Study in Lithuania
Lithuanians are one of the ethnic groups in the Baltic region. While Lithuania has a population of about 3 million people, at least another million are living in other countries, with Lithuanians generally located in the USA, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Lithuania is a member of EU and NATO.
The native language is Lithuanian, one of two living Baltic languages. An interesting fact about the language is that as far back as the beginning of the 19th century people noticed that Lithuanian was very similar to Sanskrit. Linguists around the world are still fascinated that the Lithuanian language has retained features of this ancient language and it hasn’t really simplified much.
Many Lithuanians are multilingual; two-thirds of the population declares that they are able to speak at least two foreign languages. This exceeds the average of the European Union several times. According to the data from Eurostat, 66.1 per cent of the population of Lithuania, aged 25 – 64, can speak two or more foreign languages, 31.5 per cent can speak one foreign language, and a mere 2.5 per cent of the population cannot speak any foreign languages. The most common foreign languages spoken are English, Russian and German.
83.45 per cent of the population of Lithuania consider themselves to be Lithuanians, 6.74 per cent are Polish, 6.31 per cent are Russians, 1.23 per cent are Belarusians and 2.27 per cent represent other nations. In terms of religion, most Lithuanians are Roman Catholic.
Another reason why Lithuania is amongst the top destinations for quality studies in Europe is that our population is amongst the top educated in Europe. We were among the best educated nations in Europe once more by the European Commision's Eurostat website, which compared all European countries against the same criteria. 93.3% of 25-64 year olds in Lithuania have upper secondary education (followed by 92.5% in Czech Republic, 91.7% in Slovakia and 89.8% in Estonia). Every third Lithuanian has a BA or higher degree.
All of the 350+ English-taught study programmes in Lithuania are evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), with each year of study being awarded with 60 ECTS credits. You can find all of them on http://www.studyinlithuania.lt. University degrees are offered in three cycles: the first cycle is undergraduate (Bachelor), the second cycle is graduate (Master, and/or specialised professional studies), and the third one is postgraduate (Doctoral; residency; postgraduate in the Arts). Bachelor degrees and professional qualifications are offered at universities; professional qualifications, but not degrees, can be taken at colleges. The academic year starts in September and ends in mid-June and is divided into two semesters – spring and autumn. Students can opt to study full-time or part-time.
If you are at the second cycle stage (or aim to be there) and you want to study for a Master’s degree and/or a specialised professional qualification one of the options open to you is the Integrated study programmes. These programmes combine university studies at the first and second cycles. The successful graduates are awarded a Master’s Diploma which testifies to their Master’s degree status.
First, you must have your education documents recognised in the Republic of Lithuania. The evaluation and recognition of foreign school-leaving certificates and higher education qualifications is carried out accordingly by the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE): www.skvc.lt/en/
After the recognition of your qualifications, you can apply to a University (most of the time it can be done online, and you can find all the contact details on http://www.studyinlithuania.lt);
At Higher Education institutions in Lithuania, tuition fees differ from institution to institution, depending on which study programme has been chosen and which stage the student is at. Educational institutions announce their tuition fees annually.
On average, the cost of studies at higher education institutions is approximately between 1.000 – 5.300 EUR per year for Bachelor studies, from 2.200-6.500 EUR per year for Master studies and from 7.100 to 8.500 EUR per year for postgraduate studies. You can find more detailed information on tuition fees for specific programmes on http://www.studyinlithuania.lt
Students at Higher Education institutions in Lithuania may be awarded scholarships and may also participate in international exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus). Those who participate in students’ exchange programmes do not have to pay any extra tuition fees for the exchange programme.
• For Lithuanian language and culture summer courses;
• For short term Lithuanian (Baltic) studies;
• For full-time Master degree studies in all fields.
1st of April is the deadline for the document submission for both spring and autumn semesters (for summer courses, short-term studies and research scholarships), while the deadline for applications for the full-time master degree studies is usually set for mid-July. Learn more about the exact deadlines this year and which scholarships you are eligible for at http://www.smpf.lt/en/statescholarships.
In addition to state scholarships, Universities sometimes grant individual scholarships, which you can enquire about when applying!
Opportunities for practical involvement include the following:
• EU programmes, such as Erasmus (Higher Education) and Comenius (intended for future teachers).
• IAESTE, an international, non-profit association which implements an exchange programme for students at technical universities, involving students from 86 countries and more than six thousand companies worldwide. In Lithuania, Kaunas University of Technology act as a representative (http://karjera.ktu.lt/?lan=en).
• Student organisations such as AIESEC (http://www.aiesec.lt/en), among others.
• It's quite common to directly approach companies and ask for opportunities for un-paid work experience. This will greatly improve your CV and also give you practical knowledge, which will come in handy when you are considered for a permanent position.
English language courses in Lithuania
Meet language requirements for university admission in Lithuania by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including Lithuania. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or other English exams.
Good value for money. With higher education being notoriously expensive in most parts of the world, more than ¾ of international students in Lithuania agree they are getting a bang for their buck – with tuition fees starting from 1000EUR and generous scholarship schemes for top quality education. Not considering Lithuania would be a big mistake!
The tuition fees you will pay at a Lithuanian institution will depend on where you are from, as well as where you study and at what level. Students from EU countries tend to have lower fees. On average, you should expect to pay between €1,000 and €5,500 per year for a bachelor’s degree. For a masters degree, you should expect to pay between €2,200 and €6,500, and for a doctoral degree between €7,000 and €10,000 per year. There are some state scholarships available to help students who wish to study in Lithuania. Contact your institution to find out about eligibility and the application process.
Costs of living will depend on where you choose to live. Bigger cities will be more expensive than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between €400 and €1,000 per month. This accounts for your accommodation, groceries, travel, and any other necessities. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access state healthcare services for free, but this does not cover any healthcare provided by the private sector. If you are from an EU country, you may be eligible for state provided insurance, giving you access to free healthcare. For more information about this, contact your institution. If you are not an EHIC card holder and do not come from an EU/EEA country, you will need to have valid health insurance cover for the duration of your studies.