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  • 1. Study Dentistry at Rīga Stradiņš University Prospectus for International Students
  • 2. PLANMECA DENTAL EQUIPMENT, FITTED WITH FRASACO PHANTOM HEADS AND COMPUTERS
  • 3. Contents Welcome to Rīga Stradiņš University 2 Why choose RSU? 3 Studying in Riga 4 Study Programmes 6 Departments at the Faculty of Dentistry Department of Conservative Dentistry 8 Department of Prosthodontics 8 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 9 Department of Orthodontics 9 Department of Oral Pathology 10 Curriculum at the Faculty of Dentistry 11 Admission Requirements and Application for International Students 12 Accommodation & Living Costs 13
  • 4. Welcome to Rīga Stradiņš University I am delighted to have you read this brochure for prospective dentistry students, which will introduce you with study possibilities at the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) – one of the best universities in the Baltic region. Choosing a university is an earnest and time-consuming endeavour, as so many factors have to be considered – which is the best, which will be the friendliest, which will be the most inspiring. RSU is located in Riga, the city that inspires, and we are quite convinced that it will inspire you, too, just like it has inspired all the numerous international students who have studied here before and who have greatly contributed to the diversity of our university, and have been surprised by what the city and the university offers, their expectations surpassing anything they hoped for. RSU is committed to providing our students with the most inspirational educational experience possible, and since you will spend 5 years at our university as a dentistry student, we would want your experience here to be unforgettable and unique. At the Institute of Dentistry, which is the clinical base of the Faculty of Dentistry at the RSU, and an internationally acclaimed centre for practical dentistry in Latvia, you will acquire outstanding education, because you will master your theoretical knowledge and practical skills under the supervision of the most qualified and renowned academics and practitioners in Latvia and in Europe. In the study process, you will learn on high-tech equipment, use state-of-the-art instruments and information technologies, e.g. Planmeca supplies RSU with a system solution that links digital dental care units and digital imaging equipment to a comprehensive software with embedded clinical content and tailored features for education process management. Our departments are equipped with latest generation dentistry technologies: a modern sterilisation system, new technologies of radiology and an information technology network together with other technologies, which allow our students to acquire practical skills in diagnostics and treatment methods of dentistry. The Institute of Dentistry is a leading diagnostics centre in orthodontics, prosthodontics and oral maxillofacial surgery in the region, and hence is able to ensure postgraduate as well as undergraduate study programmes. Residency students can choose to train in maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and paediatric dentistry. We should also note that the Institute of Dentistry is the examination centre in the fields of orthodontics, prosthodontics and maxillofacial surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We will be happy to have you as our student, and we are convinced you will enjoy your time in Riga just like your pursuit of academic and personal goals at the Rīga Stradiņš University. We look forward to welcoming you to our University! Professor Ilga Urtāne Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Dentistry 2
  • 5. Why choose RSU? Top 5 reasons 1 AN UNFORGETTABLE STUDY PROCESS The entire clinical study process in dentistry is carried out on modern dentistry technologies, with the most up-to-date dental filling materials and interactive technologies. Additionally, the teaching staff tries to apply innovative teaching methods throughout the entire study process. As an international student of the RSU, you can also participate in the ERASMUS exchange programmes, which allow you to spend one semester in another European university, and who knows, maybe in your hometown. 2 AN INDIVIDUAL APPROACH We guarantee studies in small groups of 10 people, and lectures and practical classes taught in a collegial way by highly recognised professionals and specialists in their field, as all members of the academic staff have practiced and received qualifications in many European universities and clinics. 