You can find information about the current Lithuanian higher education system scheme HERE.
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.
Bachelor degrees and professional qualifications are offered at universities; professional qualifications, but not degrees, can be taken at colleges.
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.
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.
In the third cycle, students study for a postgraduate 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.
Some Higher Education institutions organise summer courses in addition to regular courses. These courses, offering mostly academic content, usually last for a couple of weeks in the summer. They are often both formal and informal. In some Higher Education institutions it is possible to gain ECTS credits and scholarships for summer courses (i.e. they are included in the studies).
“Knowledge is priceless; however, studies have to be paid for”.
At Higher Education institutions in Lithuania, tuition fees differ from institution to institution, depending on the chosen programme and the cycle. Educational institutions announce their tuition fees annually.
On average, the cost of programmes at Higher Education institutions is approximately between 1300€ – 5500€ per year. At the top end of the price scale in colleges is a Bachelor of Arts; the tuition fees for musical studies could be around 4300€ per year. At the other end of the price scale are Humanities and Social Science studies, which cost around 1300€ per year.
At universities, the highest tuition fees, coming in at 8500€ per year, are for the training of aircraft pilots. The lowest fees are once again for Humanities and Social Science studies at 1300€ per year. Tuition fees for the second and third stages are different. For example, state funding for the full-time graduate (Master) studies starts from 2200€ per study year; for postgraduate studies (Doctoral) it is 5500€ per study year.
These fees apply to you if you are a Lithuanian or EU citizen. If you come from other countries different tuition fees may apply. You can find more detailed information on tuition fees in the section: Characterisation of study programmes.
Students at Higher Education institutions in Lithuania may be awarded scholarships and may also participate in international exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus). Those who participate in students’ exchange programmes do not have to pay any extra tuition fees for the exchange programme. Find out more in the section: Scholarships.
Higher Education institutions in Lithuania focus on giving students the skills they need in order to apply their knowledge in a practical way. Therefore, students are able to undertake educational, professional or scientific practices both locally and internationally.
Opportunities for practical involvement include the following:
EU programmes, such as Erasmus (Higher Education) and Comenius (intended for future teachers).
Students’ organisations such as AIESEC (http://www.aiesec.lt/en), among others.
It's quite common to directly approach companies and ask for opportunities for un-paid work experience. This will greatly improve your CV and also give you practical knowledge, which will come in handy when you are considered for a permanent position.