Lithuania has more than 30 institutions of higher education and these can be divided into two types of institution — universities and colleges (sometimes called “universities of applied sciences”).
Universities offer an academic education which lead to the internationally recognised Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees. Bachelor’s degrees usually last four years, Master’s degrees last two years and PhD programmes usually last for four years. Many institutions offer the option of full-time or part-time education. Colleges offer vocational education and since 2006, when Lithuania implemented the Bologna Process, they can also award Bachelor’s degrees. Both public and private HEIs exist in Lithuania.
Most higher education programmes in the country are taught in Lithuanian though there are more than 350 study programmes on offer that are taught in English. Vilnius University, for example, currently offers 47 study programmes in English and this number increases each year. Proof of English proficiency is required by all institutions for admission to these courses. Courses in the Lithuanian language are also organised for international students. Each university has its own admission requirements and international students should contact their university of choice for information on these requirements.
Tuition fees in Lithuania for EU citizens range from 1,000 to 5,000 euros per year for a Bachelor’s programme and between 2,000 and 6,000 euros for a Master’s degree. Doctorate programmes can cost between 7,000 and 8,000 euros per year. Students from outside the EU may be required to pay different fees, this will depend on the university and programme. International students may be eligible for Lithuanian state scholarships, which cover both tuition fees and living expenses. Individual institutions also offer scholarships from their own funds.
Information for International Students
International students planning to study in Lithuania are advised to begin the application as early as possible, as document recognition and other identification procedures may take longer than one month. The following documents are usually required: a completed application form for the chosen institution, all relevant educational diplomas, a CV, a letter of motivation, a copy of the passport, photographs, and bank statements which demonstrate sufficient funds for the duration of study in Lithuania. A number of institutions in Lithuania require students to pass entrance examinations.
There are over 6,000 international students in Lithuania. International students are often attracted by Lithuania’s low living costs — student accommodation may be as little as 100 euros per month and a recommended student budget is as low as 500 euros per month. International students from EU member states do not need a visa to study in Lithuania. Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and a National Visa through the Lithuanian Migration Department — students are advised to check immigration requirements with their institution. For further information, international students are advised to check the national website for international students at https://studyin.lt.