3 EXCELLENT TEACHING AND RESEARCH There are over 5,000 students at the RSU studying in departments that are accredited and recognised nation- ally and internationally for the quality of their teaching and research. However, we encourage not only the academic staff, but also students to participate in scientific work and projects. RSU is ranked among the best universities in the Baltic States. 4 YOUR FUTURE CAREER Our graduates are employed in prestigious institutions and organisations all over Europe and the degree obtained at the RSU successfully allows them to compete in the marketplace of any European country. Our graduates can continue their studies in residency in the fields of oral maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pros- thodontics, periodontics, endodontics, orthotics and paediatric dentistry. 5 RIGA – THE CITY THAT INSPIRES Moreover, Riga will inspire you, too. Founded in 1201, it is a city with an interesting history and old traditions, but it is also a city with an abundant and modern cultural life. You will be able to spend your spare time in the European cultural environment that Riga offers: attend concerts (modern and classical alike), the opera, dance and sports clubs, play golf and tennis, go swimming or hiking. In short – enjoy a vibrant modern city life. 3
  • 6. Studying in Riga FACTS ABOUT LATVIA Area: 64,589 sq km Population: 2,231,503 Capital: Riga Official language: Latvian Regions: Kurzeme Zemgale Vidzeme Latgale Nationalities: Latvians (59.2%) Russians (28.0%) Belarusians (3.7%) Ukrainians (2.5%) Poles (2.4%) Lithuanians (1.3%) Latvia Others (2.9%) Latvia is the central country of the three Baltic States (Estonia, Religions: Lutheran (20%) Latvia and Lithuania), it is located on the Eastern coast of the Catholic (22%) Baltic Sea in North-Eastern Europe and bordered by four coun- Orthodox (15%) tries – Estonia to the North, Russia to the East, and Belarus and Evangelical (5%) Lithuania to the South. For hundreds of years this strategic location Other (1%) Non-affiliated (~40%) has made Latvia not only an international crossroad for trade, commerce and cultural exchange, but also a notable centre of Currency: Latvian Lat (LVL) historic events. Fixed exchange rate 1 EUR = 0.7028 LVL The coastline of Latvia is almost 500 km long. Latvia stretches 503 km from east to west and 190 km from north to south, and Politics: Parliamentary democracy even though it is considered one of the smallest states in Europe, geographically it is still larger than Belgium, the Netherlands, Climate: Temperate maritime climate with mild Denmark, Switzerland, or its neighbouring country Estonia. Its summers (20–28 °C), moderate winters (-5–20 °C) and frequently high levels landscape is characterised by fertile lowland plains, moderate of humidity (70%) and precipitation hills, extensive networks of rivers and lakes, and a seashore of (600–700 mm) white, sandy beaches, lined by dunes and pine forests. 4
  • 7. © J. Kalniņš, Fotocentrs, Latvijas Institūts however, they are quite sincere once you get to know them. As Riga the local joke goes: put two Latvians together and you will get three political parties, put three Latvians together and you will have Riga is the capital and the largest city of Latvia with a population a choir (note that Latvia is “The Land that sings”), put four Latvians of 717,000. Thus, naturally it is also the political, economical and together and you will have a dinner feast. In short: Latvians enjoy cultural centre of the country. Riga has been nicknamed The City hearty discussions, a great get-together and a good meal. that Inspires, and it truly does! You will fall in love with the medieval Old Town and the 19th and 20th century Art Nouveau architecture, which is a distinctive characteristic of Riga. However, Riga is not just about history, old buildings and museums. You will also find it a stimulating setting for a vibrant modern business and cultural life. Also, note that Riga’s International Airport is one of the fastest growing travel hubs in Europe, providing cheap and easy access to any country in Europe – this will ensure a feeling of not being too far away from your home, family and friends. Choosing Riga as the city for your studies will be an inspiring experience as you will learn not only in the field of your selected studies, but also a different culture, new traditions and habits, and above all, new people. Latvians may seem reserved at first; 5
