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Higher Education

Lithuania has a long-standing tradition of higher education and offers a warm environment for foreigners. A wide variety of Lithuanian universities offer more than 350 study programmes, taught in English, that foreign students could choose from. Students can choose to study full-time or part-time. Several universities offer spring intake.

Higher education degrees are offered in three cycles:

  • Bachelor;
  • Master;
  • PhD.
QS World University Rankings
Lithuanian Higher Education system has a lot to offer, but a large number of universities could be quite overwhelming for a potential student to choose from.

So how can you identify the strongest institutions? QS World University Rankings is here to help!

According to the latest data, four Lithuanian universities were included among the top universities in the world:

Vilnius University : =458 place
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University : 591–600 place
Kaunas University of Technology : 751–800 place
Vytautas Magnus University : 801–1000 place

Also, the following eight Lithuanian universities were included among the top universities from the emerging Europe and central Asia:

Vilnius University : =18 place
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University : 32 place
Kaunas University of Technology : 53 place
Vytautas Magnus University : 61 place
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences : 115 place
Klaipeda University : 116 place
Mykolas Romeris University : =142 place
Šiauliai University : 301-350 place

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
Each study programme is evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), with each year of study being awarded 60 ECTS credits.

During the first cycle, you can choose to study for a Bachelor’s degree and/or a professional qualification for which you will need to have obtained 180 – 240 ECTS. When you successfully complete the course, with or without a professional qualification you receive a Bachelor’s Diploma. If you only want to study for the professional qualification, then you will receive a Higher Educational Diploma.

If you are at the second cycle stage (or aim to be there) and you want to study for a Master’s degree and/or a specialised professional qualification one of the options open to you is the Integrated study programmes. These programmes combine university studies of the first and second cycles. The successful graduates are awarded a Master’s Diploma which testifies to their Master’s degree status. You can also attain a professional qualification. If you are studying for the Master’s Diploma (which is only offered at universities) you have to obtain 90 – 120 ECTS credits.

In the third cycle, students study for a postgraduate (PhD) qualification. This could be for a Doctorate, a Residency (for example, those studying medicine or veterinary science) or a postgraduate qualification in the Arts. Postgraduate studies are offered by a university or a university and science institution collectively. The duration of the different postgraduate studies is determined by the Government.

Student Experience
The most important opinions are the ones of international students themselves.

Here’s what some of them had to say!