The Republic of Lithuania lies on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea and it is the southernmost and the largest country of the three Baltic States. Climate in Lithuania is Oceanic/continental, winters and summers are moderate, however temperature can soar up to + 30°C in summer and drop down to -32°C in winter. Vilnius has always been a lively city with people from all the different nationalities and cultures who have lived here and have created a colorful city mosaic. It is the largest city of Lithuania with a population of 560,000 and a density of 1413 people per square kilometer. Vilnius city is full of tourist attractions that students will find interesting, some of which are the Cathedral Basilica, The President’s Palace, the Old Town, Upper Castle and Gediminas Tower, and the Church of Anne. The capital of Lithuania is one of the most beautiful cities in the Old Continent, where the heritage of the past and achievements of the present, science and culture co-exist in harmony.
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Academic year: from late August to late June. Semester 1: early September to late January; Semester 2: from early February to late June. Holidays: Christmas holiday (late December). Easter Holiday (dates vary from year to year), summer vacation: July and August.
Vilnius, Lithuania (pop. 560,190)
Language of instruction: English, Lithuanian, German, French, Russian, Polish
Student Enrollment: nearly 21,000
University Home Page
Vilnius University has 18 academic divisions, among which there are 12 Faculties and three Institutes and Study centers having faculty rights and offering courses to International students:
1) Faculty of Chemistry
2) Faculty of Communication;
3) Faculty of Economics;
4) Faculty of History;
5) Faculty of Humanities in Kaunas;
6) Faculty of Law;
7) Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics;
8) Faculty of Medicine;
9) Faculty of Natural Sciences;
10) Faculty of Philology;
11) Faculty of Philosophy;
12) Faculty of Physics;
13) Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences;
14) Institute of Foreign Languages;
15) Centre of Oriental Studies.
Courses taught in English
Recent catalog of courses in English: http://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students/courses-taught-in-foreign-languages
Recommended fields include Languages, Humanities, Economics, Business Administration, Political Sciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics, Law, Social Sciences, Communication and Information Science. Course availability may be limited in Psychology and Medical Sciences.
Courses offered at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts are open to ISEP Exchange students provided the majority of courses are taken at Vilnius University.
Transcript issued for Semester 1: February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: July
Transcript issued for Full YeaJuly
Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.
• A minimum of 2 years of university-level of a foreign language, which will be the language of instruction e.g. Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, French, German etc., or the equivalent must be completed prior to the start of studies at Vilnius University.
• Lithuanian and Russian languages courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. 4-6 contact hours per week.
• Group tutoring for Lithuanian language courses is available in the evening for an additional fee at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels (3 contact hours/wk)
• Optional pre-session language programs are available in Lithuanian and Russian for an additional fee. For more information on courses and language options, see the: http://www.vu.lt/en/studies/summer_courses/
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers should submit a minimum official TOEFL of 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), IELTS score of minimum 6 or the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.
Hints for Researching Courses
1. From the main website, choose “Studies”, click on “Exchange students”, then “Courses Taught in Foreign Languages”.
2. Go to the course catalogue.
3. Here you will see the whole Academic offer of Vilnius University. Choose the Faculty to search the courses in a specific Faculty. In this website you will see which degree students (Undergraduate/Bachelor or Graduate/Master) can attend the course, how long the course lasts, in which semester (autumn and/or spring, please choose "1" at the top of the page for Autumn semestre courses and "2" for spring semester) the course is offered and the number of credits awarded. Graduate students can choose courses of Undergraduate level if that is approved of at their home University, but not vice versa!
Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in one of the international students’ dormitories. Accommodation at Vilnius University international dormitories is available only for Vilnius University students so married student housing is not available, exception can be made only for doctoral students but extra payment that will have to be covered by the student himself/herself should also be foreseen. A refundable housing deposit is required. Depending on the geographical location of the faculty as well as traffic cause the trip from the dormitory to the faculties may take from 20 to 40 minutes by public transport. Dormitories are equipped with kitchen. ISEP students will receive a stipend for their meals.
ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 400 EUR
60 EUR accommodation
175 EUR meals
135 EUR extra personal expenses
Accommodation expenses will be covered by Vilnius University and students will receive a stipend as their meal benefit.
We highly recommend international students to apply for mentor before arrival as mentors are Vilnius University students who help their fellow students to settle down in Vilnius as well as start enjoying their stay from the first minute. They usually meet international students at the airport, help them to reach the required destinations during the first days of stay and help them to integrate in student life. Usually, mentors are from the same faculty as international student, so they will be very helpful in sorting out academic questions as well. All exchange students are invited to participate in Orientation Week program organized upon their arrival. This program is very important for international students as they get acquainted with University academic and administrative requirements, migration requirements, safety measures in the city and country. The program includes such activities as Guided Tours in Vilnius city, at Vilnius University and Library, Museum of Genocide Victims and a trip to Trakai. Students also have a possibility to attend Survival Lithuanian course to learn the basics of the Lithuanian language as well as to meet their faculty coordinators. The program is organized by Vilnius University mentors, so exchange students have plenty of possibilities to meet and get acquainted with other international and local students by attending welcome, karaoke, national dishes, etc. parties, going to movies, participating in orientation games.
Active and creative international students are welcome to join ESN Vilnius University activities organized for international exchange students. ESN VU organizes such activities as orientation week program, trips inside Lithuanian and to neighboring countries, thematic parties etc. So students get plenty of possibilities to know more about the country, city and Lithuanian culture as well as get acquainted with local and other international students. International students coming to study at Vilnius University can join and participate in various sports activities, such as playing basketball, football, aerobics, volleyball, table tennis, chess etc. Students have to arrange attendance with the instructors of different sports at Vilnius University Sport Centre.
Vilnius University is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher Education institution. Since its establishment in the 16th century, Vilnius University has been an active participant in international scientific and academic activity, thus it has become an integral part of European science and culture embodying the concept of a classical university and the unity of studies and research. Today, Vilnius University has over 23,000 students and over 1,500 teaching and research staff. The University has 12 faculties, 8 institutes, 3 university hospitals, 10 study and research centers as well as one of the richest libraries in Europe, an astronomical observatory, a botanical garden and a cherished Church of Sr. Johns’. As one of the oldest higher education establishments in Central and Eastern Europe, it has had a marked influence on the cultural life of Lithuania and its neighboring states. International cooperation has become a vital component of Vilnius University existence with number of bilateral agreement and international students growing each year and this inevitably has a huge impact on all spheres of university life embracing studies, research and cooperation of administrators.