Study in Lithunia

Why study in Lithuania ?

Lithuania is at a crossroad between west and east Europe, and throughout its complicated history has developed a unique culture, which encompasses both deep respect for traditions and robust wish to learn and innovate. We are members of 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 great for tourism, education or business.

Quality of Study :

In Lithuania we believe Higher Education has to be of a high quality and available to all. To implement the objectives of this concept, a reform of the structures of Higher Education got underway in 2009. The objective was to improve the quality of studies so that everyone in Lithuania who sought further education would have access to it. The major goals of the reform are:accessibility, efficiency and quality. The aims of the reform of Higher Education are to: improve the quality and financing of the studies invest in the development of lecturers’ expertise and skills stimulate the development of integrated studies and business centers (valleys) promote Lithuanian education internationally optimize the network of Higher Education institutions and develop their management improve the teaching base The implementation of the reform has required certain strategies to be adopted which in turn focus on education institutes: the network of research institutes has been optimized and the institutes have been integrated into universities (17) five research centers have been set up six academic institutes have been founded academic activities will be evaluated on an international level the financing of academic projects has been increased Direct benefits of the reform of Higher Education to the student: studies of high quality better teaching a modern teaching base.

The process of Study :

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 program 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 specialized 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. 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 specialized professional qualification one of the options open to you is the Integrated study programs. These programs combine university studies of the first and second cycles. The successful graduates are awarded a Master’s Diploma which testifies to their Master’s degree status. You can also attain a professional qualification. If you are studying for the Master’s Diploma (which is only offered at universities) you have to obtain 90 – 120 ECTS credits. If you study for the professional qualification at this level you will be awarded a Higher Education Diploma. The purpose of the specialized professional studies at this level is to acquire a qualification in a specific field. In the third cycle, students study for a postgraduate qualification. This could be for a Doctorate, a Residency (for example, those studying medicine or veterinary science) or a postgraduate qualification in the  Arts. Postgraduate studies are offered by a university or a university and science institution collectively. The duration of the different postgraduate studies is determined by the Government. Some Higher Education institutions organize summer courses in addition to regular courses. These courses, offering mostly academic content, usually last for a couple of weeks in the summer. They are often both formal and informal. In some Higher Education institutions it is possible to gain ECTS credits and scholarships for summer courses (i.e. they are included in the studies). Tuition fees “Knowledge is priceless; however, studies have to be paid for”. At Higher Education institutions in Lithuania, tuition fees differ from institution to institution, depending on the chosen program and the cycle. Educational institutions announce their tuition fees annually. On average, the cost of programs at Higher Education institutions is approximately between 850€ – 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 800€ per year. At universities, the highest tuition fees, coming in at 5200€ per year, are for the training of aircraft pilots 11/28/2015 Study in Lithuania | Study process | Study in Lithuania | and for a Bachelor’s degree in Music. The lowest fees are once again for Humanities and Social Science studies at 1000€ per year. Tuition fees for the second and third stages are different. For example, in 2011 state funding for the full-­time graduate (Master) studies ranged from 2207€ to 6500€ per year; for postgraduate studies (Doctoral) it was 8500€ per year, and for residency, it ranged from 7100€ to 8000€ per 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. You can find more detailed information on tuition fees in the section: Characterization of study programs. Students at Higher Education institutions in Lithuania may be awarded scholarships and may also participate in international exchange programs (e.g. Erasmus). Those who participate in students’ exchange programs do not have to pay any extra tuition fees for the exchange programme. Find out more in the section: Scholarships. Practice 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: EU programmes, such as Erasmus (Higher Education) and Comenius (intended for future teachers). IAESTE, an international, non­profit 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 representatives (http://karjera.ktu.lt/?lan=en). Students’ organisations such as AIESEC (http://www.aiesec.lt/en), among others. It’s quite common to directly approach companies and ask for opportunities for un­paid 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.

 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS : 

What studies do you want to choose? If you want to study in the first cycle (Bachelor’s) program at the particular higher education institution in Lithuania you need to have a Maturity Certificate (school leaving certificate) or an equivalent qualification. To be admitted to the second ­cycle university programme you should hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification (usually in the respective field). In order to enter the third­cycle university studies (Doctoral, as well as residency, postgraduate Arts studies), you should have either a Master’s or a corresponding degree in the respective study field. All institutions have equal opportunity policies; admission to studies at any stage is based on competition which is laid down by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. Recognition of your education acquired abroad: You, as a foreign citizen, must have his/her education documents recognized in the Republic of Lithuania. The evaluation and recognition of foreign school­leaving certificates and higher education qualifications is carried out accordingly by the Lithuanian Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE): www.skvc.lt/en/ Language requirements A foreign national seeking access to studies in Lithuania has to be proficient in the language of instruction: If the study program pf your choosing is taught in Lithuanian language, you will have to pass a Lithuanian competency test. The test of Lithuanian language is to evaluate applicant’s ability to study in Lithuanian language. Listening, reading, writing and speaking skills and the ability to use the language are assessed during the test. For questions regarding the test of Lithuanian language you have to contact the Dept. of Lithuanian Studies (Faculty of Philology) at Vilnius University (University to g. 5, Vilnius). For more information please contact +370 5268 7214, +370 5 268 7215 or http://www.lsk.flf.vu.lt ) If the studies are in English or another language, you will need a certificate proving your language level (higher education institutions have their own requirements).

