University studies in Lithuania provide universal academic education, theoretical training, and the highest level of professional excellence, whereas colleges train for professional activities. Overall Lithuania has 47 Higher Education Institutions, and is increasingly popular with international students.
Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic States and it is bordered by Latvia, Poland and the Kaliningrad Region of Russia and Belarus. The capital of the country is Vilnius and the official language is Lithuanian. Lithuania has a population of slightly over 3 million people and it is a member of several international organisations including the European Union, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). From cities and towns full of historic monuments to wonderful retreats in a pristine natural environment, Lithuania has places to go and see for everyone. Officially recognized as the geographical centre of Europe and connected by numerous routes to major European cities, Lithuania can be easily reached by land, water or air. The strength of the Lithuanian economy - and that of its Baltic neighbours – gave rise to the unofficial title ‘The Baltic Tiger’. The country has strong industrial, financial and service sectors and is developing its research and innovation and high-tech capacity.
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There are 47 higher education institutions in Lithuania, which include 14 state universities, 9 private universities, 13 state colleges and 11 private colleges. University studies provide universal academic education, theoretical training and the highest level of professional excellence. Higher education studies in colleges are oriented towards training for professional activities, practical training covers at least one third of the study programme, in colleges, applied research is carried out. Studies are conducted according to degree and non-degree study programmes. Studies can be of different intensity: full-time and part-time. They are organised in three cycles: undergraduate (1st cycle), post-graduate leading to a Masters (Magistras) degree (2nd cycle), and post-graduate leading to a doctorate (3rd cycle). The duration of Master studies is 1.5 to two years. University degree study programmes can be integrated, when studies of the first and second cycles are combined (e.g. in law, medical studies, etc.). Postgraduate studies leading to a Doctor’s degree in science or art can be conducted by universities or universities together with research institutions. Higher education institutions can provide joint study programmes, upon the completion of which a joint qualification degree is awarded, as well as programmes, upon the completion of which a double qualification degree is awarded. Post-graduate tuition fees in Lithuania vary depending on the course and institution, although a typical price for a Masters course is somewhere in the region of 150,000 – 250,000 INR. According to UNESCO’s latest figures (2012) Lithuania is a host destination for some 4,000 international tertiary level students each year, the bulk of which come from Belarus, although there are also students from India, Spain and Sweden.
Education Exchanges Support Foundation, the institution authorised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania to administrate the state scholarships programme, offers scholarships within the framework of bilateral agreements on terms and conditions stipulated in them. Candidates from other countries can also apply for scholarships for Lithuanian and (or) Baltic studies at the higher education institutions of Lithuania. The scholarships can be granted for a semester or two (up to 10 months) of Lithuanian (Baltic) studies, also - for Lithuanian language and culture summer courses (3-4 weeks) in the higher education institutions of Lithuania. Education Exchanges Support Foundation also offers Lithuanian state scholarships for full-time Master degree studies. There are also Lithuanian scholarships for international students, for which Indian students may be eligible and Indian students may also be eligible for study in Lithuania under the Aga Khan international Scholarship program.