Why study in Lithuania
Lithuania encompasses both deep respect for traditions and robust wish to learn and innovation. Lithuania is a member of the EU and NATO. Situated at a crossroad between west and east Europe. Lithuanian people are calm, simple but at the same time, they are shy with foreigners, but friendly and good intended when you get to know them. It is among the most bilingual and educated nations in Europe, however cost of living is stated the lowest than in western countries. Lithuania has a population of about 2 944 459 people.
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 19thcentury 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.
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.
Each study programme is evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), with each year of study being awarded 60 ECTS credits.
Non-university studies are undergraduate studies and they come under what we call the first cycle.
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).
During the first cycle, you can choose to study for a Bachelor’s degree and/or a professional qualification for which you will need to have obtained 180 – 240 ECTS. When you successfully complete the course, with or without a professional qualification you receive a Bachelor’s Diploma. If you only want to study for the professional qualification, then you will receive a Higher Educational Diploma.
Bachelor degrees and professional qualifications are offered at universities; professional qualifications, but not degrees, can be taken at colleges.
At Higher Education institutions in Lithuania, tuition fees differ from institution to institution, depending on the chosen programme and the cycle. Educational institutions announce their tuition fees annually.
On average, the cost of programmes at Higher Education institutions is approximately between 1300€ – 5500€ per year. At the top end of the price scale in colleges is a Bachelor of Arts; the tuition fees for musical studies could be around 4300€ per year. At the other end of the price scale are Humanities and Social Science studies, which cost around 1300€ per year.
At universities, the highest tuition fees, coming in at 8500€ per year, are for the training of aircraft pilots. The lowest fees are once again for Humanities and Social Science studies at 1300€ per year. Tuition fees for the second and third stages are different. For example, state funding for the full-time graduate (Master) studies starts from 2200€ per study year; for postgraduate studies (Doctoral) it is 5500€ per study year.
These fees apply to you if you are a Lithuanian or EU citizen. If you come from other countries, different tuition fees may apply
How To Find Accommodation
Hotels and hostels
You can find a room in a hotel in any city of Lithuania and book it on the internet: www.hotels.com.
The international website where you can look into for hostels is:
www.hostelz.com and www.hostelsclub.com
Information on renting accommodation (useful websites)
RENT Vilnius: http://rentvilnius.lt/index.php/home/
Food and drinks
Do you consider yourself a real gastronome? The network of cafés and restaurants is well developed in Lithuania. You can choose from establishments offering traditional Lithuanian dishes in a folk environment (see picture bellow of a restaurant in Vilnius), pizzerias attracting customers with their wonderful smells, little Japanese restaurants who closely guard their cuisine secrets, and fast food bistros. Students can have a meal in the university canteens that offer a daily lunch especially for them.
Although Lithuania does not have a huge population, it has a large number of supermarkets. They are modern in every respect and compare favourably with any of the supermarkets in other European cities. In our supermarkets you will not only be able to do all your shopping, but also have lunch, meet friends, go to the cinema or have a relaxing massage.
Do and Don’t in Lithuania
Every country has its own customs and practices and Lithuania is no exception. So, if you don’t want to feel like a white crow (a Lithuanian saying), you must anticipate the things that cannot be found in travel guides.
Here are some tips on what may be done in Lithuania and what is taboo.
|When on a date, give a girl only an odd number of flowers (an even number is only suitable for funerals!).||Do not consume alcohol in parks, squares and other public places – it is prohibited by law.|
|Always mark your ticket on a bus or trolleybus as the controllers are not always amenable.||Do not litter out of the car windows or in public places, you might get fined!|
|Leave tips: if you receive good service, the usual practice is to give at least ten percent of the total.||Do not kiss a person when greeting them if you do not know them well; it is more common to shake hands in Lithuania. Usually only relatives or close friends kiss when meeting.|
|Be punctual for appointments as Lithuanians tend to value each other’s time.||Do not get into a waiting taxi, if you call it by phone, it will take you to your destination at a lower rate.|