About Country

Lithuania is the southernmost of the three Baltic states - and the largest and most populous of them. Lithuania was the first occupied Soviet republic to break free from the Soviet Union and restore its sovereignty via the declaration of independence on 11 March 1990.

The Lithuanian landscape is predominantly flat, with a few low hills in the western uplands and eastern highlands. The highest point is Aukstasis at 294 metres. Lithuania has 758 rivers, more than 2 800 lakes and 99 km of the Baltic Sea coastline, which are mostly devoted to recreation and nature preservation. Forests cover just over 30% of the country.

Some 84% of the population are ethnic Lithuanians. The two largest minorities are Poles, who account for just over 6% of the population, and Russians, who make up just over 5%. The Lithuanian language belongs to the family of Indo-European languages.

The capital, Vilnius, is a picturesque city on the banks of the rivers Neris and Vilnia, and the architecture within the old part of the city is some of Eastern Europe's finest. Vilnius university, founded in 1579, is a renaissance style complex with countless inner courtyards, forming a city within the city.

The Lithuanian president is elected directly for a five-year term and is active principally in foreign and security policy. The unicameralLithuanian Parliament, the Seimas , has 141 members.

Why Study in Lithuania

The academic year starts in September and ends in mid-June and is divided into two semesters - spring and autumn. Students can opt to study full-time or part-time.

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

Non-university studies are undergraduate studies and they come under what we call the first cycle.

University degrees are offered in three cycles: the first cycle is undergraduate (Bachelor), the second cycle is graduate (Master, and/or specialised professional studies), and the third one is postgraduate (Doctoral; residency; postgraduate in the Arts).

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. Theseprogrammescombine university studies at 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.

If you study for the professional qualification at this level you will be awarded a Higher Education Diploma. The purpose of the specialised professional studies at this level is to acquire a qualification in a specific field.