Located in the north of Europe on the Baltic Sea, Lithuania offers a unique blend of multicultural influences, with a complex past and modern, cosmopolitan student cities. Home to one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union, Lithuania offers lower living costs than many Western European countries, and its people are some of the most bilingual and well-educated in Europe. It’s also *relatively* mild, despite its northern location, and an ideal choice for nature-lovers, with a lush mix of forests, gently rolling hills, rivers, streams and lakes.
There are two types of higher education institutions in Lithuania – colleges (kolegija) and universities. Colleges are focused on practical training for particular professions. There are 14 public universities, eight private, and one branch campus of a Polish university.
Lithuanian universities use a 10-point grading system, in which 10 is the highest score and 5 is the minimum needed to pass.
Life in Lithuania
Lithuanians are friendly and often multi-lingual, with two-thirds of the population able to speak at least two foreign languages. Around 30% of Lithuanians are proficient in English, which is especially common in the younger population.
The capital and largest city in Lithuania, Vilnius has a population of around 542,700 people and is located in the southeast of the country. Students who choose a university in Vilnius are bound to be charmed by the city’s famous baroque and gothic architecture, especially in the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Vilnius also offers a vibrant nightlife, some of the highest internet speeds in the world, and pleasantly warm summers.
Education in Lithuania
Higher education in Lithuania is available at Universities or Colleges. The higher education institutions follow the guidelines of the Bologna declaration.
The purpose of the process is to create educational standards for academic degrees and quality assurance, in order to make it easier for students to move from one European country to another and to improve the overall quality of European higher education. The system also incorporates aspects of the American higher education system and thus simplifies comparison.
Bachelor’s degree – 3 or 4 years (180 ECTS credits) towards a professional bachelor or an academic bachelor. Offers students core teaching in the chosen discipline, as well as a broad general education. The academic bachelor gives access to master’s studies.
Master’s degree – 1 or 2 years (60 or 120 ECTS credits). Provides specialized content whilst allowing for further development of the scientific research process.
Before applying to study in Lithuania, you’ll need to make sure your qualifications will be accepted for your level of study. Another thing to consider is what language you’ll study in. More than 380 English-taught coursesare listed.There are 99 university bachelor’s degrees, 139 master’s degree. If you want to study in English and are not a native speaker, you will need to take a proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.