With its colorful history and its important geographic location, Lithuania is the bustling connecting hub between Western and Eastern Europe. The small nation with a population of just about 2.8 million has been an EU member since 2004 and, in 2015, adopted the Euro as its official currency.
Over the past two decades, Lithuania’s education system has seen exciting reforms. Today, there are hundreds of interesting English-taught study options available to international students.
Facts and figures on Lithuanian higher education
There are more than 30 institutions of higher education in Lithuania. Similar to countries like Germany, the Netherlands, or Finland, the system distinguishes between universities and university colleges (kolegija), often also called “universities of applied sciences”.
Through the Bologna process, Lithuanian universities have adopted a Bachelor / Master structure for its academic programs. The awarded degrees are recognized throughout Europe and globally.
Citizens of EU member countries do not need any special visa to study in Lithuania. All others may have to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (“TRP”) through the Lithuanian Migration Department.
Students from outside the EU may be subject to different tuition fees, depending on the university and program. If you study at a university in Lithuania, you may be eligible for a state scholarship to cover the tuition fees. Tuition fees do not apply to students on exchange programs.
Cost of living
Student accommodation can be had for as little as 100 EUR per month. All in all, including food, books and leisure activities, students can easily get by on a budget of 500 EUR per month or less.