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  • Vilnius University International STUDENT GUIDE

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    Vilnius University STUDENT GUIDE

  • Vilnius University International STUDENT GUIDE

    Choose the quickest way!

    Read me!

    This publication has been funded with support from the European Commission.

    This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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    Doctoral degree programmes ............... 30

    Other programmes in English ............... 31

    Lithuanian language courses ................ 31

    Survival Lithuanian ................................. 31

    Application Procedure

    and Deadlines ................................... 33

    Practical Information ...................... 39

    Visa D and temporary residence

    permit in the Republic of Lithuania ...... 40

    Non EU/EEA citizens ............................... 40

    Registration procedure .......................... 41

    Insurance ................................................. 43

    Health care............................................... 44

    Student card .............................................45

    Accommodation ...................................... 47

    University dormitories ............................ 48

    Private housing ....................................... 50

    Renting a flat ........................................... 50

    Transport ................................................. 51

    Content

    Lithuania in Brief ............................... 7

    Geography ................................................. 9

    Population.................................................. 9

    Language .................................................. 10

    Religion ......................................................11

    Climate ..................................................... 11

    Time .......................................................... 12

    Public holidays ........................................ 12

    History ...................................................... 13

    Vilnius City ......................................... 17

    Vilnius University .............................. 21

    Good to know… ....................................... 23

    Academic calendar...................................24

    Studies in Foreign Languages ......... 27

    Courses in foreign languages ................ 28

    How to select courses for

    exchange students .................................. 28

    Tuition fees .............................................. 29

    Degree programmes .............................. 29

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    Arrival in Vilnius....................................... 51

    Types of tickets ........................................ 52

    Taxi ........................................................... 56

    Biking ........................................................ 56

    Mentor system ........................................ 59

    Library ...................................................... 59

    For students with special needs............ 61

    Psychological counselling ...................... 62

    Internet and phones ............................... 62

    Living expenses ....................................... 64

    Job opportunities .................................... 65

    Opening a bank account ........................ 66

    Student Life ........................................ 69

    Orientation week (OW) ........................... 70

    Events at Vilnius University .................... 71

    Student unions ........................................ 73

    Sports ....................................................... 74

    Student clubs ............................................74

    Leisure and Cultural Life .................. 79

    Travelling within Lithuania ..................... 80

    Events in Vilnius ...................................... 83

    Theatre ..................................................... 86

    Cinema ..................................................... 88

    Museums ................................................. 89

    Meals and national

    Lithuanian cuisine ................................... 93

    Pubs .......................................................... 94

    Shopping .................................................. 94

    Checklist ....................................................96

    List of University Faculties

    and Institutes ............................................99

    Contacts of Embassies ..........................100

    Cultural Centres .....................................104

    Useful Phrases........................................106

    University Maps......................................108

    Notes ..................................................... 110

  • Dear Students, International Office was probably your first contact with the University. We are here to help you to choose your courses and guide your through the admissions process, as well as to help you to settle in and to provide our support during your studies. This guide will help you with your first steps and will give you some practical tips that we hope will be useful for you while planning your stay as well as during your studies at Vilnius University.

    It is important to check your email regularly which you provided when applying. You will receive all important information from the University regarding your enrolment, orientation week and accommodation matters (if applicable) before your studies start. You will receive the contact details of the responsible person at your department and in the International Relations Office who will assist you during your studies at Vilnius University.

    If you are uncertain about what to do, have any worries in the first few weeks or are looking for advice before you come to Vilnius University, we will be very happy to help you.

    We wish you interesting studies and memorable life experience at Vilnius University!

    International Relations Office Email: trs@cr.vu.lt Tel: +370 5 268 7150

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  • Dear Students, We are more than happy that you have decided to choose our university for your International experience. The main aim of ESN Vilnius University is to introduce you to all the old traditions of Vilnius University and make your time here more than great.

    We wish you to find one more way to see the world, to gain experience that you couldn’t even imagine and to enjoy this time period of your life. We hope you will keep a piece of Lithuania in your hearts forever, after your time spent here - the memories remain with you!

    Welcome to Vilnius University! Welcome to Lithuania! Welcome to the adventure of your life!

    ESN Vilnius University WE CARE, WE HELP, WE SHARE!

    ESN Vilnius University Email: vu@esnlithuania.org

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  • Lithuania in Brief

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    Lithuania in Brief Do you know that…

    Lithuania has 2,9 million inhabitants

    National currency is EURO

    Lithuania is a flat land with plains covering approximately 75 % of the country

    Lithuania’s internet upload speed is the 1st in Europe and the 2nd worldwide

    Every 10th high-end scientific laser in the world is made in Lithuania. These lasers are used by such organizations as NASA, NATO, and Pentagon etc.

    Over a half of population in Lithuania can speak at least 2 foreign languages

    To cross the country takes just 4 hours, you can count up to 22 000 rivers and streams and almost 3000 lakes here!

    Lithuania was the first country to break free from the USSR in 1990

    Lithuania was the last pagan country in Europe. Now over 70 % of Lithuanians belong to Roman Catholic others to Evangelical, Orthodox and other religions, but all the inhabitants confess the second religion – basketball

    Lithuania is a member of EU and NATO

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    9Lithuania in Brief

    Geography Lithuania is a small Middle European country situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Covering 65 300 km2 it is the largest of three Baltic States in size similar to Ireland. It borders with: Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Russia. According to the Estimates of the French National Geographic Institute and the Guiness Book of World Records the geografical centre of Europe is located 26 km away from the city of Vilnius. Lithuania is commonly called the land of plains, lakes and rivers.

    Population Lithuania is the most ethnically compact Baltic country. 84,2 % of inhabitants are Lithuanians, but the total number of nationalities living in Lithuania is 154. Lithuania has the following ethnic composition: Lithuanians (84,2%), Poles (6.6%), Russians (5,8%), Belarusians (1,2%), Other (2,2 %).

    Largest cities 2014 (number of inhabitants)

  • Language Lithuanian is the oldest living Indo-European language. Our language belongs to the Baltic group of languages. Although there are three Baltic countries – Lithu