Riga is the gem of the Baltics. It is situated at the delta of the Daugava, on the shores of the Gulf of Riga on the Baltic. Riga has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage. As Riga has always been located at a juncture of trading routes, it is a multicultural city. Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 640 319 inhabitants (data year 2015), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies between 1 and 10 metres (3.3 and 32.8 ft) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.
Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. The city is the European Capital of Culture during 2014, along with Umeå in Sweden. The city hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 and the 2006 IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. It is home to the European Union's office of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Riga is served by Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the Baltic states.
Riga is a member of Eurocities, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU)
The clerkship in Latvia takes place in 3 multi-functional emergency hospitals and in 3 specialized hospitals. They are located in the capital of Latvia – Riga.
• Clinical University Hospital Gailezes (RAKUS Gailezers) https://www.aslimnica.lv/ Hipokrata street 2, Riga
• P. Stradina Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) http://stradini.lv/ Pilsonu street 13, Riga
• Children’s Clinical University Hospital (BKUS) https://www.bkus.lv Vienibas gatve 45, Riga
• Riga Maternity Hospital http://www.dzemdibu-nams.lv/lv/cat/dzemdibas-2/ Miera street 45, Riga
• Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopedics (TOS) Duntes street 22, Riga, www.tos.lv
• Riga Psychiatry and Narcology Centre
All mentioned hospitals are located in the capital of Latvia – Riga. In general students will have lots of practice during the clerkship. Also patients usually don’t mind to have students during the examination. Our doctors are interested in improving medical student knowledge as much as it’s possible.
There are many advanced medical fields in Latvia with up to date medical technologies and well-trained doctors.
One of the most advanced medical fields in Latvia is cardiology and cardiosurgery. Over the years, The Latvian Center of Cardiology (P. Stradins Hospital) has gained a respected reputation worldwide. Center have tremendous practical experience in cardiosurgery, in the treatment of congenital abnormalities and in new directions in treatment that apply stem-cell implantation. Cooperation with many universities around the world has been developed and center is network of the world’s best cardiological centers.
Another advanced medical field in Latvia is microsurgery. The Center of Plastic and Reconstructive Microsurgeryof Latvia specializes in hand, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
These are only two examples of many advanced medical fields in Latvia. We have well trained doctors in neurology, endocrinology, oncology, infectology, psychiatry. Come and explore!
If we may as for a "favour" - please be more specific about possible interests you have. "General Internal" & "General Surgery" are almost non-existant fields. So if you can - give us more details what might interest you & we can try to find it.
Lodging: student hostel.
The hostel is located in the building of the BA School of Business and Finance (7th – 10th floor), address: K. Valdemara Street 161. It is very easy to travel to Riga centre (10-15 minutes), good transport connections – Trolleybus No 3 (a bus with antennas), Buses No 11 (bus stop Ierednu street) and 24 (bus stop Upes street), Tram No 11, and also several minibuses. Google maps gives relable connections, you can use it for chosing the right bus.
Nearby there are supermarkets RIMI, MAXIMA, big shopping mall SKY&MORE, sport and entertainment hall “ARENA RIGA” (15 minutes’ walk from the School), City Zoo and famous rest area called MEZAPARKS (15 minutes by tram, 10 minutes by car).
There is limitation for staing longer in last days in August/Septmeber, hence if you wish to stay longer, expect to book a hostel, which we can help you with.
Most incoming students like staying in the students’ hostel because it offers many advantages such as:
- Two-bed, tree-bed and four-bed rooms with shower and sanitary facilities (rooms are organized in block system).
- The blocks have shower rooms and toilet facilities.
- All rooms are furnished (single beds, closets, bedside tables, shelves, chairs, table, mirrors)
- A fridge in each block or room
- Common room with table games and TV.
- Shared kitchen equipped with electric stoves, microwave, kitchen shelves, table, sinks
- Canteen in the 1st floor
- Gym in 2nd floor (for free)
- Wireless internet connection
- Laundry and drying
Prices for additional services:
Laundry: €1.60 one cycle
Drying: €1.50 one cycle
Iron with ironing-board: free of charge
The widest connection with other countries is provided by airplanes. The Riga airport is located 22 km from the centre of Riga. There are many ways how to reach center of Riga from the airport, you should take:
• Bus 22th way to Abrenes iela (center)
• Minibus No.241 way to center
• Taxi - The taxi from the airport to center may cost approximately 10-15 euros.
o Taxify is used widely and might give you cheeper options.
There are some trustworthy taxi given:
o „BalticTaxi – green cabs, call a taxi 8500
o „PANDA taxi” – many students use this because of „friendly prices”, call a taxi 67 000 000
o Red Cab Taxi – red cabs, call a taxi +317 8383
There are many ways of transportation in Riga: buses, trolleys, trams. Beware not to confuse the buses with trolleys because they may have the same numbers, but different routes altogether. For example, there is both bus 3 and trolley 3.
Monthly ticket costs 50 EUR.
We advise to buy tickets for public transport at Narvessen (small kiosks on the streets), as the ticket bought in the public transport costs 2,00 euros, but in kiosk 1,15 euros. Bying tickets for several days/a month is advised. Please note that international students who do not study in any of Latvian universities are not given any discounts on public transport. The tickets should be registered in the bus to be valid. Occasionally controllers get on the bus to whom the tickets should be shown. The fare dodgers should pay a penalty fee(20 EUR).
You can learn more about public transport of Riga here: https://www.rigassatiksme.lv/en/
Riga - other cities and towns
Transportation between cities is mostly by buses and trains. You can learn more about shedule and ticket costs here: http://www.1188.lv/transport
There are many places to go in Riga after a day spent in hospital during the week. There are some obejcts showed you can visit in your free time:
• Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation
• The Pauls Stradins museum of the history of medicine
• Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
• Alberta St. and other Art Noveau building
• Kronvalda Park
• Old St. Gertrude's Church
• Open-Air Leisure Park EGLE
• Riga castle
• Freedom Monument
It is generally recognized that Riga has largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. This is due to the fact that at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, when Art Nouveau was at the height of its popularity.
Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Festival will be held in from the 30th of June to the 8th of July, as a tribute to Latvia on its 100th birthday. It is planned to be overwhealming and very traditional celebration recognized Worldwide. Approximately 30,000 performers altogether participate in the event. Although usually folksongs and classical choir songs are sung, with emphasis on a capella singing, recently modern popular songs have been incorporated into the repertoire. The roots of the nationwide song and dance festival date back to 1864, when six male choirs in rural Vidzeme joined forces in sacred music and folk song; considered the first Song Festival.
- Positivus Festival JUL 13 - JUL 15
- Summer Sound JUL 27 - JUL 28
- Riga City Festival AUG 17 - AUG 19
If you are arriving earlier traditional midsummer celebration of Jāņi takes place on the night between 23rd and 24th of June.
In the event of an emergency in Latvia, you can call 112. This call is free of charge.
Other important numbers:
110 - the police
113 - the ambulance
Please follow the law forbidding open alcoholic beverages on the streets, as well as smoking on bus stops/ busy public spaces. Failing to avoid such activities may lead to police intervention.