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April 16, 2024

Real Experience. Inspiring Discoveries. Become a Vilnius University Student for a Day

Registration for the traditional event “Student for a Day” at Vilnius University (VU) has begun. This year, VU offers real experiences and inspiring discoveries for high school students and those interested in studying at VU, inviting them to get to know the prominent study programmes.

https://www.vu.lt/en/news-events/news/inspiring-discoveries-real-experience-become-vilnius-university-student-for-a-day

“Student for a Day” is perfect for those who are curious about what it would be like to study at VU, both for a degree or exchange studies. Participants can choose from many different classes in different fields and disciplines, learn about VU first-hand, broaden their knowledge and can easier decide what to study.

The event participants, together with the current VU students, will have an opportunity to visit lectures in 15 faculties, including Kaunas and Šiauliai. The events will take place both in person and remotely, furthermore, lectures will be organised for international students in English.

The participant who becomes a student for one day will be able not only to get to know VU and its faculties but also to discover new disciplines, enrich their knowledge, and find answers to their questions regarding their choice of studies.

This year, VU ambassadors invite students from other countries to a special remote event in English. In the virtual panel discussion, VU ambassadors from various faculties will share their experiences at VU. They will present university life from application and admission to final exams.

“Student for a Day” events will take place from April 22nd to 26th. More information and registration can be found here.

March 29, 2024

Meet “Study in Lithuania” in Armenia!

Students in Armenia. Want to study abroad? Choose Lithuania, the center of Europe!

“Study in Lithuania” will visit the capital of Armenia this April and you will have a chance to find out what studying in Lithuania is all about.

Meet “Study in Lithuania” at “Education & Career EXPO 2024“, the 23rd international specialized exhibition of education. The exhibition will take place on April 10-12th at Karen Demirchyan Complex in Yerevan, Armenia.

At the exhibition you will have a chance to meet the representatives of the following Lithuanian universities:

Kauno kolegija / Higher Education Institution
Lithuanian Maritime Academy
Panevėžio kolegija / Higher Education Institution
Vilniaus kolegija / Higher Education Institution
Vilnius University

You will have a chance to learn about participating universities, available study programmes, admission requirements, deadlines, scholarships and much more!

Visit the fair and meet “Study in Lithuania” team. You career starts here!

March 27, 2024

International Teaching Week At Vilniaus Kolegija / Higher Education Institution (VIKO)

The beginning of spring at VIKO is marked every year by the International Teaching Week, which took place from 4-8 March this year. This is the 16th edition of such type of event, that brought together as many as 48 lecturers from higher education institutions and companies from 16 countries around the world. Continuing its unconditional support of Ukraine, VIKO funded the participation of 8 academics from Ukrainian universities in this Week. The International Teaching Week was also attended by 8 students from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and 4 students from the UCLL University of Applied Sciences in Belgium.

Participants of International Teaching Week At Vilniaus Kolegija

During the International Teaching Week, foreign lecturers gave over 80 lectures and seminars to VIKO’s Lithuanian and foreign students studying in part-time and full-time study programmes, and over 10 academic meetings were held on various topics of cooperation development. The students who attended the lectures of foreign lecturers highlighted the relevant and interesting topics discussed by the lectures, the charisma of the visiting lecturers, and their ability to attract the attention of the audience. On the other hand, fellow lecturers appreciated the sharing of different cultures and experiences, which had a very strong educational impact.

This year’s International Teaching Week also featured a number of very distinguished lecturers, including Hollywood costume designer Christian Cordella, known for his work on Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Jurassic World, Avatar 2 and others. The opening keynote speech was given by Prof. Carmel Borg from the University of Malta, a well-known educationalist, lecturer, author of books and articles, known in Europe and beyond.

Participants of International Teaching Week At Vilniaus Kolegija

During the Week, Lithuanian and Latvian jazz students, who have been rehearsing intensively together, created, and prepared pieces for the Birštonas Jazz Festival, which they presented at the traditional jazz evening of the International Teaching Week. The cultural programme of the Week also included a Lithuanian national music evening, which received great ovations from the guests – VIKO song and dance ensemble “Voruta” performed and invited the audience not only to listen to Lithuanian songs and watch Lithuanian dances, but also to try out playing Lithuanian instruments and dancing traditional folk dances themselves. The week-long event concluded with a concert by VIKO students to commemorate the Independence Restoration Day of Lithuania.

