Cost of Studying and Living in Lithuania
Lithuania uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
The tuition fees you will pay at a Lithuanian institution will depend on where you are from, as well as where you study and at what level. Students from EU countries tend to have lower fees. On average, you should expect to pay between €1,000 and €5,500 per year for a bachelor’s degree. For a masters degree, you should expect to pay between €2,200 and €6,500, and for a doctoral degree between €7,000 and €10,000 per year. There are some state scholarships available to help students who wish to study in Lithuania. Contact your institution to find out about eligibility and the application process.
Costs of living will depend on where you choose to live. Bigger cities will be more expensive than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between €400 and €1,000 per month. This accounts for your accommodation, groceries, travel, and any other necessities. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access state healthcare services for free, but this does not cover any healthcare provided by the private sector. If you are from an EU country, you may be eligible for state provided insurance, giving you access to free healthcare. For more information about this, contact your institution. If you are not an EHIC card holder and do not come from an EU/EEA country, you will need to have valid health insurance cover for the duration of your studies.
Lithuanian Student Visas
Depending on where you are from, you may need to obtain a student visa to study in Lithuania. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you will not need a visa to study in Lithuania. You also are not required to obtain a residence permit, but will need to register with the Lithuanian Migration Department and declare your place of residence at a local district authority within seven days of your arrival. If you are from certain other countries, you do not need a visa to enter Lithuania, but you will need to apply for one once you have arrived. More information about which countries are included in this can be found on the Consular of Lithuania website. If your country is not on this list, you will need a visa to enter Lithuania. Any students who are not from an EU/EEA country will also need to apply for a temporary residence permit, which is usually valid for a year, and can be renewed. If you need to obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Lithuania, this can be done at the Lithuanian embassy or consulate in your home country.
The official language of Lithuania is Lithuanian.
Degrees at Lithuanian institutions are offered in Lithuanian and English. It is more common to find postgraduate degrees taught in English. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you will probably need to provide evidence of your language proficiency. If you do not meet the required standard, your institution may offer language courses to help you improve.
Even if you are able to study in English, you should make an effort to learn as much Lithuanian as possible. Communicating with locals and other students is the perfect way to practice. This is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume!
The capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius is home to over 547,000 people. The city is the seat of government in Lithuania, and is classified as a Gamma global city. Prior to World War II, Vilnius was one of the largest Jewish centres in Europe, giving it the nickname ‘Jerusalem of Lithuania’. The city is known for its architecture, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located in the city are many higher education institutions. Included in these is Vilnius University, which is the oldest university in the Baltic states, as well as being the largest university in Lithuania. The University was founded in 1579, and experienced a brief closing from 1831-1919. It now operates as a public university, offering lots of courses in a wide variety of subject areas.
Find out more about Universities in Vilnius.
The second largest city in Lithuania, Kaunas is considered the historical economic, academic and cultural centre of the country. The city is home to more than 328,000 people, and boasts many green spaces and recognisable Art Deco architecture. It has been selected as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2022.
Referred to as a ‘city of students’, there are 11 higher education institutions located in Kaunas. These include Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian Sports University, and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The student demographic for institutions in Kaunas is highly diverse. Of the 37 thousand students studying in Kaunas in 2016, more than 17 thousand of them were international students.