laser tag with ISA (Group I) 
18:00Laser tag with ISA (Group II) 
18:30Rīga Night with ISA 
Thursday, 29 August
10:00Arrival at RSU16 Dzirciema Iela
10:10Welcome by Dean Smuidra Žermanos, International Student DepartmentGreat Hall
10:20Introduction to the study process
10:40E-studiesGreat Hall
Student life
Workshop for dentistsHippocrates lecture-theatre
14:00–16:00Photos for student IDs: 14:00: Dent: 1,2 // 14:30: Dent: 3,4,5 // 15:20: Public HealthK-100
16:00Latvian National Museum of Art with ISA 
Illusion Museum with ISA (Group I) 
17:00Illusion Museum with ISA (Group II) 
18:30Rīga Night with ISA 
Friday, 30 August
10:00–17:00Day trip to Rundāle Palace
21:00ISA Welcome party at Kaļķu vārti pub
Saturday, 31 August
17:30Sunset picnic on the beach in Jūrmala with ISA
Saturday, 5 September
All daySports day, Uzvaras parks
Thursday, 26 September
17:00Speed Friending

Should you have any additional questions about Orientation Week please contact us.



Questions about the study process should be addressed to the Dean’s Office.



We look forward to seeing you in Riga in September 2019!