This year’s International Teaching Week programme also featured a two-day Seminar on Sustainable Development, during which were presented Action Plans, a Methodological Guide, and an SDG Scorecard – tools designed for assessing institutional progress in sustainable development at Higher Education Institutions. These tools were developed as part of Erasmus+ project „Universities for Sustainable Development“, carried out by VIKO in collaboration with Pablo de Olavide University (Spain), Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and OpenODS (Spain). Around 300 participants from Lithuanian and foreign HEIs, as well as other institutions, joined the seminar, both in person and online. This active participation underscores the significant interest and engagement of educational institutions in topics related to Sustainable Development and 2030 Agenda.

Participants of International Teaching Week At Vilniaus Kolegija

The International Teaching Weeks are one of the key events in the development of VIKO’s internationalisation strategy, with the main objective of promoting “internationalisation at home” by providing opportunities for VIKO community to gain international experience and develop academic links. These events are highly appreciated by the visiting foreign lecturers, who highlight the professional organisation of the week, the welcoming atmosphere, the variety of events, the excellent conditions for communication and cooperation, which is the greatest value of these events.

The International Teaching Week of VIKO will take place on 3-7 March 2025.

Source – Vilniaus kolegija / Higher Education Institution

February 29, 2024

Scholarships for Full-Time Master’s Degree available! Apply today!

The call for applications for full-time master’s degree or integrated studies at Lithuanian universities is now OPEN!

Lithuanian State Scholarships Programme is designed for the advanced students, lecturers or researchers of foreign higher education and research institutions to enable them to study at higher education institutions of the Republic of Lithuania.

There are 100 monthly scholarships and grants, covering the study cost, for full-time Master’s degree or integrated studies available this year and you can be one of the lucky students!

Apply today and get your tuition fee COVERED this autumn!

You can find the instructions on how to do it HERE.

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February 27, 2024

Fresh out of KTU: Ukrainian Iryna roaming oceans and ideas

A master’s degree in law and more than 10 years of experience as an investigator, prosecutor, and attorney ensured Ukrainian Iryna Bielotska an experienced professional status and a successful career. However, that was not enough for Iryna, who soon realized that getting too deep into one narrow area was not allowing her to see the bigger picture. That was when she decided to expand her knowledge in the field of political sciences.

“I have always had a desire to expand my general knowledge to better understand the current political environment on the global stage, the associated risks and challenges. After the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine, this need became more urgent,” explains Iryna Bielotska, talking about her decision in more detail.

Iryna Bielotska, KTU's Ukrainian student

Now, a graduate of the Public Policy and Security master’s program at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) confirms that her expectations were fully met.

Recalling the whole period of her studies, Iryna highlights an innovative approach to studies and learning.

Systematically receiving information, not just about facts and events, helped her acquire new useful skills and find non-standard solutions in practical cases.

“I studied the history of Europe in a new context, became acquainted with the legislative system of the European Union, and participated in simulations of resolving geopolitical conflicts. I learned to analyze risks and create communication strategies,” says Iryna.

KTU student from Ukraine also remembers being pleasantly surprised by the full support and care of the university community during her studies: all books, equipment, technology, and even access to the gym and game rooms were free of charge, while the KTU staff was always ready to provide information and advice on any issues.

Iryna Bielotska, KTU's Ukrainian student

She explains that this kind of attitude towards students not only saved her money but also provided additional comfort and ensured smooth integration into society.

Furthermore, enhanced learning mobility opportunities at KTU attracted Iryna’s attention and encouraged by the positive feedback, she decided to take part in the proposed activities.

“This allowed me not only to study in Portugal but also to travel around Europe for a month. I visited the Azores, where I swam in the ocean with dolphins, and watched whales and volcanic geysers. Such moments definitely make student life brighter,” believes Iryna Bielotska.

