Riga, Latvia

Every summer or winter semester, you can study medicine and dentistry in Riga – without waiting periods.

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Riga, Latvia

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Riga Stradins University (RSU)

Subjects:  medicine and dentistry (in English)
Application Deadline:
expected in July 2020 (winter semester 2020/2021);
expected in December 2020 (summer semester 2021)
Term Start:
expected in September 2020 (winter semester 2020/2021);
expected in February 2021 (summer semester 2021)
Tuition Fees:
medicine: 6,000 EUR/semester (6 years)
dentistry: 7,000 EUR/semester (5 years); after 2nd year: 7,500 EUR/semester
Information last updated: January 28th, 2020

Start studying medicine in the capital of Latvia as early as next semester considering more than your final high school average grade or waiting time. The medical licence obtained in Latvia is fully recognised in the EU. Benefit from small tuition groups, in dentistry of maximum ten students, and enjoy getting to know your teachers personally. Modern facilities and teaching methods which make a medical degree possible, strive to meet international standards and the theory is combined with practical lessons early on. The degree in Riga is fully taught in English and your teachers assist you in communicating with local patients. Technical terminology in English is taught at the beginning of the degree in separate courses.

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There are two universities in Riga but we recommend the RSU. Its leading rank in the Baltics make it the better choice. The RSU is also widely popular with international students and in exchange these students are highly valued by the university. Out of 9,000 enrolled students a total of 1,000 come from western and northern European nations. The University of Riga is a pillar of Baltic healthcare systems. Consequently, it is fully equipped with modern facilities. The latest technology and innovative teaching methods guarantee the highest standards for the degree. The course has been taught in English for almost 25 years so a frictionless process is also ensured.

The University of Riga has existed for more than 150 years, initially known as the “Medical Institute of Riga”. Interestingly, the former President of Latvia completed his medical studies here. Before taking office, he served as the director of an orthopaedic and trauma surgery hospital in Riga for many years.

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Riga is the capital of Latvia und thus part of the European Union and NATO. In 2014, the Euro was adopted as the Latvian currency. The Hanseatic city prides itself on a long enterprising tradition and has a similar feel to it as cities like Hamburg and Bruges. The city’s 800-year old history can be seen in numerous spots, which is why it was named European Capital of Culture in 2014. The particularly well-preserved old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site where tradition and modern culture blend together. There are clubs, operas, historical sites, parks and many sporting clubs. English is generally enough to get by as most Latvians speak the language at a high level. The city has many student accommodations, from dorms to apartments. Riga also has its own international airport with countless direct connections to other countries.

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In order to study in Riga, you will need good grades in the natural sciences during your later school years, particularly in biology and chemistry. However, the final average grade is irrelevant. Letters of motivation and of recommendation also play a significant role in being accepted. These should consist of addressing the issues expected by the university. Benefit from MediStart’s experience here. Your level of English will need to be backed up by very good grades in English in the later years of your high school education or by a test, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS. MediStart handles every step of your application – including during the complex process of writing a letter of motivation.

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  • successful: partly a 100 % success rate in the past, e. g. in Nicosia, Wroclaw, Rzeszow, and Vilnius
  • professional: support during the application phase, at the beginning of your studies as well as before your return home
  • considering more than grades: admission tests and preparation courses take into account more than just your high school grades
  • provides options in Germany: medical studies can also be started at the UMCH in Hamburg
  • easy: organised application of all necessary documents
  • fair remuneration: pay our full success fee in case of an admission
  • right to withdraw: in case you are successful in your application via Hochschulstart, as well as cancellation option for any other reason (in this case a reduced cancellation fee will apply)
  • transparent: cancellation for any other reason possible at any time (against a reduced cancellation fee)
  • Collegesemester: in Vienna (Austria) and Hamburg (Germany)
  • comprehensive: on site planning and organisation services (support in finding accommodation, international network of students etc.)
  • on site: support and supervision of your studies (particularly in securing the recognition of the medical licence)
  • high quality: supported by German lawyers specialised in German and European Education Law
  • early admission: admissions for 2020 already possible

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