Found in the north of Europe on the Baltic Sea, Lithuania has a unique blend of multicultural influences, with a fascinating past and modern and vibrant student cities.nIt is home to some of the fastest-growing economies across the European Union. Infact, Lithuania offers cheap living costs than several Western European countries, and its citizens are some of the most bilingual and well-educated in the EU. It’s also *relatively* mild, notwithstanding its northern location, and an ideal choice for those who love nature as it has a lush mix of forest areas, gently rolling hills, rivers, streams and lakes.On top of that, tuition fees are low and cheap across their universities.
Before you apply to study in Lithuania, it is important to make sure your qualifications will be accepted for your proposed level of study. You’ll require a school leaving certificate (or equivalent) if you are applying for a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent for second cycle (master’s) programs and a master’s degree if applying for a third cycle (PhD) program. As an international student, your documents needs to be evaluated and recognized by the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE), for which you’ll be expected to submit original copies of your diploma and academic transcripts.
Another important thing to consider is what language you’ll study in. Well over 380 English-taught courses are outlined on the program search tool provided by the Study in Lithuania website, plus 99 university bachelor’s degrees, 139 master’s degrees and 16 doctoral programs. If you want to study in English but are not a native speaker, you are expected to take a proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Likewise, if you’re studying in Lithuanian, you’ll be expected to pass a proficiency test in the language
How to apply to Universities in Lithuania
Lithuanian citizens, people of Lithuanian origin and students from the EU/EEA are able to apply through the Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions (LAMA BPO) for state-funded spots at universities in Lithuania, which has to be done between 1 June and 23 July.
If you hail from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you will be expected to apply directly to your chosen university, submitting required documents shown below:
- Duly completed online application form
- Certificate of education (which should recognized by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education)
- CV and letter of motivation
- Copy of your passport, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- Photographs of yourself
- A receipt proving that the application and tuition fees have been paid
- Bank statements proving that you are able to cover your tuition fees and living costs while studying in Lithuania Tuition fees
Tuition in Lithuania vary across universities, study levels and programs. Average rates are:
- €1,000-5,300 (~US$1,060-5,620) for bachelor’s degrees
- €2,200-6,500 (~US$2,330-6,890) for master’s degrees
- €7,100-8,500 (~US$7,520-9,000) for PhDs Living Expenses
Lithuania is a cheap country to live in, with Vilnius University putting costs at €489 (~US$520) per month, or €5,868 (~US$6,240) per year including housing, which in student dormitories can be as affordable as €70 (~US$74) per month.Note that your mandatory Lithuanian student identity card (LSIC) will not just grant you access to the university library, but allow you to save money at local theaters, cinemas and restaurants. The international student identity card (ISIC) is not mandatory but will grant you access to even more discounts.
Applying for a Lithuanian student visa
Students from the EU are not required to apply for a student visa. Students from a few non-EU countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada (full list here) do not require a visa to enter Lithuania, but are expected to apply for one after arrival. EU students do not need a residence permit, but should register with the Lithuanian Migration Departmentand declare their place of residence at a local district authority (Seniūnija) within seven days of arriving in the country.
If you need a Lithuanian student visa, you’re expected to apply for the National visa (D), which can be single or multiple-entry. All non-EU students are also expected to apply for a temporary residence permit.You can apply for these visas at your local Lithuanian embassy for a €60 (~US$64) fee, and will have to submit the following documents:
- Passport with validity for at least three months longer than your expected length of stay in Lithuania
- Completed online application form
- One recent color photo
- A document proving that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay and fund your journey home at the end of your studies
- A document confirming that you’ve purchased health insurance
The documents required for a residence permit are almost the same. You will need to show proof that you’ve been admitted to a tertiary education institution in Lithuania, as well as a document showing your place of residence during your program. Your Lithuanian student visa is issued in 15 days.
All students are able to work in Lithuania for up to 20 hours per week from their second year of academic studies, but international students who are from outside the EU will need a work permit (unless they are hired during a training period or intending to work in the field of scientific/social research). Post graduation, non-EU students can apply for a six-month temporary residence permit to stay in the country and seek employment.
List of Low Tuition Universities
Kaunas University of Technology
Vytautas Magnus University
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
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