As for the future, Iryna shares that she won the “Student Research for Semester” competition and received funding for a scientific research project on the integration of immigrants in the Lithuanian legal system, specifically on the challenges facing Ukrainian citizens and strategies for solving them, and will be staying in Lithuania until April.

Iryna is then considering pursuing a PhD or looking for opportunities in European Union institutions. But at the same time, homesickness tempts her to return to Kyiv and spend time with her family.

“It was my family that supported and continues to support me throughout my academic and life paths,” says fresh-out-of-university KTU alumni.

For everyone feeling uncertain about their future, Iryna reassures them that with the right mindset, everything is possible.

“Previously, studying at a European university seemed unrealistic to me. Now I understand that everything is in our hands. I would like as many people as possible from Ukraine and other countries to learn about this and believe in themselves,” encourages Iryna.

Source – Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)

https://studyin.lt/2024/02/27/fresh-out-of-ktu-ukrainian-iryna-roaming-oceans-and-ideas/
February 15, 2024

Scholarships Available for Short-Term and Lithuanian Short-Term Studies

Education Exchanges Support Foundation would like to announce that the the call for applications for 2024-2025 short-term studies as well as Lithuanian short-term studies is now OPEN!

Study in Lithuania for 1-2 semesters and see for yourself what Lithuanian higher education has to offer.

MORE INFORMATION:

Scholarships for Short-Term Studies

Scholarships for Lithuanian Short-Term Studies

February 1, 2024

KTU international students’ stories – from winter sports to scientific activities

“Winter is my beloved season in Lithuania,” says Gurban, a Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) student of Informatics from Azerbaijan. Coming from a warm country, he dreamed of experiencing the magical snowy winter in Lithuania.

KTU campus in winter

Gurban’s impressions about studying at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and living in Kaunas through winter can be found on his Unibuddy blog post on KTU Ambassadors’ page.

Here he shares his favourite spots to walk in Kaunas in winter, such as Panemunė Forest Park, Petrašiūnai Park next to Kaunas Reservoir, aka Kauno Marios. Winter sports, such as skating, sledging and skiing are something that the Informatics student from Azerbaijan is advising to try.

“In front of Kaunas Castle, you will notice small hills where children go down on the sledges, but there are high hills as well, made by Kaunas nature, especially for adults and teenagers,” says Gurban.

In his blog, you can find loads of tips for a quality time both at the University and outside of campus from the point of view of an international student.

Help when you need it most

If you are interested in studying at KTU, but are not sure what it feels like living in Kaunas, going to lectures on campus or using the University’s facilities, the best way is to chat with someone similar to you. On the KTU Ambassadors’ page you can talk to someone who is from your country, is studying at the same programme you are interested in, or shares similar hobbies. Since July 2020, 26,345 questions have been answered by KTU ambassadors.

Alejandra Gutierrez Luna from Nicaragua came to Kaunas at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, in October 2020. At the time, all the teaching was online, and there were many restrictions to the social life – it took three months for her to visit the city centre.

“My saviour was the KTU Ambassador, a student from my country, who also was studying the same subject. I was contacted by him right away after coming to Kaunas – he started teaching me how everything works. I am very grateful to the university for telling him: look, there is this girl from your country, check on her,” remembers Alejandra, who is one of the ambassadors herself.

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Alejandra Gutierez, achitecture student from Nicaragua

On her blog page, she talks about her experience of participating in a scientific conference and being awarded as one of the best presenters.

“While trying something new I achieved more than I expected!” says Alejandra, who has already lived on three continents and came to architecture after studying medicine.

Honest stories from an international KTU student, someone similar to you

People’s incredible stories and personal perspective is something that can be trusted. By chatting with a student ambassador, especially to someone who is still a student at KTU, you are connecting yourself to a KTU community. You can reach out to them with questions that you have before the arrival, and keep the connection live once you come here.

“KTU boasts a vibrant international student community. Studying here means you’ll have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students from around the world, making for a rich and diverse cultural experience,” says Safiyya from Azerbaijan, studying business and entrepreneurship.

