Lithuania is at a crossroad between west
and east Europe, and throughout its complicated history has developed a
unique culture, which encompasses both deep respect for traditions and
robust wish to learn and innovate. We are members of EU and NATO, and
are among the most bilingual and educated nations in Europe, however
costs of living here are lower than in western countries, which makes
Lithuania great for tourism, education or business.
Lithuanian people are simple, calm and can be somewhat shy with foreigners, but friendly and good-intended when you get to know them. We are keen to share our experience and the way of life with the rest of the world. If you plan to visit, you are certain to leave with dozens of new friends. There is a lot our country has to offer!
The higher education institutions are of two types: universities and colleges (non-university higher education institutions). Studies are organised in three cycles: bachelor studies (in universities) or professional bachelor studies (in colleges), post-graduate studies and doctoral studies.
Full-time and part-time studies are available.
College studies (non-university higher education) are oriented towards training for professional activities. The duration of full-time studies in colleges is usually three years and for part-time studies – four years. Practical training covers at least one third of the study programme. Graduates are awarded with a professional bachelor degree. Students with practical experience can complete additional studies (the duration of which is set by each higher education institution) to continue post-graduate studies in universities. College studies are offered by public and private colleges.
University studies provide a universal academic education, theoretical training and the highest level of professional excellence. The form of university studies can be continuous, for example, in medicine the first and the second cycles are connected. The duration of full-time studies in universities is four years and for part-time studies it is often five years. Graduates are awarded with a bachelor degree. They can continue their studies in post-graduate studies that last one and a half to 2 years. Those who want to dedicate themselves to academic activities after post-graduate studies can study for a doctoral degree (the duration of studies is four years). University studies are offered by universities, academies and seminaries.
22 colleges (including 10 independent) and 21 universities (including 8 independent) offer study programmes in Lithuania.
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
Coat of arms and flag:
Official language– Lithuanian, which is the member of Baltic language group (other 2 members are Latvian, and dead Prussian language). It is the most archaic language from all the Indo-European languages.
Lithuania is considered to be very religious country, sometimes named as "The land of Virgin Mary". Today 79 percent of Lithuanians consider themselves as Roman Catholics.
The currency of Lithuania Republic is Lithuanian Litas (1 Euro = 3,45 Lt). In the year 2009 Euro should be introduced in Lithuania.
Lithuanian Republic is the parliamentary democracy. The head of state is The President. Executive authority is Prime minister and the cabinet, and the legislative power is in the hands of Seimas (the parliament)
Latvia (land border – 588 km, sea border – 22 km)
Byelorussia (border – 677 km)
Poland (border – 104 km)
Russia (Kaliningrad) (land border – 255 km, border in Curonian sea – 18 km, sea border– 22 km)
Whole shore is 90 km long. The most unique part of seaside is the Curonian split – the peninsula, which starts in Kaliningrad and creates the Curonian sea.
Forests and bushes cover 30 percent of area.
Lithuania is the country of flat lands, they cover about 75 percents of country. The highest hills (above the sea lever):
The biggest cities in Lithuania:
1st of January, New years
16th of Februrary, Independence Day
11th of March, Restoration of Independence
Easter (Sunday and the following Monday)
1st of May, Labour Day
First Sunday of May, Mother's Day
24th of June, Midsummer Festival
6th of July, Coronation of King Mindaugas
15th of August, Assumption Day
1st of November, All Saints' Day
25th-26th of December, Christmas
Most foreign students say that 350-400 EUR is enough to live off for a month (minus the tuition fees). It really depends on how much you want to travel and go out, but our night clubs, pubs, museums and other attractions are less expensive than the ones found elsewhere in Europe. A day menu at most restaurants will cost from 3 to 5 EUR, a cinema ticket – up to 6 EUR, ten minutes at a local carting track – 10-12 EUR.