  • 8. Study Programmes Study programme ”Dentistry” The goal of the study programme “Dentistry” is to prepare students for becoming qualified dentists whose knowledge and practical skills would allow them to practice in general dentistry – to treat patients with oral cavity and teeth illnesses, as well as to be able to hold practical and educational events of dental illness prevention. DENTISTRY Just as in other universities, the study process of the Dentistry programme is divided into two blocks consisting of preclinical studies and specific courses related to dentistry. During pre- Study length: 5 years (10 semesters) clinical studies, students master general medical courses such as Study amount in anatomy, biology, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and credit points: 300 ECTS many others. However, these courses are augmented by dental courses, which are carried out at the five departments of the Study type: Full-time studies Faculty of Dentistry. Teaching language: English Degree conferred: Doctor of Dental Surgery (D. D. S.) Start dates: September 1st, application till June 15th DENTAL HYGIENIST Study length: 2 years (4 semesters) Study amount in credit points: 120 ECTS Study type: Full-time studies Teaching language: Latvian Degree conferred: Qualification of a Dental Hygienist Application: Individual applications are not accepted 6
  • 9. “RSU is the perfect place for serious and hardworking students. It is easy to get scared and confused at first, but once you adapt to the system you will be able to appreciate the satisfaction that hard work gives. So, if you are motivated, serious, and ready for late nights of study, your stay at the RSU will provide you with the utmost level of knowledge and skills in your field.” Izem Massensen Ayati, 3rd year student Further Study Upon a successful completion of the study programme, you will completion and evaluation. They also have to ensure infec- be conferred a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery and you will tion control measures and maintain a safe environment in the be authorised to practice under the supervision of a certified dental office. A dental hygienist must also take care of educa- dentist. You will also be able continue your education in the post- tional events to promote oral illness prevention, participate graduate study programme residency in orthodontics, teeth in the planning, organisation and evaluation of dental care prosthetics, endodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry or along with the dental team, and members of other fields. maxillofacial surgery. Further Study Upon a successful completion of the study programme, graduates Study programme ”Dental Hygienist” can work in hospitals, clinics, outpatient clinics and dental prac- tices as dental hygienists. The goal of the study programme ”Dental Hygienist” is to train qualified specialists of medical care in dentistry. Dental hygienists ensure the prevention of oral illnesses and draft clinical (periodontological) treatment plans, ensuring their 7
  • 10. Departments at the Faculty of Dentistry dental education based on intelligent equipment and soft- Department of Conservative Dentistry ware integration, and the Faculty of Dentistry at the Rīga Stradiņš University was the third dental school to adopt the Course structure new learning environment. The Department of Conservative Dentistry is one of the principal departments in which students master eight courses: pathology and cariology of hard tooth tissues, endodontics, periodontics, Department of Prosthodontics a preclinical course of operative dentistry, paediatric conserva- tive dentistry, prevention of dental illnesses, public healthcare, Course structure and x-ray examination and radiology. This allocation of courses In the Department of Prosthodontics, students receive a full is included in the last three years, and the implementation of training in the disciplines of prosthetic dentistry. The course of these courses is carried out in lectures and practical classes. Here, prosthodontics consists of preclinical training and clinical under the supervision of professors, students acquire practical training. In the preclinical course, students acquire skills necessary skills in cariology, endodontics and other courses by learning on for the development of prosthodontics, including those based digitalised Planmeca dental equipments. Students use the most on implants. modern tooth filling materials for filling teeth, and they are trained to do dental, digital and panoramic x-ray examinations, as well as The preclinical training runs for 3 semesters, and includes the cephalogram 3D dental (iCAT) picture taking. following manipulations: • Edentulous jaws, conventional complete dentures; Average