Lithuania is a small European country that manages to attract a significant number of international students every year. But why would you choose to study here?
- Lithuania offers over 300 study programmes taught in English
- Diplomas from Lithuanian universities are recognised internationally
- People are friendly and English is spoken widely
- Tuition fees and living cots are affordable
But how do you apply to a university here? Well, let's discover together.
1. Popular study options in Lithuania
Lithuania isn’t a “specialised” country, meaning that all degrees are encouraged and endorsed, and resources are spread equally across all disciplines. So, knowing now that you can’t go wrong with what you pick, why not check out:
- Masters in Business and Management in Lithuania
- Masters in Computer Science in Lithuania
- Masters in Engineering in Lithuania
- Masters in Medicine and Health in Lithuania
- Masters in Social Sciences in Lithuania
2. Lithuanian universities to consider for your studies
Now that you picked a subject, let’s look over the awesome institutions that wait for you here. These are only several examples to keep in mind:
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
- Vilnius University
- Kaunas University of Technology
- ISM University of Management and Economics
And now, let’s talk applying!
3. Prepare to apply
Lithuania is a proud European Union (EU) member since 2004, so, as you can assume, students coming from the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA) have some perks.
There are 2 categories of applications:
- Students from the EU/EEA – complete a general application form between June and July. You can find the form on the LAMA BPO website (I know, hilarious name, but it stands for the Association of Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions).
- Students from outside the EU/EEA – apply directly at the university of your choice, and these applications take place in the month of July.
Still, just as a heads up, you will need a relevant Bachelor’s degree in the same field as the Master’s you want to apply for, so choose carefully! Also, you might need to pass some additional preliminary examinations, but those depend on the university and the degree you will pick.
4. Language requirements for a Lithuanian university application
If you don’t speak Lithuanian (although you might wanna start learning it, because it is one of the oldest languages in the world and the closest one to Sanskrit), then you should definitively pick one of the programmes that are taught in English.
But in order to apply to this degree, you will need a language proficiency certificate. We can’t help you with scores, because those will depend on your future university, but usually, if the university doesn’t provide its own English proficiency test, you can take:
5. Required university application documents
Write this down, because it is super important: all your documents have to be recognised in the Republic of Lithuania. The qualifications fall under the jurisdiction of the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, so be sure to check with them for the recognition.
With that out of the way, let’s focus on the admission documents. Usually, the documents can vary from programme to programme, but there are some that will be requested everywhere, and these are:
- A completed application form
- Your recognised Bachelor’s degree with your grades
- A Europass CV
- A motivation letter
- A copy of your passport (certified, of course)
- 2 or 3 photographs
- Proof that you paid the tuition and the application fees
- Proof you have enough funds for your stay and your studies in Lithuania
6. University application deadlines in Lithuania
As we've mentioned before, students from the EU/EEA must complete their application form every year between June and July, while the non-EU/EEA students have their deadlines in the month of July. The actual dates may vary from one year to another, so make sure to check the exact deadlines before applying.
Some application procedures can take a while, so you should start applying as soon as possible.
7. Tuition fees and living costs in Lithuania
The currency in Lithuania is the well-known euro. Still, as one of the cheapest countries in the North of Europe, Lithuania is a perfect place to study your Master’s degree, seeing how monthly costs will be around 400 - 500 EUR/month.
Also, on average, the tuition fees for a Master’s degree in Lithuania range between 2,200 and 6,500 EUR/year, if you come from Lithuania or from the EU/EEA. If not, be careful to check out what tuition fee is applicable to you and always research, research, research.
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies in Lithuania.
8. Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter
Yay! you received your acceptance letter. Good for you!
Now all you have to do is wait for the contract. Yes, you will need to sign a contract for studying with your future university, in order to confirm your spot. After that, it’s all smooth sailing to get your Lithuanian student card, and then the partying can begin!
So, now that you know everything there is to know about the application process in Lithuania, you can go and start planning your amazing trip there.
Good luck and remember to have fun!