Vilnius University

Vilnius, Lithuania
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.

About

History

The University of Vilnius, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. Functioning for a long time as the only school of higher learning in Lithuania, it was a preserver of cultural and scientific traditions, and has played a significant part in the cultural life not only of Lithuania, but the neighboring countries. 

Education

  • Vilnius University is a comprehensive university.
  • Vilnius University offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in humanities, social sciences, physical and biomedical sciences and technologies.
  • The extent of studies are calculated in credits. One credit is equal to 40 hours of workload (lectures, seminars, individual study and etc).
  • University studies are of two types: degree and non-degree.

Research

Research Areas:

  • Humanities.
  • Lithuanian Studies.
  • Structure and Development of Society.
  • Biological and Sociopsychological Cognition and Evolution of Man.
  • Healthy Man, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment of Diseases.
  • Genomics, Biomolecules and Biotechnologies.
  • Changes in Ecosystems, Protection, Natural Resources.
  • New Functional Materials and Derivatives.
  • Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Laser Physics and Light Technologies.
  • Fundamental and Applied Mathematics.
  • Informatics and Information Technologies.

Career

Non EU students who intend to work in the Republic of Lithuania must obtain a permit (Work permit) in the Labor Market. The students can work up to 20 hours per week after the first year at Vilnius University.

Services

Student services

Orientation Week is designed to assist you - a new student - to settle into University life at Vilnius University. Orientation week takes place in the first week of the beginning of each semester for all international students free of charge. Participation in the Orientation Week is strongly recommended.

Housing services

Accommodation in Vilnius University dormitories is available only for Vilnius Unive­rsity students during the academic year.

  • Accommodation in Kaunas

Regarding accommodation in Kaunas students should contact International office of Kaunas Faculty of Humanities.

  • Accommodation in Vilnius
Dormitories in Vilnius are situated in Sauletekio, Olandu or Didlaukio streets. They are close enough to the faculties. The time that is necessary to reach a faculty or any other object depends on their geographical location and the traffic causes.

Library services

Probably no student can imagine their productive studies without a library. Vilnius University is proud to have the oldest (1570) and the newest (2013) libraries in The Baltics’. All students of Vilnius University may to use the university library. Lithuanian student card is necessary in order to use the library.

At Vilnius University you can use library at different locations:

  • Central Library at Old Campus of Vilnius University
  • Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC)
  • Libraries of faculties and centers

ICT services

Computer facilities

You may use internet in the General Reading Room and Internet Reading Room at Vilnius University Library. Students may also get access to Internet at the computer rooms at each faculty.

Medical services

The Lithuanian health system is organised around the family doctor. When you have a medical problem he or she is the first to contact, except in cases of the emergency. If you need a consultation with a specific doctor, the family doctor will see you first and then refer you to one. Medication prescribed by a doctor can be bought at the nearest pharmacy. 

Student Life

Campus life

During the academic year students will have an opportunity to attend many events organized by Vilnius University and each faculty separately.

Students can join different lectures leaded by local and invited professors, concerts, cinema evenings and so on. However there are two events that shouldn’t be missed by any student.

Student clubs

Vilnius University Students Representation (VU SA)

VU SA is an independent, non-profit orientated, non-political organization which represents the interests of all students of Vilnius University.

  • acts for the good of students
  • improves the process of studies
  • takes care of social welfare
  • organizes meaningful leisure activities
  • spreads information

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

ESN is the key volunteer student organization in international higher education in Europe. They provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. 

Other Degrees