Education in Lithuania follows the Bologna system with three cycles of study. The Bachelor’s degree is the first cycle and you will need to gain 180-240 ECTS to clear the cycle. Bachelor’s degrees are of two types, a professional and an academic. The Professional Bachelor’s degree combines studies with some practical training and leads graduates into professional lives, whereas Academic Bachelor’s degree can lead graduates to the second cycle of a Master’s program. The final cycle is a doctorate program.
The language of instruction in public institutes of higher education is Lithuanian. Other languages may be used provided the curriculum is connected to that language, taught by foreigners, or is an exchange program.
Summer courses are also offered by some institutes of higher education. The courses usually cover academic content and can last from four to six weeks. Some of the courses are formal others informal. It is even possible to get ECTS credits for some summer courses.
To be admitted to a Bachelor’s program the foreign applicant must have a Maturity Certificate (school leaving certificate). Foreigners must also have their documents evaluated according to Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment. Different educational institutes of higher studies set their own admission criteria and examinations. Students have to apply to the chosen university directly and fulfill their requirements.
Students choosing programs conducted in Lithuanian language must pass the language competency examination. Students not proficient in the language will have to take one year of language studies before being admitted to the chosen program. Students wishing to take programs in other languages will have to prove proficiency in that language before being admitted.