Study in Lithuania
Lithuania is a crossroad between Western and Eastern Europe. Despite its complicated history, it has developed a unique culture, which encompasses both deep respect for traditions and a robust desire to learn and innovate.
We are members of the EU and NATO, and are among the most bilingual and educated nations in Europe. However, costs of living here are lower than in Western countries, which makes Lithuania ideal for aspiring international students.
What is it like to study in Lithuania?
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. University degrees are offered in three cycles:
- the first cycle is undergraduate (Bachelor's)
- the second cycle is graduate (Master's, and/or specialised professional studies)
- the third one is postgraduate (PhD/Doctoral, residency, postgraduate in the Arts)
Bachelor's 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.
Higher education institutions in Lithuania focus on giving students the skills they need in order to apply their knowledge in a practical way. Therefore, students are able to undertake educational, professional or scientific practices both locally and internationally. Opportunities for practical involvement include the following:
What to study in Lithuania?
Here are some of the most popular academic courses:
Universities to attend in Lithuania
The following are the best Lithuanian universities that offer English-taught degrees:
Why Study in Lithuania?
- Welcoming nation. Lithuanians are one of the most educated and bilingual nations in Europe. After your studies, you are sure to leave with many new acquaintances and life-long friends. So much, that you just might decide to stay :-)
- 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 admission process is a piece of cake after you decide which programme you wish to study. Most universities have deadlines in June for the September intake, but international students are advised to apply as early as possible in order to leave more time to work out the details.
The following three steps are required to enrol at a Lithuanian university:
- 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)
- After the recognition of your qualifications, you can apply to a university (most of the time it can be done online)
Here are some documents you might need to submit during your university application:
- A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s degree)
- A transcript/record of your previous courses
- A scan of your passport and/or birth certificate
- Your CV
- Testing scores
- Evidence of scholarship or funding
- Letters of recommendation (2 or 3)
- Portfolio and/or writing samples
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Lithuanian university
Take preparation courses
This kind of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes.
Try a pre-MBA, pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
Improve your English through an English-language prep course
If you’re attending a degree programme in Lithuania, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
To study in Lithuania, you’ll need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. The certificates generally accepted by Lithuanian universities are:
Still, you should always check your university’s website to be sure what the exact requirements are.
If you’ve come from one of the 27 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and have a European card of health insurance, you are guaranteed state health care services in case of an accident. You need to be aware that the card does not cover the expenses of health care services provided by the private sector.
Students from EU above the age of 18 could be considered for insurance and get free medical care. To do so, they must present a document, proving their status as a student, to the territorial health insurance fund. Then, if you want to get registered at a health centre, you will have to fill in an application on a special form at the reception desk and present a document proving personal identity (with the photo and a National Identification Number).
If you have made the decision to study in Lithuania and are preparing to pack for your trip here, don’t forget that you are coming to a country where the weather is very different per season.
In summer you will see beautiful blossoms of various forms and colours; in autumn yellow, red and brown leaves fall from the trees; in winter you’ll be able to wade through big banks of snow and catch snowflakes, and in spring you will see the sun reflecting in the puddles.
Lithuania’s climate has gotten warmer in recent years; the average annual temperature is 6.5–7.9°C. July is the hottest month of the year (average temperature is about 19.7°C; the highest temperature is over 30°C). The coldest month is January (average temperature –2.9°C, lowest temperature may fall below –30°C).
The rain season is from April to October (60 - 65% of the annual rainfall). There may be rainy periods during summer when 30mm a day or even more has been measured.
Thus, in summer your luggage will probably be at least half the weight it would be in winter. Temperatures can rise up to 30°C in the warm season, although a light jacket and an umbrella could come in handy. In winter you will need a warm coat, gloves and a woolly hat. In spring and autumn you may need a pair of wellington boots (if that’s your style).
In size, Lithuania is bigger than the other two Baltic neighbours and has roughly the size of Ireland: 62,302km². Lithuania’s territory extends 373 km from East to West and 276 km from North to South, which means you can cross it easily in few hours by car. Lithuania shares borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Russian Federation.
Students from outside of EU, have to get insurance before coming to Lithuania — either from a company based at home or within Lithuania.
Lithuania is also very flat — our highest hill rises 293.8 m above sea level, and we don‘t have any mountains (so we built the biggest indoor skiing centre in the region!). About one third of our land area is occupied by forests, and 4% — by rivers and lakes (which we have 830 of). We also have a 100km long coastline.