workload per week • Cast and acrylic removable dentures; On average, you will have 4 lectures and 8 hours of work in practical • Removable and fixed-implant supported dentures; classes per week in addition to your personal independent studies. • Tooth preparation and fixed dentures; • Restoration of devital teeth; Assessment • Dental technical laboratory. You will be assessed through various presentations of treated patients, MCQ tests, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exami- The clinical training runs for 4 semesters: nation), as well as written tests and examinations. • The teaching is comprised of treatment of patients, performing prosthodontic work as well as planning Equipment & learning resources of clinical situations based on actual evidences. We have opened a new, modern student teaching clinic, which • Integrated treatment planning. complies with European standards. This clinic is set-up with top-ranking dental digital Planmeca equipment, which is con- Average workload per week sidered a technology leader in dental equipment design. In On average, you will have 2 lectures and 8 hours of work in prac- collaboration with some of the world’s leading universities, tical classes per week in addition to your personal independent Planmeca has developed a unique learning environment for studies. 8
  • 11. Assessment You will be assessed through various discussions, presentations of treated patients, MCQ tests, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), as well as written tests and examinations. Equipment & learning resources Ever since 2000, students can work with KaVo equipment. Our preclinic is equipped with Planmeca units and Frasaco phantom heads. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Course structure At the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, students begin their studies already in the 3rd semester and continue until the 10th semester. The study process is divided into the preclinical block and clinical block. In the preclinical courses, students mas- ter topographic anatomy and oral surgery among other subjects. In the clinical oral and maxillofacial courses, students master Surgery of P. Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, and proceed various methods of maxillofacial surgery, as well as paediatric through oncostomatology cycle at the Oncology Centre of Latvia surgery. Additionally they master oncostomatology and oral and in their 5th study year. maxillofacial oncology illnesses, their treatment and methods of surgery. Department of Orthodontics Average workload per week On average, you will have 2 lectures and 8 hours of work in prac- Course structure tical classes per week in addition to your personal independent In order to master orthodontics, students are engaged in certain studies. courses during their preclinical studies, such as embryology, gene- tics, physiology, histology, etc. Students acquire knowledge about: Assessment • Basic conceptions of growth and development; You will be assessed through various discussions, presentations • Prenatal and postnatal growth, the connection of of treated patients, MCQ tests, OSCE (Objective Structured Clini- orofacial musculature with the development of cal Examination), as well as written tests and examinations. craniofacial skeleton; • The significance of craniofacial growth in orthodontics; Equipment & learning resources • Basic conceptions of orofacial neuromuscular physiology; Students learn dental anaesthesia and teeth extraction methods • Development of occlusion; on phantoms, which are available at the Department of Oral and • Aetiology and pathogenesis of craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery. Students also learn to use various dental dentofacial anomalies. equipments, e.g. germicidal lamps, surgical instruments etc. In the 4th year, students master traumatic and inflammation pro- Starting from the 6th semester students continue their studies at cesses of the face and jaw at the Centre of Dental and Maxillofacial the Department of Orthodontics where they master preclinical 9
