Most of you maybe know Lithuania as the country with that awesome tourism commercial, where they proclaim the country as being the “G spot of Europe”, while some of you know it as Peggy’s country of origin. You know… Peggy from the “Kids from Room 402” show.
Nevertheless, Lithuania is still an amazing country to study your Master’s degree in. But how do you apply to a university here? Well, allow us to explain.
1. Lithuania has great study options
Lithuania isn’t a “specialised” country, meaning that all degrees are encouraged and endorsed, and resources are invested equally between all disciplines.
So, knowing now that you can’t go wrong with what you pick, why not check out:
- Masters in Business and Management in Lithuania
- Masters in Computer Science in Lithuania
- Masters in Engineering in Lithuania
- Masters in Medicine and Health in Lithuania
- Masters in Social Sciences in Lithuania
2. Lithuania has amazing universities
Now that you picked your subject, let’s look over the awesome institutions that wait for you here:
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
- Vilnius University
- Kaunas University of Technology
- ISM University of Management and Economics
And now, let’s talk applying!
3. Prepare to apply
Lithuania is a proud European Union member ever since 2004, so, as you can assume, students coming from the EU/EEA have some perks.
So, there are 2 categories of applications:
- Students from the EU/EEA – complete a general application form between June and July. You can find the form on the LAMA BPO website (I know, hilarious name, but it stands for the Association of Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions).
- Students from outside the EU/EEA – apply directly at the university of your choice, and these applications are all around the month of July.
Still, just a heads up, you will need a relevant Bachelor’s degree in the same field as the Master’s you want to apply for, so choose carefully! Also, you might need to pass some more preliminary examinations, but those depend on the university and the degree you will pick.
4. Language requirements for a Lithuanian university application
We are going on a limb here and assume you don’t speak Lithuanian.
If you don’t (although you should, because it is one of the oldest languages in the world – and the closest one to Sanskrit), then you should definitively pick one of the programmes that are in English.
But, in order to apply to this degree, you will need a proficiency certificate. We can’t help you with scores, because those will depend on your future university, but usually, if the university doesn’t provide its own English proficiency test, you can take:
5. Required application documents
Write this down, because it is super important: all your documents have to be recognised in the Republic of Lithuania. The qualifications fall in the jurisdiction of the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, so be sure to check with them for the recognition.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s focus on the documents per se. Usually, the documents can vary from programme to programme, but there are some that will be requested everywhere, and these are:
- A completed application form
- Your recognised Bachelor’s degree with your grades
- A Europass CV
- A motivation letter
- A copy of your passport (certified, of course)
- 2 or 3 photographs
- Proof that you paid the tuition and the application fees
- Proof you have enough funds for your stay and your studies in Lithuania
6. University application deadlines for Lithuania
As we said before, students from the EU/EEA must complete their application form every year between June and July, while the non-EU/EEA students have their deadlines in the month of July. The actual dates may vary from one year to another, so make sure to check the exact deadlines before applying.
Some application procedures can take a while, so you should start applying as soon as possible.
7. Tuition fees and living costs in Lithuania
The currency in Lithuania is the well-known Euro.
Still, as one of the cheapest countries in the North of Europe, Lithuania is a perfect place to study your Master’s degree, seeing how monthly costs will be around 400 and 500 EUR/month.
Also, on average, the tuition fees for a Master’s degree in Lithuania can be between 2.200 and 6.500 EUR/year, if you come from Lithuania or from the EU/EEA.
If not, be careful to check out what tuition fee is applicable to you and research, research, research.
8. Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter
Yay! you received your acceptance letter. Good for you!
Now all you have to do is wait for the contract.
Yes, you will need to sign a contract for studying with your future university, in order to confirm your spot. After that, it’s all smooth sailing to get your Lithuanian student card, and then the partying can begin!
So, now that you know everything there is to know about the application process in Lithuania, you can go and start planning for your amazing trip there.
Be sure to check out that oak that’s still around since the Crusades, try “the Scent of Lithuania”, and join that anonymous swing foundation that keeps installing swings (yeah, the children’s playground toys) around Vilnius.
Good luck and remember to have fun!