Higher Professional Study Programme Medicine (English)

Degree to be achieved: Medical Doctor
Duration of studies: 6 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 360 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
The study programme is accredited

NB! Admissions take place once a year for the following Autumn semester! The next admissions period starts on January 1, 2019; studies commence from September, 2019.

The language of instruction is English. You have to be able to prove a certain level of English knowledge (at least B2 in CEFR levels) to be able to apply.

Please see for the country where you have received your secondary education diploma from the list below. Exception – IB (International Baccalaureate) students whose minimum English requirement for studies is at least 5 for SL (Standard level) English or 4 for HL (Higher level) English.

AustriaStandardisierte kompetenzorientierte Reifeprüfung with at least Befriedigend (grade 3) or higher in English
AustraliaAt least 60% in English (please ask about your specific case)
Azerbaijan IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
Belgium IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
BulgariaIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
CanadaAt least 60% in English (please ask about your specific case)
China IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
CroatiaIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
CyprusIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
Czech Republic IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
DenmarkSTX (studentereksamen) with at least 7 or D in ECTS or higher in English
EstoniaGümnaasiumi lõpueksamid with at least Rahuldav (grade 3) or higher in English
FinlandYlioppilastutkinto with at least Cum laude approbatur (grade 4) or higher in English
FranceBaccalauréat général et technologique with at least Assez Bien (grade 12) or higher in English
GermanyIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60 unless your Abiturzeugnis containts the English grade in CEFR levels (B2 or higher)
Greece IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
HungaryÉrettségi with at least Közepes (grade 3/61) or higher in English
Iceland IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
IndiaIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
IranIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
IrelandAt least 60% (grade C) in English
IsraelIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
ItalySeconda prova scritta dell'esame di Stato with at least Buono (grade 7) or higher in English
LatviaCentralizētais eksāmens par vispārējās vidējās izglītības apguvi svešvalodā with at least 60% or higher in English
LiechtensteinIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
LithuaniaUžsienio kalbos valstybinis brandos egzaminas with at least Pakankamai (grade 7) or higher in English
LuxembourgIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
MaltaIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
NetherlandsCentraal examen VWO with at least Voldoende (grade 6) or higher in English
New ZealandAt least 60% in English (please ask about your specific case)
NorwayVitnemål with at least 4 or higher in English
Pakistan IELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
PolandEgzamin maturalny z języka obcego nowożytnego with at least Dobry (grade 4) or higher in English
PortugalIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
SlovakiaIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
South AfricaAt least 60% (grade 5) in English (please ask about your specific case)
SpainIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
SwedenSlutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola/Slutbetyg Från Komvux with at least VG or higher in English
SwitzerlandIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
TurkeyIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60
United KingdomAt least 60% in English (please ask about your specific case)
United States At least 60% in English (please ask about your specific case)
Other countriesIELTS with at least 5.5 or TOEFL with at least 60

You will need to scan and upload the following document copies on apply.lu.lv:

EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of outside EU/EEA

1.   Passport or national ID

2.   A scanned copy the LU medical report filled out and signed by your physician. The form is available HERE.

3.   Transcript of final grades and state examinations – both in English and the original language. Both copies need to be verified with a notary stamp and signature!

4.   Your high school diploma if it’s issued separately – both in English and the original language. Both copies need to be verified with a notary stamp and signature!

5.   Proof of English language proficiency if needed (see section Language requirements)

6.   Payment receipt after paying for your application, uploaded along with other documents

1.   Passport

2.   A scanned copy of the LU medical report filled out and signed by your physician. The form is available HERE.

3.   Transcript of final grades and state examinations – both in English and the original language. Both copies need to be verified with a notary stamp and signature, and apostilled or verified by the Foreign Affairs ministry or relevant of your country and the Embassy of Latvia closest to you!

4.   Your high school diploma if it’s issued separately – both in English and the original language. Both copies need to be verified with a notary stamp and signature, and apostilled or verified by the Foreign Affairs ministry or relevant of your country and the Embassy of Latvia closest to you!

5.   Proof of English language proficiency (see section Language requirements)

6.   Payment receipt after paying for your application, uploaded along with other documents

NB! Non-EU applications that contain documents that are not Apostilled or verified properly will not be evaluated and considered for admissions

Your average application grade will be made up by your secondary education Chemistry (40%), Biology (40%) and English (20%) grade OR your Natural sciences (80%) and English (20%) grade if you haven’t studied Chemistry or Biology. The better the average grade, the better your chances for being offered a study place.

Your application will only be considered if the final grade in each of the subjects mentioned (Chemistry, Biology (or Natural sciences) and English) will be equivalent to 60% or more.

Popular alternatives for the grading system used in Latvia:

  • At least Cum laude approbatur (Approved with Honors) for Finnish Ylioppilastutkintotodistus;
  • At least 9 (3 out of 5) for German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Fachhochschulreife or equivalent;
  • At least VG for Swedish Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola/Slutbetyg Från Komvux
  • At least 4 for Norwegian Vitnemål
  • At least B for UK Advanced levels (not GCSEs, or O-levels)
  • At least 4 in Higher level Chemistry/Biology/English or at least 5 for Standard level Chemistry/Biology/English for International Baccalaureate (IB) students

The final deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • July 1 for EU/EEZ citizens;
  • June 15 for non-visa country citizens outside of EU/EEZ;
  • May 15 for all other countries.

