Sitting in the north of Europe on the Baltic Sea, Lithuania gives you a fantastic blend of multicultural influences, with amazing past and modern, cosmopolitan cities. This country is one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU at the moment, and has lower tuition and living costs than several Western European countries. On top of that, the citizens are some of the most bilingual and well-educated across Europe. The weather condition is quite mild, despite its location in the northern region, and a great choice for nature-lovers, with a nice mix of forests, gently rolling hills, rivers, streams and lakes.
If you are a Lithuanian national, i.e people of Lithuanian origin and students from the EU/EEA you should apply through the Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions (LAMA BPO) for state-funded places at universities in Lithuania, which has to be done between 1 June and 23 July.
However, If you hail from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you are expected to apply directly to your chosen university, submitting all the required documents as shown below:
- Completed application form
- Certificate of education (which should be recognized by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education)
- CV and letter of motivation
- Copy of your passport, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- Photographs of yourself
- An authentic receipt showing clearly that application and tuition fees have been paid
- Bank statements as proof that you are able to cover your tuition fees and living costs while studying in Lithuania Tuition fees
Tuition fees in Lithuania vary between universities, study levels and programs. Average rates are:
- €1,000-5,300 (~US$1,060-5,620) for bachelor’s degrees
- €2,200-6,500 (~US$2,330-6,890) for master’s degrees
- €7,100-8,500 (~US$7,520-9,000) for PhDs Living costs
Lithuania is a quite an affordable country to live in, with Vilnius University estimating expenses of roughly €489 (~US$520) per month, or €5,868 (~US$6,240) per year plus accommodation, which in student dormitories can go as little as €70 (~US$74) per month.
Please note that your mandatory Lithuanian student identity card (LSIC) will not just give you access to the university library, but allow you to save cash at local theaters, cinemas and restaurants. The international student identity card (ISIC) is not mandatory but will give you tons of access to even more discounts.
Admitted students from the EU do not require a student visa. Students from selected non-EU countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada (full list here) would not need a visa either to enter Lithuania, but are expected to apply for one after arrival. EU students do not need a residence permit, but must register with the Lithuanian Migration Department and imprint their place of residence at a local district authority (Seniūnija) within seven days of arriving in the country.
If you require a Lithuanian student visa, you’re expected to apply for the National visa (D), which is single or multiple-entry. All non-EU applicants would need to apply for a temporary residence permit.This you can apply for at local Lithuanian embassy for a fee of €60 (~US$64) fee, and will require the following documents:
- Passport that is valid for at least three months longer than your expected period of stay in Lithuania
- A duly completed application form
- One recent color photo
- A document showing that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your period of stay and fund your journey home at the end of your program
- A document showing that you’ve purchased health insurance
The documents required for a residence permit are almost the same. You will equally need proof that you’ve been admitted to a university in Lithuania, as well as a document showing your place of residence during your studies. Normally,your Lithuanian student visa will issued in 15 days.
All students are able to work in Lithuania for up to 20 hours per week starting from their second year of studies, but non-EU students will require a work permit (unless hired during a training period or intending to work in the field of scientific/social research). Post graduation, non-EU students are able to apply for a six-month temporary residence permit in order to stay in the country and seek greener pastures. We would really encourage you to take advantage of the cheap tuition fee arrangement in Lithuania by applying to study here.