Latvia officially the Republic of Latvia is a sovereign state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Estonia in the northern region, Lithuania in the southern, to the east is Russia, and Belarus to the southeast, as well as sharing a maritime border with Sweden to the west. Other neighbouring countries include Finland, Poland and Germany. Latvia has 1,957,200 inhabitants, and a territory of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi). The climate in Latvia is mild and humid, without extreme fluctuations in temperature.
Latvia is a member of the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Council of Europe, the United Nations, Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8), Nordic Investment Bank (NIB), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Latvian education system consists of pre-school education, basic education, secondary education and higher education. General education in Latvia in total lasts 12 years consisting of compulsory 9-years basic education and 3-years secondary education. Additionally pre-school education at age of 5-6 is compulsory in Latvia.
Basic education stage comprises general basic education (grades 1-9) and vocational basic education. Secondary education stage comprises general secondary education, vocational secondary education and vocational education. Higher education comprises both academic and professional study programmes.
University of Latvia and Riga Technical University are two major universities in the country, both established on the basis of Riga Polytechnical Institute and located in Riga. Another two important universities, which were established on the base of State University of Latvia, are Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (established in 1939 on the basis of the Faculty of Agriculture) and Riga Stradiņs University (established in 1950 on the basis of the Faculty of Medicine)– both nowadays cover a variety of different fields. The University of Daugavpils is another significant center of education.
Medical Universities in Latvia offer a 6 year, English Medium programme in Medicine. The degree awarded would be Medical Doctor (M.D) which is equivalent to MBBS in India.
The Universities are recognized by The Medical Council of India (MCI) and World Health Organization (WHO).
It is accredited by Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
The studies are conducted in English therefore there is no need of learning a new language.
Medical Universities in Latvia provide USMLE (United States Medical Licensure Examination) and PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) training that will enable students to practice in USA or UK.
The student does not have to undergo through any entrance exam to seek admission for the Medicine programme unlike other countries. The student is only required to meeting the minimum academic requirements.
The use of innovative teaching aids and modern instruments make the quality of education very high in Latvia. Western style learning environment with the most up-to-date medical technologies and training facilities are used while teaching students.
Excellent theoretical & practical knowledge with patient-centered clinical training provided in Medical Universities of Latvia.
Students can experience multicultural environment with students from Asia as well as the Indian subcontinent.
Excellent teacher-student ratio is maintained in most of the universities.