Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty
Vilnius University promotes freedom of thought and variety of opinions, openness to the world’s ideas and innovations, the values of collegiality, mutual respect, trust and academic ethics. With a student population of 21,000, Vilnius University has about 1,000 international students from over 50 countries.
For more than 55 years, the Faculty has been located in the centre of the old town, near the Aleksotas Bridge (also known as Vytautas Magnus). The university’s buildings are characterised by medieval architecture in the intimate courtyards, vaulted rooms and wood-panelled classrooms.
On campus you will find a health and sports centre which offers various health and sports events as well as fitness and sports rooms for the university community. In addition, high-level sports teams train here and competitions, as well as various tournaments between students and faculty staff, are organised.
The Cultural Centre of Vilnius University includes 11 artistic groups. Fans of folklore, choral singing and theatre are also invited to join three artistic groups from the Vilnius University faculty in Kaunas.
On campus you will also find a botanical garden, a planetarium and one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe.
Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, with 340,000 inhabitants. The city of Kaunas is located 100 km from Vilnius, easily reached by train.
Kaunas is a young and growing city. The largest river port in the Baltic States, on the Neman River, it is now home to several universities, research centres, as well as cultural centres and major artistic events, including the Kaunas Jazz Festival. With its basketball club, Kaunas is well known among European sportsmen.
The Freedom Street is the longest pedestrian street in Kaunas and probably the longest in Europe. Pines used to grow here and there was… a swamp! Nowadays, Freedom Street is one of the most popular places for walking and entertainment in Kaunas. Lined with trees and rather restored colourful buildings with shops, cafes and restaurants, it leads to Vilniaus Street, the main street of the old town, with old colourful houses and large cobblestones. This is the city’s liveliest street, with terraces overflowing!
Also worth a visit are the former presidential palace and Kaunas Cathedral, which is as sober on the outside as it is elaborate on the inside. Continuing on, we reach the main square of the town, the square of the old town hall and the old market..
Good to know
Kaunas was the country’s capital between 1920 and 1939, when part of the territory, including Vilnius, was still part of Poland; A thousand-year-old town, it paid a heavy price during the Second World War, even housing an extermination camp, Fort IX;
The cost of living in Vilnius is approximately €450/month (including accommodation).
The number of places in Erasmus + is limited. The granting of the scholarship is therefore not automatic and the amount may vary. However, we invite you to apply because exchange places (excluding Erasmus +) may be offered. Please refer to the Erasmus+ section.
This information is provided as a guide.
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Score TOEFL required: 550
ISTEC: 3rd, 4th year
Resume (in English)
Transcript of records
Cover letter (in English)
Additional documents will be requested according to the destination
Orientation : few days before lectures start
Lectures start : early September
End of lectures and exams : end of January
Orientation : few days before lectures start
Lectures start : early February
End of lectures and exams : end of June
more information: https://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students/academic-calendar
Identity card or passport (compulsory for non-EU destinations) valid for six months after your return date. European students staying for more than 90 days must register on the Ministry of the Interior website.
More information: https://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students/living-in-lithuania/visa-residence-permit
For students coming from outside of the EU, you must proceed to a visa request.
European Health Insurance Card More information: https://www.vu.lt/en/studies/bachelor-and-integrated-studies/living-in-lithuania/health-matters
There are many accommodation options for international students in Vilnius. The university strongly advises you to choose the Vilnius University dormitories, as they are located close to the campus, charge a small fee (about 90€/month) and give you a better opportunity to interact with other students.
The housing application should be submitted via the link on the website https://www.vu.lt/en/studies/bachelor-and-integrated-studies/living-in-lithuania/accommodation#student-dormitories-in-vilnius
more information: https://www.vu.lt/en/studies/exchange-students/living-in-lithuania/accommodation