What is it like to study in Lithuania?
Located in Northern Europe, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania offers a unique mix of multicultural influences, with a complex past and modern, cosmopolitan student cities. With one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union, Lithuania offers a lower cost of living than many Western European countries, and its people are among the most bilingual and educated in Europe.
Furthermore, despite its northern location, it is a relatively temperate country and an ideal choice for nature lovers, with a lush mix of forests, rolling hills, rivers, streams, and lakes.
Study programs in Lithuania are assessed according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and offered in terms of “cycles”, which follow the Bologna system. The first cycle is for bachelor’s degrees, the second for master’s degrees, and the third for a doctorate.
Lithuanian universities also offer integrated study programs, which combine the first and second cycles, so that students graduate with a master’s degree and can then study for a doctorate if they wish. These programs are more common in regulated professions, such as law and medicine.
In Lithuania, there are two types of higher education institutions: colleges (kolegija) and universities. Higher schools focus on practical training for certain professions. There are 14 public universities, eight private ones, and a branch of a Polish university.
Lithuanian universities use a 10-point grading system, with 10 being the highest score and 5 being the minimum required to pass.
How to Access Lithuanian Universities
Before you apply to study in Lithuania, you will need to make sure that your qualifications will be accepted for your level of study. You will need a certificate of completion (or equivalent) if you are applying for a first-cycle degree (Bachelor’s degree), a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent for second-cycle (Master’s) programs, and a Master’s degree if you are applying for a third cycle (Ph.D.) program.
As a foreign citizen, your education documents will have to be evaluated and recognized by the Lithuanian Center for Quality Assessment of Higher Education (CQAHE), for which you will need to submit original copies of your diploma and transcript.
Another aspect to take into account is the language in which you are going to study. More than 380 English-taught courses, including 99 bachelor’s degrees, 139 master’s degrees, and 16 doctoral programs, appear in the program search tool offered by the Study in Lithuania website.
If you want to study in English and you are not a native speaker, you will need to take an aptitude test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Similarly, if you study in Lithuanian, you will have to pass a language aptitude test.
Lithuanian citizens, people of Lithuanian origin, and EU/EEA students can apply through the Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions (LAMA BPO) for state-funded places in Lithuanian universities, which must be done between 1 June and July 23.
If you are from a country outside the EU/EEA, you will need to apply directly to the university of your choice, presenting the following required documents:
- Completed application form
- Certificate of studies (which has been recognized by the Center for the Evaluation of the Quality of Higher Education)
- Curriculum vitae and motivation letter
- Copy of your passport, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- Receipt proving payment of the application and tuition fees
- Bank statements show that you can cover tuition fees and living expenses while studying in Lithuania.
The Vytautas Magnus University VMU Scholarships
Vytautas Magnus University offers scholarships to international students applying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in English in 2023.
Vytautas Magnus University is looking for smart, talented, and ambitious people who see themselves as citizens of the world.
The school’s mission is to put people and their dignity first, which means recognizing their achievements and individuality.
Show openness and tolerance towards different cultures and worldviews; hold senior research and teaching positions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and biomedicine; Development of international networks and intercultural communication; Promote international studies in Lithuanian; relevant to the challenges of global universities, and promote innovative research and modern education.