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Why Lithuania

WHY LITHUANIA?

  1. Lithuania is a modern northern European country.
  2. Lithuania is a member of the European Union.
  3. Foreigners are welcome and English is widely spoken.
  4. Lithuania is a country of the fastest and cheapest internet connection in the European Union!
  5. Comfortable location to travel and sightsee the entire region.

WHY LITHUANIAN UNIVERSITIES?

  1. Over 350 study programmes taught in English.
  2. Internationally recognized diplomas.
  3. Long-standing tradition of higher education and openness for innovations.
  4. Affordable living and great value for money.
  5. Working opportunities during studies and possibility to stay in the country for 15 months afterwards to look for a job.
Location
Lithuania (or Lietuva) is a country in Northern Europe. It is the largest country of the three Baltic states located along the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea.

History
The name of Lithuania was first mentioned in the written account back in 1009. In the Middle Ages, Lithuania had already had its state: the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. By 15th century the Grand Duchy of Lithuania reached the peak of its power, with its territory stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. At the end of the 18th century the Constitution was adopted, which makes it the first constitution in Europe (even preceding the French Constitution), and the second in the world.

Throughout its history Lithuania has developed a unique culture, which encompasses both – deep respect for traditions and robust desire to innovate.

Lithuanians
Lithuanians are one of the ethnic groups in the Baltic region. Seemingly a bit cold at first, Lithuanians are hospitable and welcoming once you get to know them. They, also, tend to express their passion for basketball loudly and proudly.

While Lithuania has a population of about 3 million people, there are at least another million living in other countries – USA, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, etc.

Language
Lithuanian language is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is one of two presently living Baltic languages, which retains archaic features otherwise found only in ancient languages such as Sanskrit.

Some might say that it is a difficult language to learn because of some aspects of its grammar and phonology, but you can try yourself!

DOs and DON’Ts
Every country has its own customs and practices, some of which travel guides can’t teach you. Lithuania is no exception. So, if you don’t want to feel left out, here are a few useful tips:

DO:
• When on a date, bring an odd number of flowers. An even number is only suitable for funerals!
• When travelling by bus – always mark your ticket! The conductors are not always forgiving.
• If you receive good service – leave tips! The usual practice is to give at least 10% of the total.
• Always be on time! Lithuanians tend to value each other’s time and punctuality is encouraged.

DON’T:
• Don’t consume alcohol in parks, squares and other public places. It is prohibited by law!
• Don’t litter in public places. You will get fined!
• Don’t kiss a person when greeting them if you do not know them well. It is more common to shake hands in Lithuania first.
• Don’t get into a waiting taxi. If you call it by phone or online app, it will take you to your destination at a much lower rate.