She likes studying at KTU because of the high quality of education, research opportunities, possibilities to get funding for your studies, and the plentitude of academic and after-class activities that the university offers.

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Francois Breed, mechatronics student from South Africa

“University is not just about studying. It is about exploration. It’s about discovering who you are,” says Francois from South Africa.

A final year student of Mechatronics at KTU, in his blog, Francois talks about his experiences of creating new projects with his teachers and colleagues. One of those projects was creating beautiful installations for the 13.7 Lights Festival, which took place in the autumn of 2022.

“As part of the green team, I helped build a magnificent hexagon-inspired installation. I was the only international student in my team, and the mechanical part of the project was my responsibility,” says Francois.

Although at the beginning he was concerned about communication with his Lithuanian teammates, as everybody needed to communicate in English, they got along well and became good friends through the course of the project.

KTU Ambassadors’ page, enabled by Unibuddy, is full of honest and inspiring stories similar to those above. They are all current KTU students or alumni happy to share their experiences on studying at KTU and living in Kaunas, Lithuania. If you are interested in studying with us, chat with our students.

KTU admissions for the autumn semester 2024 are open. KTU offers 50 bachelor’s and master’s study programmes in English. Check them, choose yours, and apply by June 30.

Source – Kaunas University of Technology

January 26, 2024

Learn Lithuanian Language This Summer!

There are around 2.8 million people who are native speakers of Lithuanian language in Lithuania. There are an additional 200,000 speakers residing elsewhere.

This makes the Lithuanian language highly distinctive and unique!

In fact, it is renowned for being the most conservative among the existing Indo-European languages, as it retains linguistic features from the Proto-Indo-European language that have been lost in other languages.

Would you like to learn it? Good news! This summer you can!

Learn to speak Lithuanian this summer!

Attend Lithuanian language and culture summer courses! Apply for a scholarship and get your tuition fee covered.

The courses will be organized at the following 6 institutions:

Klaipėda University
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore
Mykolas Romeris University
SMK University of Applied Sciences
Vilnius University
Vytautas Magnus University

Want to know more? The eligibility requirements and details on how to apply are LISTED HERE.

Apply today! The deadlines are in late February and early March, depending on the institution, but don’t wait till the last minute.

January 15, 2024

PhD Candidate Mahyar Kamali Saraji: I Have Found a Career Path That Allows Me to Pursue My Passions

An academic journey might span continents and shape a narrative that exemplifies the global nature of intellectual pursuits. PhD Candidate and Researcher of  Vilnius University (VU) in the field of Energy Economics Mahyar Kamali Saraji shares his experience of an individual career path led by passions for critical thinking, writing, and reviewing. The scholar feels fortunate to find himself in an environment full of curious, inventive and visionary people and sees it as an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy through his written contributions.

Mahyar Kamali Saraji, PhD Candidate and Researcher of  Vilnius University (VU)

Best decision ever made

“I have a deep love for learning and find great joy in pursuing knowledge. As a philomath, I am always seeking new challenges and opportunities to broaden my understanding of the world around me. I am confident that I will excel in academia and make meaningful contributions to pursuing knowledge,” says the PhD Candidate. He views an academic environment as a perfect platform to explore his interests and expand the horizons of knowledge.

He grew up surrounded by engineers in his family, M. Kamali Saraji says, he always dreamed of becoming an engineer. “After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, I realised that my true passion lies elsewhere. I had the courage to make a change and pursue a major in social sciences, and it has been the best decision I have ever made,” he says and carves his own path towards a fulfilling career following his heart.

Methods led to research at VU

“My supervisor, Prof. Dalia Štreimikienė, works for the Kaunas faculty of Vilnius University. She is an esteemed scientist in field of multi-criteria decision-making methods, which are popular in various parts of the world, including China, India, the USA, Iran, and Lithuania. And it is my primary area of interest. Her work in particular inspired me to come to Lithuania, specifically to Kaunas,” says PhD Candidate and Researcher of VU in the field of Energy Economics M. Kamali Saraji.

