University: Riga Stradins University
Field of study: medicine
Study type: Other courses
Studying medicine abroad was an option for me right after the first application via Hochschulstart. It was obvious that I had little chance of getting a place at a university in Germany, despite my not bad Abitur grades. Accordingly, I applied for the summer semester in Riga and was accepted relatively quickly. I didn’t really know what to expect – I’d never seen the city in person. So the excitement was of course all the greater for my “new home”. Check toppharmacyschools.org to see India higher education.
The majority of the students – including me – had first picked out temporary accommodation. In contrast to many of my fellow students, who were accommodated in hostels in the city center, I had chosen the student residence for the time being. This is on the other side of the river, further away from downtown. It was ok to live there for a short period of time, but I would recommend one of the many accommodations in the city center, since you are a bit away from the other students in the student residence and therefore cannot act as flexibly. In terms of price, you can’t complain about the hostels either. We recommend the “A1-Hostel” and the “Naughty Squirrel”.
After you have settled in a bit, there is also time to look for an apartment. The Facebook page “Riga Student’s Apartment Market” or “Riga Student’s Apartment Market” is particularly helpful. In my experience, many real estate agents will show you nice or cheap apartments, but you can find much better apartments yourself, especially in terms of value for money. Compared to Germany, the apartments there are outstanding: huge, in the city and really cheap, above all, mostly fully furnished. The center is recommended as a residential area and not the old town, as it is quite noisy there in summer and you can hardly sleep.
Speaking of summer: the temperature is comparable to Germany, often up to 30 degrees. However, winter has it all: At temperatures as low as -25 degrees, it is advisable to only go outside with very well equipped clothing. And the winter is very, very long…
During the orientation week you can voluntarily participate in some informative and fun programmes. During the day activities such as playing paintball, sightseeing and games to get to know each other were offered – in the evening and at night we arranged to meet up in large groups to celebrate. There are a lot of attractive bars. I’m still not that convinced of the clubs.
The city itself is very manageable, but incredibly beautiful and lively, although this usually only becomes visible when the sun is shining and the temperatures are a little more pleasant in spring/summer. Also, the proximity to the seaside resort of Jurmala on the Baltic Sea (30 minutes by train) allows you to spend a lot of time there on the beach, playing volleyball and football and, of course, swimming.
As far as studying is concerned: don’t worry about the language or your knowledge of various scientific subjects!!! You quickly get used to English. The international “study groups” with students from different countries, in which communication is mainly in English, are particularly recommended. Before you start your studies, you can decide whether you want to join such a group or one with people from your own country. Subjects such as chemistry and physics are relatively easy to pass, since you can usually guess what will happen in the exams, and group work is often desirable. In addition, you only learn the basics.
The rooms are very modern equipped with computers, microscopes for each student and newly renovated lecture halls and laboratories. There is nothing wrong with that.
Although the tuition fees at the RSU are not exactly low, the cost of living is generally cheaper than in Germany. You don’t have to do without anything. There are many cheap flights from Germany to Riga. With Ryan Air, for example, you can get flights for around €30 if you book in advance. Public transport costs are also significantly lower. By the way, you can easily go everywhere by tram.
What I particularly like about Riga is the community among the students. Not only in one’s own semester, but also between the semesters is exchanged. Everyone tries to help everyone and you get to know a wide variety of people.
I definitely don’t regret going to Riga and I could even imagine completing my studies here.