Vilnius University

Vilnius, Lithuania
Since its establishment in the 16th century, Vilnius University, as integral part of European science and culture has embodied the concept of a classical university and the unity of studies and research.
  • #790 Ranking
  • 21 Masters
  • 23000 Students


The Vilnius University - the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution.

Since its establishment in the 16th century, Vilnius University, as integral part of European science and culture has embodied the concept of a classical university and the unity of studies and research.

Vilnius University is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities and boasts many prominent scientists, professors and graduates. Scientific development and the expanding relations with global research centres have contributed to the variety of research and studies at Vilnius University.

With the support of social partners, the university educates globally-minded specialists who successfully integrate in the modern European community.

The mission of Vilnius University is to create, accumulate and disseminate knowledge by ensuring continuity of authentic university culture distinguished by the atmosphere where old traditions and new ideas enrich each other.

The University of Vilnius has 12 faculties, 8 institutes, 10 study and research centers, the oldest Library in Lithuania, 3 university hospitals, an Astronomical Observatory, a Botanical Garden, a Computer Center, and St. John's Church.

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Vilnius University!


Library ­

All students of Vilnius University may to use the university library. Vilnius University Central Library is located in the central building of the old campus. There are libraries in each faculty as well. Lithuanian student card is necessary in order to use the library.

Copying at the library

The Library also offers services of copying, scanning, printing, recording of digital data on a floppy disc or a CD etc. More about copying services and prices

Reading rooms

It is also possible to study in the reading room in the library. As in all libraries the noise level must be kept to a minimum. It is not allowed to eat, drink or smoke in the library. Readers are allowed to bring in personal things only in transparent bags. Coats, jackets, cloaks briefcases, handbags must be left in the cloakroom;

Work in the reading rooms is regulated by the Library usage rules

Computer facilities

You may use internet in the General Reading Room and Internet Reading Room at Vilnius University Library. Each month Vilnius University students may use internet for 15 hours free of charge. Upon exceeding this limit, a reader can't access internet until the beginning of a new month. By this limitation library aims to provide equal access to workstations for all members of the Vilnius University community.

Students may also get access to Internet at the computer rooms at each faculty.

Book shop

The students may find the university book shop Littera in the M. K. Sarbievijus courtyard in the Old campus. Alongside the books for leisure, books by university teachers and professors, university souvenirs may be find there. Opening hours: 9.00 - 18.00 from Mondays to Fridays and 10.00-15.00 on Saturdays.

Facilities for Special Needs Students

Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, also International Business School has well-equipped environment for special need students. Now 48 disabled students are studying at Vilnius University.

Student Life

Currency and banking

The Lithuanian currency is litas (Lt.). At present, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 litas denomination banknotes, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centas and 1, 2 and 5 litas denomination coins are in circulation. The exchange rate between Euro and Litas is 3,4528 Lt. to 1 Euro. Foreign currency in cash and cheques, etc. may be brought into the country and do not have to be declared. Foreign currency may be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, the airport, and the railway station.

All major credit cards, such as Mastercard, Eurocard, Globus, Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro, American Express are accepted in most restaurants and shops.

Banknote dispensers for cash withdrawal by credit cards are at the banks, the airport, and scattered throughout the main streets and residential areas of Vilnius.

Costs of living

A student is expected to spend approximately 600 litas per month for food.

The price for a meal at the VU canteen or cafeteria ranges from 8 to 20 litas.

The price of a monthly ticket for public transport within the city is from 14,00 (for bus or trolleybus) to 20,00 Litas (combined ticket for bus and trolleybus).

According to recent calculations, the total monthly living expenses of a single student are around 1200 litas, accommodation included.

Type of expenciesMonthly expencies Accommodation 200 Litas Food 600 Litas Books 200 Litas Health care 50 Litas Local transport 20 Litas Miscellaneous 200 Litas Total:1270 Litas


All public phones in Vilnius require telephone cards, which are available in the Central Post Office and kiosks.

For those who want to use a mobile phone in Lithuania may choose between three mobile phone companies: Omnitel, Tele2 or Bite GSM . It is much cheaper to use a pre-paid card of one of these companies than to use services of your home country.

Emergency call from mobile phone: 112


There is a convenient public transport system in Vilnius consisting of busses, trolley-busses and minibuses. In Vilnius a single ticket for trolleybus or bus costs 1,80 Litas if you buy it at kiosk or 2,50 Litas if you buy it at bus or trolleybus. Full-time students in Lithuania may use tickets with the discount. The single ticket price with the discount for the students is 0,90 Litas at kiosk or 1,25 Litas at bus or trolleybus. A monthly ticket costs from 14,00 Litas (for bus or trolleybus) or 20,00 Litas (combined ticket for bus and trolleybus).

Students may get discount for the public transport just with the Lithuanian student card. Neither International student card nor student card of home university is valid for the discount in Lithuania. The student card must be presented together with the ticket in case of control.

Public transport in Vilnius usually starts around 5 a.m. and continues until 11.00 p.m.

After midnight the private taxi is always safe and the only transport in Vilnius.


Lithuanias climate is transitional between maritime and continental. The average temperature is approximately +20C (sometimes it rises over +30C) in summertime and -5C (it also may fall to -15 or -20C) in winter.

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