The final results will be available approximately two weeks after the final deadline – in mid-July.

We are not able to provide official results before that because the competition can be influenced by each new application we receive, therefore the preliminary results are not to be considered final.

1.    Results of one of the internationally recognized tests (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) at least level B2 at CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or passed UL English Test;
2.    Skype interview which includes questions about profiling subjects and motivation.

Yes, the number of study places for each intake is limited and can change from year to year. In 2018/2019 45 students were accepted.

The study curriculum is divided in 3 parts: A part (mandatory subjects), B part (mandatory selection) and C part (electives).

During your studies you will have to take A part subjects worth 333 ECTS (222 Latvian credit points) – Normal anatomy, Inorganic chemistry, Introduction to cell biology, Medical Latin, Introduction to medical studies, Psychology and basics of psychiatry, Physics, Organic chemistry, General and special histology, Basics of genetics, Basics of biochemistry, Medical embriology, Human physiology, Physical and sports medicine, Medical biochemistry, Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology, General pathology, Molecular genetics, Pharmacology, Propaedeutics of Internal diseases, Environmental protection, Visual diagnostics, Principles of surgery, Internal diseases, Pathology of organs and systems, Obstetrics, Dermatovenerology, Public health and epidemiology, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Infectious diseases, Surgery, Neurology, Urology, Medical history and ethics, Narcology, Ophtalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Oncology, Radiology, Forensic medicine, Specific Considerations of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics.

B part subjects are worth 15 ECTS (10 Latvian credit points), and C part courses – 12 ECTS (8 Latvian credit points).

During your studies you will also have practice in different areas: Basics of Clinical care (5th semester), Clinical practice (5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th semesters), Emergency medicine and basic life support (6th semester), Practice of Family medicine (12th semester), Practice of Internal diseases (12th semester), Practice of surgery (12th semester).

Please see the full study programme curricula (subject to changes) here.

To continue studies in residency, work under a supervision of a practicing physician or do research (PhD). You will receive a medical doctor (MD) degree.

The full duration of studies is 12 semesters – 6 years. Classes are mostly from 8.30 am to 6 pm on weekdays. The form of studies will be full-time, and since it will take most of your time (including individual studies and preparation for tests), there will be no time to work part-time.

The tuition fee for the 1st year of studies is 8500 EUR. The tuition fee for the further years of studies will be set in the learning agreement.

The tuition fee covers your studies and the use of resources provided by the university.

Study books and lab coats are not included in your tuition fee but your professors will advise you on the necessary books and electronic resources, and many of them will also be available online.

You should expect to pay the first half (€4250) of your first tuition fee installment in August before the start of studies to be registered and have access to all resources and studies. Students from outside the EU/EEA are expected to pay a €500 deposit along with the first semester payment upon arrival. The deposit is intended to cover possible immigration expenses and payed back upon request after graduation.

There will also be a fee of €141 when submitting your documents for your application.

No, the studies in the English language programme have no state financed places or scholarships for students irrelevant of the citizenship. You are advised to inquire about financial support (grants and scholarships) from your home country – you’ll be able to provide them the certificate of enrollment and your transcript of records for proof every semester.

Some state financed scholarship competitions by the Latvian government for gifted students may be announced along the way but you should rely on your own resources at all times.

To be able to transfer from another university:

1.   You have to be a student of Medicine in your current university;

2.   You have to have acquired at least 60 ECTS and a whole year in your current studies;

3.   Your current subjects must coincide (overlap) with the LU subjects in contents at least 70%. Meaning – most of the subjects you have already done or are studying need to be similar and containing the same or larger amount of credit points than the ones envisioned by the LU study plan. 1 Latvian credit point = 1.5 ECTS.

4.   You can only transfer up to the 3rd year of studies.

The application for transfer students can be found on https://apply.lu.lv/. The application deadlines are the same for full-time first year and transfer students. Students from other universities in Latvia can apply for transfer until the registration week of the following semester (until the last week of August usually). The documents needed to apply for transferring are the same as for full-time first year students + the following documents from your current university:

  • Statement that proves your status as a student
  • Your study transcript containing all subjects taken up to this point, the grades and credit points acquired
  • Course descriptions for the subjects taken up to this point.

Your application will only be rewieved if all the necessary documents are submitted.

Please ask about transferring options by sending your inquiry and current grade transcripts and course descriptions to lumedi@lu.lv.

Programme Director 
Prof. G. Latkovskis

Programme Coordinator

Inese Vēvere 
Email: inese.vevere@lu.lv 
Faculty of Medicine
Jelgavas street 3 - 216, LV–1004

 

During the studies students learn the science and methods of medicine based on human morphology (structure), functions (physiology), psychology, basic clinical practice (anamnesis, overall objective examination and interpretation of results, manipulation competence), obtains knowledge on health promotion and disease prevention in the context of family and society. After successful completion of the programme graduates may enter residency and PhD studies.

The programme corresponds to EU standards and professional requirements set for MDs. The obtained degree is in line with European labor market requirements (part of European comparative degree system) and allows free movement within Europe.

After successful completion of the programme graduates work in the field of health care, medical firms, governmental institutions. Graduates may also work in hospitals or health centre under the supervision of a certified Doctor.