  • 12. and clinical courses. Here they acquire information about materials and instruments used in orthodontics, and the biomaterial analysis Department of Oral Pathology of various materials. They also master courses like: • Biometric analysis of casts; Course structure • X-ray diagnostics and cephalometrics; In the Department of Oral Pathology students primarily deal with • The planning principles of orthodontic treatment; matters regarding oral medicine, including clinical diagnostics of • Biomorphological basics of orthodontic treatment. pathological changes of oral mucous; differential diagnostics and treatment of these pathologies. However, starting from the 1st Average workload per week year, the department also provides teaching in other courses, e.g. On average, you will have 2 lectures and 8 hours of work in prac- studies in specialty, which includes Professional Ethics and Dental tical classes per week in addition to your personal independent Anatomy, where students learn the structure of a tooth by drawing studies. dimensional drawings, as well as forming them from plastics. In the 3rd year, students learn how to examine perioral tissues, oral Assessment cavity, etc. In the 4th year, students master the specifics of certain You will be assessed through various discussions, presentations oral mucous illnesses (vesicular and bullous illnesses, eruptions of treated patients, MCQ tests, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical and ulcers, mucous infections, fungi, viruses, bacteria, clinical Examination), as well as written tests and examinations. displays of pre-cancer, oral cavity cancer, HIV and AIDS, pain in the orofacial region), as well as displays of system illnesses in the Equipment & learning resources oral cavity. In the 5th year, students treat patients with mucous The teaching process in orthodontics is based on electronically illnesses under the supervision of professors. prepared materials and the analysis of clinical cases. In the 5th year, the work is integrated with paediatric dentistry. Average workload per week On average, you will have 1 lecture and 4 hours of work in practi- cal classes per week in addition to your personal independent studies. Assessment You will be assessed through various discussions, presentations of treated patients and MCQ tests. At the end of every course, students must take a test or an exam. At the end of the 5th year, students must pass a State Exam in Oral Pathology. Equipment & learning resources Students can evaluate pathological changes in the oral cavity with an intraoral camera. 10
  • 13. Diagnostics of Oral Pathology 6 A Curriculum at the Faculty of Dentistry Infectious Diseases/Paediatrics 4.5 A ENT/General Surgery 4.5 A First Year Oral Surgery (preclinical course) 3 A Courses ECTS credits Type Orthodontics 3 A Internal Diseases and Basics of Propedeutics 3 A Human Anatomy 9 A Endodontics 1.5 A Histology 9 A Public Health Care in Dentistry 1.5 A Physics & Biomaterials 6 A Clinical Pharmacology 1.5 A Human Biology 6 A Latvian 6 A Fourth Year Introduction to Dentistry & First Aid 3 A Medical Terminology in Latin 3 A Prosthetics 9 A General Medical Chemistry 3 A Pathology of Dental Hard Tissues/Cariology 7.5 A Medical Biochemistry 3 A Periodontology 7.5 A Dental Anatomy 3 A Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 7.5 A Philosophic Anthropology 3 A Skin and Oral Mucosa Diseases 7.5 A Organic and Biologic Chemistry 3 B Endodontics 6 A Ontogenetic Aspects of Human Evolution 3 B Paediatric Dentistry 4.5 A Basics of Ergonomics 3 B Orthodontics 4.5 A DNA in vitro 3 B Diseases of Oral Mucosa 4.5 A Computer Science and Statistics 3 B Paediatric Dental Surgery 3 A The History of Medicine and Deontology 3 B X-Ray Examination/Radiology 3 A Intercultural Relations 3 B Oral Morphology 3 A Second Year Fifth Year General Clinical Subjects 13.5 A Research Paper and State Exam 18 A Preclinical Courses 12 A Prosthetics 7.5 A Physiology 6 A Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 7.5 A Microbiology, Immunology, Virology 6 A Pathology of Dental Hard Tissues/Cariology 6 A Medical Genetics 4.5 A Paediatric Dentistry 4.5 A Medical Biochemistry 3 A Orthodontics 4.5 A Pathological Anatomy 3 A Public Health Care in Dentistry 3 A Embryology 3 A Complex Treatment of Oral Pathology 3 A Biomaterials (Prosthetics) 3 B Economics and Business 3 A Interface Psychology 3 B Practical Training in Oral Surgery 3 B Medical Terminology in Latvian 3 B Planning of Complex Treatment 3 B Psychosomatic Medicine & Psychotherapy 3 B Preprosthetic Surgery 3 B Cell Energetics 1.5 B Implants in Prosthetics 3 B Special Physiology 1.5 B Aesthetic Reconstruction in Prosthetics 3 B Functional Tooth Anatomy 1.5 B Effective Interface with Patients in General X-Ray Examination & Radiology 1.5 B Paediatric Dentistry 3 B Oral Pathology Third Year (Systemic Diseases in Oral Cavity) 3 B General Clinical Subjects 13.5 A Prosthetics 12 A Students must master 60 ECTS per academic year, Oral Surgery 9 A Pathology of Dental Hard Tissues 7.5 A combining compulsory courses (A) with elective courses (B) Preventive Dentistry 7.5 A to constitute a total of 60 ECTS 11