“As a researcher focused on sustainable energy development, I believe that VU has the potential to significantly contribute to addressing the challenges we face. However, to do so, we need to expand our disciplines to include areas such as environmental, climate, and materials science, as well as practical fields like renewable energy engineering. By doing this, we can equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact in the climate action era,” believes the young scientist in his career path that allows to pursue passions for critical thinking, writing, and reviewing. As a scholar, he feels fortunate to find himself in an environment full of curious, inventive, and visionary people.

Opportunity to positively impact the world

“I am inspired by the opportunity to positively impact the world and tackle urgent environmental and social issues. The prospect of developing innovative solutions and technologies that promote sustainability drives me forward,” says M. Kamali Saraji. He is passionate about discovering new ways to conserve the environment, harness renewable energy, and manage resources efficiently.

“Furthermore, I am driven by my dreams, one of which is to be among the top 1% of most cited researchers in my field, motivating me to publish more and more. Although academia can be challenging with the “publish or perish” mentality, I see it as an opportunity to conduct more research and grow as a scholar,” speaks promising PhD Candidate. He believes, the most significant benefit of studies is the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy through your written contributions, which have the potential to be immortalised and influence generations to come.

Entertainment is food for the soul

“Life is an adventure, and I’m always ready for the next exciting chapter!” says M. Kamali Saraji. In his free time, he’s off exploring the world and taking advantage of the incredible travel opportunities living in Europe offers. As a must, he also finds exploring the beautiful historic buildings with stunning facades in the old towns of Kaunas and Vilnius, as well as the unique nature of Birštonas, that was a wonderful experience for him. He also is willing to visit Nemuno Santaka and Kadagių Slėnis at least once.

“Even before coming here, I knew about Lithuania’s famous basketball team and amber, and now I am grateful for the opportunity to experience everything this beautiful country offers. I have made some incredible discoveries since I arrived in this country!” smiles M. Kamali Saraji “And let me tell you, I have tasted the most delicious and colourful soup in the world – šaltibarščiai is an absolute must-try!” proudly says M. Kamali Saraji about his gastronomic experiences in Lithuania.

Despite coming from a warm country, he has found a way to survive in temperatures as low as -25C, but these days, like many people, he spends most of my free time watching movies and going to the cinema. “I live and breathe cinema, and I even dreamed of becoming a movie critic at one point. In fact, my master’s thesis was all about the fascinating world of the film industry,” tells Mahyar about his passion and another way of discovering the world of the silver screen that is also based on problem-solving.

Source – Vilnius University

January 11, 2024

Mykolas Romeris University student from Rwanda: “Lithuania has a strong education system”

My name is Peace Esperance Mukanoheli. I come from Rwanda. I was studying Public Relations Management in the Faculty of Human and Social studies at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania in 2022-2024. 

Peace Esperance Mukanoheli (MRU student)

Before joining Mykolas Romeris University, I was working at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, which is a non-profit organization focused on providing vulnerable and orphaned youth in Rwanda the necessary healing, education and love. 

I decided to choose studies in Lithuania after discussion with a friend. He introduced me to several schools including the MRU in Lithuania. I did some research about the country, found that Lithuania has a strong education system with reputable universities and academic programs. Many institutions here offer courses in English which makes it accessible to international students who may not be fluent in Lithuanian language. The cost of living and tuition fees are affordable compared to some other Western European countries. Lithuanian people are welcoming, food is nice, nature is beautiful and the public transportation is reliable.

I would definitely recommend to study at MRU because studies is affordable and the cost of living is low compared to the other universities of Western European Union, the process of admission is easy and the university help in visa process where you get all the required documents on time and International students office is eager to support at any time to smooth the process before and after joining the University. 

MRU offers their programs in English which is helpful to the international students to pursue their studies. It provides the internship in different countries which help students build valuable contacts and enhance their career prospects without segregation based on gender, race or religion. 

The MRU has well equipped classrooms, library and technology which contribute to a conducive learning environment, all learning facilities/material are on Moodle (the system used by the student and University), the studies are conducted online or in person and the school gives the opportunity to the students to work during the day because the lectures are given during evening and the professors are so helpful and supportive. 

Source – Mykolas Romeris University