A small country home to 3 million citizens, Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies of the Baltic countries over the last two decades. Despite its rapid modernisation and economic growth, Lithuania provides students an opportunity to live and study in one of the best preserved Medieval countries, with over 2000 various buildings representing the characteristics of early Eastern Europe. With both a comfortable climate and a perfect balance between towns and cities and rolling landscapes, Lithuania is a treasure among Eastern European countries.
As part of the European Union, Lithuania’s universities are demonstrative of the high standards of higher education belonging to the area. With just over 50 universities and colleges around the country, its education tradition is one of the oldest in Eastern Europe, dating back to 1579 with the establishment of Vilnius University in the nation’s capital of Vilnius.
Students who chose to study in Lithuania can enhance their education experience by taking advantage of the numerous cultural institutions and museums existing within Vilnius, in the country’s former capital Trakai, and within the country.
Formerly a Communist country, Lithuania has rapidly become more Westernised starting with the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia, then joining the United Nations in 1991, the World Trade Organisation in 2001, and finally the European Union in 2004. Since then, Lithuania has been commonly referred to as the “Baltic Tiger” through its demonstration of rapid economic growth and opening of business beyond Eastern Europe to the global markets.
The country itself provides residents and visitors some of the most architecturally rich cities and towns that demonstrate a unique charm you can’t find in other parts of Europe; people often remark on the contrast between its rapid modernisation and the ability to be transported back in time through the country’s narrow, winding streets.
Lithuania has a relatively warm climate, never too cold in the winters (although it does snow!) and not too hot in the summers, although as it does in most countries, climate varies depending on the part of the country in which you’re living or visiting.
For undergraduate studies, students will be looking at paying anywhere from EUR 3200 to 5000 per year in tuition fees, depending on their specialisation. Graduate studies and medical specialisations which are a common subject of study in Lithuania can cost anywhere from EUR 3800 to 7000 per year. It is important to note that tuition fees may vary by university, subject of study, and country of origin of the student.
Students can expect to pay about EUR 250 to 400 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, wholly dependent on location and proximity to city centres. Students will be able to get by on a food budget of about EUR 150-250 per month, while the same amount is recommended for leisure and entertainment.
There are 74 countries that do not need to obtain a Visa to enter Lithuania, including the United States, but if you plan to stay for longer than 3 months, you must apply for a National Visa (D) for single-entry or multiple-entry in order to stay for a longer period of time in the country.
Those who are from countries outside of this list will be required to get a Schengen visa to enter the country for periods under 90 days.
These permits can be applied for at your closest Lithuanian Embassy or you can do this once you enter the country.
The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian, a Baltic rather than a Slavic language, that is closely related to Sanskrit. Those who speak Russian often say they have an easy time picking up the language whilst many Lithuanians have a good understanding of Russian.
The most common language of instruction for educational institutions is Lithuanian, but larger universities usually offer options to study in English. For example, Vilnius University offers over 500 courses taught in the English language. Educational institutions also offer Lithuanian language courses to students who are interested to learn to speak the country’s national language.
With a population of almost 550,000, Vilnius is the most populous city in Lithuania, often called one of the most under-rated cities in Eastern Europe. A centre for business and economic growth, Vilnius has earned its spot as one of the fastest growing cities in the European Union. For residents and visitors alike, Vilnius offers some of the most spectacular architecture from various eras and styles, and provides endless options for cuisine, culture, art and music, as a popular destination for artisans to live and work.
Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city and often noted to be the city of students, with 50,000 students enrolled in its universities and colleges which include Vytautas Magnus University and the Kaunas Priest Seminary, which is one of the oldest operating seminaries in Eastern Europe. Kaunas has grown to be an essential centre for trade, industry and services contributing to the overall economic growth of Lithuania.
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