Low Tuition Universities in Lithuania with Tuition Fees

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In this article, we are considering the Low Tuition Universities and Colleges in Lithuania, How to Apply, Cost of Living, Admission Requirements and Tuition Fees. It might interest you to know that in Lithuania the colleges (Kolegija) and universities are the two higher education institutions. Colleges deal on practical training for particular professions.

A 10-point grading system is what is used at the universities there, in which 10 is the highest score and 5 is the minimum needed to pass. All the academic programs offered at the universities in Lithuania are judged according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and are offered in terms of what is termed ‘cycles’, and follow the Bologna system.

Educational cycles in Lithuania are as follows

  • The first cycle is for bachelor’s degrees.
  • The second cycle is for master’s degrees.
  • The third cycle is for PhDs.

Universities in Lithuania also offer integrated study programs, which combine the first and second cycles so that students graduate with a master’s degree and can then study a PhD if they wish. These are most commonly found in regulated professions such as law and medicine.

Cost of Living

Costs of living in Lithuania is one of the cheapest in Europe. A student needs to estimate costs of €489 (~US$520) per month, or €5,868 (~US$6,240) per year including accommodation, feeding, transport fare, books, etc. Student’s dormitories can be as cheap as €70 (~US$74) per month.

Your mandatory Lithuanian student identity card (LSIC) will not just give you access to the university library, but will enable you to save money at restaurants, local theatres and cinemas. The international student identity card (ISIC) is not essential but will give you access to even more discounts.

Tuition Fees

In Lithuania universities, tuition fees vary from institution to institution and depending more on level of studies and study programme. As student, you need to budget your cost of study in the range given below.

  • €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

Per year – for postgraduate studies. This fee structure applies to you if you are a Lithuanian or EU citizen. For international students, expect fees to be a little higher and depend on your programme. We recommend you visit your university of choice for information about that.

It might interest you to note that students participating in students’ exchange programmes do not have to pay any extra tuition fees for the exchange programme.

Throwing more light on that, Students at higher education institutions in Lithuania can easily secure a state scholarship and may also participate in international exchange programmes (take for instance the Erasmus)

Educational cycles in Lithuania are as follows:

  • The first cycle is for bachelor’s degrees.
  • The second cycle is for master’s degrees.
  • The third cycle is for PhDs.

Universities in Lithuania also offer integrated study programs, which combine the first and second cycles so that students graduate with a master’s degree and can then study a PhD if they wish. These are most commonly found in regulated professions such as law and medicine.

Undergraduate entry Requirements/First cycle studies (Bachelor’s)

As an international student planning to study in Lithuania as an undergraduate, you must basically put aside

  • A secondary/high school result
  • Pass any additional test given

Postgraduate entry Requirements/Second cycle studies (Master’s)

For Postgraduate studies, international students are required to present

  • A relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctorate entry Requirements/Third cycle studies (PhD)

International Students at the Doctoral level are needed to be in possession of

  • A relevant diploma or master’s degree program.

Language requirements for studies at universities in Lithuania

Tests are given to proof your proficiency if your study program is taught in the Lithuanian language. For students that choose English or other languages as the language of instruction, you will either need a certificate proving your language level (higher education institutions have their own requirements on the score needed), or pass the language proficiency test provided by the higher education institution.

How to apply

Citizen of Lithuania, EU/EEA country, or have a right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania or a child, grandchild and great-grandchild of the Diaspora and people of Lithuanian origin are eligible to apply through the Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions (LAMA BPO) for state-funded places at universities in Lithuania, which should be done between 1 June and 23 July.

If you’re from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you will need to apply directly to your chosen university, submitting all the required documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Certificate of education (which has been 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
  • A receipt proving that the application and tuition fees have been paid
  • Bank statements proving that you are able to cover your tuition fees and living costs while studying in Lithuania

Visa

EU students do not need a student visa to enter Lithuania. Students from selected non-EU countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada (see the full list below) do not need a visa to enter Lithuania, but should apply for one after arrival.

* The visa requirement exemption applies only for holders of biometric passports.

**The visa requirement exemption applies only for holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports.

***The visa requirement exemption applies only for holders of Macao Special Administrative Region passorts.

**** The visa requirement exemption applies only for holders of passports issued by Taiwan, with identity card number.

Note: The alien to whom a visa-free travel regime is applied shall be entitled to enter the Republic of Lithuania and stay in it without a visa for up to 3 months within each half a year starting from the first day of entry into the Republic of Lithuania or any other Schengen State.

EU students do not need a residence permit, but must register with the Lithuanian Migration Department and declare their place of residence at a local district authority (Seniūnija) within seven days of arrival.

If you need a Lithuanian student visa, you’ll need to apply for the National visa (D), which can be single or multiple-entry. All non-EU students also need to apply for a temporary residence permit.You can apply for these at your local Lithuanian embassy for a €60 (~US$64) fee, and will need the following documents:

  • Passport valid for at least three months longer than your expected length of stay in Lithuania
  • Completed application form
  • One recent color photo
  • A document proving that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay and fund your journey home at the end of your studies
  • A document confirming that you’ve purchased health insurance
  • The documents needed for a residence permit are similar. You will also need proof that you’ve been admitted to a higher education institution in Lithuania, as well as a document confirming your place of residence during your studies. Your Lithuanian student visa will normally be issued in 15 days.

Preliminary examinations

You may need to pass preliminary examinations (if required for selected study programmes). For more detailed information please inquire at the higher education institution of your choice.

Low Tuition Universities and Colleges in Lithuania for international students

Universities

Academy of Business and Management

Aleksandras Stulginskis University

European Humanities University

University of Bialystok

University of Bialystok

International Business School at Vilnius University

ISM University of Management and Economics

Kaunas University of Technology

Kazimieras Simonavičius University

Klaipėda University

LCC International University

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Lithuanian Sports University

Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Mykolas Romeris University

Šiauliai University

Telšiai Bishop Vincentas Borisevičius Priest Seminary

The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Vilnius St. Joseph Seminary

Vilnius University

Vytautas Magnus University

 

Colleges in Lithuania

Alytus College

International School of Law and Business

Kaunas College

Kaunas College of Forestry and Environmental Engineering

Kaunas Technical College

Klaipėda Business Higher School

Klaipėda State College

Kolping College

Lithuanian Maritime Academy

Marijampolė College

North Lithuania College

Panevėžys College

Social Sciences College

St. Ignatius of Loyola College

Šiauliai State College

Utena College

Vilnius Business College

Vilnius College

Vilnius College of Design

Vilnius College of Technologies and Design

Vilnius Co-operative College

V.A. Graičiūnas Higher School of Management

West Lithuania Business College

Žemaitija College

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