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    Riga_MD is offline Newbie 510 points
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    I am now a clinical student at the Medical Faculty at the University of Latvia. The school teaches well and the graduates produced now are of EU standard.
    I am just putting this information up as its very clear people don''t know too much about the different medical schools in Latvia.

    In the last 4 years the Riga medical schools have only had EU students and the atmosphere and structure is good for learning medicine. The degree awarded in Latvia is MD and since in Europe is automatically recognised everywhere. If you study hard and want to learn you can fulfill your dream of becoming a doctor.

    The reason I am posting on here is because there are 2 schools in Riga. One is the Riga Stradina University. It is a private medical school and a good one. But the costs there are now very expensive. They have many agents and the whole system is set out like a business. Its 10,000 Euros plus every year and the price increases every year. There is a 650 Euro registration fee when you turn up. There is a 100 Euro application fee. The university is not in the city centre. Ok its a good university but I strongly advise others not to go there. For that amount of money you can go to Prague or other western EU cities elsewhere in Europe. RSU only teaches medicine, nursing and a few other courses. Plus the groups there are very big now and its like a high-school class. No offence meant but money is their 1st interest. Students come second. You have to pay the whole tuition fee of 10,000 Euros 2 weeks before you even begin lectures.

    The second medical school is government owned. It is the national University of Latvia. I attend this medical school. The tuition fee is markedly cheaper. The application fee is only 25 Euros or if you come in person its free I think. There are no agents and no advertising so many people don't know the details. The university is in the nice city centre. As the National university of Latvia it offers all degree courses so 1000's of other Latvian students on other courses. The facilities are therefore better as you attend the Physiology labs or Medical genetic labs of much higher quality. Both medical schools share the same hospitals. The courses are almost identical. Now wait for it, you pay the tuition fee a few months into the semester and can pay half first. So I hope everyone sees that money is not no.1 and takes all priority at this medical school.

    But because this medical school does not have agents its intake is very small (10 or 15 students evey year). Riga Stradina is like 50-60 students every year.

    I'm not saying this is the best medical school in Europe etc. etc.
    But my honest opinion about the University of Latvia- it's cheaper and much better than Riga Stradina. Thats why I have posted on here

    I am of the opinion that Prague and Bratislava and other EU cities are also good choices.

    Basically what I am trying to say as a summary, if you want to come to Riga then choose Medical faculty at University of Latvia. I would advise not to go to Riga Stradina.

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    If anyone has any questions just post them. Best of luck with your choice and future medical school.

    Riga MD
    Last edited by Riga_MD; 03-25-2009 at 09:36 AM. Reason: Make statement clearer.

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    how much is the tuition fee and do you know if it's possible to transfer credits?

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    Itīs not cheap, itīs on the website of the uni. A couple of years ago it was half of what itīs now, I guess they have a lot of inflation in latvia. Riga is really nice though.

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    ya..it's more expensive than croatia...

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    Is the medical program at National University of Latvia taught in English?

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    yes ....

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    I don't mean to put any Latvian school down but, there is a Latvian in my college class who attended a native language programme at one of the med schools there who left after the first year to come to the UK to redo her A-levels, so she could apply to a UK med school as she was not impressed in the slightest with the level of education she was getting.

    I think it had more to do with the chronic lack of clinical experience that seniors get and the traditionalism that plagues all Central and Eastern European schools that was the problem; not so much the school itself.

    If any one is interested I'll get more details of her.
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    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by chocolate View Post
    how much is the tuition fee and do you know if it's possible to transfer credits?
    It is possible to transfer credits up to the 3rd year and 2nd semester. After that period once you start clinicals you are not allowed to transfer in.

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    Read 1st post

    Quote Originally Posted by Scandiguy View Post
    Itīs not cheap, itīs on the website of the uni. A couple of years ago it was half of what itīs now, I guess they have a lot of inflation in latvia. Riga is really nice though.

    Yes they have increased the tuition fee by 1000 Euros from last year. Well to me it is far cheaper than going to Budapest or Prague, which is why I am here. I would have much preferred to go to a medical school in Ireland or the United Kingdom and pay very little money (1000 Euros every year or free of charge). But unfortunately I didņt get in. So this medical school has given me the chance to attend medical school under more difficult circumstances.
    The purpose of my post was not to advertise or claim this is the best choice and medical school in Europe. It was simply to say that the National Medical Faculty at The University of Latvia is better and CHEAPER than the Riga Stradina University. You can read my reasons above.

    If someone is choosing to go to Riga, they should at least visit BOTH medical schools, talk to the students at both medical schools and take it from there.

    To all the 60-70 EU students that are going to Riga Stradina every year, I am simply trying to advise that this in my honest opinion and experience- is not a good choice. Read my 1st post and of course debate further on it.

    I have nothing to gain from posting on here. I will be finishing my medical degree in a few years and will then apply for residency. The National Medical Faculty at the University of Latvia takes applications for 25 Euros (or free if you go in person). They don't use any agents. There is absolutely no reward or incentives for me to provide this information, other than helpful info. to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dt View Post
    Is the medical program at National University of Latvia taught in English?

    Yes of course the medical degree for international students is in English.

    For the Baltic medical Schools I can give everyone the correct information.

    Estonia has an intake of around 12-15 international students every year for their medical programme. The first 2 years are in English and then you have to study in Estonian with the other Native Estonian students for the remainder of the course. As such its normally only Finnish students that they enrol (as Finnish very similar to Estonian and they obviously have less problems).

    Lithuania has one English programme at Kaunsas Medical School. I was put-off because of the city and also problems travelling there as not a capital city so airplane flights a problem.

    Latvia has 2 medical schools. Riga Stradina University and the medical Faculty at Latvia University.

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