With its colourful history and its important geographic location, Lithuania is the bustling connecting hub between Western and Eastern Europe. The small nation with a population of just about 2.8 million has been an EU member since 2004 and, in 2015, adopted the Euro as its official currency. Over the past two decades, Lithuania’s education system has seen exciting reforms. Today, there are hundreds of interesting English-taught study options available to international students.
Study in Lithuania
Lithuania, located on the Baltic Sea, is the bustling connecting hub between Western and Eastern Europe. Many Lithuanian universities offer a broad variety of Bachelors and Masters degrees in English.
Facts and figures on Lithuanian higher education
There are more than 30 institutions of higher education in Lithuania. Similar to countries like Germany, the Netherlands, or Finland, the system distinguishes between universities and university colleges (kolegija), often also called “universities of applied sciences”.
Through the Bologna process, Lithuanian universities have adopted a Bachelor / Master structure for its academic programmes. The awarded degrees are recognised throughout Europe and globally.
Citizens of EU member countries do not need any special visa to study in Lithuania. All others may have to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (“TRP”) through the Lithuanian Migration Department.
For EU citizens, tuition fees in Lithuania typically range from 1,000 to 5,000 EUR per year for a Bachelor’s degree and 2,000 to 6,000 EUR per year for a Master’s degree, while doctorate programmes come in at a higher range of 7,000 to 8,000 EUR annually. Students from outside the EU may be subject to different tuition fees, depending on the university and programme. If you study at a university in Lithuania, you may be eligible for a state scholarship to cover the tuition fees. Tuition fees do not apply to students on exchange programmes.
Cost of living
One striking advantage for those who choose to study in Lithuania is the remarkably low cost of living. Student accommodation can be had for as little as 100 EUR per month. All in all, including food, books and leisure activities, students can easily get by on a budget of 500 EUR per month or less.
Job market for graduates
Lithuania is a modern economy with a an global mindset, and a lot of international companies have offices in the country. But even though English proficiency is reasonably high, especially among younger people, speaking Lithuanian may still be the biggest hurdle for foreigners seeking employment. If you consider staying after graduation, your best bet is to take a Lithuanian language course early on so that you can improve your odds competing with local job applicants.
Lithuania is located in Northern Europe, in the southeast of the Baltic sea. Lithuania shares borders with Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. There are four commercial airports in Lithuania, of which Vilnius Airport – in the country’s capital – is the largest with over 30 international flight destinations.
Universities in Lithuania
- Aleksandras Stulginskis University
- Alytaus Kolegija University of Applied Sciences
- European Humanities University
- Graiciunas School of Management
- International Business School at Vilnius University
- International School of Law and Business
- ISM University of Management and Economics
- Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
- Kauno Kolegija University of Applied Sciences
- Kazimieras Simonavičius University
- Klaipėda Business Higher School
- Klaipėda State College
- Klaipėda University
- LCC International University
- Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences
- Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
- Lithuanian Sports University
- Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences
- Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
- Marijampolė College
- Mykolas Romeris University
- Northern Lithuania College
- Šiauliai State College
- Šiauliai University
- SMK University of Applied Social Sciences
- Ignatius of Loyola College
- Utena College
- Vilnius Business College
- Vilnius College
- Vilnius College of Design
- Vilnius College of Technologies and Design
- Vilnius Co-operative College
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
- Vilnius University
- Vytautas Magnus University
Rankings: The 4 best universities in Lithuania for 2019/2020
Although Lithuania is one of Europe’s smallest countries, with a population of just under 3 million, there are more than 30 universities that offer English-language degree programmes to international students. With its unique culture and its modern institutions, Lithuania is an exciting insiders’ tip for students seeking their study-abroad adventure.
A select handful of Lithuanian universities achieve respectable positions in global rankings. Among the top, you usually find Vilnius University and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (in the country’s capital city) and the young and modern Kaunas University of Technology (in Lithuania’s second-largest city).