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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!



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


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

25 to 27 August

Orientation week in Riga
It will take place online. The link will be sent to your e-mail.

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.


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

RSU Orientation Week will take place online from Wednesday 25 August to Friday 27 August 2021. It is designed to introduce you to the University, your classmates, student life, and Riga.

  • Please note that Orientation Week will take place online and you will be able to join it from your home country; 
  • We strongly recommend that you join the Orientation Week and take part in the various activities scheduled in the programme;
  • Below is the preliminary programme of the Orientation Week;
  • Before the Orientation Week we will send you the general information and instructions for joining the event;
  • 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 February 2021 (Spring semester)



Follow the Rīga Stradiņš University 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

Preliminary programme according (UTC/GMT+2).

Wednesday, 25 August
11:00Welcome to Rīga Stradiņš University by Prof. Aigars Pētersons, Rector
 Greetings from RSU's International Department by Dr Baiba Pētersone, Director
 Introduction to Class of Autumn Semester 2021 by Mr Māris Ginters, Head, International Admissions Office
 Meeting RSU Student Union & International Students' Association
12:30What does living in a different culture mean by Prof. Deniss Hanovs, Department of Communication Studies
13:00Presentation on student ID's and access to RSU e-mail by Ms. Lelde Kozilāne, Student Services
Thursday, 26 August
11:00Overview of the day
11:05Welcome by Dr. Smuidra Žermanos, Dean, International Student Department
11:20Introduction to the study process
Student life
13:00Presentation on COVID-19 epidemiological safety measures by Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Friday, 27 August
11:00Overview of the day
11:05Presentation on immigration by  Ms. Anda Mehra, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs
 Immigration FAQ by Mr. Māris Ginters, Head, International Admissions Office
12:00Presentation on safety in Riga by Mr. Mārtiņš Ķipurs, Riga Municipal Police 
12:30Introduction to health care services by Dr. Cindy Heaster, RSU Ambulance
13:00Presentation on mental health by Dr. Laura Valaine and Dr. Renāte Kangsepa, RSU Psychosomatic Clinic

Speed Friending   

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



Questions about the study process should be addressed to the International Student Department.



We look forward to seeing you in Riga in Spring semester 2021!