  • 14. Admission Requirements and Application for International Students Application Procedure Students are enrolled once a year in September. Application documents are accepted from May 1st to June 15th. Prospec- Admission Requirements for Applicants tive students from the European Union and European Economic Area may apply until July 1st. Applications have to contain all of A good command of English the required supporting documents. Partial applications are not considered valid. Completed secondary education, including two semesters or three quarters of Biology, Chemistry, For more details on the application procedure, Physics or Mathematics please visit the RSU homepage www.rsu.lv University eligibility in home country Tuition Fee Age requirements are 18 or older, maximum age The tuition fee is regulated by an individual agreement between is not limited the student and the Rīga Stradiņš University. Enrolled students have to pay the tuition fee in advance for the entire academic year (except for students whose tuition is covered by their home country grants). For more information on tuition fees, please contact the Dean of the International Study Department either by calling +371 67409128 or +371 67409212, or by writing an e-mail to foreign@rsu.lv Visiting and Open Days Open days is a great way to learn more about the place you will spend a considerable amount of your life, and decide whether RSU and the Institute of Dentistry will be the right choice for you. We organise several opportunities for our prospective students who are considering studying at RSU to visit us. Should you wish to meet with us in person, we will be happy to have you on our open days, held on the last Friday of every month. However, please do inform us ahead of your visit. 12
  • 15. Accommodation & Living Costs Students can also choose to live off-campus in the student hostel THE GREEN APPLE, which offers special rates for RSU students start- ing from EUR 200.00 per month (full-board options ranging from EUR 350.00) The hostel is located in the Old Town and thus offers a wide range of all sorts of social benefits, e.g. the Latvian National Opera is right across the street, and it is in close proximity to major transport networks, or any other central object for that matter. Another rather popular alternative is renting a PRIVATE APART- MENT, often shared by two students, and the monthly cost ranging from EUR 400.00 to EUR 1000.00 for a one-bedroom property, utility costs included, but depending on the quality and location. Note that the apartments are usually furnished. Living Costs The cost of living in Riga is pretty much as in the majority of Eu- ropean countries. Most students coming to Latvia from other EU countries find Latvia even cheaper than their home countries; Choosing a place in an unknown city, you will be able to call your however, the cost of living mostly depends on ones individual home for the next 5 years can be stressful; however, Rīga Stradiņš lifestyle, desires and necessities. As a rough guide, we recommend University and the city itself offer a variety of options, which can a minimum of around EUR 500 per month (including accommo- be adjusted to the most varied personal desires and financial dations) for expenses such as phone, food, study materials, local possibilities. transport, hobbies, leisure, hygiene and other. The table on the right gives an overall insight in what the costs of living in Riga are. The most common accommodation choice is the UNIVERSITY Living Costs Average LOW (per month) Average HIGH (per month) STUDENT HOSTEL. The cost of the hostel varies depending on the size and type of room (single en suite, single, shared bathroom, Rent 130 EUR 400 EUR etc.). The minimum cost is EUR 150.00 per month. A room with Food 200 EUR 400 EUR its own basic kitchen will cost you EUR 230.00. The university stu- Utilities & Services 100 EUR 200 EUR dent hostel is equipped with a direct intranet link, which al- Public Transport 20 EUR 30 EUR lows students to use all the options ensured by the library and Entertainment 50 EUR 150 EUR e-studies directly from their rooms. However, it should be noted Other 1 00 EUR 200 EUR that due to a high demand, the University has limited possibilities of providing the university housing for all students. Total 600 EUR 1380 EUR 13
  • 16. Contacts Rīga Stradiņš University Dzirciema 16 Riga, LV-1007 LATVIA To find out more about study possibilities, please contact the International Study Department Phone: +371 67 409 212 Fax: +371 67 471 825 E-mail: foreign@rsu.lv www.rsu.lv © Rīga Stradiņš University, 2009-2010