 Science Valleys :

At present, five research centers are being developed in Lithuania. The term ‘valley’ has been used to describe an area of business potential which incorporates research, study and knowledge, concentrated in one place. Studies + education + business = VALLEY: the core of economics and innovation in education, studies and knowledge giving the ability to compete at an international level In these centers of education, studies and business students will be able to prepare final papers for a Bachelor’s and Master’s qualification and write their theses. They will be able to perform more extensive scientific research in the laboratories and they will also be able to get involved in academic and industrial activity. The upshot of all this is that students raise their qualifications and use the base of academic research more effectively. Specialization of centers (valleys) of integrated education, studies and business .

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. A cheaper, but not necessarily inferior, alternative is a youth hostel. You will be able to select an appropriate one on the website of the National Association of Youth Hostels: www.lha.lt/en. The international website where you can search for hostels is:  www.hostelsclub.com Information on renting accommodation (useful websites) Aruodas: www.aruodas.lt Domoplius: http://domo.plius.lt/en/ Real Estate Agencies You can also use real esate agencies, however these websites come only in Lithuanian language: www.namai.lt, www.remax.lt

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT : 

Temporary Residence Permit TRP is a document that grants an alien the right to temporary reside in the Republic of Lithuania for a period specified in the permit. The alien has the right to choose his/her place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania, change it, depart from and return to the Republic of Lithuania during the period of validity of the residence permit and you will also receive a national identification code. The alien must give a notice of a change of his/ place of his/her residence to a Migration Service of a public police division at a Migration Service and should not forget that a person must declare his/her departure when leaving from the Republic of Lithuania for a period exceeding six months. A temporary residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania is issued to an alien who is acitizen of a nonEU Member State. It is usually issued for a period of one year, though it may also be issued for a shorter period. In respect to the persons of the Lithuanian descent and the aliens who have retained the right to citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, the temporary residence permit is issued for a period of five years. In order to obtain the Temporary residence permit, student should provide these documents: 1. an application of the specified from to issue/replace temporary residence permit, which you can find here; 2. a valid travel document (passport); 3. valid Schengen visa or national visaunless a visa­free regime applies, when applying for the TRP while already in Lithuania; 4. temporary residence permit, when it is being replaced; 5. one photo (40 x 60 mm), matching the age; 6. documents confirming the ground for issuance or replacement of temporary residence permit: 7. ­ documents confirming that the alien has been admitted to study in a science and study establishment under a study curriculum (curricula) or admitted to doctoral studies; 8. ­ a letter of mediation of this establishment; 9. ­ both or one parent’s letter of consent for life (study) in the Republic of Lithuania, in case the applicant is a minor. 10. a document confirming that a person has enough funds and (or) receives regular income in order to survive in Lithuania; 11. document about a place of residencein Lithuania.

 Mobile phone and Internet :

How do I get a phone number in Lithuania? There are three basic service providers of mobile connectivity: Omnitel, Bitė, and Tele 2. You can get the prepaid cards: Extra, Ežys (Omnitel), Labas (Bitė) or Pildyk (Tele 2) at all newsagents or designated trading places. Each of them offers different tariffs and terms, so you will be able to choose one which best suits your needs. If you need to find the number of a company or person with a landline, you can consult the telephone directory which is available online (www.teo.lt) or by phoning 118. The dial codes of Lithuania’s cities are also given on the website. To phone Lithuania from a foreign country, you will need to first dial the code of the country (+370) and then the code of the city and phone number. If you call an ordinary number in another city of Lithuania, dial 8, then the city code and the required phone number. For an international call, first dial 00, then dial the code of the country, city code and phone number. The Internet What about organising your studies? At all universities, you will probably have access to computers and the internet in the libraries or designated computer classes. This facility does not need to be used only for study purposes. When out and about? There are internet cafés or special internet networks in the cities, especially in the city centres. Big supermarkets also sometimes have small internet cafés and in some cases, free internet facilities are provided. Majority of restaurants, bars and cafés also have free wireless internet. If you can’t find the password, simply ask the bartender how to log in. Wireless network is really all over the place in Lithuania, no wonder we get contanstly praised for it (read this article at the Business Insider from 2014 how Lithuania has the fastest public wi­fi).